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Crazy Star Quotes About Obama

April 13th, 2015 - By Rich
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We’re shaking our collective heads over these outlandish quotes on President Obama.After Azealia Banks had her moment, we realized a lot of other celebrities have also made some pretty crazy comments about our president.

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Sources: HuffPo

Ctazy Star Quotes About Obama

BGR Founder Beverly Bond Responds Mad White Folks About The First Lady Attending Black Girls Rock Awards

April 10th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Beverly Bond Responds Mad White Folks About The First Lady Attending Black Girls Rock

Source: WBLS

After BET aired the “Black Girls Rock” Award show, a slew of White people were not particularly happy about First Lady, Michelle Obama appearing and speaking at the program. And they expressed their concerns, mostly via social media. They sounded off under the First Lady’s Instagram page.

This happens every year with the award show, the criticism was just louder this year because of Mrs. Obama’s attendance. Well, Black Girls Rock founder, Beverly Bond, has been doing this for years. And just like last year, she had to address the critics. This year was no exception. In a recent interview with WBLS, see how she eloquently and righteously defended the First Lady’s decision to attend the show as well as the reason it exists in the first place.

About Mrs. Obama attending: 

“I thought she’s a Black girl that rocks. Why wouldn’t she be there?” 

About people saying the show is racist. 

“There is a real blind spot when it comes to privilege in America and not understanding racism and the implications of that. It is very telling when people have no problem tuning into Black Entertainment Television but when they’re tuning in, they’re offended by Black Entertainment Television celebrating Black women. That says a lot about who’s really racist here. And the fact that there needs to be a Black Entertainment Television or a Black Girls Rock or an NAACP. These things came about because of our exclusion. That’s one of the reasons why they exist. 

So I think it’s very telling about where we are with our race relations with people being comfortable enough to tune into BET, not concerned when the images were not so stellar, never voicing their opinions about things that were degrading us or harming us. And to be offended by something that uplifts and empowers something that is an affirmation for young girls, that’s very telling. 

If people really felt like it was about exclusion or “White Girls Rock Too” then they would have approached it differently. We know White Girls Rock, no one’s ever denied it. But to be offended that we have taken this issue of self esteem in our own hands…the many messages that are directed towards Black women and girls that tell us that we are not good enough, that we are not beautiful enough, that we are not deserving enough. There are so many messages in media from cosmetic ads to just being the leading lady opposite men who look like us. 

And so this message has been going on for a very long time and for us to actually decide to say something and do something about it and people be offended, that’s like telling the slaves not to teach the kids to read. I think it’s really racist of them to be offended. 

But what I did notice this year was women, of all nationalities but especially White women that jumped in and said to the other women who were offended, ‘How dare you? How dare you be offended by our sisters celebrating themselves?’ And I thought that that was amazing.

Bravo Beverly! You can watch Beverly Bond’s full interview, where she discusses a bit of the process to get the First Lady there, to the words of encouragement she shared with her and more in the video below.

 

FLOTUS Michelle Obama Jokes Daughters Are Not The Influential Ones

April 7th, 2015 - By Rich
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FLOTUS recently sat down with “Live With Kelly and Michael” and commented on the fact Time Magazine listed Sasha, 13, and Malia, 16, as two of the most influential teens of 2014. While famed blogger Luvvie may not be a mother just yet, she hit the nail on the head when explaining why First Lady Michelle Obama stating her two daughters were not influential was so great. From realizing “Everything in this house is mines” to the notion of working for what’s yours, Luvvie gives us a good laugh while also reminding us the importance of making sure our youth work hard for themselves – as FlOTUS points out.

Watch the interview below (comments at 2:24) and check out Luvvie’s comical realness.


Check out what Luvvie had to say:

I’m not a parent yet but I look forward to the day where I can tell my children that what’s mine is NOT theirs. First Lady Michelle Obama was told that Malia and Sasha were chosen by Time Magazine as two of the most influential teens and she did the Mommy-est thing she could. She disagreed.

“They are not influential. They just live here. They have done nothing to gain any influence.” I LOVE HER. She is such a Black mama because she even laughed at the idea. Like psht. She almost said “those jokers? Nah.”

You haven’t been insulted til your parents bring you back down to life in such a way.

