Published by Angel on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 11:13 am.
( L-R) John Legend, Jamie Foxx, Nick Jonas, and Seal, perform at the W.H. Motown Celebration. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
If you ever had a question that the culture of our White House has changed, you would’ve had your answer last night. Nostalgic tunes and tight harmonies reminiscent of a 1960s childhood wafted through the halls of the White House, pulsing from the East Room like the bass of a set.
As artists like Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend took the stage to perform Motown hits, guests were no longer in the nation’s capital. No, they were taken back in time to Detroit street corners and barbershops filled with the sounds of “My Girl,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and “Stop in the Name of Love.”
Artist from all genres were brought together to commemorate Motown music in honor of Black History Month. The latest installment in the White House concert series was probably the most soulful yet. Politicos like D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver excitedly took on the concert. Barry Gordy sat smiling in the audience, beaming like a proud papa who’s seeing all his hard work come to fruition.
Nick Jonas performed “I Can’t Help Myself”; Natasha Bedingfield, Jordin Sparks, and Ledisi formed a trio to perform “Stop in the Name of Love”; and Smokey Robinson and Sheryl Crow delighted the crowd with their updated rendition of “You Really Got a Hold on Me.”
Jamie Foxx hosted the affair, setting the tone for the evening by performing his own rendition of James Brown’s “Sex Machine,” called “Presidential Machine.” LOL. He even suggested that Barry Gordy lend the administration some of his Motown money to decrease the deficit.
Obama ended the evening by saying, “To Mr. Barry Gordy, thank you for helping us dance in the streets.”
The concert will air on PBS March 1.
Published by Angel on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm.
As Christmas swiftly approaches, the first family is once again swept up in a cacophony of Christmas tree lightings, holiday previews and do-gooding. They don’t mind of course, its all tradition. This Thursday President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters will light the National Christmas Tree at the 88th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
They’ll join rapper Common, who is set to host the annual event on the Ellipse in President Park, Washington D.C. B.B. King, Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles and others will perform at the event that will broadcasted on public television stations December 10, and streaming live on TheNationalTree.Org on December 9. And for all you folks that are young at heart, our very own Mrs. O will read, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
Ho, ho, ho
Published by Angel on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 8:33 am.
Looks like the Obama’s are ignoring all of the media fodder about them vacationing too much! They’ve been spotted out every night, enjoying that New England weather and their famous culinary delights.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Sweet Life Cafe / Jewel Samad / Getty Images
The first night we saw President and First Lady Michelle Obama, they were spotted leaving Sweet Life Cafe in Oaks Bluff where they dined that night. Mrs. O dawned a black and white Narciso Rodriguez dress, and Mr. O wore one of his famously tailored suits.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama leaving State Road restaurant/ JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Image
The second night the Obama’s opted for a more casual dining experience and visited State Road restaurant; where Mrs. O wore a multi-print frock with leggings.
I’m sure paps will capture more images of the first couple, seeing as though the media is a bit obsessed with the personal life of this particular president. The Obamas will be vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard until August 29th.
Published by Angel on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm.
First Lady Michelle Obama / MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
According to a press release from the White House, the fashionable and fearless First Lady Michelle Obama will be traveling to Spain for a mother-daughter trip in August! While in Spain, Mrs. O will pay an official visit to Their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain at their invitation.
President Obama will not be in attendance for the festivities. Bring me back some spices, Mrs. O!
Published by Angel on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 7:40 am.
Donovan McNabb/ Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images
Well (obviously) its official! Redskins saviorDonovan McNabb moved into his brand new $2.1 million dollar home in Great Falls over the weekend. He’s official a resident of the District. McNabb told WaPo’sReliable Sour ce that;
“I’ve always been active in the community wherever I’ve lived, and I’m looking forward to continuing that tradition in the D.C. area…buying a house and putting down roots is my first step toward doing all that…”
The new Redskins quarterback has already been ingratiating himself into DC social society. He attended the White House Correspondents Dinner where he snagged a autograph for his daughter from Justin Beiber. The QB is making plans to become involved with first lady Michelle Obama’s “Lets Move!” campaign as well.
