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Here’s Michelle Obama’s Speech At Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service

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"She Wanted All Of Us To Be Phenomenal"

Michelle Obama spoke this weekend at the memorial service for beloved author Maya Angelou, who died on May 28 at age 86. Her tearful and touching speech remembers Angelou for celebrating Black women’s beauty. “Oh, how desperately black girls needed that message,” the First Lady said. “As a young woman, I needed that message.”

Read Mrs. Obama’s full speech after the jump:
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Michelle Obama Wants To #BringBackOurGirls

First Lady Michelle Obama has joined citizens of the globe in calling to #BringBackOurGirls. The hashtags and photos ask for the release of the 200+ Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped from their boarding school by a militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, which opposes education for girls and women. Of course, this crisis needs more than just signs and tweets. But at least this sign-holder has the most powerful man in the world’s ear. [Twitter.com/FLOTUS]

Michelle Obama To Appear On “Nashville”

  • FLOTUS will appear on an upcoming “military-themed” episode of “Nashville” set at Fort Campbell Army base in Kentucky. This appearance is in addition to another upcoming cameo on “Parks & Recreation.” Do you have your SAG card yet, Michelle? [Vanity Fair]
  • Vibrators look like cellphones now. [Nerve]
  • Peaches Geldof’s funeral will be held this Monday in Kent, England, in the church where her parents married. The cause of the 25-year-old’s sudden death still hasn’t been determined. [Page Six]
  • Could the “Game Of Thrones” poisoning happen in real life? [Boing Boing] Keep reading »

Michelle Obama Brings Kale Chips To “Ew!” With Jimmy Fallon & Will Ferrell

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EW!
  • Kale chips? EW! The First Lady stopped by “The Tonight Show” last night to promote healthy eating and exercise — dance party! — on Jimmy Fallon’s “Ew!” sketch with Will Ferrell. Someone made out with picture of Harry Styles … but not the First Lady, obvs. [YouTube]
  • Christina Aguilera is pregnant! The newly engaged pop star is expecting her second child with her fiancé Matthew Rutler. Xtina has a six-year-old son Max with her ex-husband Jordan Bratman. [US Weekly]
  • That Duke University freshman who pays for her schooling by doing porn tells all. [xoJane]
  • Vivid CEO Steve Hirsch called Farrah Abraham a “fraud” and offered her $1 million if a lie detector test proves she has been raped and drugged, as she recently claimed. He is so gross. [Celebuzz] Keep reading »

Michelle Obama Wears Azzedine Alaia To State Of The Union Address

  • Michelle Obama wore an A-line, emerald green Azzedine Alaia dress with a matching jacket last night for the State Of The Union Address. Already she’s getting shit for wearing a Tunisian designer instead of an American one. [Fashionista, People]
  • Kanye West has reportedly settled with the 18-year-old who called Kim a “n****r lover,” prompting Ye to beat the stuffing out of him. TMZ reports the teen got $250,000 in the settlement. [TMZ]
  • Hugh Grant is a father (again) after having a child with a Swedish TV producer. The baby boy was born just three months before his second child, who was born to another woman. [Daily Mail UK]
  • New couple alert: Selena Gomez is dating teenybopper pop singer Austin Mahone, who is only 17. [US Weekly] Keep reading »

Santa’s Elves Join The Obamas For Adorable Holiday Photo

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Here’s the Obama family posing on Sunday evening with five adorable little kids who are past or current patients at the Children’s National Medical Center. Gosh, whoever thought to put these kids in elf costumes deserves a raise. [NBC News] [Photo: Getty Images]

Photographer Assures Us That Michelle Obama Was Not Mortified By The President’s Funeral Selfie

Photographer, Roberto Schmidt, who took the now infamous pic of Michelle Obama looking mortified while Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt posed for a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, is coming to the first lady’s defense.

“Photos can lie,” writes Schmidt on the AFP blog. “In reality, just a few seconds earlier the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included. Her stern look was captured by chance.”  Keep reading »

Barack Snaps A Funeral Selfie, Michelle Is Mortified

We knew “funeral selfies” were all the rage for the young, dumb and impressionable … but President Obama took one, too? Here’s the president, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Danish Prime Minister Helle-Thorning-Schmidt taking a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. How very gauche of them at a solemn occasion. I know funerals are boring, but this is not a good look. See, even Michelle is pretending she doesn’t know you. [Mediaite] [Image via Mediaite]

Oh, For Eff’s Sake, Michelle Obama Is Not A “Feminist’s Nightmare”

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One of the most intriguing characters on “Scandal” is First Lady Mellie Grant. She’s not just a WASP sent from Central Casting, or a put-upon wife of a philanderer. Mellie gave up her Yale and Harvard-bred ambitions for the full-time job of photo ops and glad-handing as the First Lady. Just like Lucy Ricardo always wanted husband Ricky to just give her one opportunity to be in a show, Mellie Grant wants to influence policy and make big moves wherever she can. At every turn, she is stopped, often angrily, by her husband the President and his apoplectic Chief Of Staff. Both men remind her, every episode it seems, that the First Lady is supposed to be pretty sidekick, not a policy wonk.  In one episode, Mellie is witheringly informed her job is to be “ornamental.”

Watching Mellie Grant on “Scandal” has made me look at Michelle Obama differently for sure. It’s not hard to imagine she, too, feels a bit trapped in a golden cage. We don’t exactly know whether Michelle Obama feels like her intellect is being wasted, but we do know from Jodi Kantor’s book, The Obamas, a portrait of the Obama marriage, that Barack’s high-level staff has bristled in the past at Michelle’s involvement. But  also we know that Michelle dedicated her first year as First Lady to acclimating her two children to their new home and school and has spent many years since promoting healthy eating and exercise. All this has been summed up by Michelle Cottle, a Daily Beast scribe in a piece for Politico Magazine, as a feminist failure. Keep reading »

PC Nation Much? “Just Move” Stamps Are On Hold Because They Display “Unsafe Behavior”

PC Nation Much? "Just Move" Stamps Are On Hold Because They Display "Unsafe Behavior"

Somebody call the PC Police: the Michelle Obama-inspired “Just Move!” stamp series, which encourages kids to lead more active lifestyles, has been put on hold because it depicts children participating in “unsafe activities.” You know, like skateboarding without kneepads and headstands without a helmet. Yes, really. Abstract, faceless cartoon images doing “unsafe” cannonballs in a brightly colored vacuum are apparently going to be the end of our nation’s youth if we allow these stamps to be released. In case it wasn’t obvious how ludicrous that is, let’s try to remember the last time a millennial child sent or even looked at a piece of snail mail that these stamps are intended for. Most of those kids are too busy staring at their glowing screens for things like snail mail, and definitely too preoccupied to do something like the physical activities these stamps are trying to encourage. Keep reading »

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