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It seems like Kanye West is running a how-many-times-can-I-put-my-foot-in-my-mouth-in-one-week marathon. Just yesterday we told you that the “Gold Digger” singer admitted to waiting through several of Kim Kardashian’s relationships to marry her. Now, he’s insisting that his reality TV star boo is more fashionably influential than Michelle Obama. His rant began with voiced concerns about Kim having never appeared on the cover of Vogue Magazine.
“There’s no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue. She’s like the most intriguing woman right now. She’s got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday,” Kanye said during an interview with Ryan Seacrest.
He went on to say that Kim is more influential in fashion than Mrs. Obama because Mrs. O could never tweet a bikini selfie like his girl, Kim.
“And collectively, we’re the most influential with clothing. No one is looking at what [Barack Obama] is wearing. Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a [bikini] pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day,” he continued.
“[Former French Vogue editor] CarineRoitfeld supports my girl. That’s a breakthrough,” he explained. “There’s a wall of classism that we are breaking through,” he added.
Oh Kanye, please get a clue.
Most of us who love and admire our President are fond of him in a nonsexual way. Then, there are others who straight up have the hots for him. Some would even go as far as to refer to him as a sex symbol, which is pretty hilarious when you think about it. But if you ask the FLOTUS what she thinks of the fact there are women willing to toss their panties at her husband, she says she totally gets it because her man has swag.
“He’s got a little swag, you know, that’s okay,” the 49-year-old beauty told Rocsi Diaz during an episode of Entertainment Tonight.
She went on to say that her guy is a very lovable man, so it’s no surprise that the ladies are falling all over him.
“I’m proud of him. He’s a stylish man who is healthy and he’s smart and he’s passionate and he’s inspiring. And who wouldn’t fall in love with that, you know?”
There’s nothing like a woman who’s secure with herself and her relationship. Plus, you know what they say, no woman really wants a man that nobody else wants. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the FLOTUS says she’s officially over her famous bangs.
“I’m like a girl, what’s next? The bangs are a day-by-day proposition. They’re starting to grow out, getting a little irritating, but it’s okay. It’s okay. We’ll be good.”
What do you think of people referring to President Obama as a sex symbol?
First Lady Michelle Obama is continuing her fight in making sure American’s children become healthier.
Mrs. Obama has partnered with the Partnership for a Healthier America to get everyone, especially children, to drink more water. The CDC recently published that one fourth of children do not drink water during the day. That definitely does not work for Mrs. Obama whose Let’s Move! program is big on exercising and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Mrs. Obama wants people to know that it drinking water is just as simple as all other programs she’s helped mobilize:
“Since we started the Let’s Move! initiative, I’ve been looking for as many ways as possible to help families and kids lead healthier lives. I’ve come to realize that if we were going to take just one step to make ourselves and our families healthier, probably the single best thing we could do is to simply drink more water. That’s it—it’s really that simple. Drink just one more glass of water a day and you can make a real difference for your health, your energy, and the way you feel. So ‘Drink Up’ and see for yourself.”
It really is something so simple and we take it for granted. If we’re going to get our children drinking water more regularly, it certainly starts with adults. How often do you hear one of your peers say how much they “hate” drinking water? Meanwhile, they consume so much more than a normal “allowance” of juice or soda.
We’ll see if she comes up with any new creative campaigns to get the country on board with the new “Drink Up” initiative.
Who’s bad? Michelle O. is!
Yesterday, our fly First Lady uploaded a Throwback Thursday GIF of her teenage years at Whitney Young Magnet High School. If you thought her bangs were everything, imagine First Lady Obama with her healthy thick hair styled in Farrah Fawcett Flips. Or even better, her giving the school photographer face and the Tyra Banks “smize”.
Check out Michelle O. through the years below and shout out to the person who came up with this awesomeness. Loves it!
Were you as stylish as our First Lady in high school?
Michelle Obama Reaffirms Single Mother Label And Pressure Of Always Making The Decisions About Her Kids
Michelle Obama sat down with Parade Magazine this past weekend for an intimate interview in which she disclosed how she feels about parenting Sasha and Malia, who are gracefully entering their teenage years, and how she came into her own while living in the White House. Michelle Obama also explains how she plans to evolve her fight against childhood obesity with her “Let’s Move” Campaign.
Below our First Lady shares how she envisions herself as an 80 year old, what she meant by labeling herself as a “single mother” and if she will be running in the next Presidential election.
On why she no longer sports the bangs that caused such a sensation.
You know, it’s hard to make speeches with hair in your face!
On why she chose a leadership role on the issue of childhood obesity in America.
When we started, there were people who were thinking, ‘Oh, that’s not an issue. Why is she picking that?’ But in a short amount of time we have turned a challenging problem into one where there are glimmers of hope and change. Our goal is to see the numbers reduced in a generation.
