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Snapchat used to be regarded as the app for horny teenagers looking to send each other nudes. And while I’m sure that’s still the case in some circles, (looking at you Yo Gotti), it’s becoming increasingly popular with the older crowd, myself included.
But today, the addition of one member has the internets talking.
First Lady Michelle Obama joined the app today, looking fabulous in the first image she uploaded.
In the first video of her story, FLOTUS told us it was going to be a busy day. The two young boys who created the Running Man Challenge performed it at the White House before they played a game of “5 Second Rule” with Mrs. Obama.
Then late night host James Corden announced that he would be filming another edition of Carpool Karaoke with FLOTUS.
This is what she’s already posted today. We’ll be excited to see what else she’s got going on. And while there’s a good chance this account will only be active during the rest of her tenure in the White House, I really hope she decides to keep it going after she leaves.
You can follow Mrs. Obama on Snapchat at MichelleObama.
Yesterday, in our nation’s capital, women took center stage as the White House hosted their first ever United States of Women Summit. Women like senior advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, actress Amy Poehler, actress Kerry Washington, Oprah and so many more converged at the summit to speak about everything women.
There were so many highlights from the all day event. And the White House even posted a video of the entire thing. But since many of us are at work and don’t have all that extra time, here are a few of the highlights.
First, our little favorite Mikaila Ulmer, the 11-year-old founder of “Me & the Bees Lemonade” spoke about dreams and entrepreneurship before she introduced President Obama. She offered a bit of advice for all of us. “Only a kid would think you could change the world with a lemonade stand…My advice to anyone who’s looking to start a business, Be Fearless, believe in the impossible and dream like a kid.”
When President Obama took the podium, he commended Mikaila saying:
“I was just told backstage, when she was asked to introduce me, there were some folks who were organizing this amazing event that said, is she going to feel a little nervous speaking in front of 5,000 people? And so they asked her and she said, oh, no, I just spoke to 11,000 last week. (Laughter and applause.) So we were looking backstage — she was on her tippy-toes with her entrepreneurial self. (Laughter.)”
The little girl is not only a bawse, she’s an inspiration.
As for President Obama, he started by letting the room know where he stands. “I may be a little grayer than I was eight years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like.” speaking about one of the most recent milestones in his life, watching his eldest daughter Malia Obama graduate from high school.
“Some of you may know that on Friday, my older daughter Malia graduated from high school. (Applause.) And I sat in the back and wore dark glasses. (Laughter.) And only cried once, but it was — I made this weird sound because I was choking back — (makes crying sound) — (laughter) — and people looked at me, people sitting in front of us turned back. And then I suppressed it. (Laughter.) But I was thinking about how she is graduating at this extraordinary time for women in America.”
He went on to list the road we’ve traveled and how far we’ve come, including women’s college enrollment, the availability of birth control and how his Affordable Care Act has made birth control free. But he also talked about the progress we have yet to make, saying:
“We need equal pay for equal work. (Applause.) We need paid family and sick leave. (Applause.) We need affordable child care. We’ve got to raise the minimum wage. (Applause.) If we’re truly a nation of family values, we wouldn’t put up with the fact that many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth. (Applause.) We should guarantee paid maternity leave and paid paternity leave, too. That’s how you value families. (Applause.) That’s how employers retain great workers. And it’s good for women — because when childcare falls disproportionately on mothers, as it often does, it makes it that much harder to advance in their careers.”
Then he got to the tougher work of changing our minds.
“We’re going to have to be honest with ourselves. We’re going to have to change something else. We’re going to have to change the way we see ourselves. And this is happening already, but I want us to be more intentional about it. I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but we’re still boxed in by stereotypes about how men and women should behave.
As the great Shirley Chisholm once said, “The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begin when the doctor says, ‘It’s a girl.’” (Applause.) And that has consequences for all of us, whether we’re men or women, black, white, gay, straight, transgender or otherwise.
We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure, and our boys to be assertive; that criticizes our daughters for speaking out, and our sons for shedding a tear.
