Who Says Michelle Obama Can’t Rap?

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As if we didn’t already think Michelle Obama was the chillest FLOTUS yet, her new rap video will make you love her even more (and want to go to college).

The first lady teamed up with “Saturday Night Live” comedian Jay Pharoah to drop a beat about the benefits of higher education.

“If you wanna fight crime, you should go to college/If you wanna write rhymes fill your head with knowledge/If you wanna stare at grass don’t go to college, but for everything else you should go to college,” Obama expertly raps alongside Pharoah, from a recording studio that appears to be inside the White House.

The video, fittingly produced by College Humor, is for Obama’s “Better Make Room” campaign that aims to inspire teens aged 14 to 19 to go to college. Only question is, what do Sasha and Malia think about this one?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michelle-obama-jay-pharoah-college-rap-video_5669983ce4b0f290e5222487?ir=Daily%2BBrief%253Fncid%253Dnewsltushpmg00000003

The Fultz Quadruplets: Born At The Wrong Time In America?

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The Fultz Quadruplets were the first identical Black quad babies born in the United States. The Fultz girls became baby celebrities, while Fred Klenner, the white doctor who delivered them into the world, exploited them for fame and money.

The Fultz Quads – Mary Louise, Mary Ann, Mary Alice, and Mary Catherine – were born on May 3, 1946 at Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville, N.C. The Quads’ parents, sharecropper Pete and deaf-mute mother Annie Mae, lived on a farm with their six other children but were too poor to care for the babies. Multiple births were rare at the time and the equipment to care for underweight babies wasn’t as prevalent as it is in modern times.

The girls were delivered in what was known as “the Basement,” according to a 2002 report by journalist and educator Lorraine Ahearn. This “basement” was the Blacks-only wing of Annie Penn, and Klenner and Black nurse Margaret Ware helped Annie Mae give birth. Since the Fultz family couldn’t read or write, Dr. Klenner  named the girls after his own family members.

When news of the quads began to spread nationwide, curious onlookers and media began sniffing around for photo opportunities. At the time, baby formula companies such as Gerber and PET wanted to use the quads as a means to start an ad campaign to sell their wares in the Black community. Black families didn’t buy formula during the late ’40’s, as many mothers opted to breast feed because of the high cost of baby formula.

Klenner struck a deal with PET for an undisclosed amount and the Fultz Quads were well on their way to becoming stars.  The quads’ starred in ads in Ebony Magazine, and they even made the cover of the publication. But all of this notoriety came with a price as Klenner used the girls for his “Vitamin C therapy” that he claimed made the girls healthy along with the PET evaporated milk formula.

While Klenner reaped the financial benefits, PET Milk company gave the Fultz quads a farm, a nurse, food, and medical care. Even more shocking, when Klenner returned the girls home, he displayed them in a glass-enclosed nursery. In a follow up story reported by Ebony, the then 22-year-old sisters were ultimately adopted by the nurse PET assigned to them and her husband. They struggled with adulthood. The farm they were given was on difficult land, and Pet paid the quads just $350 a month, leaving them virtually broke.

The girls became the third set of quadruplets in America to survive until adulthood. But according to Ahearn’s story, three of the sisters died of breast cancer before age 55, with Catherine Fultz Griffin believed to be the last surviving Fultz quadruplet.

Originally published by NlackAmricaweb.com

http://blackamericaweb.com/2015/06/10/little-known-black-history-fact-the-fultz-quadruplets/

Meditation For Beginners: How to Meditate For Lifelong Peace, Focus and Happiness

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You can be happier, healthier and have more success in your life by simply creating a meditation habit. In this book I’ll show you how quieting your mind and learning to focus can completely change your life!

You must have heard people talk about the amazing powers of meditation. You might have met people raving about how meditation transformed their life. You might have even read blogs teaching you how to meditate, but when you tried it you found it incredibly frustrating and not peaceful at all.

If that sounds like you, then don’t worry because you are not alone–most people feel this way. Meditation is not an easy skill to master. It takes years, if not a lifetime to master this skill. The good news is that you don’t have to master it in order to enjoy its benefits.

If you can develop the habit of meditating daily, even for a few minutes, you can achieve wonderful results in your life. Meditation will improve both your physical and mental health, reduce stress, improve your brain power and teach you how to focus your attention on the task at hand, thereby increasing your productivity.

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day, unless you are too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” ~Zen Proverb

I’m sure not all successful people meditate but you’d be surprised how many of them do some form of meditation. It’s an important skill to have for achieving success in life. If you can develop the meditation habit, it will certainly improve your chance of finding success.

An increasing number of scientific studies have been carried out on meditation and almost all of them have shown that meditation can be used to alter brain waves and brain chemistry. But if you are still skeptical, just give meditation a try for a few months. If you meditate daily for just a few months, you’ll experience the benefits firsthand and lose your skepticism.

The only problem is that even those who do believe in the powers of meditation find it hard to turn it into a habit. Meditation can be frustrating if you set unrealistic goals for yourself. Most beginners do it the wrong way. They end up thinking that they just can’t control their mind enough to meditate and give up. But this doesn’t have to be you!

In this book I’ll show you how anyone can learn to meditate and how with a little persistence and a systematic approach you too can develop this seemingly hard habit. After that, it’s only a matter of time before you start seeing results.You’ll continue to reap the benefits as you get better at meditation. Who knows, someday you may even find enlightenment!

The Author

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Hi, my name is Sara Price. It is my goal to help inspire and create change within your life. I enjoy writing books on health and self-help topics as well as a sampling of other subjects that I am passionate about.

Some of my passions and hobbies over the years have included coming up with healthy alternatives to my favorite foods, cooking, gardening, hiking and world travel.

I am an avid learner, especially when it comes to health and self-help topics. So naturally it has been my lifelong passion to learn and grow in my experiences.

In my spare time I love practicing yoga and pilates. I spend much of my day writing, and making healthy meals for my family. I love spending time with my husband Stephen, our daughter Lindsay and our cat named Grayson–you may have noticed his cameo at the end of my books. 🙂

I hope that my books help you to change your life and open your eyes to all of the possibilities that the world has to offer!

Thanks for reading,
Sara

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