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I guess Chelly-O has no issues with Beyonce pulling up the partition. When the “On The Run” tour hit Chicago on July 24, The First Lady was there front and center with daughters, Malia, 16 and Sasha, 13.
The FLOTUS was in Chicago to host a Democrat fundraiser. The 50-year-old First Lady is a proud Bey stan having attended the Queen B’s last two concerts. They also worked on Mrs. Obama’s anti-obesity campaign in which you may remember Bey bouncing to her “Get Me Bodied” beat with a lunchroom full of school kids.
A Chicago-area model caught the family getting their groove on to Jay and Bey in VIP and decided to take a selfie.
It may be much to Michelle Obama’s dismay, as it’s no secret The White House works overtime to keep public pictures of the girls to a minimum. According to TMZ, Mrs. Obama called a paparazzi agency earlier this month to take down shots of Malia walking into a restaurant.
We respect the family trying to keep the girls lives as normal as possible, but it’s still nice to see them out having some fun.
We reported a few weeks ago that First Daughter Malia Obama was interning on the set of Halle Berry’s new movie Extant and since she’s been spending so much time in L.A., it’s not all too surprising the the paparazzi is on the prowl.
Monday night Malia and a few of her friends were spotted at Gjelina, famous restaurant in Venice, California. It’s often frequented by celebrities so the paparazzi were on site, snapping pictures of the 16 year old. A photographer captured a picture of Malia as she walked out of the restaurant and he sold the image to AKM-GSI for them to distribute to other sites. The agency posted the picture on their website for other media outlets to purchase. But within a few hours the First Lady’s office called AKM-GSI and asked them to please remove the photo.
According to TMZ, Mrs. Obama’s staff told the agency that they’d secured promises from several media outlets not to photograph either Sasha or Malia when they weren’t with their father, President Obama.
AKM-GSI agreed and then sent an e-mail to other media outlets issuing a “URGENT SET KILL NOTICE.”
It read: “Please delete the set of Malia Obama from your archive. The set was sent around earlier today. We cannot distribute this set.”
When TMZ posted the story, they asked if this was a case of Mrs. Obama and the White House abusing their power when Malia made a decision to one intern in L.A. and then go to a very popular restaurant. There’s a poll and a majority of the people believe it’s an abuse. But if you ask me, this is just what parents do. Parents are supposed to do everything in their power to protect their children. And as it stands now, the more power you have the better you’re able to protect your children. That’s the way of the world. Plus, if the Obamas were really to abuse their power, I can imagine a few things far worse than asking a photo agency to delete a photo of their teenage daughter.
What do you think, were the Obamas wrong to flex this much muscle or is this just yet another example of people being mad at everything the first family does, whether it’s right or wrong?
Since her start with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has amassed a legion of fans who cheer her on at every move. She’s also inspired a lot of people to channel their inner Sasha Fierce and impersonate the “Bootylicious” singer. Here are some of the best and funniest Beyonce impersonations.
Maya Rudolph Talks About Elevator Beat Down
When the public got its hands on the now infamous video of Solange physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator while her big sister Beyonce silently watched, we all knew an “SNL” parody was right around the corner. Show regulars Sasheer Zemanta and Jay Pharoahe played the younger sister and the Brooklyn rapper respectively but when Maya Rudolph walked on as the R&B diva, she stole the show.
Our First Lady is looking absolutely gorgeous on the cover of ESSENCE. Inside of the magazine’s August 2014 issue, Lady O dishes on the importance of education and how she’s preparing her daughters, Sasha and Malia, to be successful out in the real world. Check out some highlights from her interview below.
On teaching her daughters about hard work and perseverance:
“I know I tell my kids all the time that they shouldn’t shy away from difficult things, because that is the point at which you are really growing. It’s not just about grades or test scores. Today our kids may shy away from applying to college if they think they don’t have the right grade or test score. But the truth is that the kids who succeed and go on to be successful professionals are the ones who know how to work hard.”
