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Frankie Knuckles Honoured By President Barack Obama And First Lady In Sweet Letter


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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have paid tribute to the late DJ and record producer, Frankie Knuckles, who passed away at the end of March aged 59 due to complications related to diabetes. Barack and Michelle sent a signed letter addressed to "the friends and family of Frankie Knuckles," expressing their sadness and sympathies.

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DJ Frankie Knuckles Has Been Honoured By The US President & First Lady.

Dubbed "the Godfather of House," Knuckles was famed for his pioneering work in house music, which originated in the 1980s underground dance scene in Chicago, after he learned to DJ growing up in New York. It was Chicago where The Bronx-born music star, who was born Francis Nicholls, settled, worked and later died, and this is where the presidential letter was addressed.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Is Coming To Nashville Ahead Of Season Finale


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First Lady Michelle Obama will be giving the presidential seal of approval to ABC’s hit country music drama ‘Nashville’ by making a guest appearance on the show next month.

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Mrs Obama will be cameoing as herself in an episode entitled ‘All Or Nothing With Me’, which will air on May 7th. In the episode, reigning country queen Rayna James, played by Connie Britton, finds out that up and coming star Luke Wheeler has been injured in Afghanistan. James then quickly goes about setting up a charity concert where she enlists the First Lady to help. Also guest starring in the episode is former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler, who will also play herself.

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President Obama Requests "No Spoilers" For 'House Of Cards' Season 2


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President Barack Obama has requested that America, and the rest of the world for that matter, keep any news of House of Cards season 2 to themselves, at least until he has time to watch it!

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President Barack Obama tweets "No spoilers, please."

President Obama took to Twitter on Thursday (13th February), evidently excited about the release of the second season of the hit drama on Netflix. The President tweeted "Tomorrow: House of Cards. No spoilers, please."

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Michelle Obama Fronts Filmmakers Workshop At White House As She Promotes Careers In Hollywood


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First Lady Michelle Obama presented a filmmakers workshop at the White House on Friday, 8 November, to promote careers in the entertainment industry to a group of high school students. Obama enlisted the help of Harvey Weinstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Coogler, Bruce Cohen, Blake Lively and a myriad of other Hollywood stars as part of an a-list forum aimed at encouraging kids to look towards the film and TV industry as a possible career path.

The all-star panel capped off a day of activities for high schools students gathered from Boston, Washington, D.C. and New York meeting in the capital. The First Lady aims to promote careers in the entertainment industry outside of acting and directing, as well as hopefully inspiring a generation of future Oscar winners.

"It just doesn’t take technical knowledge to succeed in the movie business. It is not just about being the best actor, or creating the best special effects,” the First Lady said (via The Warp). “It is about having grit.”

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Last Night's SNL Featured The Neglected Characters - All Of Them, Played By Kerry Washington


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They had to do it. There couldn’t have been a better opportunity for SNL to address the diversity issue than a guest appearance by Kerry Washington. SNL fans were eager to see how the show would tackle its obvious lack of black comediennes with a prominent diversity advocate (not to mention an exceptional actress) like Washington on board. They were not disappointed.

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Washington had to play both the First Lady, Oprah and a whole host of other celebrities.

So you know how people have been complaining that the lack of a black comedienne severely limits the cast’s topical sketches? The two main examples were Oprah and Michelle Obama – with noone to impersonate them, SNL has missed some golden opportunities over the past six years (the last time Michelle Obama was featured in a skit, she was played by Maya Rudolph in 2007). Not last night though, because Washington was on a mission to perform all the sketches! All the sketches that SNL hasn’t done due to casting limitations. The writers didn’t waste any time and the Scandal actress came out as the first lady at the very beginning of the episode causing President Obama (Jay Pharoah) to remark, "I feel like it's been years since I've seen you!" See what they did there?

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Glowing Kerry Washington Promotes Her Very First SNL Hosting Gig


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Kerry Washington has been killing it lately – the newly pregnant star is doing great both in her personal and her professional life, with an upcoming SNL hosting gig to look forward to. In the promos, Washington and Taran Killam riff off each other on topics like Scandal, Eminem’s special performing style (the rapper will be the musical guest during the episode) and of course, that ever touchy subject – Washington’s body.

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Washington looked glamorous as ever, promoting her SNL episode.

To be fair, the actress isn’t showing any sort of baby bump and looks killer in a purple ensemble (and matching lipstick.) Killam on the other hand, has opted for the traditional uniform – patterned shirt and neutral cardigan. But enough about the clothes, let’s talk about the controversy.

