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“They Grow Up Too Fast”: Malia, Sasha Obama Turn Heads At Their First State Dinner

March 11th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In a room full of dignitaries and Canadian-born celebrities (no, Drake was not present), all eyes managed to be on two of the youngest guests attending the Trudeau State Dinner last night at the White House.

The dinner, which honored Canada’s newest prime minister, Justin Trudeau, was Malia and Sasha Obama’s very first state dinner and black-tie gala. Malia, 17, and Sasha, 14, were sandwiched between celebrities like Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh and actress Blake Lively, who is married to actor Ryan Reynolds. Oh and Reynolds are both from Canada.

Trudeau, 44, who is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, made mention of both young ladies during his speech at the dinner. He recounted his own experience as the child of a world leader who grew up in the spotlight, as his father was in office from the time he was born up until he was 8.

“The memories for me of being a kid and not being old enough to attend these kinds of events with my father almost makes me wish I had gone through my teenage years as a child of a world leader—but not quite,” Trudeau joked.

He continued, “I admire you very much, both of you, for your extraordinary strength and your grace, through what is a remarkable childhood and young adulthood that will give you extraordinary strength and wisdom beyond your years for the rest of your life. The one thing that you have received from your extraordinary parents is the tools to be able to handle the challenges and the opportunities in front of you. So thank you very much for joining us tonight.”

And President Obama, who has spoken extensively over the last few years about the excitement, and sometimes sadness, of watching his little girls grow up, acknowledged the teens once again when it was time for him to take his place at the podium and speak. They’re far from the 7 and 10-year-old children they were back when President Obama took office in 2008.

“They grow up too fast,” he said. “This fall, Malia heads off to college. And I’m starting to choke up.”

And, as previously reported, once Malia heads to school, the Obama family will stay in D.C. for a couple of years, as opposed to returning to Chicago, so that Sasha can finish her studies at the private school Sidwell Friends.

Check out images of the First Family during last night’s dinner, with all of the Obama women looking like a million bucks. Oh, and, of course, President Obama, Prime Minister Trudeau and Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau didn’t look too shabby either (Michelle and Sophie both wore Jason Wu, who was raised in Vancouver by the way, and Malia and Sasha wore Naeem Khan).

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Malia Obama attends a state dinner at the White House March 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/Abaca

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President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama Confirmed As SXSW Keynotes

March 5th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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It’s that time of the season y’all: music festival season, that is.

And South By Southwest (SXSW) just gave all other festivals a run for their money when they announced who would be keynote speakers for their annual conferences. Drum roll, please! This year’s speakers will be none other than President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

The exciting news was revealed on Wednesday (Mar. 2), when the SXSW site announced that Barack will “appear as part of a Keynote Conversation at SXSW Interactive” on Friday, March 11, and Michelle will take center stage as the opening Keynote at SXSW Music on Wednesday, March 16.

President Obama is set to sit with Evan Smith, CEO/ Editor in Chief of The Texas Tribune, for “a conversation about civic engagement in the 21st Century before an audience of creators, early adopters and entrepreneurs who are defining the future of our connected lives.”

The First Lady will discuss her amazing Let Girls Learn initiative, which aims to educate young girls (approx. 62 million) to have the opportunity to attend school, in an effort to celebrate Women’s History Month.

I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate our event’s 30th year than to welcome both the President and First Lady to SXSW,” said Co-founder Roland Swenson. “As each new generation comes up at SXSW they look for ways they can be of service, and it’s important to reflect and support the message. President and Mrs. Obama’s visit here will inspire attendees to that purpose.”

106-Year-Old Virginia McLaurin Dances Her Way Into The White House

February 22nd, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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President Obama is trending for his interaction with young children. But he’s also pretty popular with the folks on the opposite end of the spectrum. Last week, to celebrate Black History Month, the White House opened its doors to Civil Rights leaders, the King family, young children and more.

106-year-old Virginia McLaurin was among the attendees. When they announced her name she squealed with excitement before bopping up and down. Then, when President Obama asked her if she wanted to meet Mrs. Obama, she moved with much vigor and much excitement.

Grasping both of their hands, McLaurin, a native of South Carolina who moved to D.C. in 1941, told the first couple “I thought I would never live to get in the White House. And I tell you, I am so happy to have a Black president…a Black wife.”

That Black wife line tickled me to my core. Because not only is it obvious that Michelle is Black and has been Black, it’s quite a nice image to see in the highest office of the land.