McNabb’s already been practicing with the ’skins, but what’s on the top of his priority list?
“Being here in D.C., there’s only one thing I want to start by doing: Get an invite to play basketball with Obama and all of his buddies…”
Hear that Julianna Smoot? I guess you’d better get on it! We definitely want to keep the new QB happy.
Published by Angel on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 10:54 am.
Jay-Z Attends the White House State Dinner
Like a true gentleman, Jay-Z quielty attended the White House State Dinner this past Wednesday. The hip hop mogul sat in the audience while his wife Beyonce Knowles performed for President Obama, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife, Margarita Zavala.
Bey performed at the after dinner party (the real party) where President and Mrs. O were said to have gotten down on the dance floor. Did we capture any photos of this festivity? Of course not! Media were ushered out of the affair before any less than presidential photos could be taken.
Published by Angel on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 10:21 am.
First lady Michelle Obama and the Childhood Obesity Task Force/ Photo by Creative Commons
First lady Michelle Obama and the Childhood Obesity Task Force announced their action plan in keeping with her Lets Move! initiative. The plan entitled, “Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation” seeks to address the social reasons why kids are unhealthy and overweight, and the stigma behind it.
First lady Michelle Obama/ Photo by Creative Commons
When she made the announcement in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of course she did it in style. Mrs. O rocked a Thakoon Watercolor Gazar jacket complete with a matching blue top and navy pants. Our first lady is so stylish!
Want to mimick Mrs. O’s style? Well here’s a similar Thakoon Watercolor blouse to make your own. Enjoy!
Published by Angel on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 8:15 am.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at Komi/ Getty Images
President Obama took first lady Michelle Obama out for a night on the town this past Friday. Of course no date is ever normal when you’re the Obama’s.
When the couple arrived to Komi; a restaurant the Washingtonian dubbed as the ”Very Best restaurant in Washington”; they were greeted by 200 onlookers who burst into applause at the sight of the two.
Mrs. O’s ensemble included the ultra stylish Jimmy Choo Lantern pumps, and a VBH clutch. Yes, our first lady is very fly. The couple left the restaurant at 9:13pm according to White House Pool Reports (sheesh, stalker much!?).
Komi is located on 1509 17th Street Northwest; and serves decadent Mediterranean cuisine. I recommend trying the Japanese Fluke Carpaccio. The owner and chef is Johnny Monis. To learn more about the restaurant or check out the menu, visit their website here.
Published by Angel on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm.
First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama/ MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
First lady Michelle Obama held a reception at the White House celebrating International Women’s Day, with the theme of Equal Right, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All. Especially fitting in light of President Obama’s historical win last year; and his first presidential bill that he signed- which happened the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act of 2009. Actress Kerry Washington served as MC of the event and Katherine McPhee performed.
First lady Michelle Obama dawned a grey draped dress by Lanvin, which we also saw her wear in Oslo for the Peace Prize festivities.
“Today, Michelle and I remember, celebrate and honor the sacrifices, talents and leadership of women around the world.” -President Obama
Published by Angel on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 10:52 am.
The White House has just released the 2010 White House Easter Egg design, which includes the includes the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady. The egg comes in four colors, purple, pink, green and yellow. The Obamas chose to follow their credo of only using environmentally friendly products by having the egg be crafted in the United States from Forest Stewardship Council-certified hardwood. Here are some stats about the egg straight from the White House:
- Made from Sustainability Forest Initiative (SFI) – certified paperboard
- SFI paperboard uses no wood fibers from endangered forests
- The printed carton is easily recyclable when collected and processed in a municipal or community Paperboard Recycling Program
- Features vegetable oil-based inks and a water-based coating
The divingly designed egg will be given to children 12 and under as a souvenir at the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll, which is to take place on April 5th on the South Lawn. Lucky for you, the National Park Foundation will be selling them all through the month.