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30 Things Michelle Obama Should Do Now That She's 50!

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Michelle Obama has hit the big 5-0. The supportive and loving wife/mother, strong leader and epitome of a lady wears her half of century extremely well. Like many others, she managed to put life in her years; she’s worked hard and now she’s reaping the rewards.

The First Lady of the United States has already accomplished so much and now we want her to live it up. We want her to have fun, be stupid (not too stupid) and live on the edge—enough to feel the fear but not enough to compeletly fall off. With a resume like her's, the only thing left to do is embrace the quintessential tangible and intangible things. With a women that has everything within arms reach, here are 30 things she should add to her bucket list.

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Binge TV

We want her to spend a weekend binge watching our favorite shows. She needs one ratchet, one reality, one drama, one comedy, and one sitcom.

Ratchet: LHHATL because after she sees the way women behave on TV, she’ll be pushed to call an immediate recall of all these shows and help change the way women present themselves.

Reality:  First season of Real World because that was the only real reality show we believe existed.

Drama: Scandal- need we explain more? It’s a good quality show regardless of the depiction of Kerry’s adulterous ways.

Sitcom: Martin- although he’s off the air, it was the best sitcom of all time.

Comedy: Modern Family-one of the best family comedies that always has a great ending point.

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Foodie

We know the first lady is conscious about what she puts in her body, as we all should be. But we want her to cheat heavily on her daily diet. We want her to make a three course meal of everything she loves to eat but doesn't because it's bad for her. Then over the course of the day, we want her to indulge in all those fatty, greasy, sweet and sour meals!


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Project X

Have a party and invite nothing but regular people. Not just someone of celebrity status or political powers, but normal people either doing something amazing in the world or contest winners. 

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Wedding Crasher

What's more fun then attending a wedding? Attending one you weren't invited to. Her and Barack should get dressed up one day and travel from reception halls and hotel venues until they find the best extravagant wedding to crash. That'll be a great present for the newly married couple.

 

Related Article: 7 Ways to Properly Crash Company Christmas Parties If You’re NOT an Employee

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Top Down Concert

Where's the best place to have your own little concert? You car. For some reason, driving around with the windows down, blasting the track that you feel you can compete vocally with the artist on is the best feeling in the world. We want to make sure Mrs. Obama can get that full effect.

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Cross Country Road Trip

The best part of life is the unknown, which is why  FLOTUS should venture into it. She should grab Sasha, Malia and President Obama and visit all the states she hasn't visited outside of the presidential campaign.

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Rain

She should pick a day where she knows it'll rain later on and plan a romantic day with POTUS. Once it starts raining, she should passionately kiss him under or not an umbrella.

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Random Text Message

The first lady should randomly text a number saying "Hi, this is Michelle Obama, how are you?" It'll be funny to see how long the receiver of the text will converse with her and what type of conversation they will have. Granted she will not use her own personal cellphone number.

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Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

In China they have the Great Wall and San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge. But if you’re a New Yorker, chances are you live in Brooklyn, used to live there or secretly want to live there. She should take a random stroll on the bridge because you’d be surprise at the things and people you’ll see while strolling this miles long walk way.

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Finding Nemo

FLOTUS should go to Australia and locate; P Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney.

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Random Visits

As hard as this may be, she should pick 50 schools, one per state and go visit them—preferably one that needs the most guidance. She has a huge impact on the youth today and a visit from FLOTUS can forever change the path these young kids take.

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White Boy Wasted

We can see the side eyes already, but everyone should experience this at least once in their older years for two reasons. One: because besides the killer hangover she'll experience the next day, the stupid memories will make up for it and two: once you do it, you can check it off your bucket list and never have to do it again.

Related Article:  Try These Game Night Drinking Games

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Flash Mob

She should create a flash mob. Starting with civilians dancing in front of the white house. When the entire house staff, security, and the commander-in-chief are outside watching in awe; the selected staff members and Mrs. Obama should join the flash mob as the grand finale.

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Vine

She should make a Vine while she’s still at the white house. Maybe show us her favorite place in the white house, shout out her favorite staff member, or give us a quick tour of her never-ending closet. Those 7 seconds into her life would give us life.

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$1 Bill

She should sign all of her dollar bills before spending it and wait to see how long it would take for her to get one back.

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Youtube

FLOTUS should create a video on Youtube of her lip singing her favorite song and see how fast it goes viral.

