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‘You’re More Confident, You Know Yourself More:’ Michelle Obama Talks The Benefits Of Turning 50 And Valentine’s Day Plans
A few weeks ago Michelle Obama celebrated her 50th birthday with a series of fun-filled activities. During a recent interview with E! the stunning mom of two opened up about life at 50, her fitness routine and what she and the POTUS have planned for Valentine’s Day. Check out her interview highlights below.
On turning 50:
“You’re more confident, you know yourself more, you’re not concerned about what other people think. And if you’ve taken care of your health, many times you can be in the best shape you’ve been in…You watch your kids grow up and I know, my girls, they’re starting to become real people with opinions and it’s just so much fun to talk to them now.”
On her workout routine:
“Barack and I work out together every single morning. I get up in the morning, usually either right before the kids go to school or right after, and I do about an hour and a half workout. I try to do 45 minutes of cardio and then whatever I’m doing that day.”
On their Valentine’s Day plans:
“This year, again, I’ve had this big birthday celebration—my husband really celebrated me so well—he did a great job. I had a great couple of weeks, so I think we’re going to low-key it for Valentine’s Day. We have been married for 21 years and he never forgets a Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday. He’s really good at that kind of stuff.”
On what she thinks of ‘Scandal:’
“I hadn’t watched it until this past vacation and we went to Hawaii…so [we] had a long flight [and] I watched all the seasons,” she shared. “I love Kerry Washington. She is amazing, so it makes the show fun.”
Gold star for Barack ! He’s the President of the United States and still never manages to miss important dates in his relationship? Kudos to him!
How can you not love Michelle Obama?! The woman just seems so full of life. Last week, you may have stumbled across this picture of FLOTUS with the stars of the Miami Heat and their coach Eric Spoelstra ki-king while eating apples in the White House. I saw the photo and thought ‘What are they up to?” and “Ray Allen and Chris Bosh’s sock game is sick!”
Well today we learned a little bit of went down at the White House. The Heat were there participating in Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign promoting exercise and healthy eating.
While there they filmed a little promo for the campaign that features a trill Michelle Obama eating apples, a creepy Chris Bosh lurking over shoulders and the First Lady dunking on Lebron James. Don’t forget that Michelle’s brother Craig Robinson is a basketball coach, she’s not new to this. It’s nothing to a bawse baller. She even had the appropriate stank face to follow it.
Take a look at Michelle’s greatness in the video below.
Happy 50th Birthday Michelle Obama!
In honor of the First Lady’s 50th birthday, lets take a moment to remember why she’s our favorite FLOTUS.
She’s Committed to Education
Last November, Michelle Obama got the nation excited about her college “Whatever It Takes” initiative. Thanks to her, thousands more will have a real shot at getting a college education.
“Scandal” is one of those shows that sucks you in so much that when an episode concludes, you kind of have to give yourself a little shake and make a mental note that it’s all fiction. While she may be based on a real-life “fixer,” our beloved Olivia Pope is not a real person. For the most part, even the most devoted Gladiator realizes that while the overall theme of some of the stories illustrated on the show were pulled from actual headlines, a lot of the details and heart-pounding craziness comes strictly from the imaginations of Shonda Rhimes and those über talented writers that she has on staff.
According to The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer, President Obama and Mrs. O recently began watching the hit ABC drama. While it offers great entertainment, during a discussion about what he thought of the series, he expressed that it isn’t reflective of what’s really going down in the nation’s capital.
Well that’s relieving. I would probably run out of fingers and toes if I tried to count the number of times I’ve heard someone say that they would not be too pleased to find out that Obama had real-life Olivia Pope that he was creeping off to see. Not to mention all of the other scandalous deeds that happen on the show. I’d love to hear Lady O’s take on the series though.
This upcoming Friday, our first lady, Michelle Obama, will turn 50 years old. And she only spoke to one media outlet about her thoughts on the occasion: People Magazine. You know, in our society 50 is seen as the beginning of the decline so People made sure to ask her questions about aging. And when you speak to women about aging, it’s always couched around preserving physical beauty. So in addition to asking Mrs. Obama about her workout routine, they inquired about her thoughts on plastic surgery. The Associated Press obtained quotes from the interview, which will be on newsstands Friday. Here’s what Michelle had to say:
“Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves. Right now, I don’t imagine that I would go that route, but I’ve also learned to never say never.”
True story. Essentially, she doesn’t want it but you never know. Though Jezebel took a bit of issue with Mrs. Obama’s comments and People for having the gall to ask a woman in her position about it. As if all women in her age range are preoccupied with looking 30 at 60. They even mentioned the dangers of botox.
I get it, society still has some work to do when it comes to their objectification of women. But really, what is the right way to answer this question? If she keeps it all the way real and says, “Look at my momma! Ya’ll know black don’t crack.” She would have insulted every woman whose opted to nip and tuck her face–black and white alike.
If she appears too gung ho about the prospect, then folks will jump on her for not loving herself or promoting surgery over self love and acceptance. You can’t please everybody. But leave it to Auntie ‘Chelle to avoid the minefield that was that question. She said I’m good with me but do you and if I need or want to touch up in the future, ya’ll won’t be able to call me a hypocrite.
But that’s not all she had to say. She also spoke about eating habits, exercise, reaching her peak and what she’ll do once her husband, President Obama, is out of the White House.
“I don’t obsess about what I eat, but I do make sure that I’m eating vegetables and fruit,” added Mrs. Obama. “And as everyone knows, I do exercise.”