We need to change the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality but gives men a pat on the back for theirs. (Applause.) We need to change an Internet where women are routinely harassed and threatened when they go online.
We need to keep changing the attitude that congratulates men for changing a diaper, stigmatizes full-time dads, penalizes working moms. (Applause.)
We need to keep changing the attitude that prioritizes being confident, competitive, and ambitious in the workplace — unless you’re a woman. (Applause.)
He made a point to speak to the girls and women of color.
“We need to keep changing a culture that shines a particularly unforgiving light on women and girls of color. (Applause.) About how they look, about how they feel, about what they should or should not do. (Applause.) Michelle will talk about this in a little bit. She’s talked about this. Despite her extraordinary achievements and success, the fact that she is — she is an American original, she is unique, but she still had times where she’s had doubts, where she’s had to worry whether she was acting the right way or looking the right way, or whether she was being too assertive or too angry. You remember that?”
I particularly enjoyed the moment where he shouted out Harriet Tubman being placed on the new money and other Black women who’ve shaped our country.
But our country is not just all about the Benjamins — it’s about the Tubmans, too. (Applause.) We need all our young people to know that Clara Barton and Lucretia Mott and Sojourner Truth and Eleanor Roosevelt and Dorothy Height, those aren’t just for Women’s History Month. They’re the authors of our history, women who shaped their destiny. They need to know that. (Applause.)
You can watch President Obama’s full speech in the video below.
As President Obama mentioned in the opening remarks of his speech, most of the attendees were there to see Michelle and Oprah. The two women sat down for a nearly 45 minute interview. Oprah started the conversation asking about the importance of loving yourself and the pressure of living up to other’s people’s expectations.
“One of the things that I always tell my mentees, I tell my daughters is that our first job in life as women, I think, is to get to know ourselves. And a lot of times, we don’t do that. We spend our time pleasing, satisfying, looking out into the world to define who we are, listening to the messages, the images, the limited definitions that people have of who we are. And that’s true for women of color, for sure. There’s a limited box that we are put in and if we live by that limited definition, we miss out on a lot of who we are…So for me, I came into this with a pretty clear sense of myself. So when I hear the smack talking from outside the world, it’s easy to sort of brush that off because I know who I am.”
Later she said,
“I knew that I would have to define this role, very uniquely and specifically to me and who I was. So I came in thinking about who I wanted to be in this position and who I needed to be for my girls first of all. You remember, Malia and Sasha were little, itty bitties, when we came into office. It still moves me to tears to think about the first day I put them in the car, with their secret service agents, to go to their first day of school. And I saw them leaving and I thought, ‘What on earth am I doing to these babies?’ So I knew right then and there my first job was to make sure that they were going to be whole and normal and cared for in the midst of all this craziness. And then I started to understand that if I was going to protect them, I had to number one protect myself and protect my time…One of the things I realized is that if you do not take control of your time and your life, other people will gobble it up.”
When Oprah said she’s never heard men say ‘I just don’t have the time,’ Michelle responded, ‘You know why? Because they don’t have to balance anything. Sorry. I hope that that is changing but so many men don’t have to do it all.”
To that point, later in the conversation Mrs. Obama offered some advice to men: Be better.
“Be better at everything. Be better fathers,” she said during a conversation with one-time talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. “Just being good fathers who love your daughters and are providing a solid example of what it means to be a good man in the world. That is the greatest gift that the men in my life gave to me…”Be engaged. Don’t just think going to work and coming home makes you a man. Be better. Just be better. I could go on, but I’m not. You get the point, fellas.”
She also spoke about the advantage of having good parents but offered some words of encouragement for those who didn’t have them.
“But if you don’t have that parent, that mother, that father, then you got to find it. They’re out there. There is somebody out there who loves you and is waiting to love you. And that means you have to make room for them. And if you’re surrounded by a bunch of low life folks who aren’t supporting you, then there is no room for people that do love you.”
You can watch the full interview in the video below. It’s chock full of gems.
