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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
We’ve known for some time that First Lady Michelle Obama is no joke. She’s not here for the foolishness. And though she often portrays the image of a dutiful wife, poised first lady and super mom, she’s also a woman. A woman with a full range of emotions that sometimes make their debut on her face. And it looks like today was one of those days. I’m not trying to start any trouble. I highly doubt that the Obama marriage is struggling or even that there was tension in this moment. (Anything could have contributed to that side eye.) I’m just saying it definitely looks like somebody was less than pleased.
So, all in good fun, caption this series of pictures of Michelle Obama side eyeing the president.
And on a more serious note, if you haven’t had a chance to listen to President Obama’s remarks on Nelson Mandela at his memorial, you can watch and listen to the full, moving speech in the video below.
As the world mourns and celebrates the life and legacy of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, some of our favorite celebrities have reflected on time they spent with the anti-apartheid leader and what his presence in their lives meant to them. We also found a few touching images of celebrities with Mandela that we thought we’d share.
We will forever draw strength and inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility. -mo
A couple of weeks ago, we told you about Politico writer, Michelle Cottle, who called First Lady, Michelle Obama “a feminist nightmare.” Essentially, she said that despite Mrs. Obama’s Ivy League education, she has chosen not to speak about hard-hitting issues but instead has taken on causes like healthy eating, staying active, education and being a mom-in-chief to her daughters. And Cottle was disappointed in her for that. Of course she’s entitled to her feelings but she was wrong as rain and several people let Politico know that this wasn’t cool.
Most notably, Melissa Harris Perry addressed the article on her show on MSNBC. In one of her now famous open letters, she told Ms. Cottle that taking on the issue of childhood obesity is not “fluff.” She continued that Michelle Obama exercising her choice as a woman to be a mom-in-chief to her own daughters is also rejecting the stereotype of Mammy so often thrust upon black women. And Harris-Perry ended the letter by offering Cottle a syllabus on black women and our feminism.
Reading the letter initially, I thought Harris-Perry was being sarcastic about providing an actual syllabus. But whether it was the demand for an actual list from others or if she really wanted to school Cottle, she did provide what’s now being called “The Black Feminism Syllabus.”
The list includes works like:
- bell hooks’ Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
- Patricia Hill Collins’ Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment
- Harris Perry’s own Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women In America
- Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
Definitely some pieces you should add to the reading list when you get a chance. After reading Harris-Perry’s list, are there other books you feel belong on this syllabus? Feel free to share them in the comments section.
Well, it took almost the entire year, but we were finally able to see President and Mrs. Obama in their first joint interview of 2013.
First of all, can we just discuss how without even speaking, you can see the love they have for one another? It’s clearly one that you don’t ever have to question, it’s right in your face. That’s one of the things people love about President and Mrs. Obama. Barbara Walters, who conducted the interview during a segment on ABC’s 20/20 on Friday, acknowledged it and also asked if it ever gets a little more intense than these happy moments:
Both: Yeah. Absolutely. We’re married.
Mrs. Obama: We’ve been married for — I mean, we’re married. Do you go through the list of things that irritate us about each other?
President Obama: That’s the nature of marriage. You have to respect each other. You have to like each other. You have to be honest with each other. But it’s not always going to be smooth sailing. And there’s some work involved. And there should be work. And — there are gonna be tensions.
They also talked about their daughters, Malia and Sasha, and how they continue to try and make sure they have normal lives even though they’re in such a public view. If you can believe it, Malia, 15, is old enough to date! Walters asked if Malia actually dates but the Obamas quickly shut that question down:
Mrs. Obama: Oh we’re not gonna — we’re not gonna talk about that.
Pres. Obama: We’re not gonna put her business out there.
Mrs. Obama: She does what every — every normal teenager does. You know, we think about not just her life here, but her life after. Because she’s gotta be an independent, strong, smart, capable woman in the world. So, she has to get her training now.
Mrs. Obama added that in terms of social media, the girls are very limited in their usage. Because she’s older, Malia is allowed to use it some but Sasha, only 13, is not allowed to be on social media.
In terms of business, both President and Mrs. Obama say that his low approval ratings are part of the job and people won’t like everything he does. Now, Barbara took it further asking if he thought Mrs. Obama would have made a better President and based on Mrs. Obama’s semi-laugh and facial expressions, Barbara really tried it with that question. President Obama took the political route by saying she would have, but Mrs. Obama quickly refused that one:
Mrs. Obama: I absolutely don’t agree. You know, he has a level of patience and — and focus — and tenacity and calm, you know, that just doesn’t come by anyone. I definitely don’t have that patience.
Finally, one of the big questions is what will they do once his second term is over. Will Pres. Obama continue in politics?
Mrs. Obama: That’s a no.
Pres. Obama: I think it’s fair to say that I’ve run my last campaign. I won’t be in another elected office. Will I continue to care deeply about issues we are working on? Absolutely.
They both agree that where they will live will be decided, in large part, by what Sasha wants to do. Malia will be in college, but Sasha will only be a sophomore in high school so they want to make sure she’s good.
You can check out more of the interview here.