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Michelle Obama Jokes Her Husband Could Use More Friends: 'Sometimes, It's Like, Who Are You Talking To?'

Michelle Obama Jokes Her Husband Could Use More Friends: 'Sometimes, It's Like, Who Are You Talking To?'
Saying Michelle Obama‘s schedule was packed during her time in the White House would be a gross understatement. But she always made sure to set aside time for some of the people most important to her: her girlfriends.

“I love my husband, and he is my rock, but my girlfriends are my sanity,” the former Flotus shared during a chat with friend and poet Elizabeth Alexander at the Obama Foundation summit in Chicago on Wednesday. “And when you live eight years in the White House, where you can’t even open a window, you can’t walk out on
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Queen Elizabeth II Is the Only Female Royal to Have Ever Done This

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Queen Elizabeth II Is the Only Female Royal to Have Ever Done This
Queen Elizabeth II may have a lot of royal duties as the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but before becoming queen, she helped served her country in a different way. During World War II, the then-Princess Elizabeth joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1945. As "Second Subaltern Elizabeth Alexander Mary Windsor," she ditched her traditional garb while she trained as a mechanic and driver and was eventually promoted to honorary junior commander five months later. Not only does her previous position make her the only female member of the royal family to have entered the armed forces, but she also currently stands as the only living head of state to have served in World War II. Pretty impressive! It looks like military men Prince William and Prince Harry take after their grandmother. Related:Look Back at the Queen's Most Memorable Moments by Decades12 Things
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‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’: How to Watch ‘American Masters’ Special Live Event, Featuring Hillary and Bill Clinton

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‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’: How to Watch ‘American Masters’ Special Live Event, Featuring Hillary and Bill Clinton
As February comes to a close, PBS intends to conclude their month-long programming of Black History celebrating African-American experience with various documentaries and specials, with the nationwide premiere of “American MastersMaya Angelou: And Still I Rise” directed and produced by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, on Tuesday, February 21 on PBS. The film will also be available on DVD through PBS Distribution.

The film discusses Dr. Maya Angelou’s working relationships with Malcolm X and James Baldwin along with new interviews with Dr. Angelou (filmed before her death in 2014), Oprah Winfrey, Common, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton and many others.

Read More: ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’ Review: Comprehensive Documentary Lacks the Spark of Its Subject

Preceding next week’s airing of the documentary, tonight at approximately 6:05 p.m. E.T., “American Masters” in affiliation with Facebook and Instagram, will live stream a special preview event
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Attention Emma Watson: Reading Recommendations for Your New Feminist Book Club

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Attention Emma Watson: Reading Recommendations for Your New Feminist Book Club
We have never wanted anything more than we want to be part of Emma Watson's new book club. After the Un Women Goodwill Ambassador tweeted on Wednesday that she wants to start a feminist book club, all chill was lost. Sophia Bush responded almost immediately with "yes please. In" - our exact reaction, too - and singer Kate Voegele, British YouTuber Tanya Burr, Abby Wambach and thousands of fans expressed their excitement. Bush even started suggesting names, including "We for She," "She for She" and "fEMMAnism." While we may not have any name suggestions that rival Bush's wordplay, we
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Attention Emma Watson: Reading Recommendations for Your New Feminist Book Club

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Attention Emma Watson: Reading Recommendations for Your New Feminist Book Club
We have never wanted to be part of anything more than we want to be part of Emma Watson's new book club. After the Un Women Goodwill Ambassador tweeted on Wednesday that she wants to start a feminist book club, all chill was lost. Sophia Bush responded almost immediately with "yes please. In" - our exact reaction, too - and singer Kate Voegele, British YouTuber Tanya Burr, Abby Wambach and thousands of fans expressed their excitement. Bush even started suggesting names, including "We for She," "She for She" and "fEMMAnism." While we may not have any name suggestions that rival Bush's wordplay,
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What Is President Obama's Favorite Movie of 2015?

What Is President Obama's Favorite Movie of 2015?
Sure, there's plenty wrong in the world at the moment. And perhaps our President of the United States should be more focused on other issues. But like the rest of us, everyone needs to relax for a couple hours a week. Otherwise we'd all go insane. And sometimes, the best way to unwind is in front of the big screen taking in whatever fantasy world Hollywood has to offer. Movies in the Oval Office has been a thing ever since the dawn of film. So it should come as no surprise that Barack Obama has a favorite. So does First Lady Michelle Obama. Though, they seem to have decidedly different tastes.

Barack Obama's favorite movie of the year is one that ruled the fall. It held down the #1 position on the box office charts for four weeks (though not in a row). And it made an astounding $221 million domestic,
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"Creed" Tops 47th NAACP Image Awards Film Nominations! See Full List!

Ryan Coogler's "Creed" topped the NAACP Image Awards nomination which were revealed this morning. "Creed" received nods for best picture, director for Coogler, actor for Michael B. Jordan, writing for Coogler and Aaron Covington, and supporting actress noms for both Phylicia Rashad and Tessa Thompson.

We'll find out the winners on February 5 on the live airing of the ceremony on TV one.

