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As an answer to First Lady Michelle Obama’s urge to encourage healthier lifestyles for kids through the Let’s Move! Active School initiative, Reebok has pledged million dollars help get kids more active. The powerhouse brand has invested nearly million to elementary schools through its BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success) program, and has committed to donate million dollars over the next three years to organizations and activities that promote physical activity and fitness.
BOKS Ambassador says he was “hooked immediately” when presented the lifestyle. “Anything I can do to ensure that kids growing up today have the same passion for sports and fitness that I do, is something that is very important to me,” he continued. As a thanks for their promise, Michelle Obama praised the brand by saying she is “beyond thrilled” by Reebok’s commitment, and it is “exactly the kind of leadership we need to ensure our kids get the healthy lives they deserve.”
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President Obama signed an enhanced version of the 1994 Violence Against Women act, earlier today. The expanded legislations offers more protection for women who are victims of domestic abuse, and s-xual assault.
The adjusted version will provide 9 million in federal aid over five years to fund shelters and hotlines for victims, and make it easier to prosecute crimes against women, on a federal level.
“All women deserve the right to live free from fear,” Obama said during the ceremony. “That’s what today is about.”
Today’s event was a victory for Native Americans, gays, and immigrant women as well.
The Associated Press reports:
The revitalized Violence Against Women Act also marked an important win for gay rights advocates and Native Americans, who will see new protections under the law, and for Obama, whose attempts to push for a renewal failed last year after they became entangled in gender politics and the presidential election.
“This is your day. This is the day of the advocates, the day of the survivors. This is your victory,” Obama said. “This victory shows that when the American people make their voices heard, Washington listens.”
As Obama prepared to put his pen to the new law, new government data underscored both the progress that has been made and the enduring need to do more.
A survey conducted in 2011 found that one in four women admitted to being beaten by their partner, one in six said that they have been stalked, and one in five women reported being a victim r@pe, or attempted r@pe at some point.
However, a newly released poll, courtesy of the U.S. Justice Department stated that s-xual violence against females 12 and older, dropped 64 percent in a decade. The number has remained stable over the last five years.
Vice President Joe Biden originally drafted the Violence Against Women Act, which passed with support from both Democrats and Republicans.
See photos from the ceremony below, and other shots of the president’s week.
Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/Pete Souza
Eight former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration want the Feds to step in and nullify weed laws in states that have legalized the drug for recreational use. The DEA leaders announced today, that the government must act fast, or risk missing an opportunity to take aim at the likes of Colorado and Washington state.
In joint statements sent to President Obama and viewed by the Associated Press, the one-time DEA heads accused the administration of not moving fast enough, believing that they should sue to bring an end to the drug legislation. ”My fear is that the Justice Department will do what they are doing now: do nothing and say nothing,” said onetime DEA head, Peter Bensinger, who lives in Chicago. Bensinger fears that other states will move to approve similar drug legislation, and believes that the clock is ticking. “If they don’t act now, these laws will be fully implemented in a matter of months.”
Ethan Nadelmann of the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance– an organization supporting lighter drug laws–completely disagrees with Bensinger. In his view, the attempt is more selfish than selfless. “The former DEA chiefs’ statement can best be seen as a self-interested plea to validate the costly and failed policies they championed but that Americans are now rejecting at the ballot box,” Nadelman said in a statement.”They obviously find it hard to admit that – at least with respect to marijuana – their legacy will be much the same as a previous generation of agents who once worked for the federal Bureau of Prohibition enforcing the nation’s alcohol prohibition laws.”
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is said to be still reviewing the state laws, but offered no new commentary in response to statements from the ex-DEA collective.
Colorado and Washington are the only two states in the U.S. that have fully legalized weed.
President Obama unveiled the full-length statue of Rosa Parks on Capitol Hill, earlier today. House Speaker John Boehner joined the commander in chief to reveal the statue in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.
Parks has become first Black woman to receive the honor.
From the Associated Press:
A bust of another black woman, abolitionist Sojourner Truth, sits in the Capitol Visitors Center.
Obama said that with the installation of the statue, Parks, who died in 2005, has taken her rightful place among those who have shaped the course of U.S. history. He said her presence in Capitol would serve to “remind us no matter how humble or lofty our positions, just what it is that leadership requires.”
