Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity

24
Aug
16

First Lady Michelle Obama: Leader. Icon. Change Maker.

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Ted Johnson: Michelle Obama Interview: How FLOTUS Used Pop Culture Stardom To Make An Impact

“What I have never been afraid of is to be a little silly, and you can engage people that way,” Obama says in an interview with Variety in her upstairs White House office, decorated in an eclectic mix of abstract art and framed mementos from her tenure. “My view is, first you get them to laugh, then you get them to listen.  Has it worked? A case in point: The Carpool Karaoke segment highlighted one of Obama’s key initiatives, Let Girls Learn, a worldwide plan of action to promote girls’ access to education. She and Corden also sang “This Is for My Girls,” According to Nielsen, digital sales of “This Is for My Girls” climbed a whopping 1,562% in the week after the segment aired. And it generated almost 40 million views on YouTube. Her first major push to engage the entertainment community came in June 2011, when she appeared at the Writers Guild of America, West to talk about her initiative to support military families, called Joining Forces, and to encourage content creators to incorporate stories about military families in their shows and movies. “Army Wives” creator Katherine Fugate says that shows like “Glee” and “Grey’s Anatomy” followed suit by featuring episodes with military characters. She credits the first lady’s ability to connect with audiences — and with people individually.

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“For so many people, television and movies may be the only way they understand people who aren’t like them,” she says. “And when I come across many little black girls who come up to me over the course of this 7½ years with tears in their eyes, and they say: ‘Thank you for being a role model for me. I don’t see educated black women on TV, and the fact that you’re first lady validates who I am….’”She adds, “My mom says it all the time: ‘People are so enamored of Michelle and Barack Obama.’ And she says, ‘There are millions of Michelle and Barack Obamas.’ We’re not new. We’re not special. People who come from intact families who are educated, who have values, who care for their kids, who raise their kids — if you don’t see that on TV, and you don’t live in communities with people like me, you never know who we are, and you can make and be susceptible to all sorts of assumptions and stereotypes and biases, based on nothing but what you see and hear on TV. So it becomes very important for the world to see different images of each other, so that, again, we can develop empathy and understanding.”

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01
Aug
16

Chat Away

21
Jul
16

First Lady Michelle Obama: Carpool Karaoke

14
Jul
16

Early Bird Chat: #23Ways

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All Times Eastern

10:30AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

12PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Briefing

2:55PM: President Obama participates n a town hall conversation hosted by ABC

8PM: The town hall airs on ABC and ABC affiliated channels like FreeForm, ESPN. It will also stream online at Watch ESPN, Watch ABC, ABC News Digital, Yahoo, ABC News’ Facebook page, YouTube channel, and ABC Radio

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05
Jul
16

Early Bird Chat

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: President Barack Obama hugs his daughter Malia Obama at the Fourth of July White House party on July 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. Maila Obama celebrated her 18th birthday during the party, which featured guests including singers Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

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All Times Eastern

11:45AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

1:05PM: President Obama departs the White House for Joint Base Andrews

1:20PM: President Obama and Hillary Clinton depart for Charlotte, North Carolina

2:25PM: President Obama arrives in Charlotte, North Carolina

3:15PM: President Obama campaigns with Hillary Clinton at the Charlotte Convention Center

5:05PM: President Obama departs Charlotte, North Carolina,

6:30PM: President Obama arrives at the White House

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: President Barack Obama sings "Happy Birthday" to his daughter Malia Obama at the Fourth of July White House party on July 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. Maila Obama celebrated her 18th birthday during the party, which featured guests including singers Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama sings “Happy Birthday” to his daughter Malia Obama at the Fourth of July White House celebration. Maila Obama celebrated her 18th birthday during the party, which featured guests including singers Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: President Barack Obama hugs his daughter Malia Obama at the Fourth of July White House party on July 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. Maila Obama celebrated her 18th birthday during the party, which featured guests including singers Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: President Barack Obama hugs his daughter Malia Obama at the Fourth of July White House party on July 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. Maila Obama celebrated her 18th birthday during the party, which featured guests including singers Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

 

04
Jul
16

The White House’s 4th Of July Celebration

US President Barack Obama hugs his daughter Malia on her birthday during an Independence Day Celebration for military members and administration staff on July 4, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama sings Happy Birthday to First Daughter Malia Obama during a Fourth of July celebration

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US President Barack Obama (C) stands with performers Kendrick Lamar (L) and Janelle Monáe (R) and speaks during an Independence Day Celebration for military members and administration staff on July 4, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama with artists Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monáe