“…I wake up in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters – two beautiful, Black young women – head off to school, waving goodbye to their father, the President of the United States, the son of a man from Kenya who came here to America for the same reasons as many of you: to get an education and improve his prospects in life.” – Michelle Obama
Fresh off the heels of her resounding City College of New York (CUNY) commencement speech to the graduating Class of 2016, Michelle Obama, a.k.a., Keeper Of All Things Real, is preparing for yet another triumphant feat in her lasting legacy as First Lady: the United State of Women Summit. Taking place on June 14 in Washington, D.C., attendees of the Summit, designed to address gender equality issues and push much-needed action for women and girls forward include Oprah Winfrey, Valerie Jarrett, Kerry Washington, Laverne Cox, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Cynthia Erivo, Adepero Aduye and Jessica Williams, to name a few.
The United State of Women Summit will include a series of solution seminars in the following categories: education, economic opportunity, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, violence against women, health, and other critical issues. Discussions will cover how women can achieve pay equity as well as equity and opportunity in media, STEM access, creating socially impactful innovations, growing women-owned businesses and much, much more.
Though the summit is only a day in length, it is much needed and will no doubt lay the agenda for setting initiatives, programs, bills, and a host of lasting, positive changes in motion that will aid girls and women in this country and throughout other parts of the world. It is also a collective effort that encourages people to either make or choose a pledge that will advance and change the #StateofWomen everywhere. If you’re not able to attend in person, you can live stream the Summit and be a part of the change.
In addition to the newly formed White House Council on Women and Girls, the United State of Women Summit is in small part an answer to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper, which has largely been criticized for excluding girls and women of color. While the Summit does not focus solely on girls and women of color (and we undoubtedly need more programs that do), diversity and inclusion are crucial elements. And who better than the First Lady to speak on diversity and inclusion? She’ll have a sit-down with Oprah to talk about challenges they’ve faced and overcome, as well as progress that women have achieved in their lifetimes. These are two of the most influential, powerful, trailblazing women in the world; cultural icons who’ve made individual and collective gains that have defied stereotypes about Black women and pushed past the perceived limitations others put on them, limitations that sought to keep them down or tear them apart. My only wish is that this Sumnit, the first of its kind, happened sooner. But I know that it would not have happened without Lady Obama’s invaluable insight and input. There’s a reason that this Summit is happening now, after all the groundwork she has laid and all that she has accomplished.
During her two terms in the White House, Michelle Obama set the Let’s Move campaign to combat childhood obesity in motion. She also spearheaded Joining Forces, which supports service women and men, Reach Higher, which encourages young students to attain education past high school, and lastly, Let Girls Learn, aimed at getting girls worldwide the education they deserve. The State of Women Summit is like a parting gift from a First Lady whose initiatives, passion and commitment have been unparalleled. As some of us prepare to face Obama White House withdrawal, I’m grateful that Michelle Obama, with her unapologetic, feminist, fashionista, show-stopping self, is going out with a bang and continuing to help girls and women in the process. What an inspiring, hopeful and triumphant moment in a presidential election year where, for the first time in history, a woman has clinched the Democratic nomination.
I know I can’t be the only one waiting for the Obamas to do undeniably Black things in their last few months in office. And while I often wish they would push the envelope a little bit farther, there have been glimmers of those moments. Like when President Obama laughed knowingly before shaking up with comedian Larry Wilmore after he said the n-word. Or President Obama commuting the sentences of 61 non-violent offenders, many of whom were people of color. Or the meeting he took with Black Lives Matter. There was also the invitation of 106-year-old Virgina McLaurin to the White House, where she danced with the first couple.
And today, our first lady, Michelle Obama did something similar in her last commencement speech as FLOTUS.
Mrs. Obama spoke at City College today, evoking the relevancy of the American dream.
“It’s the story that I witness every single day, when I wake up in a house that was built by slaves and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, Black, young women, head off to school, waving goodbye to their father, the President of the United States. The son of a man from Kenya who came here to America, for the same reasons as many of you, to get an education and improve his prospects in life.