The several hundred lawmakers, family and congressional staff who gathered for the ceremony in the vaulted hall rose to their feet and whooped as Boehner opened the ceremony.
The statue shows Parks sitting down with her purse on her lap, and was a perfect depiction of the Alabama native, according to the president. “Rosa Parks’ singular act of disobedience launched a movement,” he explained, referencing the then 42-year-old’s refusal to give up her seat to a White man, back in 1955. Parks was arrested, sparking a boycott of the bus system, and led to the Supreme Court banning segregation on public transportation in 1956.
“We do well placing a statue of her here, but we can do no greater honor to her memory than to carry forward the power of her principle and a courage born of conviction,” Obama added.
Parks’ statue comes just after the U.S. Postal Service honored her memory with a stamp, revealed on Feb. 4, which would’ve been her 100th birthday.
View photos from the ceremony below.
Photos: AP/Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
”They Don’t Allow Us To Just Listen To Anything”
The Obamas are pretty cool with the music elite. After all, Beyonce and Jay-Z have hosted fundraisers and attended inaugurations, Bruce Springsteen comes around to kick it every now and then–they’re pretty cool with the elder statesmen of the game. But what about the kids? The First Lady revealed during an appearance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” that her kids are fans of Frank Ocean–and other music that their parents may not like.
“They don’t really listen to us,” Michelle Obama said. “They try to hip us to stuff, you know, I learned about Elle Varner because of Malia and they like Frank Ocean, we are BeyoncÃ© devotes. But there’s some music that they’ll tell us, ‘I think the music is too rough for you.’ I’m like, ‘Really?’ … They don’t allow us to just listen to anything. They’re looking out for our well-being.”
Kanye West and rants go together like peanut butter and jelly, and once again Yeezy used the stage to vent some frustrations. While in London Saturday night, the Chicago superstar railed against the GRAMMYs, Justin Timberlake‘s “Suit & Tie” single, and even President Barack Obama.
West was performing the first of back-to-back shows at the Hammersmith Apollo and shortly after performing the Cruel Summer single “Clique,” the G.O.O.D. Music chieftain got a few things off his chest. Graciously thanking the crowd, Kanye launched into his rant by mentioning that he owns a residence in London. But shortly after, he began to rail against the industry.
“I hate business people,” said a seemingly frustrated West. “People get on the phone with me and talk to me like ‘What kind of business can it do, tho? What kind of business are you doing? What’s the numbers? How much did you sell?’”
After a few moments of that, West started to dig in. “Remind me again why we in this sh-t? / Remind me why the GRAMMYs can suck my d-ck,” he crooned in a sing-song freestyle. “Remind me again who’s the original Superfly/And I got love for Hov but I ain’t f-ckin’ with that “Suit & Tie.”
West threw shots at corporate sponsors as well, just before having what appears to be a bit of meltdown. Mentioning the loss of his mother in an especially emotional moment, West then said, “I don’t give a f-ck what the President has to say” before going on to some other choice words.
It seemed like Kanye West was working something out with himself onstage, and may have destroyed some endorsement opportunities for himself in the process as well.
Check out the onstage rant in the video clip courtesy of TeamKanyeDaily below.
It’s not often that Michelle Obama hits the talk show circuit, but last night, the First Lady of the United States made a special appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to touch on a number of things. Most importantly, she went on the show to promote the Let’s Move! campaign, which “is dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity” through encouraging kids to become more active and healthy, and encouraging parents to join in on the effort. After doing a hilarious skit with Fallon called the ‘Evolution of Mom Dancing’ (the first video below) in honor of that campaign, Mrs. Obama sat down for an inciteful interview. When asked about music in the White House, she responds by stating that her daughters listen to Frank Ocean, they introduced her to Elle Varner and of course, the Obamas are “Beyoncé devotees.” The First Family has good taste. You can see that part of the interview at the 1:30 mark in the video above and watch the rest of it in the videos below.
