“I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years. Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs … I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.”
Barack and Michelle Obama spoke to People about the racial profiling they experience, despite assumptions that the presidency somehow makes the couple immune to racism. Michelle also recalled an instance in which Barack “was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee.”
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For Jenny Slate, Marcel the Shell is more than just an onscreen character — his voice makes an appearance anytime Jenny wants to provide commentary on her life without feeling like she’s talking to herself. [This basically describes the vast majority of the conversations that occur between myself and Lucca, where I do Lucca's voice responding to me, etc. -- Amelia] Yesterday, Jenny serenaded Conan with a rendition of the melancholy classic “Landslide” in the voice of Marcel, bringing a tear to the eye of every other talking shell out there.
Let’s be honest: despite whatever good times we’ve experienced in our individual lives this year, 2014 was really shitty for the world as a whole. Terrorism, war, Ebola, plane crashes, abuse, and American police brutality — overall, a widespread loss of innocent lives — has left us feeling pessimistic at best. Vox put together this reflection of what the world endured in the past twelve months. Thankfully, 2014 saw a few triumphs here and there too, so maybe it’s safe to hope for a happier 2015. [Vox]
Sure, reveling in your youth is fun and all, but nothing’s more striking than those moments when you catch yourself making a decidedly adult choice and realize your younger self would never even recognize you. The road to emotional maturity may be long and bumpy, but sometimes it’s the simple things that make you feel most like a grown-up. When you gleefully partake in these 30 surface-level habits, you know you’re becoming a big kid. Keep reading »