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Kanye West Says Kim Kardashian Is "More Influential" Than Michelle Obama


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Kanye West is an opinionated man, we've come to learn this about him pretty regularly from his constant rants. Just show him the front cover of a magazine, say Vogue for example, and he'll have an opinion on it, probably one that revolves around how it doesn't compare to either him or his fiancé Kim Kardashian.

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Obama got nothing on Kanye's girl, says Kanye

Speaking to Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM show on Tuesday, 29 October, morning, the controversial rapper did just that, declaring his love for Kim K and argued that she is more influential than Michelle Obama, insisting that it should be his fiancé on the cover of Vogue rather than the First Lady. He argued that, between them, he and Kim have a bigger influence on fashion over anyone else in the world today and that the curvaceous Instagram image Kim uploaded earlier this month was cause enough for her to be the latest Vogue cover star.

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Oprah Winfrey Refuses To Sell ObamaCare For President Obama - Is A Feud With Michelle Obama To Blame?


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Oprah Winfrey is known for her generosity and warm spirit, but when it comes to affordable healthcare for the United State's most needy citizen, it turns out she is as cold hearted as a Republican congressman. At least, that's how it appears on the surface, however the Queen of daytime chat may have another reason for not supporting ObamaCare after all.

Oprah was approached by President Obama to become one of the celebrity spokespersons for ObamaCare, but apparently told the President that she wanted nothing to do with the progressive piece of legislation. A known supporter of President Barrack Obama, Oprah campaigned around the clock during his 2008 election, but it seems that over the years her opinions on the most powerful man on the planet have changed somewhat.

As initially reported by the New York Post, Oprah spurned the chance to join the many celebrities already supporting the Affordable Care Act; a piece of legislation that aims on providing healthcare for the country's most vulnerable and financially challenged citizens. Already, the inclusive bill has gained celebrity backing from Nina Dobrev, Jennifer Hudson and a host of other well-known names, but Oprah wanted nothing to do with the campaign.

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Beyonce 50 Million Pepsi Deal And Other Massive Celebrity Endorsements


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Beyonce's £50 million Pepsi deal opened up a wider debate on celebrities, advertising and promotion last year, with Mrs Carter seemingly having no qualms selling sugary carbonated drinks despite helping Michelle Obama's Let's Move fitness campaign.

For years, Pepsi and Coca-Cola have been criticized for targeting children, with many arguing that when consumed to excess the drinks have negative effects on long-term health. However, in a recent interview with Flaunt, Beyonce rejected the idea of hypocrisy, saying, "Pepsi is a brand I've grown up seeing my heroes collaborate with. The company respects musicians and artistry. I wouldn't encourage any person, especially a child, to live life without balance."

The singer - the biggest R&B star in the world - has been heavily criticized for lending her name to the brand.

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Shannon Richardson: Did She Send Real 'Poison Pen Letters' To Barack Obama?


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Shannon Richardson has been indicted for sending poisoned letters to US president Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The letters were not only threatening but contained ricin, a plant which is highly toxic. It is manufactured into a poison which can be lethal if inhaled or injected.

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President Barack Obama giving a speech at Applied Materials, Texas.

The charges are two counts of sending threatening letters and one of making a threat against the President. It is possible she could also be charged for the manufacture or possession of a biological substance. Should she be found guilty she will face up to 5 years for each count - a possible 15 years for the charges so far. 

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Psy Announces New Song 'Gentleman': But What About The Dance?


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Psy will perform a new song titled 'Gentleman' for the first time at a concert in South Korea on April 13. The Korean pop star became a global celebrity after his 'Gangnam Style' video became the most watched clip on YouTube, though the 35-year-old is refusing to rest on his laurels.

Speaking to local Korean television on Monday (April 1, 2013), Psy revealed, "The new song is extremely fun and ... what I can tell you is the song title is 'Gentleman'. I can't tell you about the dance but all Koreans know this dance - but (those in) other countries haven't seen it." It appears likely then that 'Gentleman' will feature some kind of traditional Korean dance, perhaps with a contemporary spin. Psy has asked his fans to turn up wearing white clothes at the forthcoming concert at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in, suggesting a spacesuit or a bridal gown.

Psy certainly appears to be suffering for his art, tweeted a photo of himself covering his face at a recording studio, with the caption, "pain of creation."

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How Secrets And Lies Got Michelle Obama To The Oscars


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Michelle Obama was the surprise turn at an otherwise predictable Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday evening (February 24, 2013), presenting the prize of Best Picture to Iranian hostage drama Argo via video-link up. A debate soon erupted on social networking sites: was it right and proper for the First Lady of the United States of America to be getting involved with the Oscars? Right or not, it proved one hell of a job keeping the whole thing under wraps, as the New York Times has since discovered.