On African-Americans owing it to their ancestors to get educated:
“We cannot waste the opportunity that we have here in America, especially as African-Americans. Our ancestors fought and bled and died so that we could go to school. And I still think about that.”
On teaching her daughters to be accountable:
“We talk about responsibility and accountability, about making sure that they’re not wasting the opportunities they’re given. We make sure they know how lucky they are and that, because of that, they have an obligation to have their acts together and to take their education very seriously.”
Catch her full interview in the August 2014 issue of ESSENCE, which hits stands July 4.
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It’s the most important date in a person’s life. But for celebrities, their wedding day is more than just making a commitment to someone they are — or think — they’re in love with. It’s a chance to break out the finest in bridal fashion and strut their stuff. So as your Facebook becomes cluttered with summer wedding photos and engagement announcements, we decided to add to the pile with our favorite celebrity wedding looks.
As we reported earlier, Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service was held this past Saturday at the Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where Dr. Angelou taught for more than 33 years and served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies from 1982 until her death.
First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah, Cicely Tyson, Andrew Young, President Bill Clinton and many others attended the ceremony, which was private but live streamed for the public, to pay their respects to the poet, teacher, author, dancer and all around phenomenal woman. Bebe Winans also sang during the service.
The highlight of the day, for many, came when Mrs. Obama delivered a very moving and inspiring speech that spoke frankly and eloquently about Maya Angelou’s words helping to carry her from a little black girl in Chicago to the White House. And she credited Dr. Angelou for being one of the forces that encouraged her during the campaign trail when her own black womanhood was examined and dissected. She spoke about how Dr. Angelou’s achievement was not just her’s alone but one in which all black women can share.
If you don’t have time to watch the whole ceremony, which you can do in the video below but if you want to read Mrs. Obama’s speech, you can read the entire transcript on the next page.
First Lady Michelle Obama will be among several speakers scheduled to deliver remarks at Dr. Maya Angelou’s private memorial service this weekend, The Washington Post reports.
The service is set to take place Saturday at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Although the service will be closed to the public, Wake Forest has plans to stream it online. Her relationship with the Obamas dates back to 2008 during the POTUS’ first presidential campaign. Dr. Angelou, who was initially a supporter of Hillary Clinton, endorsed President Obama once Hillary dropped out of the race.
“When her friend Nelson Mandela passed away last year, Maya Angelou wrote that ‘No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again, and bring the dawn,” President Obama said in a statement regarding Dr. Angelou’s passing.
Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman. Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things – an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller – and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking – but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their rainbow amidst the clouds, and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves. In fact, she inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.
Like so many others, Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya. With a kind word and a strong embrace, she had the ability to remind us that we are all God’s children; that we all have something to offer. And while Maya’s day may be done, we take comfort in knowing that her song will continue, “flung up to heaven” – and we celebrate the dawn that Maya Angelou helped bring.”
As previously reported, the esteemed writer and poet passed away last week in her Winston Salem home.
Michelle Obama’s style has fascinated us since she stepped into the political limelight. Not only do her outfits become fodder for the fashion pages, but she has influenced the fashion industry and made a financial impact on the sector. Items she wears quickly become hot sellers. Her mix of off-the-rack pieces with designer items has changed the way we look at fashion.
But who pays for those fashionable outfits?
No, it’s not the taxpayers. And no, she doesn’t borrow gowns from designers. Sometimes Mrs. Obama pays for them herself but she probably isn’t paying full price.
She can certainly afford the designer numbers. The Obamas reported adjusted income of $481,000 for 2013, and assets worth between $1.8 million and $7 million.
“Mrs. Obama pays for her clothing. For official events of public or historic significance, such as a state visit, the First Lady’s clothes may be given as a gift by a designer and accepted on behalf of the U.S. government. They are then stored by the National Archives,” says Joanna Rosholm, press secretary to the First Lady.
Being First Lady, Michelle Obama is expected to dress well, but she doesn’t get a clothing allowance or even a salary.