Related Article:  Little Boy Performs ‘Drunk in Love’ [Video]

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100 Day Photo Challenge

Michelle should create a Tumblr to photo document her life and everything that happens in the midst of her living. She should do it for a total of 100 days, not necessarily consecutively but it has to be completed before a year is up. This will definitely rival Beyonce's tumblr.

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Prank Call

She should prank call her favorite celebrity friend. What better way to get a good laugh then upsetting a friend of yours? Plus they will never suspect it's her.

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Wet Cement

FLOTUS should engrave her John Hancock in wet cement. Trust us; most construction workers hate seeing this, but once they find out who it's from, their anger will turn into delight.

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Ben and Jerry's

She should taste every flavor of Ben and Jerry's ice cream.

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Audience Member

She should disguise herself and sit in the audience of a talk show. Prior to the show she should inform the host that she'll be joining her show and in the last 15 minutes of the show her real identity should be revealed. We pick Ellen for a talk show she should sit in on.

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Buckingham Palace

She should try and make a guard at Buckingham Palace laugh. She may not succeed but it'll make a great Vine or Tumblr post.

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Dolphin Ride

Riding with sharks may to edgy for everyone, so she should take her chances and ride with dolphins.

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Time Square

She should hijack all the screens in Time Square and change the pictures to different pictures of herself making funny faces.

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Questions

She should pick a day where all she does is answer a question with a question. Imagine how funny it would be for her to try and get anything done or hold a conversation with FLOTUS. Especially without anyone knowing what she's doing.

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Name Award

There are some weird names out here-why not capitalize on it? Mrs. Obama should pick the craziest name she believes no child will have and start a quest to find out if a young person actually has it. If she finds that person, she should promise to pay for their college tuition in exchange that the go to college and major in Engineering, Science, Mathematics, or Political Science.

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Related Article: Think North West is a Crazy Name? Wait Until You Read These Celebrity Baby Names

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Iceberg

She should stand on a floating iceberg.

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Great Wall of China

After she walks the Brooklyn Bridge,  she should walk the Great Wall of China. Why? Because it's the Great Wall of China.

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Old Money

She should super glue a few quarters to the street and videotape how many people try to lift it up.

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Run for First Female President

Just to prove she can do anything.

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That Glow, Tho: How To Revive Your Skin After A Brick A** Winter

Whew, chile! Freshly fallen snow may be nice to look at, but the dry skin that accompanies the winter months ain’t it. And by the time the first tulip blooms come springtime, best believe your skin—which just endured months of humidity-deprived conditions—is super parched. Pass the moisturizer, please!

“The lack of humidity during the winter months is the main cause for the ‘winter’s itch’ and dryness,” Dr. Meena Singh, board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, told VIBE Vixen over email. And let’s not forget how the shorter days rob us ladies of the melanated variety of our warm and natural glow.

Luckily, there are many ways to combat such cold weather woes, both during and after the winter.

“I personally change my regimen significantly between seasons,” Singh added. “In the winter time, I am more prone to use heavier ointments and butters. Whereas in the spring, I can typically get away with moisturizing with emollient creams and lotions.”

But that’s not all you can do to whip your skin back into shape. Looking to bring your fly and radiant self back to life? Look no further. Vixen reached out to five women of color dermatologists, who’ve shared the following tips to help you get started.

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Hydrate From Within.

How many times have you asked a woman with bomb skin what her secret is and been met with the “I drink a lot of water” response? Did you figuratively roll your eyes? We’ve been there and we get it, especially since science says genetics do play a role in how your skin behaves—but homegirl wasn’t wrong!

Dr. Fran E. Cook-Bolden, board-certified NYC dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, tells Vixen that while you may not feel as thirsty when it’s cold out, it’s still important to stay hydrated and drink your eight glasses of water a day.

“The best way to avoid dry skin in the winter is to tackle it from the inside out,” she says.

Other ways to stay hydrated? Health.com suggests eating fruits such as apples, pears, and clementines, which are all over 80% water. Plus, not only will the vitamin C content of these fruits help you ward off the flu in the winter, but they’ll also keep you cool and refreshed once the weather warms up.

We stan a multifaceted solution.

Don't Forget To Cleanse.

As important as it is to drink your eight glasses a day, it’s also important to keep up with your cleansing routine—even if you’re not sweating as much.

In fact, board-certified Chicago dermatologist Dr. Caroline Robinson tells Vixen that maintaining moisture during the harsh winter months begins with cleansing. Washing our face removes makeup, dirt, and debris from the day, preventing buildup and breakouts. This also means the expensive serums and moisturizers you’ve probably splurged on are better absorbed by the skin.