So, graduates while I think it’s fair to say that our founding fathers never could have imagined this day, all of you are very much the fruits of their vision. Their legacy is very much your legacy and your inheritance. And don’t let anybody tell you differently. You are the living, breathing proof that the American Dream endures in our time. It’s you.”
There’s only one response to that.
You can watch Mrs. Obama’s full commencement speech in the video below.
A Look At The Many Dresses Of Michelle Obama At The White House Correspondents Dinner Over The Years
One of the things that’s always talked about as much as the jokes delivered at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner is what the First Lady is wearing. For the past eight years we’ve been lucky enough to watch a strikingly regal African American woman be on the receiving end of that attention, and year after year Michelle Obama’s steps her style game up even more than the dinner prior. Given that Saturday’s event marked the last time we’ll see President Barack Obama and the FLOTUS as the guests of honor at the White House Correspondents Dinner, we thought it was time to take a stroll through Mrs. Obama’s looks over the years and how her slayage got better and better with time.
On Saturday, April 30, President Obama delivered his 8th and final White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech. As always, his remarks were filled with smart jokes, clever political jabs and, for the first time, a mic drop to end all mic drops.
Following President Obama was no easy feat, but ‘twas comedian and the host of The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore’s job for the night. If you haven’t already heard, one Wilmore comment, in particular, left many folks, shall we say, less than thrilled. Here are the top moments from President Obama’s last WHCD.
You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
After his brief introduction, President Obama walked up to the podium with the song “When I’m Gone” playing in the background. “You can’t say it, but you know it’s true,” joked the President, reflecting on the song’s lyrics. “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.” It’s definitely true. You will be missed, Mr. President!
You’ve heard the stories, now watch them unfold.
Miramax finally dropped a full-length trailer for their forthcoming film, Southside With You, which attempts to retell some of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s love story by depicting what their first date may have been like.
As we’ve heard in the past, Michelle was reluctant to give Barack a chance because he was her intern, and somehow, she managed to convince herself their first outing on a summer day in 1989 was NOT a date. However, the future POTUS’ charm was too much to resist, and eventually, he won her over.
We can’t say that she didn’t put up a good fight, though. First, by busting his chops about being late to pick her up in addition to showing up late on his first day of work, and then, by telling him that she couldn’t date him out of concern for what her colleagues would think.
“This is not a date. How is it going to look if I start dating the first cute Black guy that walks through the firm’s doors?” asks Michelle, who is played by Tika Sumpter. “It would be tacky.”
Of course, all Barack heard was that Michelle thought he was cute. And well, the rest is history.
Southside With You hits theaters in August. Check out the adorable trailer below. We’re pretty sure it’s going to give you all the feels.
If you know anything about dance, you know the tango has a very passionate, very touchy-feely vibe to it. Naturally, as the dance originated in Argentina, it was only right that President Obama and the First Lady get a chance to experience it firsthand as they’re traveling through Latin America.
Yesterday, at a state dinner held in his honor, the President and First Lady danced in Buenos Aires with some performers.
While some were criticizing the dance for being inappropriate in light of the recent attacks in Brussels, others, like me, are looking at the way the lady dancer threw her leg up on the president during their dance.
Now listen, a part of me gets it. The lifted leg is a tango staple. Still, not only is President Obama the leader of the free world and a married man, his wife was standing right there.
Now, I don’t think the woman was trying to push up, she was just doing her thing. Too bad that thing just so happens to be spreading her legs and throwing it up on his waist. Tradition or not, it’s sexual. She seemed cool, gushing over the first lady just the way we would if she were in our presence.
And from the looks of the video, it would appear that President Obama was trying to put an end to that quickly, shifting the momentum so she had to cut that out.
The question is, do you think it was inappropriate?
Personally, it gave me pause seeing it. And I know if I were in her position, I would never try anything like that. Still, I’m not a dancer or Argentinian, steeped in the culture.
What do you think about this move? Do you think President Obama handled it appropriately?
Check out the video below to watch the full thing.