“Mary Todd Lincoln racked up tens of thousands of dollars in clothing bills and considered selling manure from the White House grounds to pay them off, according to the National First Ladies’ Library. Jacqueline Kennedy’s father-in-law stepped in to finance her Oleg Cassini wardrobe to keep clothes from becoming a political liability for President John Kennedy. Nancy Reagan got grief for borrowing designer gowns and not always returning them or reporting them as gifts,” reports My Plainview.
But Mrs. Obama, like most of us, searches for deals and discounts. And Mrs. Obama can get a significant amount off.
Mrs. Obama also keeps costs down by rotating outfits. She “wore the same dress to this year’s Mother’s Day tea that she’d worn to lunch with Katy Perry in October 2012. She often switches around separates, belts and other accessories to give clothes in her wardrobe a fresh look,” says My Plainview.
Other times she gets the clothes for free. Among the clothing donated by designers are Mrs. Obama’s two inaugural gowns made by Jason Wu, who became a fashion star after she wore them. The blue Carolina Herrera gown that Mrs. Obama wore to February ‘s state dinner for French President Francois Hollande and the gold beaded Naeem Khan gown that she donned to the 2012 Governors Ball now on display at the American Museum of Natural History, were also donated.
Custom gowns can get pricey. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 1993 inaugural gown by Sarah Phillips was in the range of $50,000.
Obviously Michelle Obama is one savvy shopper.
Forbes has released its annual list of most powerful women and First Lady Michelle Obama comes in at number eight, four spots lower than last year. Oprah Winfrey comes in at number 14 (one slot lower than last year); Beyonce hangs on to number 17; Ursula Burns is in at number 22 (falling from 14); and Eartharin Cousin, the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, is at number 45. According to Forbes, Cousin has fed 177 million people since she assumed her leadership position two years ago.
Further down at number 64 is Rosalind Brewer, the president of Sam’s Club, which had revenues of $53 billion during fiscal year 2013.
As evidenced by the paragraph above, the list is very much the same as last year. Jezebel notes that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is number one, a position she’s held 10 of the last 11 years. Lady Gaga is the youngest at 28 years old (#67); Queen Elizabeth is the oldest at 88, ranked number 35.
“The résumés and accomplishments of the women on the Forbes list are all impressive (13 billionaires, 9 heads of state, 28 corporate CEOs), but nearly half the list are “female firsts”—the first female Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, GM’s first female CEO Mary Barra, the first female self-made African billionaire Folorunsho Alakija,” Jezebel continues.
Other women from abroad who made the list include Joyce Banda (#40), the first female president of Malawi; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (#44), the finance minister from Nigeria; and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (#70), the president of Liberia.
According to USA Today, the Obamas have their listed assets valued at about $2 million to $7 million. Although for the average citizen, this information would be private, White House spokesperson Jay Carney reminds us that the opposite goes for the First Family.
“The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires high-level federal officials to publicly disclose their personal financial interests. The public filing system serves to prevent financial conflicts of interest by providing for a systematic review of the finances of government officials,” said Carney.
We see the President and First Lady so often, we think of them as celebrities. And many celebrities make many millions. So to see that the Obamas — he’s the leader of the free world and she’s the bomb — don’t have more in the bank might be a little jarring. (Mitt Romney, for instance, is said to be worth hundreds of millions.) But keep in mind, the President’s salary is $450,000, a figure that hasn’t gone up in the past fiscal year.
CNN Money tells us the Obamas have invested between $1 million to $5 million assets into U.S. Treasury securities. Their daughters, Malia and Sasha, will not have to take loans to fund their college educations; their parents allocated between $200,000 and $400,000 in 529 college savings plans for them.
However, some time has passed since President Obama’s bestselling books were smash hits. In comparison to their 2010 stats, the President’s memoir sales this year earned him about $165,000, a big drop from their $1.1 million sales. President Obama’s personal assets are reportedly worth between $1.95 and $7.15 million.
Their mortgage was the only liability listed by the Obamas in their financial disclosure.