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Michelle Obama Praises Beyonce’s New Single “Break My Soul”

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The queen of pop culture, Beyonce Knowles Carter, released her first single from her new highly anticipated album, Act I, “Renaissance.”  The single titled “Break My Soul” is a song to let loose and get you moving.  Queen B has social media in a chokehold preparing everyone for the big album drop next month. First […]

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Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle To Develop “Blackout”

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Former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama are working on Blackout to tell Black love stories. 

Higher Ground, founded by the Obamas, is teaming up with Temple Hill Entertainment for a project called Blackout. The programming will be developed concurrently as a TV series and film adaptation.

They’ve enlisted six authors to write six love stories for the project to be featured on Netflix. 

It’s based on the perspective of 12 teens during a summer power outage in New York City.  Dhonielle Clayton (Tiny Pretty Things), Tiffany D. Jackson (Allegedly), Nic Stone (Dear Martin), Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), Ashley Woodfolk (The Beauty that Remains) and Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything) have been tapped to pen the stories.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blackout becomes the Obamas’ latest project for Netflix, joining features American Factory, Becoming, Crip Camp, kids-focused entry Ada Twist and We the People, with several others in various stages of development.

The Obamas inked a Netflix producing deal in May 2018. The former first couple set an expansive first slate of film and TV projects in April 2019.

The description on Netflix describes Blackout as :

“Six prolific authors have written six Black love stories all taking place during a power outage on a sweltering summer night.

From the perspective of 12 teens with six shots of love, Blackout takes place as a heatwave blankets New York City in darkness and causes an electric chaos.

When the lights go out and people reveal hidden truths, love blossoms, friendships transform, and all possibilities take flight.

An ex-couple must bury their rivalry and walk the length of Manhattan to make it back to Brooklyn in time to kick off a block party. Two girls search for a lost photograph and find something more. Two boys trapped on the subway come face-to-face with their feelings. A pair of best friends stuck in the NYPL and surrounded by love stories figure out if there’s one in their future. A trio of kids on a senior trip take over a double-decker tour bus as they try to have a little fun … and work out their messy love triangle. Two strangers debate the philosophical nature of identity and wonder if they can find something else between them.”

  There’s no word on when the project will be available to stream.

Who better to develop a series on Black love stories than our forever President and First Lady? Will you be watching? Leave your comments below.

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Michelle Obama Announces Children’s Cooking Show Set To Debut On Netfliix

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Michelle Obama has always been passionate about ensuring kids eat quality and healthy meals and now she’s bringing that passion to Netflix.

According to the announcement, our forever First Lady is launching her new children’s show, “Waffles + Mochi,” to Netflix this spring and it stars a couple of adorable puppets — and one very familiar face–her’s. Sharing the news via an announcement via Instagram, Michelle Obama revealed that she will be prominently featured in the upcoming food-themed adventure series alongside her puppet friends, Waffles, who is a blue puppet with her namesake breakfast sticking out of fuzzy white hair, and her pal Mochi is a smiling little pink rice cake; who go on adventures to cook and try new food.

“I’ve got some big news for you! This is something I’ve been working on for a while now, and I’m so excited to finally be able to tell you all about it. Allow me to introduce two new friends of mine: Their names are Waffles and Mochi,” Michelle Obama wrote. “On March 16, we’ll be launching a new children’s show on @Netflix called Waffles + Mochi. It’s all about good food: discovering it, cooking it, and of course, eating it. ”

The series also plans to highlight Waffle andMochi’s journey as they try to become chefs by highlighting famous chefs, cooking new and healthy recipes, and showcasing the importance of cooking with healthy ingredients.

“These two will take us on adventures all around the world to explore new ingredients and try out new recipes,” Michelle Obama continued. “Kids will love it, but I know that adults will also get plenty of laughs—and some tips for the kitchen.”

The theme of the show closely aligns with Obama’s “Let’s Move!” public health campaign, which was aimed at curbing childhood obesity. As one of her signature platforms, she tried to lead initiatives that helped families get access to healthy, affordable foods and increase their physical activities, a point Mrs. Obama pointed out in her reveal.

“In many ways, this show is an extension of my work to support children’s health as First Lady—and to be quite honest, I wish a program like this had been around when my girls were young,” Michelle Obama wrote. “I also know that this is a difficult time for so many families, and I’m hopeful that this delightful show can bring a bit of light and laughter to homes around the world. That’s why as part of the show’s commitment to helping families during the pandemic.”

“Waffles and Mochi” is set to air on March 16.

Check out the trailer for the show below.

 

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President Barack Obama Sends ‘Best Wishes’ to Trump, First Lady Following COVID-19 Diagnosis

President Barack Obama Sends 'Best Wishes' to Trump, First Lady Following COVID-19 Diagnosis

Our forever President Barack Obama sent “best wishes” to Donald and Melania Trump after the news broke that they tested positive for COVID-19.