On thinking about where Malia will go to college.
You know, I am really trying to tone that way down. Because kids are under unreasonable pressure, and it can destroy a high school experience.
On the rules she has set for the Obama daughters as they grow older.
I give them as long a leash as they can handle. What I tell my kids is, I’m preparing you for college and for life. So, having independence, knowing how to set your own boundaries, figuring out how to make that balance. We still have screen time rules.
On whether her recent description of herself as “a single mother” was an acknowledgement of the pressure that comes with always making the decisions about her kids.
That’s absolutely right. When you have a husband or a partner who’s either traveling for work or has huge responsibility … and I give my husband credit—he knows who their friends are, he knows what their schedule is. But he’s not making the calls to the dance studio to figure out what classes they’re taking next year … I think it’s important for both parents to shoulder that [responsibility]. I tell my kids, “I am thinking about you every other minute of my day.”
On the approach of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.
I have immense hope. We just finished our visit to Africa and spent time on Robben Island with one of President Mandela’s cell-block mates. Mandela took a lot of the lessons from Dr. King’s time to heart … To come back to the United States, with an African-American president who has been influenced by both King and Mandela, that is a reason to be hopeful about all that Dr. King sacrificed.
On whether she thinks having an African-American family in the White House has moved the needle.
Absolutely. Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States. That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender. It expands the scope of opportunity in their minds. And that’s where change happens.
On whether there will be a female president in her lifetime.
Yes, I think the country is ready for it. It’s just a question of who’s the best person out there.
On whether she sees Secretary Clinton getting the job.
She hasn’t announced anything, so I’m certainly not going to get ahead of her. [laughs]
On whether she will ever run.
On her thoughts about turning 50 in January.
I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman. But I am constantly thinking about my own health and making sure that I’m eating right and getting exercise and watching the aches and pains. I want to be this really fly 80-, 90-year old.
Somebody Come Get This Fool: Man Tries To Access Michelle Obama’s Bank Account Claiming To Be Adopted Son
You know you can’t be the brightest criminal in the world when you go to the bank, claim to be the child of someone, and actually think that will gain you access to their bank account. And to claim that the special someone is Michelle Obama of all people, you have to be highly confused. But a man in Texas tried to do all this recently and seriously thought someone was going to believe him.
According to the Huffington Post, the man, named Johnnie Fletcher Gooden, Jr. walked into a Chase bank in Bryan, Texas and told a teller he was the newly-adopted son of Michelle Obama. Mind you, this man is grown as hell, 29 years old at that, living in a completely different state than the Obamas, talking about he’s “newly adopted.” Gooden did this on Saturday morning, and told the teller that he had been formally adopted into the family the day before. Despite his best efforts, the teller informed him that she didn’t even have an account with Chase, but he wasn’t trying to leave after the fact.
Police were called to the scene and Gooden allegedly tried to explain to them that the FLOTUS had personally contacted him via Facebook, asking him to join the family. Fool-proof plan, right!? Unfortunately for him, not only was this plan terrible, but police looked him up via a background check and found that he had outstanding warrants for resisting arrest and assault.
And he had marijuana in the pocket of his shorts. All bad.
Gooden was of course arrested and is currently being held on $52,000 bail for his assault charge. The struggle is real folks, so much so that people are out here trying to be claimed by the wife of the leader of the free world. C’mon Johnnie…C’mon!
If you love to pin, repin and create boards on Pinterest then we have some celebs to add to your follow list. Fashion, style, food, and inspiration rule the boards of black celebs like Oprah, La La Anthony, FLOTUS Michelle Obama, and more. You’ll love what they pin and the boards they come up with.
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Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross calls her closet her happy place and we can see why going through her pinterest boards. She loves fashion and beauty, that’s for sure.
I Don’t Want To Dance, I’m Scared To Death: Why Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Album Is Just Bad Timing
Anybody else annoyed by FLOTUS Let’s Move campaign? Just me? Okay, I can live with that but before you go in on me, let me explain the way my bank account is set up…
Maybe I wouldn’t be as annoyed if I didn’t just come back from the neighborhood supermarket and been robbed out of 3 bucks for a bag of six lemons. Or had to put down that pack of chicken cutlets because it just wouldn’t fit into this week’s income. Or considered a box of processed mash potato chips because it would have been a lot cheaper than a bag of actual potatoes. According to the USDA website, the problem isn’t that I’m shopping at the wrong supermarket. In fact, most staple food items are expected to increase by 1.5 to as much as 2.5 percent in 2013 including poultry prices, which rose 1.4 percent in June (and are 5.5 percent above prices from last year); Fish and seafood prices increased 0.3 percent (and are 1.6 percent above the June 2012 level); citrus fruit seeing a price increase of 1.7 percent (and apples up as much as 6.7 percent), and last year at this time, fresh vegetable prices are up 1.8 percent, with predictions of vegetable price inflation to be 2.5 to 3.5 for 2013. As a member of what Danielle Belton of the Black Snob rightfully referred to as the Cobbler Class (you know, those among us who have to patchwork a bunch of low wage freelance, temp and part-time gig to make up for that ever evasive one stable job you spent all that money in college for), living today is not cheap.