“I’m seeing myself shift from weight-bearing stuff – even though that continues to be important – and the heavy cardio and running, to things like yoga that will keep me flexible.”
Reaching her peak
People asked Mrs. Obama if she had reached her peak at this point in her life. (What did I tell you about people thinking it’s all over after 50?) She joked that being first lady is “pretty high up” but also said that she feels her life is “ever-evolving.” She’s not one to rest on her laurels and even went as far to say tat she doesn’t have the right to “just sit on my talents or blessings.”
After the White House
“I’ve got to keep figuring out ways to have an impact, whether as a mother or as a professional or as a mentor to other kids.”
She noted that daughter Malia, now 15, will be in college when they leave the White House in January 2017. And Sasha, who is just 12 now, won’t be far behind.
“At that point in life, whoa, the sky is the limit.”
How do you think Michelle handled the plastic surgery question? And what would you like to see her do after her family leaves the White House?
The proper protocol for an invitation involves letting your guest know what to expect– especially when it comes to food. (We’ve all been to that party where you think you’ll be getting a meal, but instead subsist off of cocktail olives.)
So it’s only natural that Michelle Obama wanted guests to know that dinner would not be served at her 50th birthday party. But instead of adding “light refreshments” or “cocktails and hors d’oeurves” to the invitation, she went with a very straight forward note to “eat before you come” – EBYC, for short.
Read more on Michelle Obama’s party at BlackVoices.com
MN Exclusive: President Obama’s Brother, Mark Obama Ndesandjo, Talks Domestic Violence Endured By Their Father
President Obama’s half-brother Mark Obama Ndesandjo is a skillful pianist, author and businessman. Educated at Brown, Stanford and Emory Universities, he uses his skills to create art, pen memoirs, and teach the arts to orphans in Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China. After living there for 12 years, Ndesandjo says living in China helped find himself, whereas growing up in Kenya taught him survival skills and America overwhelmed him as he attempted to navigate the academic and dating scene.
In 2009, Nedesandjo published his semi-autobiographical novel, Nairobi to Shenzhen. Currently, he is preparing for his new memoir Cultures :My Odyssey of Self-Discovery to be published worldwide February 2014. On the heels of that release, we spoke with Ndesandjo about the book’s intimate details of the domestic violence he and his mother endured from Barack Obama, Sr. — the father he shares with President Obama.
What purpose will your memoir serve to you and the general public?
Michelle Obama, my sister-in-law called me the “wayward one.” She was joking gently but I think she was curious about my background. Although I am of mixed race, I zig-zaged from Kenya to America and now I am living in China. Because I was able to move across cultures, I have observed how people tend to find themselves. In doing so, I wanted to tell my story instead of other people telling it for me. Gandhi once said “To find yourself, you have to lose yourself at the service of others.” It is a really interesting point because my book brings out some real issues that can hopefully help other families to resolve their own challenges. I want my book to showcase the importance of helping others and combating domestic violence.
Does your brother (President Obama) approve of you writing it?
Before Barack became President he told me “go live your life.” My writing has been a tool for me to express how I feel about my family. We all often grow up with our own ideas of how our family is.
What were your thoughts on President Obama’s memoir “Dreams From My Father?”
I actually read his memoir a few years ago. To read a memoir about someone very close to you or a family member takes courage. It will take courage from him to read my book because we both have touched upon things that hit close to home. Barack and I disagree on things when it comes to our personal history. For example, at the time of Barack’s memoir he was trying to develop his political identity. He wanted to reconcile different cultures, to find the best of both cultures that were a part of him. Using our father’s identity, Barack then created his own. When I read the book, I found out there were a lot of things (at least regarding me and my family) that were not accurate. That said, we all have ways of looking at things. It is very natural. I see him as my brother, I don’t always see him as the President. There is always that difference and it is hard to grasp at times.
How do you portray your father in your book versus President Obama’s portrayal?
My book will show the reality of living in Kenya because I grew up there with my father. The portrait that is presented by Barack in his memoir of our father is a huge difference in how I portray our father. Our father is a man of great disillusion. In other words, I am referring to the drinking and domestic violence. In my book, chapters two and three are titled: “My Parents: A Failed Elopement” and “Dissolution: Johnnie Walker Black Label”. Johnnie Walker, Black Label is the whiskey he drank very often, almost daily. I remember him being around more through his scent of the whiskey than his actual face or presence. These are details that I do not think Barack has come to terms with.
From The Grio
Good Morning America anchorwoman Robin Roberts ismaking headlines today after she acknowledged her longtime girlfriend in a special Facebook post.
Roberts had not previously confirmed or denied that she is a member of the LGBT community.
She has been in a relationship with Amber Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area, for the last 10 years.
Read what the First Lady’s tweet, at TheGrio.com
First Lady Michelle Obama’s new year will start off with a bang as she celebrates a milestone.
January 17th marks the 50th birthday of Mrs. Obama and according to the Chicago Tribune, the white house plans to have a dance party.
The gala, to be held on Saturday January 18th, will be called “Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert”.
Save the date emails are being sent out, and guests are being instructed to wear comfortable shoes, eat before they come and practice their dance moves.
You can read the rest on ESSENCE.com. Can you even imagine being invited to the Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday bash? We’re excited at just the thought of it!
From The Grio
uring an interview with The Black Eagle‘s Joe Madison, Michelle Obama discussed some reasons why black people need healthcare.
Madison brought up the likelihood of athletic injuries as one reason to sign up, and the first lady added, “you could burn yourself badly on a curling iron.”
Listen to the First Lady’s interview on how Obamacare can treat a curling iron burn, at TheGrio.com