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Michelle Obama Premieres First Episode of New Spotify Podcast Featuring Barack As 1st Guest!

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In 2019, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, announced their partnership with Spotify to produce podcasts exclusive to the platform. The first project in their ongoing partnership will be The Michelle Obama Podcast premiering July 29th.

The former First Lady shared that her hope for the series… “the hope is that it can be a place to explore meaningful topics together and sort through so many of the questions we’re all trying to answer in our own lives. Perhaps most of all, I hope this podcast will help listeners open up new conversations — and hard conversations — with the people who matter most to them. That’s how we can build more understanding and empathy for one another.”

Whether through the story-telling in her book release, TV appearances or via her numerous speaking engagements in and outside of her White House duties, we’re always left captivated by whatever she has to say.

It’s no surprise that she already hooked us in with her first episode featuring none other than her husband Barak Obama! After hearing this premiere episode, it’s safe to say that this podcast will be our latest addiction!”

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The former first lady will interview several loved ones in future episodes of “The Michelle Obama Podcast,” including her mother and brother.

“You’ll also hear from many of my girlfriends, the women who’ve always been there with a shoulder to lean on, a perspective to think about, or simply an open line to vent to,” she wrote in a recent Instagram post. “In this time of social distancing, it’s more important than ever to invest in the relationships that make us who we are.”

There will be a host of non-relatives featured on the show as well. Conan O’Brien, Kristin Jones, Craig Robinson and many more are scheduled to be featured as well. Tune in on demand below only on Spotify!

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Beyoncé Opens The 2022 Oscars With ‘Be Alive’ Performance

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As a perfect close to Women’s History Month, Beyonce opened the 2022 Oscasrs with a live performance of her single “Be Alive”. This was the first single from her Black Pride album released in 2020 and was featured in the movie “King Richard” highlighting the story of Venus and Serena Williams.

The song was cowritten with artist Dixson and featured on the soundtrack for “King Richard’ in honor of the film and the legacy being created by Venus and Serena Williams. The live performance was done live by satellite on the Compton tennis court where the Williams’ sisters’ dad coached them.

The movie was also nominated for Best Picture starring Best Actor nominee Will Smith as the patriarch of the legendary tennis sister act.

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View the full lyrics below, courtesy of Genius:

[Intro]
It feels so good to be alive
Got all my family by my side
Couldn’t wipe this Black off if I tried
That’s why I lift my head with pride

[Verse 1]
I got a million miles on me
They want to see how far I go
The path was never paved with gold (Gold)
We worked and built this on our own (Own)

[Pre-Chorus]
And can’t nobody knock it if they tried
This is hustle personified
Look how we’ve been fighting to stay alive
So when we win, we will have pride
Do you know how much we have cried?
How hard we had to fight?

[Chorus]
It feels so good to be alive (It feels so, so, so, so good)
Got all my sisters by my side (I got all my sisters by my side)
Couldn’t wipe this Black off if I tried (Black off if I tried)
That’s why I lift my hеad with pride
Now we’re sitting on top of thе world again, huh

[Verse 2]
I got a million miles on me
They want to see how far I’ll go (They want to see how far I’ll go)
The path was never paved with gold (No)
We fought and built this on our own (We fought and built this on our own, own)

[Pre-Chorus]
And can’t nobody knock it if they tried
This is hustle personified
Look how we’ve been fighting to stay alive
So when we win, we will have pride
Do you know how much we have cried?
How hard we had to fight?

[Chorus]
It feels so good to be alive (It feels so good, so good)
Got all my family by my side (And we gon’ sit on top of the world again)
Couldn’t wipe this Black off if I tried (And I wouldn’t trade nothin’, and I wouldn’t trade nothin’)
That’s why I lift my head with pride (So baby, lift your head, yeah)
It feels so good to be alive (Darling, it’s a celebration for you, yeah)
I got the tribe all by my side (You’re doin’ everything they said you couldn’t do)
Couldn’t wipe this Black off if I tried
That’s why I lift my head with pride (Lift your head, yeah)

[Outro]
Woo!
(Ooh)
(Ooh, I tried)
(Oh!)

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Real or staged? The Oscars Release Formal Statement Along With Message For Will Smith

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An Oscar’s official confirmed on Sunday night that Will Smith slapping Chris Rock across the face during the live taping of the 2022 Oscars was not a planned stunt.

Ramin Setoodeh, the Variety executive editor tweeted from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood saying, “Someone who works for the Oscars told me that Chris Rock was not interrupted by Will Smith at rehearsals yesterday… It was not supposed to happen. It was real. #Oscars.”

Smith (53), surprised the world when he walked on stage and struck Rock (57) in the face after the comedian joked about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head — resulting from her struggle with alopecia.

WATCH THE UNCENSORED EXCHANGE BETWEEN WILL SMITH & CHRIS ROCK

Following this incident with Will Smith’s assault on Chris Rock at Sunday’s ceremony. The organization behind the annual film awards show initially said it condemned violence without mentioning Smith by name, but now it is making its displeasure over the incident more explicit.

“The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show,” a spokesperson for the organization said. “We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law.”

It appears that Smith may face some type of disciplinary action or sanction, though it’s unlikely he will be made to forfeit his prize. In its official= standards of conduct, the Academy states it is “categorically opposed to any form of abuse.

Smith was named best actor later in the evening. He used his time at the podium to apologize to the Academy and to his fellow nominees — he did not mention Chris Rock.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 27: Will Smith accepts the Actor in a Leading Role award for ‘King Richard’ onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Smith, who was named best actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, in “King Richard,” had his big night tainted by his outburst. After Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s close cropped haircut, referencing “G.I. Jane,” Smith charged the stage and slapped Rock. He then screamed at Rock to “leave my wife’s name out of your F-ing mouth.” Pinkett Smith has said her hair loss results from alopecia.

“Love will make you do crazy things,” he said, adding, “To do what we do, you got to be able to take abuse. You got to be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business you got to be able to have people disrespecting you. And you got to smile, you got to pretend like that’s okay.”

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UCLA gymnast Jordan Chiles receives a perfect 10 score

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Olympian Jordan Chiles scored her first perfect 10 in an NCAA gymnastic routine during the UCLA versus Utah match on Friday.

The 20-year-old college freshman performed an upbeat floor routine to a song mix featuring Doja Cat‘s “Boss B*tch,” Lizzo‘s “Truth Hurts” and Normani‘s “Motivation.” The has since gone viral!

Despite her flawless routine, team UCLA fell a tenth of a point short from winning, with the final score of 197.650 to Utah’s 197.750.

“At the end of the day I’m just going out there and having fun,” said Chiles to ESPN at the end of the meet between the two rival teams.

Both teams are now listed among the top-ranked women’s gymnastics schools in the Pac 12, with UCLA coming in at no. 8 and Utah at no. 4.

JORDAN CHILES RESPONDS TO PERFECT 10 SCORE

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