Michelle Obama Has ‘Dance Party’ With Girl Who Was Enamored Of Her Portrait


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Parker Curry, 2, made national headlines when a bystander at the National Portrait Gallery took a photo of her gazing in awe at the portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Now, she’s dancing with her. Obama paid a visit to Curry to meet her and her mother, Jessica, and share a little dance. Curry reportedly loved seeing Obama dance on Ellen and thinks she is a “queen.” Curry’s awestruck expression as she gazed at the portrait, painted by Baltimore native Amy Sherald, went viral on Facebook: Want to score a meeting with Michelle Obama? Just be irresistible in a little pink raincoat Continue reading "Michelle Obama Has ‘Dance Party’ With Girl Who Was Enamored Of Her Portrait"

National Portrait Gallery Reveals Official Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama


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On Monday morning the National Portrait Gallery revealed the new official presidential paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively. The portrait of Michelle is modern with sharp lines, while the portrait of Barack has a colorful floral background. Both stand in stark relief with the vast majority of past presidential portraits, which picture their subjects in professional settings. Wiley is a Los Angeles-born artist known for portraiture which depicts black men and women in powerful poses against natural backgrounds. His work has been displayed in dozens of world renowned museums and he won the National Medal of Arts in 2014, presented by Obama himself. Wiley is the first African-American man to be commissioned to paint the official portrait of the President of the United States. (Simmie Knox became the first to be commissioned for a presidential portrait of any sort when Continue reading "National Portrait Gallery Reveals Official Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama"

Obama Praises Artist For Depicting Michelle’s ‘Hotness’ in Official Portrait


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Barack Obama praised the work of an artist who captured Michelle Obama’s “hotness” in a painting of the former first lady. Obama said the following while appearing at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery for the unveiling of his official presidential portrait: “Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and the intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman that I love.” The woman he named is Amy Sherald — a local Baltimore artist picked for the portrait. Michelle also praised the artwork, saying, “[Girls and girls of color] will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the walls of this Continue reading "Obama Praises Artist For Depicting Michelle’s ‘Hotness’ in Official Portrait"

WATCH LIVE: Obama Speaks at Official Portrait Unveiling


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Former President Barack Obama is set to make an appearance at the National Portrait Gallery — a short walk from the White House he once inhabited — for the unveiling of his official presidential portrait. The portraits, commissioned by The Smithsonian of the former president and former first lady Michelle Obama, were painted by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively. Wiley, famous for his paintings of hip hop artists and African American youth culture, posted a photo to Instagram in January of his meeting with Obama in the Oval Office:

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The ceremony kicks off at 10 a.m. EST. Watch live above, via the Smithsonian.

Kimmel On Women’s March: ‘Trump Got More Women To Exercise Than Michelle Obama Ever Did’


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On Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel mocked President Trump with the help of the Women’s Marches that took place across the country over the weekend. The comedian noted that millions of women took to the streets, even First Lady Melania Trump, who he said was “captured” by the Secret Service and “returned her to her shoe closet.” “One thing you can say; Donald Trump got more women to exercise than Michelle Obama ever did,” Kimmel joked. Kimmel highlighted the tweet the president made during the marches, which he called one of the most “breathtaking” of all time.

Michelle Obama: Do We Raise Boys to Feel ‘Entitled’ and ‘Self-Righteous’?


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Michelle Obama stirred some controversy after speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago on Wednesday, after proposing that the way we raise boys turns them into “entitled” and “self-righteous” adults. The former first lady also suggested that the way our culture treats its males is a major contributing factor to the ills of modern life. “It’s like the problem in the world today is we love our boys and we raise our girls,” she told poet Elizabeth Alexander. “It’s powerful to have strong men but what does that strength mean?” “Does it mean respect? Does it mean responsibility? Does it mean compassion? Or are we protecting our men too much so that they feel a little entitled Continue reading "Michelle Obama: Do We Raise Boys to Feel ‘Entitled’ and ‘Self-Righteous’?"

The Trumps Aren’t The Only Presidential Couple in Italy; Obamas Turn Heads in Siena


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President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, arrived in Rome, Italy on Tuesday, but they aren’t the only American presidential couple visiting the European country.

Former President Barack Obama and wife, Michelle Obama, are in Tuscany, and visited the city of Siena on Monday. People magazine spotlighted their visit to the cathedral and zeroed in on Mrs. Obama’s fashion.

The publication fawned that while she was in the White House, “it seemed when it came to fashion that Michelle Obama could do no wrong.” They continued that during their world travels since departing Washington, D.C., Mrs. Obama’s “easy, breezy, summer-ready fashions” have emerged.

During their stop at Siena’s cathedral, the former first lady “continued her contemporary style streak wearing the white cold-shoulder Jamia Top from Club Monaco with a large ruffle across the neckline and lace-up detailing over the arms” (see video above).