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Janelle Monáe (R) applauds as US President Barack Obama speaks during an Independence Day Celebration for military members and administration staff on July 4, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama (C) stands with performers Kendrick Lamar (L) and Janelle Monáe (R) and sings "Happy Birthday" for his daughter Malia during an Independence Day Celebration for military members and administration staff on July 4, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama shakes hands with peformer Kendrick Lamar during an Independence Day Celebration for military members and administration staff on July 4, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama hugs his daughter Malia on her birthday during an Independence Day Celebration for military members and administration staff on July 4, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks beside singer Janelle Monáe (R) during an Independence Day Celebration for military members and administration staff on July 4, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Singer Janelle Monáe (R) applauds as US President Barack Obama speaks during an Independence Day Celebration for military members and administration staff on July 4, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama hugs his daughter Malia on her birthday during an Independence Day Celebration for military members and administration staff on July 4, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

12
Mar
16

Epic. Clapback

The ETHER. The BURN. The levels of this CLAPBACK cannot be quantified

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16
Nov
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media during his closing press conference on day two of the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit

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(L-R) Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius talk during a round table meeting on day two of the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit on November 16, 2015 in Antalya, Turkey

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First lady Michelle Obama greets Gloria Estefan in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, during a Broadway at the White House event for high school students involved in performing arts programs. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

First Lady Michelle Obama greets Gloria Estefan in the Diplomatic Room of the White House during a Broadway at the White House event for high school students involved in performing arts programs

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks about last Friday's attacks in Paris during the Broadway at the White House event for high school students involved in performing arts programs, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks about last Friday’s attacks in Paris

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the Broadway at the White House event for high school students involved in performing arts programs in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Behind the first lady at left is composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and right is director Diane Paulus. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama dances with actor Josh Segarra (L) and choreographer Sergio Trujillo (R) during a student workshop honoring the history of Broadway at the White House in Washington November 16, 2015. In the background in white is actress Ana Villafane. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

First Lady Michelle Obama dances to Gloria Estefan’s “Conga” with actor Josh Segarra and choreographer Sergio Trujillo

First lady Michelle Obama dances to Gloria Estefan's "Conga" in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, during a Broadway at the White House event for high school students involved in performing arts programs. She is joined by Sergio Trujillo, Colombian dancer and choreographer, right, and Josh Segarra, left. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

03
Nov
15

The First Lady’s Day

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Straits Times: US First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Qatar; Makes Stop At United States Air Base In Qatar

First Lady Michelle Obama visited the largest US air force base outside the United States Tuesday on the first full day of a Middle East tour. “This isn’t an easy post; you guys are doing the tough work,” she told the assembled servicemen and women at Al-Udeid base, the forward headquarters for the US Central Command outside the Qatari capital. Obama is in Qatar as part of a seven-day regional tour during which she is expected to focus on the issue of “cultural beliefs” obstructing girls’ education.

She is set to make a keynote speech at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha Wednesday, as part of her well-publicised efforts to promote girls’ education globally. In an email ahead of her trip, Obama wrote that 62 million girls across the globe are not going to school at all, urging support for the Let Girls Learn initiative that she launched with President Barack Obama earlier this year. Obama was accompanied by late-night talk show host Conan O’ Brien as part of the morale-boosting visit to troops. O’Brien, whose Conan programme airs on TBS cable television, put on a show for the troops, part of which will be broadcast later this year.

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First Lady Michelle Obama meeting with Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in Doha

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In this photo made available by the Qatar News Agency, QNA, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Qatar Emir Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. (Qatar Government/QNA via AP)

First Lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Qatar Emir Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) is introduced to speak to U.S troops stationed at Al Udeid air base west of Doha, Qatar November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

First Lady Michelle Obama is introduced by Conan O’Brien to speak to U.S troops stationed at Al Udeid air base

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama claps as she visits U.S troops stationed at Al Udeid air base west of Doha, Qatar November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets members of the military at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. Photo by Amanda Lucidon

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gestures as she visits Al Udeid air base west of Doha, Qatar November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

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Instagram: When you’re on a base and #FLOTUS asks you to drop and give her fifty, you give her fifty of your @TeamCoco best. -Conan #MissionConan #JoiningForces

21
Sep
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Bravo, bravo, bravo and Congratulations. It’s been a LONG time coming

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Thank you, Shonda Rhimes for reflecting the world as it should be. Also, the 3 women of color who have won Lead Actress at the SAG Awards have all come from Shonda Rhimes’ shows.  She has forever changed the face of TV and if you aren’t watching any of her shows, you need to correct that mistake

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The LOVE that Taraji P. Henson showed the Black actresses who won last night is beautiful. She gave them standing ovations and led the cheers and made sure the audience recognized such huge accomplishments

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A must watch speech

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This is the best ad Apple has put out for Apple Music. Social media was agog. Who created this masterpiece? AVA DUVERNAY! Plus, there’ll be more

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Historic

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Men? Don’t sleep

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Greedy jerks

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Yo, Hillary? What’s good?

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So, ye olde PM Cameron allegedly stuck his penis into a dead pig’s mouth while in college and commenced with the “sexy time.” And you thought the GOP was the only gift that keeps on giving




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