When First Lady Michelle Obama invites 150 parent bloggers to join her at the White House for a conversation about the health and wellbeing of the nation’s children, you say yes to the invite. It was truly an unforgettable experience, and an honor to sit before some of the most prestigious women, representing nutrition and health from our government agencies.
The event was perfectly planned, and well executed, with words from the First Lady Michelle Obama, the Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition, the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, and Co-chair of President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, along with other Administration officials. The experience was so phenomenal, that #LetsMove began trending on Twitter due to all of us utilizing social media to share the conversation with the world. It is simply powerful what we as parents can do when we all come together collectively for one cause, one mission.
The day was fun-filled, exciting, and extremely educational. From the cooking demonstration by the White House Executive Chef, the tour of the White House Kitchen Garden, and last but not least, the remarks by the First Lady, it was amazing to learn of the many ways in which we the parents, can support our children on the right path to a healthy future from the time that they are babies, all the way through their school aged years.
“…as many of you know, we’re working to create healthier daycare centers and schools for all of our kids, with more nutritious food and more physical activity.” –First Lady, Michelle Obama
Let’s Move! was launched by First Lady in 2010. She started this initiative to help kids and their families lead healthier lifestyles. The goal is to foster environments that support healthy choices, whether it be healthier foods in our children’s schools, making sure that families have access to healthy foods that are affordable, along with promoting physical activity. We are all equally responsible for making sure that the nation’s children has access to a healthy lifestyle.
“…As parents, we decide where to spend our money. And believe it or not, we truly have the power to control the marketplace for food in this country. Just think about it. All these healthier, better-for-you products that we’re seeing on the shelves now, they didn’t just come out of nowhere. Fast-food places didn’t just randomly decide to add apple slices and skim milk to their kids’ meals. No, these products were developed because we demanded them, and companies stepped up to meet the demand.” -First Lady, Michelle Obama
After six years of Let’s Move! launching, nearly 80 million people live in a Let’s Move City, Town, or Country, over 30 million kids have access to a healthy breakfast and lunch in their school, and thousands of chain restaurants have healthier menus for kids. Talk about a ground-breaking and results driven initiative!
Here are a few ways in which moms can help support Let’s Move! and become involved:
- Let’s Move! Active Schools: Ensure that your children are getting the adequate physical activity in and out of school, especially during the school breaks and summer break when school is out. In addition to this, making plans to eat healthier as a family keeps everyone accountable. Visit: choosemyplate.gov and letsmoveschools.org
- Let’s Move! Outside: Take advantage of America’s great outdoors! There are approximately 200 Let’s Move! Junior Ranger program in the United States. Visit: letsmove.gov/lets-move-outside
- Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens: Visit your local and or national museums and gardens. Nearly, 700 museums and gardens within the United States have programs and interactive exhibits to encourage families to increase physical activity and healthy foods. Visit: imls.gov
Find a local Let’s Move! program in your area today here.
To learn more about Let’s Move! and to stay connected with the First Lady’s initiative, be sure to follow the social media accounts here:
Have You Heard Michelle Obama’s New Empowering Song Featuring Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Janelle Monáe & More?
Prior to making her SXSW debut, First Lady Michelle Obama dropped yet another fire track with a group of talented ladies that we all love for a great cause. Now this isn’t a first for Obama, as she’s made it known she loves to bust a mean two-step with her Let’s Move initiative and her “Go to College” rap collaboration with SNL comedian Jay Pharaoh.
On Tuesday (Mar. 15), Obama’s newest call to action song “This Is For My Girls” was released, an anthem centered around empowering young girls to make their voices heard.
“This is for my girls all around the world. Stand up and be heard” goes the chorus, referencing its support of Obama’s Let Girls Learn and the White House’s #62MillionGirls campaign, an initiative to shed light on “62 million girls around the world” who “are denied the right to an education.”
Although the song omits Obama impressive bars, Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Clarkson, Chloe & Halle, Jadagrace, Lea Michele, and more lend their voices to the track penned by legendary songwriter Diane Warren.
Press play below and get into this new song!