My children will be told they have nothing but their good name. ALL THE SHOES AND ELECTRONICS ARE MINE because I bought them. They better not slam their bedroom door. IT IS MY DOOR AND YOU SLAM IT, YOU LOSE IT. All my petty will come out quick! This is the parenting I believe in.

Don’t mind me, though. I was raised by Nigerian parents who felt NO QUALMS about telling me when I was being an IJOT (idiot). Chile, Naija moms will cut you down to size so tough that when you get to school, you’re rubber and everyone is glue. We can shake things off way easier.

It’s also clear that The Obamas do not subscribe to that over-affirming form of parenting (thankfully). You know the parents who tell their kids they’re special snowflakes all the time in spite of what foolishness they engage in? NAH, B! I ain’t for that. Some parents will “OMG YOU’RE THE BEST THING EVER” their kids to spoiled glory. I’m not for that. At all.

If you do something ridiculous, you will be told. And then LATER, I’ll be all “but you’re smarter than that.” SIT in your mistake, doe. I’m not here for the “everyone gets a participation trophy” parenting manual. Nope. You didn’t win. That’s ok. Try harder next time. You will lose like a champ and deal. NO TROPHY for just playing. NAH.

Get better at what you wanna be awarded for, kid. Children need to be taught to expect to win but know how to lose.

But yes: “They have done nothing.” LOVE.

 

 MommyNoire, do you agree with FLOTUS’ statement?

They’ve Done Nothing: Michelle Obama Keeps It Real About Sasha And Malia Being Voted ‘Most Influential Teens’

April 6th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Michelle Obama Keeps It Real About Sasha And Malia

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People are always asking President Obama and our First Lady, Michelle Obama how they manage to keep themselves and their children down to earth. Well, basically all you need is a mother to keep it real. Mrs. Obama has that in her mother Marian Robinson, who lives with the family, in the White House, and Malia and Sasha have that with their mother, who keeps it real, even when she’s doing press tours.

Recently, when the First Lady sat down for an appearance on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” they asked her about Sasha and Malia appearance on Time magazine’s “Most influential teens of 2014” list . While Mrs. Obama could have said some nice, fluffy words and pretended to be honored by the distinction, she dismissed the title as a bit ridiculous.

“Yeah, I don’t know why–they’re not influential; they just live here. They have done nothing to gain any influence.” 

In fact Mrs. Obama says she doesn’t even think the daughters have even heard about the article.

“I don’t even think that they realize that they’re influential. I don’t think anybody showed them that article, so don’t mention it!” 

Basically, the article said these two were influential because Malia’s appearance at Coachella was more talked about than some of the concert acts and Sasha’s unicorn sweater sold out with a quickness on Asos. So yeah, while they do have some pop cultural pull, Auntie Chelle is generally right, they haven’t done anything yet. They still have plenty of time though.

The recipe to staying humble? A Black mama who keeps it real. You can watch Mrs. Obama’s full interview in the video below.

12 Quotes from #BlackGirlsRock that Gave Us Our Entire Lives

April 6th, 2015 - By Rich
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We love it when BET airs Beverly Bond’s annual Black Girls Rock celebration, for so many reasons. All of that beautiful, Black girl magic in the same room, slaying at the same time? Swoon! But even if BGR didn’t have the red carpet or the wardrobe changes or the dope hair, we’d still watch for the speeches.

Every year, the Black Girls Rock award show manages to outdo itself with the caliber of the celebrants, the speakers, and the performers. Sometimes we forget how much we need to be addressed directly, as Black women. BGR makes us visible to ourselves and to the world.

It means everything in the world for another magnificent Black woman to say, “Sis, I see you.” We draw inspiration and strength from these words.  So many of the speeches spoke to the heart of who Black girls are and who we hope to be, where we came from and where we’re going.

This year, the stage held so many powerful Black women: First Lady Michelle Obama, Cicely Tyson, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Erykah Badu, Dr. Helene D. Gayle, and countless others. Although it was so hard to choose, we picked 12 of our favorite quotes from the award show. BGR is the gift that keeps on giving us life!