First Lady Michelle Obama has been on a whirlwind press tour for the 3rd anniversary of her Let’s Move campaign. Check out her funny "Mom Dances" video she did with Jimmy Fallon last night, and her interviews with Robin Roberts & Dr. Oz…
Leave it to our fab First Lady to come up with something funny to add to her Let’s Move campaign. Last year, she and ate night host Jimmy Fallon had their own version of the Olympics at the White House. And last night, they put together a video of "Mom Dances". Complete with Jimmy dressing in his own mom clothes and Mrs. O helping him with the dances every mom knows.
She got dressed in her usual fab gear during her interview though. Check out the dance below:
And their sit-down below where Mrs. O talked about her hair and Twitter:
And her Let’s Move campaign:
Earlier yesterday, Mrs. Obama rolled to "Good Morning America" to tape an interview with Robin Roberts:
The two ladies looked gorgeous as they caught up with each others’ lives, Mrs. O’s fitness campaign, and cooked in the kitchen with Marcus Samuelson. The segment will air on Tuesday.
And she even stopped by Dr. Oz’s show to dance it up with kids from Terence C. Reilly #7 School in Elizabeth, New Jersey. That segment airs Thursday.
Our First Lady will also be making stops in Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri.
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Ted Nugent believes that he has done more for Black America than President Obama. In a column written for World Net Daily, the conservative musician named the commander in chief, and members of the democratic party , as the destructive force aimed at taking down Black people.
From the column:
With February being Black History Month, historians looking back at this timeframe studying black Americans will judge it as a complete and total disaster. And they won’t blame President Bush.
Barack Obama, the guy who received roughly 93 percent of black American votes, is the clear and present engineer of the destruction of black America.
It’s not all the president’s fault, but the economic and social policies he endorses are destroying what is left of a once proud and strong black America.
As a MotorCity Motown guy whose gravity-defying career pivots on my intense adulation for my black musical heroes, it pains me deeply to witness this self-inflicted destructo derby. The destruction of blacks has been engineered by President Obama’s party for at least the last 50 years. The New Deal was a raw deal, and The Great Society experiment didn’t turn out to be so great after all. It has been an unmitigated disaster for black Americans.
Today, the unemployment rate for adult black Americans is twice that of white Americans. Teenage black unemployment is at a staggering 40 percent.
The high school drop out rate for black Americans in some inner cities is above 50 percent. Only 66 percent of black youth graduate from high school – the lowest in the country.
Nugent goes on to name the “black-on-black crime epidemic,” and “single-parent” households among the issues hurting the Black community, but it’s what voters have done to themselves that is truly incomprehensible. “With all this unbelievable negative information, what is more unbelievable is that black Americans continue to support Democratic politicians who have raped and plundered black America forever,” he writes.
The 64-year-old credits the likes of James Brown, Little Richard, BB King, and more with launching his career, and therefore feels deeply indebted to Black people. He also plans on naming his forthcoming tour “Ted Nugent Black Power 2013.”
Photo: ABC News
Herman Cain is no stranger to making comments that rile up his opposing side, in fact he’s become quite masterful at it. Today’s installment finds the one-time presidential hopeful calling those who voted for President Obama ignorant.
The newly minted member of the Fox News Channel appeared on The O’Reilly Factor this week, revealing to Bill O’Reilly, the biggest issue plaguing America. “The biggest problem this country has is a deficiency of leadership,” he said. “We do not have a leader in the White House, we have a politician in the White House who is continuing his popularity campaign even though he’s already been reelected.”
Because the president has such a preoccupation with being liked, Cain blamed his alleged vanity for the debt crisis, and why the economy is “shrinking instead of growing.”
When pressed by O’Reilly to answer why so many people side with Obama, Cain replied that voters were brainwashed. “51 percent of the voters were misled enough to vote for him. We are that dumb. Now keep in mind, not everybody. He got 51 percent of the popular vote. We have a severe ignorance problem, with the people who are so mesmerized by his popularity that they’re not looking at the facts.
“Martin Luther King said 50 years ago in 1963 something that is so appropriate to today, ‘There is nothing more dangerous than severe ignorance.’”
This isn’t the first time that Obama supporters have been accused of blindly following his lead. Mitt Romney made similar comments about “47 percent” of Americans willing to vote for the president no matter what.
Photo: Fox News