So what does this have to do with the FLOTUS’ “Let’s Move!” program? Well, see what had happened was…
Earlier this week, The Let’s Move campaign announced its plans to release a hip hop album complete with 19 songs and 10 music videos. The album, set to be released late in September, will feature artists including Run DMC, Ashanti (well at least she’s working), Doug E. Fresh and Jordin Sparks, who will be singing the praises of exercise, healthy eating and why we as a country, need to stop being so fat. The first single, called “Everybody,” has a music video, which features Dr. Oz rapping (no, I’m for real) while Doug E. Fresh beat-boxes. According to published reports, the video and music videos will be distributed to school districts across the country and will be used to further the anti-obesity message of the campaign.
Mrs. Obama is reportedly happy about this and judging by the Let’s Move campaign official website, is drawing all sorts of correlations between the Let’s Move campaign and the decrease in obesity in 19 U.S. States and territories between 2008 and 2011, saying that “Today’s announcement reaffirms my belief that together, we are making a real difference in helping kids across the country get a healthier start to life. We know how essential it is to set our youngest children on a path towards a lifetime of healthy eating and physical activity, and the more than 10,000 childcare programs participating in the Let’s Move! Child Care initiative are doing vitally important work on this front.”
Sure, obesity is down in some parts of America but maybe that has more to do with them being too hungry to move around? Okay, that’s a bit of a leap there but you have to admit that releasing an album and music videos about exercising and eating your vegetables comes off slightly unaware, especially at a time when many folks are facing some real financial difficulties and uncertainities in the country.
It was just this past January that 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, a high school sophomore who performed at President Obama’s inaugural parade this year as part of her school’s drill team, was gunned down at a park. After school was let out early at King College Prep for finals, Pendleton and a few of her friends went to a nearby park to hang out, and since it was raining, they all sought shelter under a canopy/gazebo. Soon after, a young man ran toward the group and fired a gun at them (a few of the young men at the park were gang members), accidentally shooting Pendleton and injuring a few other students in the process. Since such a tragedy, Pendleton’s story made national news, with Michelle Obama attending her funeral in Chicago, and her story being used in the fight to have stricter gun legislation. On top of that, Pendleton’s mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton has fought tirelessly to see gun laws changed so that other families won’t have to go through what she has had to. She spoke recently to MSNBC during an anti-gun violence summit in Chicago last Friday about another family who has dealt with a major tragedy due to gun violence, Trayvon Martin’s family, and why their loss (and the lack of justice from it) has made her worry about her own son, her last remaining child, especially in Chicago:
“I have a son that I am raising in this environment, under these circumstances. So now I have a youth that is not at risk because I’m raising him with certain value systems, but he is at risk of being viewed a certain kind of way.
I have to do things and be boisterous to protect him before he gets to where he’s going to go independently, walking down a street on his own with certain privileges and being misidentified as someone else. Right now he’s 11. The Martins have already suffered and that’s an awareness for the rest of us.”
She also talked about all the work she’s doing to stop illegal guns from hitting the streets and to reduce gun violence, saying “This is my life right now. I’m tired. But I’m stepping up to the cause and I won’t stop until these gun laws are changed.”
Check out her interview where she talks about her worries below:
I just don’t know y’all, I just don’t know.
About this time last year, D.C. police officer Christopher Picciano was brought up on charges for allegedly making threatening comments about shooting Michelle Obama and showing off a picture of a gun on his cell phone and saying, “This is the gun I plan to do it with,” to a fellow officer at a D.C restaurant. 366 days after the ridiculous comment was made, Picciano has been cleared of all administrative charges that were brought against him, the Huffington Post reports.
The U.S. attorney’s office has also decided not to press official charges against Picciano. An official tells the Washington Post that Secret Service agents found evidence that proved Picciano “wasn’t being serious.”
“We’re pleased that he was exonerated of all allegations that he made threats against the first lady,” said Picciano’s attorney, James W. Pressler.
“[My client] has maintained from the beginning that it was an off-the-cuff remark, a joke,” he added.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, however, didn’t find the remark to be humorous at all.
“There’s absolutely no place for jokes of a nature that could be perceived as threatening to the president, the first lady or anybody else. That’s not funny, and police officers get that,” Lanier said.
During the investigation, the 17-year veteran was placed on desk duty.