Michelle Obama Recruits Jordin Sparks, Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Oz And More For ‘Let’s Movie!’ Campaign


/ August 7, 2013

First lady Michelle Obama’s quest to get America’s children active is going hip-hop. In collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America and Hip Hop Public Health, Mrs. Obama’s Lets Move! campaign plans to release a 19-song hip-hop album Sept. 30 along with 10 music videos. Artists like Run DMC, Doug E. Fresh, Ashanti, and Jordin Sparks will lend their voices to the compilation.

Let’s Move! executive director and White House assistant chef Sam Kass views the initiative as a great way to reach kids and confirms that the White House is backing the project. “Cultural leaders and visionaries in our country can give these messages to kids in a way that’s not preachy. Kids are going to be dancing and listening to the music,” he said. “I think hip-hop in particular – so many kids love hip-hop. It’s such a core part of our culture…and particularly in the African-American community and the Latino community which is being disproportionately affected by those health issues.”

The videos will be distributed to 40 schools in New York City before expanding to other major cities, according to US News and World Reports. Check out the tracklist for Songs for a Healthier America and the First Lady busting moves with Doug E. Fresh, Jordin Sparks and Dr. Oz in the “Everybody” video below.–Alley Olivier

1. “U R What You Eat” (Salad Bar: Matisyahu, Ariana Grande, Travis Barker)
2. “Everybody” (Jordin Sparks, Doug E. Fresh, Dr Oz, Ryan Beatty, Hip Hop MD)
3. “Let’s Move” (Doug E. Fresh, Artie Green, Chauncey Hawkins)
4. “Just Believe” (Ashanti, Gerry Gunn, Artie Green, Robbie Nova)
5. “Veggie Luv” (Monifah and J Rome)
6. “Hip Hop FEET” (DMC and Artie Green)
7. “Stronger” (Shayna Steele, Jeremy Jordan, Our Time Theater kids, and E-Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren)
8. “Give Myself A Try” (Ryan Beatty)
9. ”Jump Up” (Brady Rymer and the Little band that Could)
10. “Hip Hop LEAN” (Artie Green)
11. “Pass the Rock” (Iman Schumpert and Artie Green)
12. “Good Living” (Ashton Jones)
13. “Beautiful” (Daisy Grant and Artie Green)
14. “Change The Game” (The Happiness Club, featuring Naledge)
15. “Wanna Jump (Let’s Move)” (Paul Burch)
16. “Mother May I” (Amelia Robinson)
17. “We Like Vegetables” (Los Barkers!)
18. “Get Up Sit Up” (Babi Floyd)
19. “One Step Forward” (Samite)

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