Daily Archives: February 24, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama Invites Cast of Glee! to White House Easter Egg Roll

Posted by: Audiegrl

I heard a rumor of this last weekend, but wanted to wait for confirmation before posting. 🙂

The cast of the popular Fox TV show “Glee” has been invited to perform at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Entertainment Weekly is reporting.

E! Online has published tweets by cast members Kevin McHale, Naya Rivera and Amber Riley all saying that First Lady Michelle Obama had invited them to the April 5 holiday event in Washington, D.C.

The first family, particularly daughters Malia and Sasha, are reportedly big fans of the show about a high school glee club. Now on a four-month break, the show, which received four Golden Globe awards last month, is expected to return to TV in April.

Mrs. Obama has been busy exposing young people to music at the White House. Just this month, school children were invited there for two musical events – a program of music that inspired the civil rights movement and a preview of the performance that Harry Connick Jr. and other musicians gave Sunday night at the Governors’ Ball. Last year, a variety of country music stars performed at the White House for classes for school children.

Click here for more details on this years Easter Egg Roll, highlights from last year, and ticket information.

Looking for more stories on the First Lady? Check out our brand new section: FLOTUS: All Things Michelle Obama

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The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart To Glenn Beck: “You’re A Communist!” (VIDEO)

Fresh from the week off, Jon Stewart jumped right in Monday night and took on one of his favorite targets, Glenn Beck, who used his appearance at CPAC as a chance to alert the crowd of the dangers of Progressivism.

At the conference, Beck compared Progressivism to Communism, and cited previous progressives such as Woodrow Wilson and FDR, who pushed for the income tax and universal health care, respectively. Despite the former being used by elected officials to create things for the common good, Beck stressed that these were the first steps on the road to ruin.

Upon hearing Glenn Beck announce that he learned this by reading books at the library, Stewart had a field day and hi-jixed ensued.

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President Obama Calls for New Steps to Prepare Children for College and Careers

Posted by: Audiegrl

President Obama outlines new steps to better prepare Americas children for college and the workplace at a meeting with the National Governors Association . The President is calling for a redesigned Elementary and Secondary Education Act that includes a comprehensive, new vision to help states successfully transition to and implement college- and career-ready standards by improving teacher preparation and development, upgrading classroom instruction, and supporting high-quality assessments.
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Little-Known Black History Fact: Mary Alexander & Coca-Cola

Posted by BuellBoy

Mary Alexander in Coco-Cola in 1955

Mary Alexander in Coco-Cola ad in 1955

The year 1955 was like a dream come true for Mary Alexander of Ocala, Florida. She was a junior at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia concentrating on her studies when her dorm mother insisted that she go to a local audition for a Coca-Cola promotion on campus. Little did Alexander know that she would become the first Black woman to be featured in a Coca-Cola ad – the first non-athlete, that is.

Coming to the city of Atlanta from her meager farmhouse beginnings in Ball Play, Alabama, Alexander never thought she could compete against the candidates from Spelman and Morris Brown College.

Alexander’s first ad was published in Ebony magazine that same year, along with several black newspapers. She would continue working with the company, shooting another 15 ads. Overall, Alexander would earn about $1,500 modeling for Coke, even though no one knew her name. By the way, she finally gained her father’s approval when she brought a check home for $600.

It was only because a family friend who saw the ad in her home took a copy back to Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta that Coke found their black beauty. After all these years, a name would be put to the face.

Coca-Cola recognized Alexander for being a pioneer in the company’s efforts to reach more African-Americans. Several of the ads she appeared in are on display in the new World of Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta. They also held a reception in her honor.

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