 

12 Quotes from #BlackGirlsRock that Gave Us Our Entire Lives

White People Are In Their Feelings About Michelle Obama Attending Black Girls Rock

March 30th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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We were pretty stoked to learn that Michelle Obama attended BET’s Black Girls Rock event last weekend. However, we also realized that it would only be a matter of time before the backlash ensued. Last year, #whitegirlsrock was trending on Twitter during the broadcast of the event, so you can imagine how salty folks were this year when the First Lady of the United States was in the building.

Most of the complaints were left on Mrs. O’s Instagram page after her Personal Aide Kristin Jones announced that she would be taking over the account from the event Saturday.

“I am all for the empowerment of disadvantaged groups, I just don’t see how alienating an oppressed group i.e. women by focusing on a subset of that group, helps anyone,” wrote one commenter.

“If a white person posted this and it said white girls rock…the sh-t would hit the fan,” wrote another.

“Black Girls Rock is leaving out all other girls of color. Brown is a color, yellow is a color, red is a color and yes, white is still a color. One day racism will end because we no longer NOTICE the color of our fellow human beings. ALL girls rock,” someone else chimed in.

Of course, there were also plenty of Instagram users who were vocal about their support of Lady O’s participation in the movement.

“To all my fellow white women: Why is uplifting our sisters of color a bad thing for us, exactly? Go read the news, see a movie, or watch TV, and look at the stereotypes of African Americans still face, especially young women. This group of ladies need to know that that image is not their reality #BlackGirlsRock,” a commenter expressed.

So far, Mrs. Obama’s administration team has not commented on the backlash.

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Black Girls Rock 2015: 15 Divas Slay The Carpet

March 30th, 2015 - By Rich
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Last night’s red carpet looks at the Black Girls Rock 2015 awards showcased all types of elegance and low-key glamour. Top trends included white dresses with seductive and futuristic details and tons of sequined jumpsuits!

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Black Girls Rock 2015: 15 Divas Slay The Carpet

Black Girls Rock 2015 Really Rocked!

March 30th, 2015 - By Rich
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Over the weekend, I had the incredible pleasure of taking my little lady to the annual Black Girls Rock 2015 Awards show. As always, the gala in a celebration of “the brilliance of Black women,” was a remarkable display of the wondrous diversity of greatness that Black women have to offer.

It is for this reason that I will begin this tale at the end of the night.

My daughter, a now becoming a pre-teen, was in awe of all that she saw over the course of the evening and we talked about during the ride home. I told here, “You were in a room with the best of the best, from the young to the oldest in Black woman.” As I often do, I made sure she understood who she was looking during the night and why as well. I made her understand, that she belonged in that building. Of course she belonged – Willow Smith was in the house!

She then began to tell me all of the things that she wants to do and how she plans to do them. Obviously, I helped her tweak some of her plans, write them down and also finish her vision board.

During Black Girls Rock!, there was one thing that was for certain, all of these girls and women had vision. This year the honorees were as diverse as a proverbial rainbow. Here they are as follows:

– Cicely Tyson, Living Legend Award
– Ava DuVernay, Shot Caller Award
– Dr. Helene D. Gayle, Social Humanitarian Award
– Erykah Badu, Rock Star Award
– Principal Nadia Lopez, Change Agent Award
– Jada Pinkett Smith, Star Power Award

The hilarious part was that Michelle Obama blessed Newark’s NJPAC with her presence as well. The day before BGR, my daughter and I were watching an old episode of “Shark Tank” and The First Lady made an appearance. She said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if Michelle Obama showed up to Black Girl’s Rock?” I kept the surprise to myself until the crowd went nuts and the secret service started to become evident.

Later in a show Mrs. Obama eventually delivered a speech that all should hear when the show airs nationally on April 5. “There is nothing more important than being serious about your education.That’s why I am able to stand here tonight,” she said. “I want every one of our black girls do to the same, and our black boys.”

She also spoke about young girls being silenced, conditioned to lack confidence, overcoming adversity and other important topics. BGR also does real work in the community and honored young women with their M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Girls honors as well. The First Lady brought the three young honorees on stage and they beamed with joy.
Beyond Mrs. Obama, the event was just incredible.

With performances by Erykah Badu, Fantasia, Sheila E!, Estelle, Jill Scott Lalah Hathaway, Ciara and others literally rocked. The audience was literally a sea of Black Excellence that extended beyond celebrities, which I stressed to my daughter. I made sure she listened to every single word that Cicely Tyson uttered, in a rousing, honest and passionate speech that will almost assuredly be edited for TV. I let her know she belonged here in the midst of all this greatness.