But don’t overdo it!

“I find that many patients are over-cleansing, over-exfoliating or using cleansers that are not appropriate for their skin type and this is causing excess dryness,” she added. “Using a more mild cleanser can help tremendously in the battle against dryness.”

Our dermatologist-recommended favorite? CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser Bar.

It may also help to reconsider what you’re washing with when the weather changes. Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, Medical Director of Ingleton Dermatology, adds that as the temperatures go up, your routine should become “less heavy.”

“Switch from more hydrating cleaners and oils to foamy, gel-based cleaners” and to “a lighter weight daily moisturizer,” she advises. And if you’ve been skimping on the SPF don’t—you’ll definitely need it when the sun is back in these streets.

Keeping Up With "Wash Day" Is Important, Too.

Otherwise, you may end up with a condition called seborrheic dermatitis, which often appears on the scalp as a result of product buildup, but can also show up in skin folds such as behind the ears, under the breasts, etc.

“A dry, itchy and flaking scalp is very common in the winter and becomes more common as the frequency of washing the hair decreases,” Cook-Bolden tells Vixen. “When seborrheic dermatitis presents, it’s a common belief that applying scalp lotions, gels or pomades will help to treat the condition and is indeed sometimes helpful in temporarily soothing the itching and irritation.

However, as these products build up on the scalp, they can actually worsen the inflammation and overall worsen seborrheic dermatitis.”

So keep up with your hair care regimen, and if you do find yourself with a case of the seborrheic itchies, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dermatologist for an anti-inflammatory treatment.

Ceramides & Antioxidants Are Your Friends.

If you’re not familiar with ceramides and their superpowers, now’s the time to get familiar. Why? Because they can be extremely healing for desiccated skin.

As Atlanta board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tiffany Clay explains, ceramides are fats in the surface of the skin. When added to skin care products, they not only help your skin retain moisture, but they also give your skin a boost after being exposed to the elements like pollution and icy wind.

In terms of what to use, you’ll want to look for products described as “non-comedogenic,” which means a product is less likely to clog your pores. Additionally, products containing hyaluronic acid (HA) are also a win because of its ability to attract and hold water at the surface of the skin.

“I typically recommend patients keep their antioxidant serum/lotion (vitamin C) and their retinol on board no matter the season,” Clay also notes. “Over- the- counter retinols and prescription retinoids are vitamin A derived medications that most people use in a topical form.”

And they’re a major win-win. Using retinols/retinoids short term will help exfoliate your skin and give you that Kelly Rowland glow. Their long-term use helps to promote collagen production in the skin, minimizing fine lines and decreasing excess melanin production, which will even your complexion, reduce hyperpigmentation, and help reduce photo-damage.

As for vitamin C, look at it as SPF’s best friend.

“Vitamin C is an antioxidant that, when applied topically in combination with daily sun protection, decreases free-radical damage from ultraviolet exposure,” Clay shares.

Those rays don’t stand a chance.

Exfoliate, But Make It Gentle.

It may be tempting to grab the St. Ives but don’t. Instead, Clay suggests, get acquainted with chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandolin acid, or salicylic acid.

These strong but gentle powerhouses typically come labeled as AHAs and BHAs (alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid) and are way less harsh on the skin. Those over-the-counter scrubs you’re used to? They tend to leave scrapes and cuts on the skin, which can lead to inflammation and—you guessed it—hyperpigmentation... and we ain’t ask for all’at.

If you do decide to use a traditional scrub, Ingleton suggests trying Dove’s Exfoliating Body Scrub.

“This will help to slough away dry, dead cells on the surface and also hydrate/moisturize the skin in the process,” she says. “Apply a hydrating body lotion after doing the scrub.”

But again, be gentle!

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Kylie Jenner Doubles Down On Being Crowned A "Self Made" Billionaire

The premise of "self-made" and its interpretation when it comes to privileged celebrities has been a huge debate. When Kylie Jenner was named Forbes' youngest self-made billionaire, debates were raised due to her timeline in the limelight and her wealthy family. The 21-year-old defended her title, explaining how she doesn't fall into any ofter category.

"There’s really no other word to use other than self-made because that is the truth," she said in Q&A with Interview Magazine's German edition. "That is the category that I fall under," she started.

She acknowledged how her fan base equated to her success but refuted claims that she used her family's money to jump-start her wildly successful Kylie Cosmetics line.