"The Academy Awards approached the first lady about being a part of the ceremony," said Kristina Schake, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Obama. "As a movie lover, she was honored to present the award and celebrate the artists who inspire us all, especially our young people, with their passion, skill and imagination." The original idea to have Mrs Obama participate in the ceremony was hatched by the producers, with film mogul Harvey Weinstein also having a hand in proceedings. "Literally from the first day we were hired we thought, 'How can we make this special?'" said Neil Meron, who helmed the event with Craig Zadan. "We were hoping Obama would win [the elected] so we could have our plan executed." Meron and Zadan soon discovered that Mr Weinstein was pretty close to the Obama family, and the Django Unchained producer made the initial calls. "If we went through normal channels the odds were small it would happen," said Zadan.

The initial plan was for Mrs Obama to guest at the awards show, though the First Lady had a conflict of engagements. After agreeing on a video-link, Meron and Zadan were given a private flight for the trip to Washington though told people they were heading to New York to avoid suspicion. The only other invited Oscars guest to know of the surprise was actor Jack Nicholson, who presented Mrs Obama from the stage in Hollywood. Wearing a shimmering Naeem Khan gown, the First Lady did the honours and opened the all-important envelope to reveal Ben Affleck's C.I.A drama as the winner of this year's Oscar for Best Picture. 

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Surprise Michelle Obama Oscars Appearance For Best Picture Awards


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The Obamas have always mixed well with the entertainment world, with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle listing the likes of Jay Z and Beyonce among their pals. So although Michelle Obama was the ‘surprise’ guest to award the best picture honor at The Oscars last night (February 24, 2013), we perhaps shouldn’t have been too stunned.

The First Lady appeared via video link-up alongside veteran actor Jack Nicholson, who at first appeared by himself before revealing who he was with. The pair were in the White House, with Michelle Obama wearing a silver, art deco-inspired gown by Indian-born American fashion designer Naeem Khan. It was the same outfit she wore at a dinner with the USA’s governors the same evening.

Discussing all of the nominees, Obama commented that the content of their films showed that “we can overcome any obstacle." Continuing, she added that the message is "especially important for our young people" and thanked Hollywood for encouraging children "to open their imaginations." Of course, as you surely all know by now, the eventual winner of the best picture was Argo. Directed by Ben Affleck, it gave him full redemption after the disappointment of missing the short list for best director. With its success, it also became the first film to take the best picture Oscar without an accompanying best director nomination, since 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy.

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President Obama's Inaugural Celebrations Rounded Off With Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett


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President Barack Obama’s Inaugural celebrations for his second term in office were one hell of a shindig. To round it all off, he held an Inaugural ball, for his campaign staffers. For the paltry sum of $10, not only did they get to celebrate with the President and his First Lady themselves, but they were treated to performances from Tony Bennett and Lady GaGa. Yup. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. For $10. Makes you wish you’d signed up to join the campaign team, doesn’t it?

The two singers duetted, with ‘The Lady Is A Tramp,’ although Gaga was looking far from tramp-like, in her wedding-dress style gown, with typically elaborate detailing, including huge puffed-up sleeves. Gaga then went on to sit at the customized, white winged piano, according to Ace Showbiz and played some of her hits, including ‘the Edge of Glory,’ ‘Born This Way’ and ‘You and I.’ Michelle Obama seemed particularly thrilled at the evening’s entertainment. When her husband introduced the two singers, Michelle broke out into a little dance, causing the president to remark “it’s been a long weekend. She’s getting a little silly now.”

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Private Moment: Barack Obama And Michelle Obama Dance To Jennifer Hudson (Video)


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The reigning US President Barack Obama and his First Lady, Michelle Obama enjoy a moment dancing together, as Jennifer Hudson perform for them at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

Michelle looks stunning, in a long red dress with a cutaway V at the back and low neck line. Obama, wearing a dark suit for the occasion, leads his wife as they dance at the Presidential Inaugural Ball, which took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Watch the Obamas enjoying Jennifer Hudson's performance

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Video - President Obama And First Lady Michelle Dance To Jennifer Hudson Performance


President of the United States Barack Obama and his First Lady Michelle Obama are seen dancing together as Jennifer Hudson performs at the Presidential Inaugural Ball which took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. The pair are loudly applauded as the music finishes and they stand to wave to the crowd.

