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Danielle Young Danielle Young Jul 10, 2019.

How Dare Malia Obama Be a #CarefreeBlackGirl and Miss Hillary Clinton at the DNC?!

How Dare Malia Obama Be a #CarefreeBlackGirl and Miss Hillary Clinton at the DNC?!

Hillary Clinton gave a personal (read: boring) speech at the Democratic National Convention that left the crowd roaring. But Malia Obama wasn't there! How dare she? Who does the oldest daughter of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama think she is?!

This is just a thought, but maybe Malia Obama is just a #CarefreeBlackGirl who likes music. The New York Post's gossip rag, Page...

Jul 08, 2019.

10 Things I’ll Miss When the Obamas Leave the White House

10 Things I’ll Miss When the Obamas Leave the White House

Although the Democratic National Convention was intended to be a celebration of Democrats, Democratic values, and (in comparison with the Republican National Convention) sanity and science, it was a bittersweet week for much of America, since it also was perhaps the last time we’ll see the Obamas on a national stage as president and first lady.

Which, as it did much of America, reminded me...

Jun 29, 2019.

Unique Views, Episode 6: Hotep vs. Being Woke

Unique Views, Episode 6: Hotep vs. Being Woke

For this episode of the Unique Views podcast, we had a special guest lined up. A guest who is directly responsible for changing the world as we know it. A guest who helped influence and alter the musical landscape. A guest who was directly responsible for bringing Beyoncé into existence.

I don't believe in throwing anyone under the bus. The Pod Squad is a three-person leaderless team, so we...

Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Jun 28, 2019.

Obamas Celebrate Malia’s High School Graduation

Obamas Celebrate Malia’s High School Graduation

Friday is a big day at the White House, with Malia Obama, the elder daughter of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, scheduled to graduate from the exclusive Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., as part of the class of 2016.

President Obama, in the last year of his presidency, has been known to grow sensitive about the fact that Malia, “one of [his] best friends,” is...

Jun 19, 2019.

The President Had Us All in Tears During His #ObamaFarewell Address

The President Had Us All in Tears During His #ObamaFarewell Address

The Obama farewell wasn’t a funeral. Far from it. In fact, it was a revival.

At the close of a historic two-term presidency, as the nation’s first African-American president of the United States, Barack Obama had one last benevolent act: to remind the country not to give up on hope or the belief that it could create change.

Despite the enthusiastic cheering from the audience at Chicago’s...

Ibn Safir Ibn Safir May 26, 2019. 16 comments

Sasha Obama Steps Out for Prom, Looking as Graceful as Only Michelle’s Daughters Can

Sasha Obama Steps Out for Prom, Looking as Graceful as Only Michelle’s Daughters Can

They grow up so fast.

Sasha Obama, youngest daughter of America’s most eligible adoptive parents Michelle and Barack, attended her high school prom on Friday, looking as glamorous as only the progeny of our forever-FLOTUS could.

Sasha, rumored to be off to the University of Michigan after next month’s graduation, popped up in a few pre-prom photos this weekend. Standing beside her date, Chris...

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Feb 20, 2019. 19 comments

Leave Malia Obama the Hell Alone and Let Her Enjoy Life (and Facebook)

Leave Malia Obama the Hell Alone and Let Her Enjoy Life (and Facebook)

Malia Obama continues to be photographed minding her black-ass business—this time, the 20-year-old college student was seen drinking out of a bottle of rosé during a weekend spent in Miami with friends.

Shudder at the thought of a bottle of rosé being in Miami, which is obviously the epicenter for wholesome good times and mild-mannered frivolity. In college at this age, I was drinking...

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Damon Young Damon Young Jul 13, 2018. 18 comments

Malia And Sasha Obama At The Turkey Pardoning Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

Malia And Sasha Obama At The Turkey Pardoning Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

The youngest person at my family's Thanksgiving dinner yesterday was my niece. She is the youngest child of my wife's sister, and favors her (my wife) so much that people assume they're mother and daughter when they're out together. She is also either nine or 10 years old (I forget which), which means for as long as she can remember, the President of the United States of America has been...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jun 06, 2018. 12 comments

Can I Live? Malia Obama Tries Out Braids for Summer, and Now Everybody’s a Hairstylist

Can I<i> Live</i>? Malia Obama Tries Out Braids for Summer, and Now Everybody’s a Hairstylist

First kids—they’re just like us!

Ah, youth. I remember my college years at a predominantly white college in the Northeast, navigating a course load and campus job while trying to figure out how to stay cute while washing my hair with extra-hard dorm water ... good times. It’s no wonder that by the end of my sophomore year, I was paying one of my few fellow black girls to give me waist-long...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Mar 10, 2018. 17 comments

‘Don’t Wind Up on Page Six,’ Michelle Obama Told Malia as She Headed Off to College ... and, Welp

‘Don’t Wind Up on Page Six,’ Michelle Obama Told Malia as She Headed Off to College ... and, Welp

Part of being a child/teen/young adult is often doing exactly the opposite of what your parents advised or suggested. Sometimes it’s not even on purpose, but, you know, shit happens.

