Posts Tagged ‘education

21
Sep
16

First Lady Michelle Obama On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

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09
Sep
16

Early Bird Chat: First Lady Michelle Obama Honors Student Poets

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities poetry reading to honor student poets at the White House

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Rapper and Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Hip Hop Culture, Q-Tip recite a poem

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02
Sep
16

First Lady Michelle Obama At Howard

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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15
Aug
16

‘Empowering Girls And Breaking Barriers’

24
Jul
16

#BeatingTheOdds: First Lady Michelle Obama And Tyler Oakley

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20
Jul
16

Early Bird Chat

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media after holding a meeting

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All Times Eastern

10AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

1PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Briefing

2PM: President Obama meets with Secretary Kerry

3:35PM: President Obama delivers remarks t the White House Summit on Global Development at the Ronald Reagan Building

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in an event with future college students in the East Room of the White House

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30
Jun
16

The President’s Day In Washington And The First Lady’s Day In Madrid

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks before signing a rescue package bill for Puerto Rico which is facing more than $70 billion in debt, in the Oval Office at the White House June 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks before signing the Freedom of Information (FOIA) Improvement Act of 2016 and the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, into law in the Oval Office of the White House on June 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks before signing two bills, S. 2328: Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act and S. 337: FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Obama signed the bipartisan legislation that creates a financial control board to help restructure Puerto Ricos $70 billion in debt and oversee the islands finances, marking the largest federal intervention ever into the U.S. municipal bond market. Photographer: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg via Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: U.S.President Barack Obama holds a pen before signing a rescue package bill for Puerto Rico which is facing more than $70 billion in debt, in the Oval Office at the White House June 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: U.S.President Barack Obama signs a rescue package bill for Puerto Rico which is facing more than $70 billion in debt, in the Oval Office at the White House, June 30,2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: In this handout image provided by the Spanish Royal Palace, Queen Letizia of Spain and Michelle Obama are seen at Zarzuela Palace on June 30, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Casa de Su Majestad el Rey via Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: In this handout image provided by the Spanish Royal Palace, Queen Letizia of Spain and Michelle Obama are seen at Zarzuela Palace on June 30, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Casa de Su Majestad el Rey via Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Queen Letizia of Spain at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain.

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: In this handout image provided by the Spanish Royal Palace, Queen Letizia of Spain and Michelle Obama are seen at Zarzuela Palace on June 30, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Casa de Su Majestad el Rey via Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: US First Lady Michelle Obama attends the presentation of "Let Girls Learn" at Matadero cultural center on June 30, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. In this initiative Michelle Obama shares the stories of girls she has met in her prior travels and highlights new commitments to support "Let Girls Learn". Mrs. Obama encourage the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: The US President Barrack Obama' s wife Michelle Obama makes presentation of a project named "Let Girls Learn" at Matadero Education Center in Madrid, Spain on June 30, 2016. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the presentation of “Let Girls Learn” at Matadero cultural center in Madrid, Spain. In this initiative First Lady Michelle Obama shares the stories of girls she has met in her prior travels and highlights new commitments to support “Let Girls Learn”. She encouraged the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: US First Lady Michelle Obama attends the presentation of "Let Girls Learn" at Matadero cultural center on June 30, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. In this initiative Michelle Obama shares the stories of girls she has met in her prior travels and highlights new commitments to support "Let Girls Learn". Mrs. Obama encourage the audience to value their own educational opportunities, continue to strive for progress for girls and young women in their country, and take action to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are out of school. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: The US President Barrack Obama' s wife Michelle Obama makes presentation of a project named "Let Girls Learn" at Matadero Education Center in Madrid, Spain on June 30, 2016. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

US first lady Michelle Obama gestures as she delivers a speech presenting the "Let Girls Learn" initiative on June 29, 2016 in Madrid. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Spain by delivering a speech on the education initiative launched in March 2015 to help adolescent girls across the world access a quality education. / AFP / GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: The US President Barrack Obama' s wife Michelle Obama (R) and Queen Letizia (L) of Spain make presentation of a project named "Let Girls Learn" at Matadero Education Center in Madrid, Spain on June 30, 2016. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: US First Lady Michelle Obama attends the 'Let Girls Learn' conference at Matadero de Madrid on June 30, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Fotonoticias/WireImage)

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US first lady Michelle Obama gestures as she delivers a speech presenting the "Let Girls Learn" initiative on June 29, 2016 in Madrid. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Spain by delivering a speech on the education initiative launched in March 2015 to help adolescent girls across the world access a quality education. / AFP / GERARD JULIEN (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 30: The US President Barrack Obama' s wife Michelle Obama makes presentation of a project named "Let Girls Learn" at Matadero Education Center in Madrid, Spain on June 30, 2016. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