"Although, I am a special case because before I started Kylie Cosmetics, I had a huge platform and lots of fans. I did not get money from my parents past the age of 15. I used 100 percent of my own money to start the company, not a dime in my bank account is inherited… and I am very proud of that."

Earlier this month (March 5) the mother-of-one officially surpassed Mark Zuckerberg as the youngest person to reach billionaire status, when Kylie Cosmetics hit a billion dollars in revenue.

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'Boomerang' Episode 7 Recap: Family Matters And Pride

Bryson and Simone are a thing, like for real for real. They can’t keep their hands (or tongues) off of one another. As the two of them get steamy in the jacuzzi, a sexually riled up Simone tells her new beau that she wants to treat his face like a bean bag. They are in it, y’all. There’s just one problem — they may be half-brother and sister (insert vomit emoji here). The excitement of finally landing the girl of his dreams is shut down when he reveals that his mother, Jacqueline, informed him that Marcus Graham may be his papa. (Wait. Does that mean Marcus cheated on Angela back in the day? Regardless, what a way to ruin a mood.)

As they wait for the DNA test results, Simone and Bryson still try to be business as usual, you know, chillin’ like they used to. Speaking of business, Bryson is all that. Ari may be his boy and all, but when it comes to directing Tia’s music video, Bryson wants an Italian dude to shoot it instead. He just doesn’t believe Ari can execute. All great directors have vision and through Bryson’s eyes, Ari has none. Simone can’t help but agree. It’s obvious that Tia and her bae are not at all pleased with the video production of her single. Bro gotsta go. Tia has never been one to hold back and in a fit of frustration, she does what Simone couldn’t verbalize; she fires Ari.

Like the “big bad boss” he is, Bryson harshly tells Ari that not only will he basically fail at being a producer, but people will notice that he doesn’t belong here. Hold up. Are we sure Bryson and Ari are friends? Tough love is understandable but to completely obliterate the dreams of someone you’ve been rocking with? That’s foul. Unlike Ari, Bryson knows that he was brought up with the keys and basically helped himself to whatever role he wanted in the industry, a luxury he can afford to extend. Why not help your friend out now even with a little guidance knowing his career aspirations?

Bryson may be able to but Simone is not willing to give up on Ari just yet. She lets Ari collaborate Bryson’s pick, Shayan, who is also seemingly having a hard time capturing dope shots. A conversation with Simone about perfecting his craft leaves Ari somewhat disappointed but open to the constructive criticism.

While enjoying the Atlanta Black Pride festivities, an old filing recognizes Ari and waves him down. In catching up, the discussion quickly takes a turn to sexual orientation labels with a judgemental tone and Ari is not having it. Sure, while he was with her, he liked women but sometimes he’d rather be with a man. “Bisexual,” “Gay,” call it whatever, he just likes who he likes, refuses to be put in a box, and there’s nothing wrong with that. What is not about to happen is him being judged by a woman with five kids and three baby favas. Yikes.

That frustration instantly births inspiration. Instead of dryly shooting Tia performing with Pride weekend just happening around her, Ari points out how the world needs to see all black people not caring about what anyone has to say about them, especially when the world includes women rocking $12 jewelry. Sashayers, milly-rockers, and twerkers galore, the video shines on the culture, highlighting Kings and Queens of all shades, ages, genders, and sexualities. It’s a good time. Even Bryson can give up his props and that lead director credit to Ari. You see, Bryson? You gotta have a little faith like David always has.

Speaking of our fave pastor, unlike many Baptist churches, it’s amazing to see that David embraces and participates in the Atlanta Black Pride weekend. With the help of Crystal, David is preaching a message of loving who you are and loving others. His sermon last week no doubt spoke to the soul but if you recall, Crystal did notice that a lovely lady attended the service moreso for David and less so for Jesus. That obviously triggered something. Crystal and David may not have been able to work out their marriage but the attraction is absolutely still there. Could it be one-sided though?

You didn’t think we forgot about Bryson and Simone, did you? It should be noted that for his entire life, all Bryson ever wanted was to be like Marcus Graham, but not like this. David is right: be careful what you pray for. No matter the outcome of the paternity test, Simone and Bryson will undoubtedly be in one another’s life (maybe less like Whitley and Dwayne and more like Denise and Theo).

Well, folks, the results are in (insert Maury voice). In the case of Bryson J. Broyer, Marcus, you are NOT the father! But, you may still have some ‘splaining to do. Now that they are officially not related, Simone can finally go ahead and have that seat. We know, sis has been tired all day. Ow!

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