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    Cool Michelle Obama & Beyonce

    I did feel a ways when I heard it I was like really... Bey?
    Nawww come betta dan dat


    then recently when asked if she could switch places with anyone in the world Michelle Obama said she'd switch with Bey

    Michelle Obama and Beyonce: A Problematic Love Fest?

    Maybe you've heard about the ongoing love fest between Michelle Obama and pop star Beyoncé Knowles. Their public girl crush stems back to at least April 11, when Beyoncé posted an image on her blog of a handwritten note, fawning all over the first lady. "Michelle, is the ultimate example of a truly strong African American woman," Beyoncé wrote. "I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you, to look up to."

    Mrs. Obama responded in kind via Twitter: "Thank you for the beautiful letter and for being a role model who kids everywhere can look up to. --mo"

    Really? That raised my arched brows, but I assumed FLOTUS was being extraordinarily gracious after Beyoncé's flattering open letter. I mean, Bey did lend celeb power to Mrs. O's Let's Move! initiative; she belted out Etta James' "At Last" for the Obamas' inaugural dance; and she and her husband, Jay-Z, have been fundraising for President Obama's re-election campaign.

    FLOTUS and Bey's latest round of gushing began when Mrs. Obama told People magazine last week that if there was anyone in the world she would trade places with, it would be Beyoncé. On Tuesday she was at it again. While promoting her new book, American Grown, on Good Morning America, she fawned over Bey once more. "I love her to death," said Mrs. Obama, a bona fide role model.


    This love fest has gone too far for my liking. I'm no one (and neither are you) to police the first lady's musical tastes, but this continued public endorsement of Houston's Finest rubs me the wrong way. I am not a Bey hater, but I am an observant onlooker.

    By all accounts Bey is humble and hardworking, and I know firsthand that she puts on one helluva stage show. She sings well. She's rich and beautiful, and her jet-set lifestyle seems fabulous from the outside looking in. Beyoncé is undeniably talented. But ... she is also several things I would never want a young girl to aspire to or emulate.
    She is only slightly more role model-esque than three of the four reality stars ironically gracing the current cover of Vibe. Let's keep it funky, folks: Beyoncé's talent -- the one that's made her a multimillionaire and a household name -- is the ability to habitually line-step on the Madonna-whore dichotomy. That is to say, she has mastered the art of moving her tush like a stripper and her hips like a porn star, and she still manages to be perceived as a lady and some sort of feminist. Women who have done the same or less have faced more criticism.

    Her lyrics fluctuate between empowerment lite and sending women nearly back to the June Cleaver dark ages. For every "Me, Myself and I," "Irreplaceable" or "Love on Top," there are songs like "Cater 2 U," where Bey (during her Destiny's Child days) does everything for her man, from untying his shoestrings to offering a manicure.

    There's also "Run the World (Girls)," which sounds pro-woman at first, but the lyrics, combined with the video, seem to say that a woman's real power lies in her ability to persuade a man to action by enticing him with what lies between her thick thighs. (She undercuts the come-on slightly by saying, "F--k you, pay me.") And then there's "Ring the Alarm," which is pure Birdism 101. Bey sing-shouts in her special way about not leaving a cheating man because she doesn't want to lose (or have another woman gain) access to expensive material goods purchased by her significant other.

    Consider a few of Beyoncé's performances/publicity stunts (and I'm scratching the surface here), like the time she sang "Ave Maria" at the 2009 BET Awards while scantily clad in an outfit from Madonna's "Like a Virgin" days. Or the entire year she didn't wear pants while promoting B'Day. Or how she showed up to the Met Ball (aka the East Coast Oscars) in May wearing a dress that literally showed her ass.


    This is the person with whom the first lady wants to trade places?!

    For a woman of Michelle Obama's caliber to uplift Beyoncé as a role model, and to speak of swapping lives with her, sends a damaging, demeaning and dangerous message to women and girls. It says that despite education and intellect, grace and power, what really matters is our looks, our willingness to submit and our ability to swivel our hips to sexually satisfy the opposite sex. We hear that message loud and clear every time a reality show airs. We don't need to hear it from our first lady, too.

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    Throw dat letter in ah iron pot and leh we drink corn soup, yes.

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    opposing view

    I realize what clearly many others seem to forget—Not every moment is a teachable one.
    Why It Makes Sense that Michelle Obama Would Trade Places With Beyoncé - The Daily Beast
    Michelle Obama set tongues a wagging last week when she told People magazine that if she could trade places with anyone in the world, it would be with pop star Beyoncé. Several websites took issue with the first lady’s choice of role-reversal candidate, and many African-American blogs expressed shock and rage at her “apparent lack of thought” given the brevity of the question.


    Of course, their objections come from a very real place and ultimately stem from the lack of appropriate role models for women of color and the reinforcement of the idea that all black role models must be athletes or entertainers.

    Still, as someone who writes frequently about the impact of negative images of African-Americans in the media, I can honestly say I have no problem with the first lady’s declaration of admiration for Beyoncé. I realize what clearly many others seem to forget—that not every moment is a teachable one.

    The first lady was speaking to a magazine that focuses heavily on entertainment, so she chose to hypothetically trade places with someone she not only appears to have a good friendship with, but who also is a true entertainment icon. Has everyone forgotten Beyoncé singing “At Last” to the first couple at President Obama’s inauguration? Or how she works with the first lady on her Let’s Move! program and recently penned a letter to her thanking her for being a role model for her and Jay-Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy?

