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The Evolution and Revolution of the First Lady

25 Feb

As one of the commenters at the end of this video so eloquently pointed out; “Even if you don’t like Michelle Obama, you kinda do like Michelle Obama.”

In a recent visit to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the FLOTUS unveiled some pretty hot 2013 moves in honor of her Lets Move Campaign, dubbed, “The Evolution of Mom Dancing”.  And while it does look as though Lady O is dropping it low to do The Bump with Sarah Palin, Conservatives needn’t fret; tis only a lovely Jimmy Fallon in (strikingly believable) soccer mom drag.

Regardless however of what your political proclivities are, it appears that time and time again, Mrs. Obama continues to live up to the title of coolest First Lady on the planet. Ever.  I mean really, who among us can imagine Grace Coolidge doing the Charleston or Barbara Bush serving up the Cabbage Patch?

But even as a pop-culture icon, Michelle Obama has found a way to keep her finger on the pulse of popular culture in such a way that 1) her image as a political figure is able to resonate with the masses and most importantly 2) she has been able to call to and keep  attention on her platform in a way that might not have received much traction otherwise if she were not so…well, cool.  Call it what you will, but it’s that “real” and “attainable” air that has so many of us falling a little harder for her every time we see her.

Backbone: Obama “Goes In” on The Donald and Others

1 May

Okay, so “going in” might be a slight misrepresentation of how it all really went down, but the truth of the matter is, at Saturday’s annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, Mr. Obama jokingly (or was it?) let Donald Trump and others know how he really felt about them:

“I know that he’s taken some flack lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald.  And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like–did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?”

The President also took shots at Trumps credentials, (or rather, lack thereof in his maybe, maybe-not bid for the presidency in 2012), and instigated some conspiracy theorist ribbing about his other potential 2012 opponents; like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) having been born in Canada, Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty concealing his middle name “Hosni”, Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman actually being Chinese and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney passing universal health care.

Now, I realize that Obama’s roast-like comments for the most part, were in jest and customary of the sitting president at the annually held dinner, but one has to wonder how good it must have felt for the POTUS to get some of that pent-up, turn the other cheek frustration with his detractors off his chest.

All that would have been needed to make the president’s Saturday night comments perfect though, would have been for him to drop the mic, Randy Watson style!


“They’s Married Now!”

2 Aug

Chelsea Clinton was not the only notable celebrity to tie the knot in a private but grandiose ceremony this weekend.  While the former first daughter was becoming Mrs. Marc Mezvinsky in a paparazzi-free service with a reported 400 tight-lipped guests in Rhineback, NY, on the other side of the world another luminary wedding had taken place.  In a ceremony officiated by spiritualist Deepak Chopra near the French isle of Corsica, Kaseem Dean aka Swizz Beatz demonstratively (and finally) made an honest woman of his Grammy Award winning superstar fiancé, Alicia Keys.

 The pair was married in a ceremony reported to have taken place aboard a 260 foot yacht overlooking the Mediterranean Sea near the exclusive Costa Smeralda enclave.  Like Chelsea Clinton, Keys donned a Vera Wang original for the special day, while her beau was decked out in a Tom Ford white tuxedo-fusion ensemble.  Friend of the couple, Christian Louboutin designed the wedding footwear for both the bride and groom.  Aside from the couples family and close friends who were in attendance, it’s been reported that celebs like U2’s Bono as well as Queen Latifah were among the stars on the high-profile guest list.

 Having stumbled upon this “breaking news” last night and then again in a CNN.com story this morning, the nuptials were described as “a wedding between R&B power couple Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.”  It is simply amazing to me how all of a sudden, mainstream media has coined the two a “power couple.”  In fairness, Swizzy has held his own as a super-producer over the last decade, but it seems a stretch to me that his marrying Alicia Keys would now propel their relationship into the realm of power anything in the eyes of mainstream media.  I suppose though, since Alicia has continued to be the darling of R&B (the recent home-wrecker accusations notwithstanding), her marriage called for some sort of conspicuous coverage and categorization, even though her husband was a virtual unknown outside of the Hip-Hop/R&B world until news of their affair relationship came to light back in 2008.

 For me, I think it will be interesting to see how Swizz and Alicia quickly go from R&B newlyweds to proud “power couple” parents in the media in just the next few months, and if the world will remember that although this will be their first child together, the baby’s pappy has sired three other children (two with his ex-wife Mashonda Tifrere and one other, whom it appears he doesn’t openly acknowledge).  Regardless of the way that I personally feel about their relationship though, I am not saying that they don’t have the right to move on with their lives and be happy.  What I am saying however, is that I am always very amazed to find a situation where scandal and infidelity are so easily swept under the rug and dismissed when otherwise respected and celebrated figures are involved, while their less famous ex’s are left with the “other” children and looking like angry and bitter ne’er do wells.

 But hey, although united through situations and factors on seemingly opposite ends of the marital spectrum, I wish both the Mezvinskys and The Beatzs a happy and prosperous marriage where love, integrity and fidelity shape the legacy of their lives together.

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