Turns out the former first family knows about these struggles as well, after Michelle Obama revealed one of the bits of advice she gave to her eldest daughter, Malia, before she headed off to Harvard last fall....

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Feb 02, 2018.

10 Thoughts About the Malia Obama Lollapalooza Non-Story Story

10 Thoughts About the Malia Obama Lollapalooza Non-Story Story
I can't imagine growing up in the spotlight the way that Malia and Sasha Obama have. We've seen more discussions about their facial expressions and decorum at events than you can shake a stick at. And because of this, I'm sure they get "the talk" from their mama, ALL THE TIME before major events. "Make sure you stay composed because the world is looking at you." That seems like it would be...
Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Dec 08, 2017. 5 comments

Today in Obama: Turkey With a Side of Dad Jokes

Today in Obama: Turkey With a Side of Dad Jokes

In which we reflect on simpler times.

If you wanted a side of nostalgia on your Thanksgiving plate, we at The Root are here to serve.

Let’s go back to 2015—when the first family served Thanksgiving meals to homeless and at-risk veterans in Washington, D.C. If this picture looks familiar, it may be because the photo made the rounds after Hurricane Harvey barreled through Texas, with captions...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Nov 28, 2017. 19 comments

Malia Obama Maligned and Defended for Being a Regular Person 

Malia Obama Maligned and Defended for Being a Regular Person 

The older daughter of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama is back in the news just for being a regular college student, doing the things that college students (or perhaps 19-year-olds in general) do: kissing, smoking and just pushing boundaries as they morph into adults.

Too bad that because Malia Obama’s father was the first black president and very much hated by...

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Sep 29, 2017.

Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama Style-Slay in Morocco

Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama Style-Slay in Morocco

Fittingly, the women of the Obama family took a multicountry tour in support of Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative, which promotes education for young girls around the globe, and specifically in Africa for this trip.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the first lady kicked off the tour in Liberia, the African nation founded by repatriated African Americans in 1847, before moving...

Monique Judge Monique Judge Aug 21, 2017. 14 comments

Creepy Serial Stalker Shows Up at Malia Obama’s NYC Internship to Ask Her to Marry Him

Creepy Serial Stalker Shows Up at Malia Obama’s NYC Internship to Ask Her to Marry Him

Because not even the daughter of a former beloved president is safe from male harassment, we now have this story: Secret Service agents detained a Brooklyn, N.Y., man last week after he showed up at a building where former first daughter Malia Obama is working as an intern and asked her to marry him.

Sources told the New York Daily News that on April 10, Jair Nilton Cardoso showed up on the...

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Monique Judge Monique Judge Aug 18, 2017. 7 comments

Malia Obama Will Be Interning for Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein

Malia Obama Will Be Interning for Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein

Malia Obama is doing the gap year thing right: The elder daughter of former President Barack Obama will soon start work as an intern for Hollywood superproducer Harvey Weinstein.

Malia Obama, 18, who graduated from Sidwell Friends School last May, according to the Washington Post, and is set to begin undergraduate studies at Harvard University in the fall of 2017, will begin an internship in...

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Yesha Callahan Yesha Callahan Aug 18, 2017. 10 comments

Black-ish Star Yara Shahidi Accepted Into Every College She Applied To

<i>Black-ish </i>Star Yara Shahidi Accepted Into Every College She Applied To

Black-ish’s Yara Shahidi is about to embark on college life, and she has a lot to choose from. In an interview with Seventeen magazine, Yara revealed that she got into every college she applied to.

"Blackish" Star Yara Shahidi Got Into Every School She Applied to

Plus, deets on a Blackish spin-off.

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“I did get all of my college acceptances, and I’m keeping them close to the belt as of...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Aug 17, 2017. 11 comments

Malia Obama Seen at Dakota Access Pipeline Protest at Sundance

Malia Obama Seen at Dakota Access Pipeline Protest at Sundance

America’s former first daughter (fight me) is apparently keeping busy now that her dad has stepped down from the presidency. Malia Obama marked her first week as a “normal” person by attending an event supporting the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Monday, USA Today reports.

The protest comes as...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Jan 14, 2017. 4 comments

Bush Daughters Pen Sweet Letter to Malia and Sasha Obama

Bush Daughters Pen Sweet Letter to Malia and Sasha Obama

Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, the fraternal twin daughters of President George W. Bush, penned a touching letter to the outgoing first daughters this week.

In the letter, published in Time magazine on Thursday, Barbara and Jenna began by recounting “that cold November day” they gave Malia and Sasha Obama a tour of the White House, their new home for the next eight years.

We left our jobs...

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