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It’s a wonderful time of the year for college students around the nation. With young adults bidding farewell to frat parties, all-nighters and general recklessness, students are gearing up for one final hurrah: Graduation. So now seems as good a time as ever to take a look back at our favorite celebrity commencement speakers whose words we have no doubt will stick with these grads throughout the years.
If you’re feeling down and are in need of a pep talk, Michelle Obama’s got you covered.
Teaming up with Seventeen magazine’s Girl Power campaign, the first lady of the United States provides a little dose of inspiration, sharing what “power” means to her — and how every young girl can harness it to take on her dreams.
“I believe that girl power is about being the very best version of who you are,” says FLOTUS in a video. “And that means showing up for class, paying attention — it means really challenging yourself.”
“As I always tell my daughters, a good education is something no one can take away from you. You always get to keep what you know.”
Listen to the First Lady’s inspiring speech at BlackVoices.com
The number of unemployed still stands at 10.5 million, according to the latest stats. Which means lots of folks are still looking for jobs. And Michelle Obama recently met the daughter of an unemployed American who had a little a surprise for the First Lady.
At her annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees who visit the White House for “Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day,”a young girl in the front row said that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then to Mrs. Obama’s surprise, the girl handed her her father’s resume.
The First Lady explained to the other children that the girl was “doing something for her dad” and promised look into the situation. Mrs. Obama hugged the little girl as the event ended.
No word yet on what happened next, but Mrs. Obama did grab the resume off the table and took it with her when she left the room.
We have to give it to the little girl for seeing an opportunity and taking it!
While certainly the First Family can’t help everyone in America who’s looking for work, the Obamas have talked a ton about jobs given the economy. Besides measure the President has taken, FLOTUS just recently announced a program for veterans, who have an unemployment rate higher than the general average.
Ladies, you know how it is. The weather breaks and you want to show a little leg in a nice full skirt that just so happens to hit you right above the knee.
And that’s all fine and dandy until the wind decides to expose all of your business for the world to see. It happens to the best of us. Even our beloved First Lady, Michelle Obama, almost fell victim to this terrible fate. But her husband, President Obama, being the gentleman that he is, was there to save the day.
Earlier this week, Mr. and Mrs. Obama were boarding Air Force One in Houston when a gust of wind blew the First Lady’s skirt into the air. Her man was there to catch it though and prevented what could have been a terribly embarrassing moment…and no doubt a source for more Republican scrutiny (aka trolling).
The first couple were on this way to Austin, Texas to visit the Lyndon B Johnson Presidential Library where President Obama delivered an address to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
The couple finished their week with a viewing of Raisin in the Sun in New York City on Broadway. According to the Associated Press, the president and Mrs. Obama went backstage to greet the actors during intermission.
Gotta love these two!
Beyonce is one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world so it comes as no surprise that she is also the subject of incredible speculation and some of Hollywood’s most ridiculous rumors. Though Queen Bey seems to take it all in stride, we couldn’t help but call out some of the most insane, off-the-wall and absolutely ludicrous whispers even a Beyhive hater wouldn’t believe. So without further adieu, her are the most ridiculous beyonce rumors to hit the web.
While Shonda Rhimes provides a gripping look into the dark and twisted world of politics with her hit primetime TV show, “Scandal,” and draws us in with her engaging characters and compelling storylines, most Americans can shut off their televisions each Thursday night with the comfort of knowing that the majority of the insanity going on during the show is not happening at the White House. However, as it turns out, Chinese television viewers may have been led to believe that the political thriller is a “true reflection” of what’s happening in our nation’s capital. Thankfully, during a recent trip to the East Asian country, Michelle Obama was able to clear up some of those misconceptions.
The fashion-forward First Lady learned during a chat with Chinese outlet Caixin that Chinese TV viewers are addicted to a “certain American TV series about Washington politics,” and that many of them are “getting their primary impressions of the president and the first lady” from said series. While there are several TV shows out there that focus American politics, naturally, most assumed that “Scandal” was the show the interviewer was referencing. Lady O, however, made it clear that the White House is nothing like what you see on TV.
“I hate to disappoint people, but real life in the White House is nothing like what you see in that television show,” she explained. “In real life, everyone in the White House — my husband and I and every member of our extraordinary staff — is there for one reason: because we love our country and want to serve it.”
“And that’s what we focus on every day: how to give more Americans a chance to fulfill their dreams, to get a good education, get a good job to support their families, and so much more.”
Well put, Lady O. Well put.
Michelle Obama has touched down in China on a diplomatic three-city trip that will focus on youth empowerment and education with speaking engagements at schools planned for her weeklong stay. It’s the third trip that the First Lady has taken without the President. Instead, she’ll be traveling with the “First Lady” of China, Peng Liyuan.
FLOTUS’ arrival is front-page news in China, with readers pouring over details like the cost of the First Lady’s hotel room ($8,400 per night for the Presidential Suite at the Westin located near the US Embassy).
Michelle Obama is visiting with Sasha, Malia and her mom Marian Shields Robinson. On her first day, she played ping pong — “not so good,” she said — tried to write in Chinese calligraphy and walked through the Forbidden City.
USA Today quotes Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for communications: “Her agenda sends a message that the relationship between the United States and China is not just between leaders, it’s a relationship between peoples.” That means there will be no talk of human rights and other hot button issues. But the fact that the First Lady is traveling with her daughters and mother — three generations — will appeal to Chinese sensibilities.
“This weekend, Obama will give a speech on education at Peking University, visit the Great Wall outside Beijing, then travel Monday to the central Chinese city of Xi’an, and its famed terracotta warriors. The family hits Chengdu, in the southwest, on Tuesday and Wednesday,” USAT continues.