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FLOTUS and Ivanka Trump Go Sans-Headscarf in Saudia Arabia After Trump Bashes Michelle Obama For Same Thing


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Donald Trump is in Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip as president. Naturally, he has wife Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump along with him. The Guardian and other outlets are reporting that the women aren’t covering their heads with scarves, which is totally fine. Hillary Clinton didn’t when she was Secretary of State. But wait… what’s this? Hmm, looks like he criticized Michelle Obama for not wearing a scarf to cover her head while she was in Saudi Arabia two years ago. Could it be that his Continue reading "FLOTUS and Ivanka Trump Go Sans-Headscarf in Saudia Arabia After Trump Bashes Michelle Obama For Same Thing"

Michelle Obama Blasts Trump Over Weakening Her Unpopular School Lunch Initiative


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Former First Lady Michelle Obama ripped the Trump administration on Friday over their recent decision to ease up on some of nutritional policies for school lunches that her husband’s administration instituted and that she championed. “This is where you really have to look at motives, you know,” Mrs. Obama said. “You have to stop and think, why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you? And why is that a partisan issue?” The former first lady got more blunt during her presentation with former White House chef Sam Kass:
“Take me out of the equation––like me, don’t like me. But think about why someone is okay with your Continue reading "Michelle Obama Blasts Trump Over Weakening Her Unpopular School Lunch Initiative"

Chris Rock Once Gave Michelle Obama Bad Career Advice: ‘The View‘ or ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta‘


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Last night, Chris Rock appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, where he recalled the final White House party with President Barack Obama in office. While he was there, he said he ended up in a one-on-one conversation with former First Lady Michelle Obama. “I’m not really supposed to be alone with Michelle Obama,” he joked. “That’s not really my lane, I don’t know how to talk politics.” He told host Jimmy Fallon Obama told him she was worried about the country, and said, “I don’t know what’s gonna happen, this is such a crazy time.” That’s when Rock decided to give her some advice, and what he went with was the following: “You’ll be aight.” He then told her, “You can get any kind of job you want. I mean, The ViewThe Real Housewives of Atlanta.” At that point, he Continue reading "Chris Rock Once Gave Michelle Obama Bad Career Advice: ‘The View‘ or ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta‘"

Michelle Obama Wrote a College Recommendation for One of the Stars of Black-ish


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Black-ish star Yara Shahidi sat for an interview with W Magazine and revealed, among other things, that none other than former First Lady Michelle Obama wrote her college recommendation letter.

It all seems to have started earlier this year when the two shared the stage at Glamour‘s event, “A Brighter Future: A Global Conversation on Girls’ Education.” Shahidi mentioned that she planned to study sociology, and Obama responded that she studied the same subject at Princeton, and Shahidi laughed and asked her to write her recommendation letter.

Obama said she would. Apparently, she’s made good on her offer. Shahidi also said that the gave her a “go get ’em, tiger” back-rub before she took her AP exams.

Shahidi described Obama’s support as being “something very surreal.”

Head over to W Magazine for the full story.

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Barack Obama Returns to Twitter to Wish Michelle a Happy Valentine’s Day


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shutterstock_165836924 Former President Barack Obama took to Twitter today for one of the first times since he left office to wish Michelle Obama a happy Valentine’s Day. He posted a picture of the two of them together, looking as in love as they always do, and wrote “Happy Valentine’s Day, @michelleobama! Almost 28 years with you, but it always feels new.” Michelle also wished her husband a happy Valentine’s Day via social media: [image via Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock, Inc.]

Michelle Obama is Going to be a Guest Judge on a Reality Show


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shutterstock_390895993 It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a few weeks since Michelle Obama has been gone from the White House. It feels like forever, and we miss her already. And, now we have an idea of when we might be seeing her next, and where: She’s going to be a guest judge on a reality show. This season, Graham Elliot has departed from Masterchef Jr., which premiered last night. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, in his place there will be rotating guest judges, including Martha Stewart, The Muppets, and yes, the former FLOTUS. It’s not a surprising choice for Obama, who during her eight years in the White House made her Let’s Move! campaign a top priority- it aims to fight childhood obesity by helping families get access to healthy food and helping children to become active physically. Obama also has great taste in food herself. Continue reading "Michelle Obama is Going to be a Guest Judge on a Reality Show"

That Photo of Barack Obama Grabbing Melania Trump’s Butt is Fake


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On Sunday, InfoWars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson tweeted an alleged photo from Inauguration Day that showed former President Barack Obama grabbing new First Lady Melania Trump by the rear: Between the content, the former president’s unusually long left arm, and Watson’s recent history, there was plenty of reason to doubt the authenticity of the photo. Just over a week ago, Watson had “reported” that BuzzFeed and CNN were about to release a video of Trump using the “N-word” in an outtake from “The Apprentice.” Two days later, BuzzFeed reported, complete with screenshots, that the source of the story was some random guy who direct messaged Watson on Twitter. The article was subsequently deleted. With that out of the way, it wasn’t long before various debunkers posted comparisons that included the original video, which Continue reading "That Photo of Barack Obama Grabbing Melania Trump’s Butt is Fake"