28
Jun
16

The First Lady’s Day

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First Lady Michelle Obama is welcomed by Moroccan Princess Lalla Salma at the Marrakech International Airport

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US first lady Michelle Obama is welcomed by the Moroccan Princess Lalla Salma at the Marrakech International Airport, on June 28, 2016. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

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US first lady Michelle Obama is welcomed at the Marrakech International Airport, on June 28, 2016. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

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US first lady Michelle Obama smiles as she meets Moroccan young women following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

US first lady Michelle Obama (R) listens to a Moroccan young woman following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO - JUNE 28: The US President Barrack Obama' s wife Michelle Obama (3rd L), Hindu actress Freida Pinto (L), American actress Meryl Streep (R) and Moroccan student Karima Lokos (2nd L) attend a program held for girls whose education is interrupted in Marrakech, Morocco on June 28, 2016. (Photo by Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama, actress Freida Pinto, actress Meryl Streep, and Moroccan student Karima Lokos participate in a Let Girls Learn discussion

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US first lady Michelle Obama (C) and US actress Meryl Streep (R) meet with Moroccan young women following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

US first lady Michelle Obama listens as she meets with Moroccan young women following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

US first lady Michelle Obama (C) and US actress Meryl Streep (2ndR) meet with Moroccan young women following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO - JUNE 28: The US President Barrack Obama' s wife Michelle Obama attends a program held for girls whose education is interrupted in Marrakech, Morocco on June 28, 2016. (Photo by Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

US first lady Michelle Obama speaks as she meets with Moroccan young women following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

US first lady Michelle Obama (C) and US actress Meryl Streep (R) applaud as they meet with Moroccan young women following the "Let Girls Learn" Program on June 28, 2016 in the Western Moroccan city of Marrakesh. US First Lady Michelle Obama began a two day visit to Morocco to participate in a CNN-moderated conversation with adolescent girls on the challenges they face in getting a quality education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

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US first lady Michelle Obama (L) speaks with Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco (R) during a dinner in Marrakech, on June 28, 2016. US First Lady Michelle Obama launched a $100 million aid package in Morocco on June 28, 2016 to promote the education of girls in a country where half of females over 15 are illiterate. Visiting Marakech with actresses Meryl Streep and Frieda Pinto of the "Slumdog Millionaire" film, she told girls in attendance she wanted them to be part of a global conversation on female education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco during a dinner

US first lady Michelle Obama (C-L) speaks with Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco (C-R) during a dinner in Marrakech, on June 28, 2016. US First Lady Michelle Obama launched a $100 million aid package in Morocco on June 28, 2016 to promote the education of girls in a country where half of females over 15 are illiterate. Visiting Marakech with actresses Meryl Streep and Frieda Pinto of the "Slumdog Millionaire" film, she told girls in attendance she wanted them to be part of a global conversation on female education. / AFP / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

 

27
Jun
16

The President And First Lady’s Day

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Coach Cheryl Reeve (L) and US President Barack Obama arrive for an event to celebrate the 2015 WNBA Champions, Minnesota Lynx, in the East Room of the White House June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama speaks during an event to celebrate the 2015 WNBA Champions, Minnesota Lynx

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President Barack Obama high fives Coach Cheryl Reeves son Oliver

US President Barack Obama poses during an event to celebrate the 2015 WNBA Champions, Minnesota Lynx, in the East Room of the White House June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama is hugged as he greets audience members after an event to celebrate the 2015 WNBA Champions, Minnesota Lynx, in the East Room of the White House June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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First Lady Michelle Obama walks with her daughters Sasha and Malia, together with Michelle’s mother Marian Robinson, as she arrives at the Robert International airport near Harbel, Liberia

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First Lady Michelle Obama visits a women’s education program in Monrovia

USA first lady Michelle Obama (L) looks on as she visits a woman education program in Monrovia on June 27, 2016. US First Lady Michelle Obama told girls in Liberia on Monday to fight to stay in school, as she visited the west African country where the vast majority drops out due to financial pressures. / AFP / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

USA first lady Michelle Obama (L) looks on as she visits a woman education program in Monrovia on June 27, 2016. US First Lady Michelle Obama told girls in Liberia on Monday to fight to stay in school, as she visited the west African country where the vast majority drops out due to financial pressures. / AFP / ZOOM DOSSO (Photo credit should read ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

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