    Yes, it would been have wonderful to hear Michelle Obama say she’d like to trade places with amazing African-American women such as Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Management, or Felicia Fields, group vice president of corporate services at Ford Motor Co., but I know those names simply wouldn’t have resonated with readers in quite the same way as Beyoncé’s. And let’s face it: had Mrs. Obama mentioned a woman who wasn’t a household name, she would have surely been accused of being out of touch or too highbrow for the average American voter. That’s a message her husband’s campaign can ill afford to send during this hotly contested–election year.

    The first lady was speaking to the masses, and the masses know, love, and celebrate those with familiar faces and recognizable names. Which means women like Hobson and Fields only get limited attention from the mainstream press and rarely grace the covers of major magazines, no matter if those publications are black- or white-owned. These are the times we live in, like or not.

    I’d understand the criticism more if the first lady didn’t host an annual conference honoring exceptional females during Women’s History Month each year. That event brings together women of all walks of life, careers, and backgrounds and connects them with young girls they can influence and mentor. I’d also understand the criticism more if Michelle Obama didn’t have the highest approval rating of any political figure in the country or if she didn’t have degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

    I realize what clearly many others seem to forget—that not every moment is a teachable one.
    Had the first lady said she’d wanted to trade places with singer Nicki Minaj or reality star NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, that would have been cause for concern, but she didn’t. Instead she chose someone young, fabulous, and hip. As author Rebecca Walker points out, “Who doesn’t want to be Beyoncé? Mountains of talent, a doting husband, and the mother to a new, beautiful baby. She is the quintessential embodiment of the American dream.”

    The Huffington Post didn’t quite see it that way. In a scathing piece posted May 29, a blogger took the first lady to task by dissecting Beyoncé’s educational background and anything else they saw fit and suggesting that the Grammy Award–winning singer hadn’t completed high school and lacked the smoothness and etiquette of singers of the past like Diana Ross. Her clothes were harshly critiqued, as were her steamy performances in videos and concert tours. While I understood the reporter’s overall point in terms of better role models, it seemed unfair to go after Beyoncé in such a cutthroat way. From all accounts, the 30-year-old singer has handled massive fame and fortune with relative ease and few missteps. That’s no small feat—and the same cannot be said for a good deal of her peers. So why all the uproar?

    By saying she’d like to trade places with Beyoncé, Michelle Obama was simply saying she likes to have fun at times, and Beyoncé sure does seem to have great deal of it in her videos and concerts. Have you watched the video for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”? Good times.

    My guess is, Mrs. Obama was also saying something even more substantial with her answer. Michelle Obama has powerful intellect, a stunning figure, a wonderful family, and an address that indicates she’s the wife of the leader of the free world. Why would she want to trade places with anyone? Odds are, she probably doesn’t.HUH wouldn't she have just said so then ???? this chick must be a master codebreaker yes
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    all these Black people sucking up to Obama's witch wife
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWAGGERIFIC View Post
    all these Black people sucking up to Obama's witch wife
    Nah, nah, nah... dat's a nice woman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWAGGERIFIC View Post
    all these Black people sucking up to Obama's witch wife
    now why did you go and say that?

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    I get both points and seems weird but I agree w/ both. On the one hand saying Bey does send the msg to those that don't think deeply that in the end, being a sexy entertainer and looking a certain way trumps all....but also agree that the comment was probably made in a more lighthearted way than how ppl taking it. Oh well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iPicong View Post
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    ...oh really?....

    Quote Originally Posted by BacchanalDiva View Post
    I get both points and seems weird but I agree w/ both. On the one hand saying Bey does send the msg to those that don't think deeply that in the end, being a sexy entertainer and looking a certain way trumps all....but also agree that the comment was probably made in a more lighthearted way than how ppl taking it. Oh well.
    i certainly hope so..but still, she shoulda kept that to herself..promote educated women such as herself..not a leo wearing, blonde weave wearing dingbat ...dumb as a bag of bricks that cant from a proper letter, and dont have the common sense to get one of her staff to write it..like really?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWAGGERIFIC View Post
    all these Black people sucking up to Obama's witch wife
    *snap snap*

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    Quote Originally Posted by BABYLOC View Post
    ...oh really?....



    i certainly hope so..but still, she shoulda kept that to herself..promote educated women such as herself..not a leo wearing, blonde weave wearing dingbat ...dumb as a bag of bricks that cant from a proper letter, and dont have the common sense to get one of her staff to write it..like really?
    I was waiting for you to point that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mz_JazE View Post
    I was waiting for you to point that out.
    my 9 year old can write better den that..ima get her to re-write that letter will post it later..see if its better..
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    Dumb letter.

    even dumber reaction from Michael
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    Quote Originally Posted by BABYLOC View Post
    my 9 year old can write better den that..ima get her to re-write that letter will post it later..see if its better..
    Quote Originally Posted by LB View Post
    Dumb letter.

    even dumber reaction from Michael
    both of you I can understand just writing to write, but just might want to proofread your ish if your sending a shout out to FLOTUS .
    Last edited by mz_JazE; 06-04-2012 at 03:37 PM.

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