“Let me start by the way, by just stating that we’re in the midst of a big political fight. And we take that very seriously,” Obama reportedly said during a virtual fundraiser with Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris for the Biden-Harris campaign, according to CNN. . “We also want to extend our best wishes to the President of the United States, the first lady … Michelle and I are hopeful that they and others who have been affected by Covid-19 around the country are getting the care that they need, that they are going to be on the path to a speedy recovery.”

Obama also shared the positive message on Twitter.

Barack Obama sent his sentiments after Trump was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to treat “mild symptoms.”

“I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support,” Trump said. “I think I’m doing very well but we’re going to make sure that things work out,” he added. “The first lady is doing very well. So thank you very much. I appreciate it. I will never forget it.”

Many people think that he’s lying and using the virus to sway elections in his favor.

What do you think?

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Michelle Obama Presents Beyoncé With 2020 BET Humanitarian Award

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Beyoncé was honored with the 2020 BET Humanitarian Award for her work in the community that was presented by Michelle Obama. Last year’s recipient was the late great Nipsey Hussle.

Queen Bey’s efforts that were highlighted include creating a Mobile Testing Relief Campaign with her mother, Tina Knowles, to the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign gives out free testing to the people in her hometown Houston, Texas specifically for black residents who are mainly impacted throughout the U.S. Also, BeyGOOD teamed up with Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey to raise six million to provide wellness services throughout Houston, New York, New Orleans, and Detroit.

With her speech, she made it known that we need to go out there and vote. As brothers and sisters, we have to inspire change. Peep the speech below.

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The 13th Annual Roots Picnic is Going Virtual with Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote Organization

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The Roots Picnic may not be able to take a physical form this year but it will not be completely gone as a virtual version will hit online Saturday, June 27. The picnic now will combine with Michelle Obama and her When We All Vote nonprofit.

The picnic will have performances from H.E.R., Lil Baby, SZA, Roddy Ricch, Snoh Aalegra, G Herbo, Musiq Soulchild, Earthgang, Polo G and D-Nice. Appearances during the event will be Janelle Monáe, Traces Elliss Ross, Kerry Washington, Chris Paul, Tom Hanks and more.

The show will be hosted by Mrs. Obama, Questlove, and Black Thought.

You can learn more about the event below.

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This year, in partnership with Michelle Obama’s (@michelleobama) national, nonpartisan nonprofit organization, When We All Vote (@whenweallvote), The Roots (@theroots) are launching the 13th Annual Roots Picnic (@rootspicnic) as a virtual broadcast experience on Saturday, June 27th, exclusively on YouTube. The event is Executive Produced by Shawn Gee (Live Nation Urban), Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (@questlove) Tarik Trotter (Two One Five Entertainment) (@blackthought) and Dan Parise (DPS). Hosted by Questlove, Black Thought and Michelle Obama, the picnic will be filled with amazing performances by a diverse group of young, highly popular hip hop, R&B and gospel artists with the goal of engaging and reaching 500,000 eligible voters. When We All Vote volunteers will sign up to text voters throughout the show through Outvote, a web and mobile organizing platform used to reach unregistered voters. In addition to music, this event will include pre-recorded segments with musicians, athletes, social media influencers, When We All Vote Co-Chairs and The Roots sharing one simple call to action, register to vote. Fans can subscribe to The Roots Official YouTube Channel and tune into the broadcast stream by hitting the link in our bio (yt.be/music/rootspicnic). The partnership comes from a shared ethos of wanting to reach the most underrepresented community of people when it comes to voting, black people between the ages of 21-35. Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote and The Roots have a common goal, to educate and inspire communities to use their voices and vote to make a difference. Starting TODAY and continuing throughout the broadcast, there will be a call to action to allow fans to register to vote at https://weall.vote/rootspicnic or by texting ROOTS to 56005.* Throughout the broadcast this will be available in the form of a link in the live chat section allowing fans to register to vote in real time while enjoying the show. We look forward to this celebration with you! 🎶🗳

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The Obamas Are Set to Headline Virtual Commencement Celebrations

The Obamas are set to deliver a message to the Class of 2020 for the nation’s High School seniors in a special called Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.

The special will air on ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC on May 16, at 8 pm ET/PT/7 pm CT.

The virtual event is hosted by XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation, and The Entertainment Industry Foundation and they’re aiming to bring a joyful experience to those who were hoping to walk across the stage. Among those joining the Obamas are LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe, H.E.R., Ben Platt, and more.

Barack and Michelle Obama will also headline a YouTube Originals special, Dear Class of 2020. This virtual event is a celebration for graduates worldwide. BTS and Lady Gaga will also speak, with special appearances by Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, Kerry Washington, Chloe x Halle and Zendaya, and others.

“Graduation is a tradition that students and families look forward to and with the current state of the world, YouTube is lending some inspiration in the form of a virtual commencement,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Content for YouTube. “We hope bringing together noteworthy, influential speakers along with performances from some of their favorite artists will provide encouragement for the students who have worked so hard to get here.”

