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Was This Tango With President Obama Inappropriate?

March 24th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Was This Tango With President Obama Inappropriate?

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If you know anything about dance, you know the tango has a very passionate, very touchy-feely vibe to it. Naturally, as the dance originated in Argentina, it was only right that President Obama and the First Lady get a chance to experience it firsthand as they’re traveling through Latin America.

Yesterday, at a state dinner held in his honor, the President and First Lady danced in Buenos Aires with some performers.

While some were criticizing the dance for being inappropriate in light of the recent attacks in Brussels, others, like me, are looking at the way the lady dancer threw her leg up on the president during their dance.

Now listen, a part of me gets it. The lifted leg is a tango staple. Still, not only is President Obama the leader of the free world and a married man, his wife was standing right there.

Now, I don’t think the woman was trying to push up, she was just doing her thing. Too bad that thing just so happens to be spreading her legs and throwing it up on his waist. Tradition or not, it’s sexual. She seemed cool, gushing over the first lady just the way we would if she were in our presence.

And from the looks of the video, it would appear that President Obama was trying to put an end to that quickly, shifting the momentum so she had to cut that out.

The question is, do you think it was inappropriate?

Personally, it gave me pause seeing it. And I know if I were in her position, I would never try anything like that. Still, I’m not a dancer or Argentinian, steeped in the culture.

What do you think about this move? Do you think President Obama handled it appropriately?

Check out the video below to watch the full thing.

Stop The Madness: 10 Things And People We’re Still Tired Of In 2016

March 17th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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If 2016 looks and feels strangely familiar in a déjà vu sort of way, there’s a reason.  We’re still in the first quarter of 2016 and yet so much of this new year (can we still call it a new year?) is filled with the same old antics we hoped and prayed would be left in the past where they belong.  Here’s a list of things we’re still tired of in 2016.

 

 

Attacking Young Black Celebs

“Comedian” Julie Klausner straight up attacked Zendaya Coleman by publicly body-shaming the young star’s weight.  In proper fashion, Coleman clapped back at Klausner, asking if she wants to be next to be set straight (remember, Zendaya schooled Giuliana Rancic after she made disrespectful comments about her faux locs).

And a New York Post writer recently trashed siblings Jaden and Willow Smith, saying “any reasonable parent would be ashamed of them.”  What’s shameful is these grown adults thinking it’s okay to behave in this manner.  If the tables were turned and someone came after their children in the same way, they’d be up in arms.

Watch President Obama’s SXSW Keynote Conversation

March 13th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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President Barack Obama made his SXSW debut on Friday (Mar. 11), serving as part of a Keynote Conversation at their Interactive conference.

For his 45-minute conversation with Evan Smith, CEO / Editor in Chief of The Texas Tribune, the president discussed the role technology plays in civil engagement. In addition, the in-depth talk spilled over into topics like climate change and the recent privacy/security debate that’s ongoing with Apple and the FBI.

Aside from hot-button issues, Obama’s discussion also focused on the connectedness of society — how we can “start coming up with new platforms, new ideas across disciplines and across skill sets to solve some of the big problems we’re facing today.”

He also spoke directly to nearly 2,000 members of the tech community, explaining their importance in our society. “The reason I’m here is to recruit all of you,” he said. “We’re going to need the tech community to help us solve this problem,” in regards to the privacy controversy between Apple and the FBI.

Press play and watch the full interview above.

“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.”

Say It Loud! Stars Celebrating Blackness

February 22nd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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This month may have the honor of being the blackest Black History Month in the history of the holiday. When Carter G. Woodson first established the precursor for this holiday back in 1926 with Negro History Week, we doubt his wildest dreams could have anticipated what it would look like all these years later.

From Beyoncé to Kendrick Lamar, these celebrities have taken a stand for civil rights, Black history and showed everyone what it means to be Black, proud and powerful. And Black History Month isn’t yet over, so we still have plenty to celebrate.

The following stars risked losing fans and upsetting the censors to bring us these moments during this very special time of year, and we’re glad they did.

Did we miss any of your favorite moments from Black History Month 2016? Let us know how you’ve been celebrating our favorite time of year.

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.

The Best Pictures From The #ObamaAndKids Hashtag That Took Over The Internet

February 22nd, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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If you’re wondering where the #ObamaAndKids ‘movement’–where folks are sharing photos of President Obama playing with, sharing special moments and just being his cool self with kids–came from, it all started when White House photographer Pete Souza shared this extraordinary photo of President Obama greeting Clark Reynolds, 3, at an event celebrating Black History month. Then, in recognition of Black History Month, and in celebration of our country’s first Black president, Michael Skolnik—entrepreneur, activist and storyteller—started a simple hashtag #ObamaAndKids.

“I was sitting on my couch, early in the morning, with my soon-to-be three year old son, Mateo Ali, on my lap. We were doing what we do every Saturday morning, watching cartoons, eating bagels and drinking coco verde (coconut water — he speaks Spanish too). As I was flipping through my morning routine on my phone, I came across Pete Souza’s photo of the young boy from the Black History Month celebration. With my son in my arms, I couldn’t help to think about the impact President Obama will have on my son. A young boy, named Mateo Ali Skolnik, whose generation has been forever changed by the presidency of a man named, Barack Hussein Obama. And then I started thinking about all of the other children in this country, and what it means for them. What it means for them to have this president, at this time, leading this country through this incredibly difficult transition. I wish my son understood this, but he was too concerned with his cartoons and getting as much cream cheese as he could on his face.”

 

These heartwarming pictures tell a story.

They represent progress.

With all of the racial turmoil going on in our country, this youngest generation that grew up with a Black president in office carry with them a different perspective. They are seeing what is and hopefully will be part of the change for better in what could and should be not only in this country, but in this world.

Check out a few of our favorite photos below, and you’ll see why we were captivated by #ObamaAndKids.

Yep, even Michelle Obama shared her favorite:

We can’t get enough, which is your favorite picture of Obama And Kids?

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.

President Obama Allocates $80M To State Of Michigan To Aid Flint Water Crisis

January 23rd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Over the past week, the city of Flint, Michigan has been making headlines for their water crisis that’s been going on for the past year.

Due to a cost-cutting move by a state-appointment emergency manager, the cities water supply has been contaminated with extreme levels of lead. So basically, anyone that came in contact with tap water in Flint was susceptible to deadly toxins. With steady complaints of the smell, color and taste of the water supply, Michigan Gov. Rick Synder finally called a state of emergency on Jan. 12. The National Guard assisted with destruction of bottled water and water filters, according to USA Today.

However, the people of Flint still need much help from the federal government to overcome.

Yesterday (Jan. 22), President Obama announced that his administration would be providing the state of Michigan with $80 million to aid in the repair of Flint’s contaminated water supply, in addition to the initial $5 million that was allocated. While all the funds given are available immediately, it is unsure just how much money the city of Flint will actually receive, the Detroit Free Press reports.

“Our children should not have to be worried about the water that they’re drinking in American cities,” President Obama said during a U.S. Conference of Mayors event at the White House. “That’s not something that we should accept.