McLaurin, who will turn 107 next month, says she prays daily for her mind to remain sharp so that she won’t become a burden to anyone. God has certainly been answering that prayer.

Check out the brief but inspiring video from her visit below.

Naturally Fashionable: Celebrities Who Don’t Use A Stylist

February 19th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Most celebrities who make the best-dressed list owe big thanks to their celebrity stylists (individuals who can charge upwards of $8,000 per day). It’s not that they don’t have any fashion sense. It’s just that premieres, press junkets, and countless late night interviews leave most celebs too busy to piece together a wardrobe that’s all their style and always camera ready.

To pick out every piece of clothing you wear for your appearances, you have to really love fashion. And these celebrities do. They’re so into choosing their own looks that they don’t even use a stylist, and sometimes, not even a personal shopper! And whether they land on the best or worst-dressed list, they love that their fashion choices are all their own.

Can you guess who you’re going to find on this list? And can you spot any celebrities who should maybe consider the $8,000 price tag because they shouldn’t be dressing themselves?

What Happens When You See The First Couple And Say “Heeeeey Michelle!”?

February 19th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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I’ve said this so many times before. We look at Michelle Obama and see a friend, a homegirl. We know and respect the fact that she’s the First Lady of these United States but she’s also Auntie ‘Chelle.

Clearly, based on a recent video from the White House, I’m not the only one who feels like this. One woman, in the presence of the President and First Lady, forgot where she was and hollered out “Heeeeeeey Michelle.”

Realizing that she might have offended Mrs. Obama, the woman apologized.

Watch and see what happens next in the video below.

For those who can’t watch now, Mrs. Obama told the woman it was fine. And President Obama smoothed things over, making a joke out of all of it. “We know it is Black History Month when you hear somebody say, ‘Heyyyy, Michelle! Giiiirrrrrlllll you look so good!”

Man, we’re going to miss them!

This little girl echoes our sentiments.

5 Things To Know When You’re Going Back To School As An Older Student

January 27th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Michelle Obama inspires us from our living room or our television screens. So it comes as no surprise that meeting her in person might just change your life. That’s what happened with “The Real” host Tamar Braxton when she sat down with FLOTUS for a special episode where the co-hosts made their way to the White House.

By the time Braxton left the building, she decided she was ready for a life altering change. She posted this message on her Instagram.

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If you have been inspired like Tamar or have been making plans to go back to school for a while now, here are some things you need to know.

It’s scary for everybody

Whether you’re entering college as a pimply faced 17-year-old or a the 57-year-old who has college aged kids of her own, going to school for the first time or returning is often a daunting task. But that should never keep you from accomplishing your goals. The point is to know that you’re not alone in your fear. But the desire for knowledge and self improvement should be greater than the doubts in your head.

Hone your focus

One advantage you might have over the younger students, as you return to college–or go for the first time– is that you might have already experienced all the partying that will enthrall and entrap the young ones. I’m not saying don’t turn up or get it poppin’, but remember why you came. Make sure you’re majoring in something you actually enjoy and will utilize once you leave school so you don’t waste time or money.

Your real world experiences can work for you

The experience you have in “the real world,” in the workforce, with varying personality types are all tools you can use while working toward your degree. As the saying goes, nothing from your life will be wasted. Use your experiences to not only give you a leg up in academia but also as a way to help other students who may not have had those same experiences.

Don’t be scared to ask for help

Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you know everything. No one does. And as much as we all know and understand this universal fact, it can be difficult to humble yourself when you’re the one who doesn’t know something. But now is not the time for pride to take over, love. Put it to the side. Remember the ultimate goal is graduating. Let nothing stand in the way of that. When you cross that stage, then you can let pride cook for a little bit.

Know what you want your degree to do for you

Do you want to earn your degree just to prove that you can do it and then go back to the status quo once you’ve crossed that stage? Do you want to completely change your career path or just pick up a few more skills so there is more opportunity for advancement? Whatever your goal, be very clear about it when you enter. Things might change along the way but then you should shift accordingly. The point is, if you go in unsure, it’s easy to look at all the money you’re spending, the difficulties and all the effort you’re exerting and become discouraged. Be clear with yourself about why you’re there.

Good luck!

Those of you who have returned to school as an adult, chime in! What lessons or pieces of advice would you give to those trying to get their education at a later age?