They don’t always come when we call, but the Obamas always come on time. Barack shared how much he loves joining commencements in the Instagram post below. “I’ve always loved joining commencements––the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice. Even if we can’t get together in person this year, Michelle and I are excited to celebrate the nationwide Class of 2020 and recognize this milestone with you and your loved ones.”

Michelle followed up with a tear-jerking post expressing her sympathy for the Class of 2020.

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Netflix to Release Michelle Obama Documentary ‘Becoming’ in May

Former First Lady Michelle Obama will be the latest creator to deliver content to your television during the COVID-19 pandemic. Netflix has announced Becoming, a documentary on Mrs. Obama’s book tour to arrive on the streaming service on May 6.

The film is described as: “an intimate look into the life of former First Lady Michelle Obama during a moment of profound change, not only for her personally but for the country she and her husband served over eight impactful years in the White House. The film offers a rare and up-close look at her life, taking viewers behind the scenes as she embarks on a 34-city tour that highlights the power of community to bridge our divides and the spirit of connection that comes when we openly and honestly share our stories.”

You can see Mrs. Obama’s announcement below.

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Michelle Obama Launches Initiative to Make Voting Accessible During Pandemic

The coronavirus continues to turn days longer but we still have to vote this Fall. Michelle Obama is promoting a new voting initiative, called When We All Vote, which will allow people to cast their ballots via mail-in voting, early in-person voting and online voting registration.

“Americans should never have to choose between making their voices heard and keeping themselves and their families safe,” our forever First Lady said in the release. “We know that barriers to voting existed before this crisis, especially for young people and communities of color. Expanding access to vote-by-mail, online voter registration and early voting are critical steps for this moment—and they’re long overdue. There is nothing partisan about striving to live up to the promise of our country; making the democracy we all cherish more accessible; and protecting our neighbors, friends and loved ones as they participate in this cornerstone of American life.”

Obama is also seeking expanded voting options in Wiscon’s primary elections where people waited in line for hours without protective gear against the virus.

Barack Obama spoke about the tragedy. “No one should be forced to choose between their right to vote and their right to stay healthy…”

Michelle Obama launched When We All Vote in 2018 alongside co-chairs actor Tom Hanks, actor and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, NBA player Chris Paul and country music superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

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Michelle Obama Shares Family’s Self Isolation Routine With Ellen Degeneres

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While the world is figuring out how to cope with the impending changes to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, celebrities have taken to social media to show how they are coping with the downtime and who’s better to get advice from than the former First Lady Michelle Obama.

On Monday (Mar 23), Ellen Degeneres took to Instagram Live to help fans curb their boredom from being isolated, by calling on her friend Michelle Obama to share tips on what the Obama family is doing during the time of social distancing. Degeneres, whose show has suspended production until the end of the month for the safety of her staff and others, rang up the former FLOTUS for a five-minute catch-up to pass the time.

“We’re just trying to structure our days. Everybody’s home, the girls are back because colleges are now online. They’re off in their respective rooms doing their online classes. I think Barack is, I don’t know where he is. He was on the phone on a conference call,” Mrs. Obama said. “We’re just trying to keep a routine going, but we’ve also got a little Netflix and chillin’ happening.”

Though times are tough — Obama highlighted those who need and will need help as the pandemic unfolds — she also gave her take on how to find silver linings where possible.

“On the positive side, I know for us, it’s forced us to continue to sit down with each other, have real conversations, really ask questions and figure out how to keep ourselves occupied without just TV or computers,” Mrs. Obama continued. “It’s a good exercise in reminding us that we just don’t need a lot of the stuff that we have. When times are bad, having each other, having your health, we can do with a lot less, and I think that’s an important lesson that I want my kids to understand—be grateful for what you have and be ready to share it when the time comes. Now we’re just happy that we’re together. That everybody is healthy and safe.”

In addition to her words of wisdom during the impromptu interview, Michelle Obama also posted some tips on her own Instagram on how to lend a hand during this time of need as well all fight to combat the spread of the Coronavirus at home.

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These past few weeks have been scary and difficult for many of us. We just don’t have a roadmap for what we’re currently experiencing—that in and of itself can bring up feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and fear. Not to mention the worry we feel about the health and safety of our parents, children, and loved ones and the financial security of so many families. Whatever you’re going through right now, I want you to know you aren’t alone. Even as we practice social distancing, this new normal is something we are figuring out together. As for me, I know when I’m feeling overwhelmed that picking up the phone and calling one of my girlfriends can work wonders. I also know staying close to my community helps me to feel connected and strong. If you’re not sure what that looks like these days, I’ve offered a few suggestions to get you started. But this is by no means an exhaustive list! Add your comment below with the ways you’re showing up for your community during these tough times. And don’t forget: It’s okay to take a breath, too. Be gentle with yourself. Log off when you need to, take a break if you can, and let others know when you’d like a little help. Illustrations: @grantagold Graphics: @linseyfields

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