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Michelle Obama Is Concerned About the Racism Daughters Sasha and Malia May Experience

By | May 9, 2021

Michelle Obama says Black parents in America have fear in their hearts. After Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, the former first lady sat down with CBS‘s Gayle King to talk about her feelings following the verdict and the worry she feels for her own daughters, Malia and Sasha, today. “We can’t sort of say, ‘Great, that happened, let’s move on,'” Michelle explained. “I know that people in the Black community don’t feel that way, because many of us still live in fear as we go to the grocery store or worry about walking our dogs or allowing our children to get a license.”

She noted that this fear extends to parenting 22-year-old Malia and 19-year-old Sasha. “They’re driving, but every time they get in a car by themselves, I worry about what assumption is being made by somebody who doesn’t know everything about them: The fact that they are good students and polite girls, but maybe they’re playing their music a little loud. Maybe somebody sees the back of their head and makes an assumption,” she continued. “The innocent act of getting a license puts fear in our hearts. So I think we have to talk about it more and we have to ask our fellow citizens to listen a bit more and to believe us and to know that we don’t want to be out there marching.”

Her sentiments are an extension of a similar message she shared last June, shortly after George Floyd’s death. “Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with,” she wrote on Instagram. “But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us – Black, white, everyone – no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out.” Watch her full CBS This Morning interview, above.

Chloé Zhao, Olivia Rodrigo, and Saweetie Among Gold House’s 100 Most Impactful APIs List

By | May 4, 2021

May is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and Gold House is kicking things off by naming its prestigious A100. On May 3, the nonprofit group launched its annual list to recognize Asians and Pacific Islanders who make an impact on their community. This year’s honorees include entertainers like Oscar-award-winning director Chloé Zhao, record-breaking singer Olivia Rodrigo, and K-Pop phenomenons Blackpink.

The judges – who included Daniel Dae Kim, Michelle Yeoh, Lea Salonga, and more – also selected Saweetie, Kelly Marie Tran, Olivia Munn, Auli’i Cravalho, Naomi Osaka, H.E.R., and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, to name a few. And, of course, our first South Asian vice president, Kamala Harris, was highlighted on the list as well. As Sandra Oh once said, “It’s an honor just to be Asian.” Check out Gold House’s full selection of 2021 honorees here.

Willow Smith on Polyamory and Creating a “Relationship Style That Works For You”

By | April 29, 2021

Is Polyamory For You

Gammy tries to understand Willow's decision to live a polyamorous lifestyle – seeking multiple intimate partners at the same time. In a lively generational debate on marriage and monogamy, Willow opens up about her decision to practice ethical non-monogamy. Poly Solo Gabrielle Smith and her married boyfriend Alex come to the Table to reveal how their multiple-partner approach to relationships works, especially with his wife.

Posted by Red Table Talk on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

On Wednesday’s episode of Red Table Talk, Willow Smith opened up to her mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Norris about being polyamorous, and explained why the lifestyle works for her. “With polyamory, I feel like the main foundation is the freedom to be able to create a relationship style that works for you and not just stepping into monogamy because that’s what everyone around you says is the right thing to do,” the singer said.

“The main foundation is the freedom to be able to create a relationship style that works for you.”

Willow further explained that she learned the main reason for breakups in monogamous relationships was infidelity, and she could only see herself getting married if there was a true purpose, like if she needed to combine finances with her partner. She added, “The history of marriage really irks me, just the history of marriage as a whole and what it has represented over the years for women in particular.” She also helped Adrienne, who initially had trouble understanding the desire to have more than one partner, grasp why polyamory might be a better choice for certain people.

While Gammy felt polyamory was “all just centered around sex,” Willow shared that she was actually interested in exploring polyamory because she was “introduced to it through kind of a nonsexual lens.” She said, “Let’s say you haven’t always been the kind of person that wanted to have sex all the time, but your partner is. Are you gonna be the person to say, you know, ‘Just because I don’t have these needs, you can’t have them either’?” In fact, Willow added that in her friend group, she was the only poly person, but had “the least sex out of all of [her] friends.”