Here’s A First Look At Tika Sumpter & Parker Sawyers As Michelle & Barack In ‘Southside With You’

January 24th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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It’s been quite some time since we heard that Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers would take on the roles of Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson, before they were recognized as the powerful First Couple that we know and love today.

Finally, a first look of Southside With You has been released and it looks too good to miss! Written and directed by Richard Tanne, the film chronicles the early courtship of the dynamic duo before Sasha and Malia were a thought and American would welcome its first African American First Family.

In the teaser clip we see a young Barack working as a summer associate at a law firm on the South Side of Chicago muster up the confidence to ask then young attorney Michelle out on a date.

“I was only ever looking to tell the story of the first date. And I think that, in order to just capture that moment in time, it was important to take into account everything in their lives only up until that point. Because to consider the events that came after would almost be somehow winking or nodding at what was to come. And I just wanted to make this about that one moment in time,” Tanne told Yahoo Movies.

Southside with You premieres at Sundance Film Festival Sunday, Jan. 24.

Michelle Obama Will Not Run For President

January 14th, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Apparently, folks have been wondering whether or not First Lady Michelle Obama will be taking a page out of Hillary Clinton’s book by running for president in a few years. Sorry to disappoint, but that’s probably not going to happen. President Obama made this crystal clear while at a town hall in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Thursday.

“No!” the president exclaimed, according to The Hill. “No, no, no.”

“Let me tell you, there are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and Michelle is not running for president,” he added. “That I can tell you.”

He did, however, promise that Lady O will be a very active former first lady.

“The work she has done around reducing childhood obesity, the work she and Jill Biden have done on military families … I could not be prouder of her, and she is going to be very active as an ex-first lady,” Obama said.

He will be quite busy as well. During the chat, he suggested that he would focus on young people, the promotion of math and science education, helping developing countries, and criminal-justice reform.

“We’re going to have a busy agenda, but we’re not over-thinking that right now,” Obama said. “Because we have a lot to do between now and next year.”

Anyone else sad to see them go?

“I See The Pettiness Has Crept Into 2016” Michelle Williams Responds To MTV Jab

January 7th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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I don’t have to tell y’all that Michelle Williams is always the butt of someone’s joke. Usually, it’s some internet comments, a Tumblr page, or the occasional troll. But recently, a whole network, MTV specifically, by way of artist Saint Hoax, came through with a little jokey joke.

Usually I find the Poor Michelle jokes unnecessarily cruel.

But this one, gave me a chuckle.

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So, how did the real Michelle…Williams take it?

Though she is no stranger to the clapback, she had to laugh at this one.

She reposted the picture on her Instagram and wrote:

“You guys play waaaaaaaay too much! I see the pettiness crept into 2016!!! Only because it’s the one and only @michelleobama will I even entertain this!!! This is a good one that I must laugh at!!!”

She’s since deleted the image and made her page private but we’re happy she was able to laugh at this one. If you’re going to be compared to another Michelle, Mrs. Obama is thee one.

 

MC Michelle Obama Raps In Video Encouraging Kids To Go To College

December 10th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Did we ever mention how much we’re going to miss The Obama’s in the White House? For many reasons, of course, but specifically for the flyness that is First Lady Michelle Obama.

Reason #48573: FLOTUS has teamed up with CollegeHumor to create a music video encouraging teens to go to college, regardless of their career path, and MC Michelle even has her own verse on the song.

 

“Southside Chicago, we all know, we had to do overtime every night to make it tomorrow,” Obama raps as a throwback graduation photo of her appears next to her recording the song. “And everyone could really make their dream true. Hey, kid listenin’ in Michigan that could be you!”

That’s her only solo verse, but Michelle also sings on the chorus: “go to college” and “fill your head with knowledge,” while dancing on the White House lawn and belting out rhymes in a makeshift recording studio set up inside of her home.

Not to be outdone by one of the most recognizable women in the world is Saturday Night Live actor Jay Pharaoh (who often impersonates President Barack Obama in his skits) who rhymes and dances all over the White House grounds.

According to a statement from the Office of the First Lady, the music video collaboration is in support of Mrs. Obama’s Better Make Room public awareness campaign, which launched last month as part of her Reach Higher initiative.

“This campaign is leveraging traditional and new media platforms to celebrate student stories in the same way that we often celebrate celebrities and athletes,” the statement reads. “Better Make Room strives to ensure that Generation Z, or young people 14-19, understand the steps, tools, and resources available to help them Reach Higher.”