Lastly – even though it was stated throughout the program  – I let my daughter know who started all of this – Beverly Bond. It wasn’t BET, Viacom or some other corporate force. Beverly Bond, a DJ and model, started Black Girls Rock with a vision, which continues to grow. Oftentimes, children get caught up in the pageantry and sheen of celebrity, forgetting that big things happen with hard work, focus, dedication and vision. All in all, this wasn’t our first Black Girls Rock!, but it was our first together. We agreed this is the best one we’ve seen. There is so much more to say, but we’ll be talking about the inspiration we both got for a very long time.

Check out Black Girls Rock! on April 5th on BET.

PS. I tweeted a lot during the show, to my daughter’s disdain. Hey…I let her know it comes with the terrain sometimes.  Some of those tweets are below.

“I’m From Every Continent In Africa” Raven-Symone Continues To Put Her Foot In Her Mouth

March 27th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Raven-Symone Continues To Put Her Foot In Her Mouth

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I don’t have to tell you that Raven-Symone has been all over the news ever since she told Oprah that she wasn’t African American. Instead, she preferred to drop the African part. And then later, during her appearance on “The View” Raven wondered if the Univision reporter likened Michelle Obama to an ape in, like a racist way.

Right. Side-eyes all around.

Anyway, during a recent interview with E!, that just recently started gaining traction on social media, Raven sought to clarify her comments. Take a look at what she said and tell us if she made it better or worse.

About “defending” the Univision host for his Michelle Obama comments

I don’t know if I was defending. I don’t think I was defending. I think that he got fired for a reason. It was very distasteful what he said. It was very distasteful. I don’t believe she looks like one at all. I don’t believe she should have been casted. But I do know that a lot of people I know have animal traits…I think Michelle Obama looks like a little cat.

I think that every time there’s something dealing with race, that is still an open wound and you try to look at it from a different standpoint, people are going to get mad. Especially when it’s socially out–blasted– and people don’t read the whole story. Just like a lot of my comments, people don’t read into the whole story and so they say that I said this and that I’m trying to be a different race. I’m not. I’m not trying to be.

On her not being African American 

I never said I wasn’t Black. I said I wasn’t African American. To me, that’s a difference. Thank you to Ancestry.com, actually, for sending me my DNA test. I am from every continent in Africa, except for one. And I am from every continent in Europe, except for one. And for the last 400 years, my family has been living in Virginia. How long do you have to be in one country before you’re that?

We’re a melting pot of beauty. We have to embrace the different cultures we have. And if we don’t we’re still going to have these problems that are blasting up everywhere…And you can come for me if you want to; I’m sorry, but you’re an American too. Don’t hide your American-ism.

Well…that was a lot to handle right there. With Michelle Obama, there seems to not only be a little bit of backtracking from her original stance (It’s distasteful now.); but what’s more disheartening, is the general lack of ignorance when it comes to the very hateful language and comparisons that have been made against Black people. One of them comparing us to monkeys. Raven just doesn’t seem to know.  How could she know and not even fathom that he was saying it “racist-like”? Is she pretending these things don’t exist anymore in an attempt to live in a better world or does she really have no idea? I can’t tell.

Then there was the comment about her ancestors having lived in Virginia for the last 400 years. Possible…but they would have had to come over around the Jamestown/Pocahontas days way back in the early 1600’s. Possible…

And we’re not going to even talk about Raven saying that she’s from every continent in both Africa and Europe. First, it’s country. And secondly, having taken this same test, she might have interpreted these results the wrong way. They highlight the regions…not necessarily every country in that region. But whatevs. We’ll let Raven carry on.  What do you think about her comments?

You can watch her full interview in the video below.

On Board: 15 Celebrities Pro Vaccines

March 19th, 2015 - By Rich
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With the vaccine debate raging on, we decided to check in with celebrities who are pro vaccines. From the Queen of Jordan to First Lady Michelle Obama to Reality TV stars, these folks are totally on board.

Where Do You Stand?

Sources: Babble, Fame 10, Medium.com.

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On Board: 15 Celebrities Pro Vaccines