President Obama will meet with China’s President Xi Jinping next week at The Hague for the Nuclear Security Summit. At that time, more controversial topics will be taken up.
Food nutrition labels haven’t changed in 20 years. But Michelle Obama sees a need for change.
As part of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity initiative, Michelle Obama promoted a proposal for new nutrition labels for many popular foods. The goal is for the labels “to more accurately reflect what people actually eat,” reports The Huffington Post. On the new labels, calorie counts would be more prominent. And for the first time, labels will have to list any sugars added by manufacturers.
Take ice cream, for example. The serving size would increase from a half cup to a cup, meaning the calorie listing on the label would also double. More often than not, a person will eat a whole cup of ice cream rather than stop when there’s that big chunk of chocolate chip cookie dough staring them in the face. According to the Food and Drug Administration, serving sizes must, by law, be based on actual consumption, not some suggested servings.
“Our guiding principle here is very simple, that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family,” said the First Lady, who talked up the changes at the White House while celebrating the fourth anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign. She also announced new Agriculture Department rules that would reduce the promotion of less-healthful foods in schools.
While the new labels will be less cluttered or, as FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, called them “a more user-friendly version,” don’t expect to see them at the grocery store any time soon.
It could take years. First, the FDA will review comments on the proposal for 90 days. A final rule could be a year away. Then, once finalized, the FDA has proposed allowing the industry two years to comply.
It is expected to cost food companies about $2 billion to revise labels make the new labels.
“The FDA offered two labels in its proposal — one that looks similar to the current version but is shorter and clearer and another that groups the nutrients into a ‘quick facts’ category for things like fat, carbohydrates, sugars and proteins,” reports the HuffPo.
The proposed labels will also include an “avoid too much” grouping for saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugar, and a “get enough” category with vitamin D, potassium, calcium, iron and fiber. Most experts say Americans aren’t getting enough potassium and vitamin D while vitamin C and vitamin A listings are no longer necessary.
The most important change will be on serving sizes. With the new labels, both 12-ounce and 20-ounce sodas would be listed as one serving, and foods usually consumed in one sitting — such as a bag of chips, can of soup or frozen entree— would either be considered a single serving or would list nutrient data both by serving and by container.
Another big revision is the inclusion of added sugars. The Agriculture Department’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans report that added sugars contribute an average of 16 percent of the total calories in U.S. diets, but they’re merely empty calories.
More people are reading labels. A new study by the Agriculture Department study said 42 percent of working adults always read or read most of the time in 2009 and 2010, an increase from 34 percent two years earlier.
Do you read nutrition labels?
Have I told y’all how much I love Amy Poehler? She has a YouTube series which aims to encourage and inspire young girls, she’s hilarious (see: Baby Mama) and she seems like such a sweet spirit. I was late to the bandwagon and just started watching “Parks and Recreation” a couple of months ago. The show is awesome! There’s strong feminist rhetoric, the characters are all so lovable and diverse and the writing consistently has me shedding tears of laughter.
So I’m super pumped that two of my favorites are going to join forces.
According to letsmove.gov, First Lady Michelle Obama will make a special appearance on the season finale of the show which is set to air on Thursday, April 24.
Mrs. Obama’s scene in the upcoming episode was shot this month in Miami where she celebrated investments in healthier out-of-school programs as a part of the “Let’s Move” campaign.
Mrs. Obama won’t be the first real political figure to appear on the show’s government based sitcom. Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain, California Senator Barbara Boxer and Maine’s Senator Olympia Snowe have also taken part in the show’s filming.
If you’ve never seen the show, “Parks and Recreation,” which we true fans call “Parks and Rec,” follows the career of city councilwoman Leslie Knope, played by Poehler, in a small town called Pawnee, Indiana.
“Parks and Recreation” airs every Thursday at 9pm, 8c. There aren’t adequate words to describe my excitement, so I’ll allow Leslie to do it for me in the gif below:
Are you a fan of this show? Will you be watching the First Lady’s episode?
In celebration of the fourth anniversary of her children’s health initiative, “Let’s Move,” Michelle Obama has been all over your screens.
And although some complained that the initiative was too intrusive (it reformed school lunch programs and encouraged young people to exercise), the program has been a success. The First Lady even got several major corporations to pledge to put more of an emphasis on fruits and veggies in their store chains, reports The Grio.
Continuing her fight against youth obesity, Obama partnered with Will Ferrell for a new, funny “Let’s Move” public service announcement.
The comedic short debuted on ABC’s Good Morning America and features Obama as the straight woman to a wacky Ferrell in conversation with a focus group of kids. The pair question the kids about healthy foods and eating habits. Ferrell learned that no, you cannot eat entire honey-baked hams.
Obama also appeared on The Tonight Show during Jimmy Fallon’s debut week as the late-night show’s new host. She talked about “Let’s Move” and encouraged young people who are prone to doing stupid things that get them hurt to sign up for health insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act. The latest phase of “Let’s Move” is a promotional campaign to find out how “people are moving.”
“What we’re asking people to do is show us how you are moving,” Obama told Fallon. “And what we want people to do is Facebook it, Tweet it, Instagram it.” She wants people to use the hashtag #letsmove. And she promised a surprise at the end of the campaign –the President and Vice President may show people how they move.
Obama also used the skit “Ew” at the top of the show to promote “Let’s Move” by telling the two “girls” (Ferrell and Fallon) that exercise is definitely not “ew.” Then, of course, the threesome danced.
Who knew Michelle Obama had such good comedic timing?!
For a bonus, in case ice skating is your preferred method of getting in shape, we have footage of the Olympic performance Will Ferrell didn’t get to do in Sochi below. Gold medal every day for Will Ferrell.