‘It Has Always Been About You’: Obama Speaks to Staff and Supporters After Inauguration


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Following Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greeted their staff and supporters at Joint Base Andrews. After receiving a huge round of applause while hugging his wife, Barack Obama began his speech with a bit of a joke. “Michelle and I have been milking this goodbye thing,” he said to the crowd. He then went on to talk about how his supporters joined together to help make the change they believed in, discussing how they organized, knocked on doors and made phone calls. “You talked to your parents who didn’t know how to pronounce Barack Obama,” he added. Praising those who worked for him to help him get elected, he highlighted how they were what his presidency was all about. “We have been the face, sometimes the voice, out front on Continue reading "‘It Has Always Been About You’: Obama Speaks to Staff and Supporters After Inauguration"

Michelle Obama Gives John Lewis a Little Support on Twitter


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In her final days as First Lady, Michelle Obama is using her Twitter account to weigh in on a very timely topic. Well, two timely topics, depending on how you look at it. Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so to honor him, she tweeted this: See that shoutout to John Lewis, though? That’s not just a quick nod to another Civil Rights hero. The representative from Georgia was disparaged by President-elect Donald Trump after he said that Trump can’t be a legitimate president if Russia interfered with the election. He claimed that Lewis is “all talk” and no action, which Georgians and Amazon customers,  among many others, immediately contested. FLOTUS, too, it seems, stands with the Continue reading "Michelle Obama Gives John Lewis a Little Support on Twitter"

Jimmy Fallon Surprises Michelle Obama’s Fans With…Michelle Obama!


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During President Barack Obama‘s farewell address the other night, he emotionally paid tribute to his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama. The moment was touching and people around the country flocked to social media to tweet out their own version of thanks to the First Family. Jimmy Fallon decided to use his show last night to give some fans the chance to record themselves thanking FLOTUS… …but they didn’t know she was right behind a screen the whole time! As unwitting Americans took their turn standing in front of a photo of the First Lady to record themselves thanking her for helping them be more confident, work harder, and be more compassionate, Fallon pulled aside a curtain and let her walk out to surprise them. Some of them cried. Some of them squealed. Some of them hugged her like they’d known her their whole lives. Watch above. [image: screengrab] Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook.

Obama Tears Up While Paying Tribute To First Lady, His Kids and Joe Biden


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Towards the end of his farewell address as the President of the United States, Barack Obama took some time to personally speak about and pay tribute to his wife, children and Vice-President. He first mentioned First Lady Michelle Obama. “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the south side,” Obama exclaimed. He then took a few moments to compose himself as he got a bit emotional. With tears in his eyes, he said she had been not only his “wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend.” He then moved on to his children, Malia and Sasha, calling them “two amazing young women,” again showing tears while Malia also cried. (Sasha was noticeably absent.) Mentioning “Delaware’s favorite son” Joe Biden, he said he “gained a brother.” Watch the clip above. [image via screengrab] – Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona

School Board Calls on Carl Paladino to Resign Over Racist Comments About the Obamas


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paladinoLast week, former New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino made headlines over an interview where he made overly racist comments about First Lady Michelle Obama and stated that he wished President Barack Obama would die of mad cow disease. Paladino, who was President-elect Donald Trump’s New York campaign chairman and worked as a surrogate during the election, eventually gave a half-hearted apology for his remarks, claiming he was “wired up” due to Obama’s response to Aleppo. This was after quite a bit of outcry over the comments, including from Trump’s team and his own son. Well, it appears the fallout over Paladino’s comments will include him getting booted from the school board he serves on. The Huffington Post reported that the Buffalo Board of Education voted 6-2 on a resolution for Paladino to resign within the next 24 hours or they will petition the state to remove him. Apparently, Buffalo Continue reading "School Board Calls on Carl Paladino to Resign Over Racist Comments About the Obamas"

Michelle Obama on Trump Victory: ‘This Is Our Democracy, and This Is How It Works’


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In a joint People Magazine interview with her husband, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke out in her first post-election interview about what she did on election night and her reaction to Donald Trump‘s victory. As the results came in on November 8th, Obama said, “I went to bed… I don’t watch debates, I don’t like to watch the political discourse. I never have. I barely did with him.” The first lady, of course, was very critical of Trump in the few campaign appearances she made. She delivered one of the biggest speeches of the campaign in response to his comments on that Access Hollywood tape, and on the night before the election she implored people not to “play around with a protest vote.” And after all that, this is what Obama had to say about Trump’s victory:
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