Jada, on the other hand, said she “totally [got] it” when Willow told her she was polyamorous. “Wanting to set up your life in a way that you can have what it is that you want, I think anything goes as long as the intentions are clear, really more to yourself than anything. And I know that there’s a lot of beauty that sits outside of the conventional boxes.” Whether you live a monogamous or nonmonogamous lifestyle comes down to choice, the three discussed.

The family also welcomed Gabrielle Smith, who’s soley polyamorous, and her boyfriend, Alex, as well as “poly newbie” Gabrielle Alexa Noela; Effy Blue, a relationship coach specializing in nonmonogamy; and Michelle Hy, an advocate for normalizing nonmonogamy in the Asian-American community. Following the conversation, Gammy shared that when it comes to nonmonogamy, she realized she didn’t need to try to understand it, but rather just listen and allow people to “do their thing.” Watch the eye-opening discussion in full above.

Lucy Liu Won’t Take Roles Based on Token Representation; She Knows Herself Too Well

By | April 21, 2021

Lucy Liu could teach a seminar in what living intentionally in Hollywood looks like. The Elementary actress joined other powerful women, like Regina King, Samantha Bee, Jane Fonda, and New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for a conversation with Emily’s List on April 20. During the “First but Not the Last” chat, Lucy opened up about what she looks for when choosing a role, how she’s outgrown the industry’s competitive nature, and how the coronavirus pandemic made her feel more powerful in the end.

Lucy’s body of work spans decades, including several different iconic characters. As she told moderator Zerlina Maxwell, this breadth of roles and projects is intentional. “Choosing characters is something that I want to keep varied for myself as an artist,” Lucy explained. She seeks to explore the world outside of her own “microcosm” and prioritizes staying true to herself above all else. “We don’t want to just take roles because we should do it, because we are representing a race or a people,” she continued, emphasizing that people shouldn’t lose the other facets of their identities because of their race.

“I didn’t know I was that capable.”

Her focus on individuality extends to her personal life, as well, as Lucy found her most powerful self amid the COVID-19 pandemic this past year. She didn’t try to run from her responsibilities. Instead, she was tested in new ways, like schooling her 5-year-old son Rockwell at home when things shut down and caring for her sick mother who spent time in the hospital. Like many millennials and Gen Xers, she found herself in a generational sandwich, watching over young and old. “It’s helped me learn what I am more capable of than ever,” she said. “I didn’t know I was that capable.”

Lucy’s ability to adapt with the times is something she has learned with age, both at home and in professional settings. As part of the Emily’s List discussion, she explained that she’s become more comfortable with herself and less concerned with the competitiveness among women in Hollywood. “I don’t know how I can be anything else but myself,” she said. Lucy doesn’t want to limit herself by being compared to others. She trusts the audience to know when she’s performing authentically, even when she’s embarking on a project unlike anything she’s done before. This philosophy is guiding her career in 2021. “I feel like my best work is yet to come.”

Barack Obama Reflects on Meeting Prince Philip For the First Time in Heartfelt Tribute

By | April 10, 2021

On the morning of April 9, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh died at age 99, The Royal Family confirmed. Former president Barack Obama posted a tribute to the late royal on Instagram just hours after his death was announced, reflecting on his legacy as Queen Elizabeth II’s husband and his impact as a British noble for more than half a century. “When we first met His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, he and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had already been on the world stage for more than half a century – welcoming leaders like Churchill and Kennedy; Mandela and Gorbachev,” Obama wrote. “As two Americans unaccustomed to palaces and pomp, we didn’t know what to expect.”

The former president explained that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were gracious hosts who put them at ease immediately and gave them a sense of comfort. “Prince Philip in particular was kind and warm, with a sharp wit and unfailing good humor,” he continued. “It was our first introduction to the man behind the title, and in the years since, our admiration for him has only grown. We will miss him dearly . . . At the Queen’s side or trailing the customary two steps behind, Prince Philip showed the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman.” Obama went on to list Prince Philip’s achievements as a member of the Royal Navy and a combatant in World War II.

“As the world mourns his loss, we send our warmest wishes and deepest sympathies to the Queen, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and everyone who knew and loved this remarkable man.”