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President Obama Thanks Beyonce For Performing At His Inauguration


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Beyonce is showing some big love for her country's biggest events this year, as she sang the American national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, at Barack Obama's second presidential inauguration, as well as being the artist to perform at this year's Superbowl half-time show.

She and Jay-Z have been very vocal about their support of the president over both his campaigns and terms, and the couple of couples have dined together on numerous occasions. As she walked on stage she greeted Michelle Obama, the first lady, with a familial kiss, and spoke to Joe Biden, the Vice President. After she had finished her rousing and, as MTV put it, 'diva-fied' rendition of the anthem, Obama shook her hand and said "Thank you so much."

Kelly Clarkson also performed for the president, singing a historic song popularly known as 'America', otherwise known as My Country, 'Tis of Thee. 

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Sasha And Malia: Life In The White House


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Barack Obama's re-election into the Whitehouse this past Tuesday will, hopefully, affect the lives of millions of people across America in a positive way, but there are few people that it will affect more than those closest to him, namely his family. Michelle Obama has appeared beside her husband every step of the way, doing everything she can to assure his political standing. It is his two daughters, Malia and Sasha, whose lives it will truly be most impactful.

Currently aged 14 and 11, these two children will blossom into adults in the next four years under the White House's roof. They'll begin dating, learn to drive, perhaps have their own form of teenage rebellion, as most kids of that age do. Hopefully, for their sake, Michelle and Obama will continue their protection of their children, in their attempt not to ruin them in the spotlight. Barack, in this year's inauguration speech, shone a light on them briefly, saying: "Sasha and Malia, before our very eyes you're growing up to be two strong, smart, beautiful young women, just like your mom. And I'm so proud of you guys." According to the Telegraph he has also promised Malia that she'll be allowed to learn to drive, rather than that constant chauffeured trips by the secret service. On dating, he told Ryan Seacrest "I think that any young man who has the guts to get through Secret Service deserves a hearing." Good luck to anyone that tries...

Michelle has been equally realistic about her approach to parenting. "You can't go off on somebody, you can't act bratty. Because you may be having a moment, but somebody could use that moment and try to define you forever. So you want to be cognisant of that..." She said, quoted by the Telegraph. "So there you go Malia. There's your hardship. You're not going to have Facebook for a long time." A small price to pay, surely?

Barack Obama Keeps Jay Z In Check With Parenting Advice


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There aren’t many people on this planet that get to give Jay Z parenting advice but if it’s going to come from anyone, it may as well be President Barack Obama.

In a recent radio interview with Cleveland’s Z107.9, the president explained how he’d warned Jay Z to make sure that he’s chipping in when it comes to looking after Blue Ivy Carter, the couple’s young and enigmatically-named daughter.

“I made sure that Jay-Z was helping Beyonce out [with Blue Ivy, who is 10 months old]. And not leaving it all with mom and the mother-in-law." Jay Z and the former Destiny’s Child singer threw an Obama campaign fundraiser at Jay Z’s swanky new 40/40 club in New York last month and Obama decided to share some his family experience with the hip-hop star, to make sure he’s pulling his weight as all good modern fathers do, US Magazine reports. Obama explained that he and his wife Michelle Obama have become good pals with music’s ‘power couple’ but insists that he talks to the ’99 Problems’ rapper just as he would any of his other friends. “I've gotten to know these guys over the first several years," Obama said. "They're good people. They're down to earth. Beyonce could not be sweeter to Michelle and the girls. So they're good friends. They really are down-to-earth folks. We talk about the same things I talk about with all my friends,” he explained.

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Ann Romney Discusses Abortion On 'The View'


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The wife of republican candidate Mitt Romney - the man who is threatening Obama for a second term - has been on The View to discuss some hot topics including abortion.

"The good news is, I'm not running for office and I don't have to say what I feel. But I am pro life. I'm happy to say that," the candidate's wife said when asked whether she, like her husband, had changed her stance on abortion. "He could not have, on his conscience, creating human life for experimentation," Romney said. "That's when he came out saying he was pro life. I think we all have to understand this is an issue that is so tender and there are people on both sides of the issue, with very good conscience, coming with a different opinion." Mrs. Romney denied that this was as big an issue for women as the economy is, and when asked if the two bared any correlation, she once again diverted the attention to her husband. "You know, again, I would love it if you'd get my husband on the couch, Joy, and you could go down with that all you want," she said.

Romney, like Michelle Obama, is doing the press push which is oh so mandatory for a would-be presidents wife. Someone should make a really long TV series about it. Oh, wait.


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