Here is the full list of nominees of the 47th NAACP Image Awards:

Entertainer Of The Year

Michael B. Jordan

Misty Copeland

Pharrell Williams

Shonda Rhimes

Viola Davis

Television

Outstanding Comedy Series

.black-ish. (ABC)

.House of Lies. (Showtime)

.Key & Peele. (Comedy Central)

.Orange is the New Black. (Netflix)

.Survivor.s Remorse. (Starz)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher . .Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (Fox)

Anthony Anderson . .black-ish. (ABC)

Don Cheadle . .House of Lies. (Showtime)

Dwayne Johnson . .Ballers. (HBO)

RonReaco Lee . .Survivor.s Remorse. (Starz)

Outstanding Actress
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Michelle Obama & Daughters Visit Motown on Broadway!

Motown The Musical hosted First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia at the matinee performance on Sunday, August 25, 2013. The Obama family was joined by poet Elizabeth Alexander who composed and delivered Praise Song for the Day for the first inauguration of President Obama, and the party was greeted by a standing ovation upon recognition by the audience inside the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
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National Book Award Finalists Announced

National Book Award Finalists Announced
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The 20 finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards were announced Wednesday. The National Book Foundation later added one more finalist to the Young People’s Literature category. The finalists are:

Fiction: Andrew Krivak (“The Sojourn”), Tea Obreht (“The Tiger’s Wife”), Julie Otsuka (“The Buddha in the Attic”), Edith Pearlman (“Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories”), Jesmyn Ward (“Salvage the Bones”).

Nonfiction: Deborah Baker (“The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism”), Mary Gabriel (“Love and Capital: Karl
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The Curious Cameography of Woody Allen

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The Curious Cameography of Woody Allen
With reports out of France that Woody Allen is shooting a cameo for the film "Paris Manhattan," a comedy from first-time director Sophie Lellouche in which part of the plot revolves around a pharmacist (Alice Taglioni) so obsessed with his work she prescribes DVDs of his films to patients, the 75-year-old filmmaker continues a tradition of picking peculiar projects to appear in outside of his own.

In a career that's entering its fifth decade, Allen has starred in just six films he hasn't directed ("Play It Again, Sam," "The Front," "Scenes From a Mall," the 1996 "Sunshine Boys" TV remake, "Antz" and "Picking Up the Pieces") and limited himself to a handful of other uncredited cameos. Though he's scarcely performed in anything in recent years - his last role as an actor was in 2006's "Scoop" - some of his most intriguing roles have come in the films in which he's scarcely seen,
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Second Stage to Host 'In Conversation: Anna Deavere Smith & Elizabeth Alexander' 12/3

Second Stage Theatre will host a post-performance conversation between Anna Deavere Smith and Elizabeth Alexander following the Thursday, December 3 evening performance of Let Me Down Easy. A renowned poet, essayist and playwright, Elizabeth Alexander most recently composed and delivered the poem "Praise Song for the Day" for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The conversation is free to all in attendance at the Thursday, December 3 8:00pm performance.
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The Reelist: Poetry in Motion

President Barack Obama. It's finally official, folks! Barack Obama has been sworn in as our Commander-in-Chief. After all the months of preparation and speculation, millions tuned in and turned out to witness what all the hype had been leading up to. What was Michelle going to wear? How many millions were going to pour down on DC? Which celebs were going to the balls? What inspirational assurances would Barack have to offer? What so many people fail to realize (or just happen to overlook) is that once in a blue moon, a presidential inauguration grants a genuine Poet access to a worldwide stage! Robert Frost in 1961, Maya Angelou in 1993, and in 2009 it was Elizabeth Alexander's time to shine. In honor of her, we decided to take a gander at some highly memorable bard-centered films.... So I Married an Axe Murderer Dir: Thomas Schlamme (1993) Mike Myers ...
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Ludacris to Celebrate Barack Obama's Inauguration With Urban Party

While Jay-z, T.I., Young Jeezy and LL Cool J prefer to celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration on the night before the presidential ceremony takes place, Ludacris chooses to celebrate the moment by attending an urban party to be held on the same day Obama takes the Oath of Office. He will be hosting the ball in Washington, D.C.

As part of the American Music Inaugural Balls, the event will be conducted at Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The gig lines up live performances from David Banner, Big Boi, Bobby Valentino, Lil Jon, T-Pain, Cedric the Entertainer, Fantasia Barrino and Monica.

Barack Obama's presidential inauguration itself will be held on January 20 beginning at 10 A.M. on the West Front of the Capitol. Opened by U.S. Marine band, the event will also feature performances from singer Aretha Franklin, violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill.
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Aretha Franklin Set to Play at Barack Obama's Inauguration

R&B and soul singer Aretha Franklin is announced to perform at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration. She will be making a live appearance in front of selected guests on January 20, 2009 beginning at 10 A.M. on the West Front of the Capitol.

Opened by U.S. Marine band, the event will also feature performances from violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill. The four musicians will be playing a work composed by arranger John Williams just before Obama takes the Oath of Office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

The inauguration also includes a poem reading from Elizabeth Alexander, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Lasting for about two hours, it will be ended with a performance by the United States navy band performing the American national anthem.
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