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Aug 142013
 

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Michelle Obama is an accomplished lawyer, mother of two and, of course, the first lady. And now, she’s adding hip-hop artist to her impressive resume.

The first lady is lending her star power to a new rap album to inspire people to live healthier, more active lives.

Before you get your hopes up too high, no, the first lady does not actually rap on the album. But she is playing a speaking role in a new song titled “Everybody,” featuring Jordin Sparks, Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Oz and the Hip Hop Doc.

Obama teamed up with Partnership for a Healthier America to make the album as part of her Let’s Move! healthy eating initiative.

The record, Songs for a Healthier America, features music by Matisyahu, Travis Barker, Artie Green, Ashanti and Monifah, among others, and includes songs titled “U R What You Eat,” “Veggie Luv” and “Hip Hop F.E.E.T.”

The music videos released with the album will reportedly be distributed to New York City schools before being circulated more widely.

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May 192013
 

iStockphoto(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Delivering her only speech at a high school graduation this year, first lady Michelle Obama joked about the failures her husband, President Obama, has encountered in life as she told a graduating class of high school seniors in Nashville, Tenn. Saturday that in order to achieve success in life, they must first experience failure.

“When something doesn’t go your way, you’ve just got to adjust. You’ve got to dig deep and work like crazy, and that’s when you’ll find out what you’re really made of during those hard times, but you can only do that if you’re willing to put yourself in a position where you might fail, and that’s why so often failure, is the key to success for so many great people,” Obama said at the graduation ceremony for Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School.

“Oprah was demoted from her first job as a news anchor. Now she doesn’t even need a last name,” she said.  “And then there’s this guy Barack Obama. … I could take up a whole afternoon talking about his failures, but he lost his first race for Congress, and now he gets to call himself my husband.

“All jokes aside, the point is that that resilience and grit, that ability to pick yourself up when you fall, those are some of the most important skills you’ll need as you make your way through college and through life,” she said. “I want you to tell yourself that no matter what challenges you face that you will commit yourself to achieving your goals no matter where life takes you.”

As a student introduced Obama, he noted that his own mother found inspiration in the first lady and her well toned arms.

“Now my mom’s arms look better than mine,” the graduate said.

“I would love to see your mom’s arms. Where are they?” Obama asked as she started her speech and asked the graduate’s mother to stand.  ”Yes! I love that, and she’s showing them off too!”

 

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Mar 142013
 

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy(WASHINGTON) — First lady Michelle Obama is once again the cover lady for the April issue of Vogue magazine.

President Obama and the first lady are interviewed in the article, in which they discuss their lives as parents and their marriage in the spotlight of the presidency.

Though the president initially discussed the pressure exerted on political families by things like expensive campaigns and late working hours, the first lady shifted the focus to kids Sasha and Malia Obama.

“Ninety percent of our conversation is about these girls: What are they doing?  And who’s got what practice?  And what birthday party is coming up?” says Mrs. Obama in the story.  “You know, I mean, it is endless and it gets to be pretty exhausting, and if you take your eye off the ball, that’s when their lives become inelastic.”

The first lady was previously on the cover in April 2009.

The issue will be available on newsstands March 26.

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Mar 132013
 

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Credit reporting agency Equifax confirmed “fraudulent and unauthorized access” to the financial files of four high-profile people, but the company declined to identify the individuals.

Equifax confirmed the security breach on Tuesday, one day after a website posted what hackers claim to be Social Security numbers, credit reports, former addresses and personal banking information of celebrities and other top Washington, D.C., officials, including first lady Michelle Obama.

“We are aware of recent media reports pertaining to unauthorized access to files belonging to high-profile individuals. Equifax can confirm that fraudulent and unauthorized access to four consumer credit reports has occurred,” Tim Klein, a spokesman for Equifax, wrote in a statement Tuesday.

The U.S. Secret Service has launched an investigation into potential hacking of personal information of Mrs. Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sources tell ABC News.

The hackers claim to have what appears to be the first lady’s credit report, Social Security number, previous addresses and phone numbers.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News on Tuesday, President Obama confirmed authorities were investigating whether hackers had indeed obtained and posted online financial information belonging to his wife, but he would not say whether the information was authentic.

“We should not be surprised that if we’ve got hackers that want to dig in and have a lot of resources, that they can access this information,” the president said.  “Again, not sure how accurate but … you’ve got web sites out there that tell people’s credit card info.  That’s how sophisticated they are.”

ABC News is not disclosing the website’s name, which appears to originate in Russia because the Internet suffix of the site’s web address was originally assigned to the Soviet Union.

The first lady is not the only potential victim.  The ominous website claims it also has personal information on FBI director Robert Mueller, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

The site’s so-called “secret files” claim to reveal everything from how much Kim Kardashian pays for her car lease to Ashton Kutcher’s American Express bill and even Paris Hilton’s credit score.

Beyonce, Jay Z, Mel Gibson, Britney Spears, Hulk Hogan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Donald Trump were some of the other celebrities who were allegedly hacked.

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Mar 122013
 

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Nearly a dozen celebrity A-listers and political heavy-hitters including first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have allegedly had their most private financial information hacked and posted online.

On Monday, a website posted what hackers claim to be Social Security numbers, credit reports, former addresses and personal banking information of celebrities and other top Washington, D.C., officials.

The hackers claim to have what appears to be the first lady’s credit report, Social Security number and phone numbers.  Other targets include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, FBI Director Robert Mueller, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Information posted about Biden and Clinton did not include credit reports, but included addresses and other sensitive information.

On Tuesday morning, ABC News tried calling a number listed for Biden and it turned out to be a local business in Delaware.

“The Department is aware of the report and the FBI is investigating the matter,” a Department of Justice spokesperson told ABC News.

The Secret Service said they’re aware of the reporting, but offered no further comment.

The site’s so-called “secret files” claim to reveal everything from how much Kim Kardashian pays for her car lease to Ashton Kutcher’s American Express bill and even Paris Hilton’s credit score.

Beyonce, Jay Z, Mel Gibson, Britney Spears, Hulk Hogan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Donald Trump were some of the other celebrities who were allegedly hacked.  ABC News reached out to them overnight, but they did not respond to calls for comment. Kardashian, Hilton and Kutcher have also not responded to ABC News’ request for a comment to the hacking allegations.

Gibson’s rep told ABC News that they haven’t verified that he has been hacked.

ABC News is not disclosing the website’s name, which appears to originate in Russia because the Internet suffix of the site’s web address was originally assigned to the Soviet Union.

ABC News consultant and former FBI agent Brad Garrett said the entire site could be a fraud designed to embarrass those in the public eye.

“I’m very suspect [about] information released online.  It goes against the very reason you steal them, it’s to use them,” Garrett said.  “Is this a prank?  Is this a hoax?  Is it to get attention?  That wouldn’t surprise me one bit.”

The site’s homepage, which features an image of a girl with her eyes covered in black makeup, had over 111,000 hits as of 7:15 a.m. EST.

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