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Michelle Obama Told Parents To Stop Babying Their Sons And Latinas Blew Up Twitter With A Whole Lot of “YAS”

Michelle Obama has always been a woman who keeps it real, particularly when it comes to the sexism women experience on a daily basis. In a conversation at the Obama Foundation’s Inaugural Summit, Obama dropped some knowledge on how families often inadvertently raise entitled boys and men. In a conversation she held alongside poet Elizabeth Alexander, Obama hit families with some hard questions about their role in creating toxic masculinity, and Latinas were totally there for it.

During the summit, Obama asked families to look at the way they raise their sons, and recognize how that contributes to a world where men and women are not treated as equals.

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The former First Lady pointed out that when families raise their sons and daughters differently, they ultimately end up rearing boys who turn into men that inherently believe they deserve special treatment and exploit others.

“I think we pay for that a little bit and that’s a ‘we’ thing because we are raising them. And it’s powerful to have strong men but what does that strength mean?” she asked. “Does it mean respect? Does it mean responsibility? Does it mean compassion? Or are we protecting our men too much, so they feel a little entitled?”

And for the most part, Latina Twitter responded with a resounding…

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Because the truth is, Obama’s words ring very true for Latinas living in a household where machismo remains strong.

In fact, a lot of women were quick to show just how close her words hit home.

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Many of us can vividly remember having to cook for and pick up after our brothers and fathers while they lounged around the house and watched TV.

Some of the responses called out the way girls and boys are expected to grow up at very different rates.

This is so real and relatable, because we all have the brother or primo who STILL has no clue about how to turn on the dishwasher. And he’s 35.

Even this guy had something to say about it.

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At 40, you damn well know how to cook and clean for yourself. You just choose not to, and Latina moms often enable the behavior.

This woman’s insightful tweet summed up how us ladies end up having to put up with machismo culture in the long term.

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So true.

Michelle Obama’s speech spoke the experience of every Latina girl mopping floors and scrubbing toilets while her brother got to chill and play video games.

Any time she wants to hit back at machismo culture, we will totally be here for it. Because YAS, Michelle, YAS!


Read: Every Year For Nochebuena, My Twin Brother Gets To Go Golfing While I’m Forced To Play Cinderella And Help Make The Lechon, Here’s Why

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Michelle Obama Says That She Has ‘Low-Grade Depression’

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Michelle Obama Says That She Has ‘Low-Grade Depression’

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Since leaving her life in the White House, former first lady Michelle Obama has been unabashedly open about her personal life. From writing about her marriage in her recent book Becoming to speaking out about our current president, Obama is unleashing her truth in so many ways. Recently, she revealed during an episode of her podcast that, like most of us, she’s been dealing with “some form of low-grade depression” thanks in part to recent events.

During last week’s Wednesday episode of her eponymous podcast, Obama talked with journalist Michele Norris about her mental health saying “Barack and I, we’ve lived outside of the norm of regular life for quite some time, and what we learned early on in the White House is — in order to stay sane and feel like the human that you once were — is that you have to have a schedule and a routine.”

Speaking out about her current mental state Obama revealed that she has struggled to keep up with her usual regimen. 

“I’m waking up in the middle of the night, ‘cause I’m worried about something or there’s a heaviness,” she explained. “I try to make sure I get a workout in. Although there have been periods throughout this quarantine where I just have felt too low.”

“It is unusual,” Obama went on. “And it’s a direct result of being out of body, out of mind. Spiritually, these are not fulfilling times. I know that I am dealing with some form of low-grade depression. Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting.”

Later on in the podcast, Obama explained she’d “be remiss to say that part of this depression is also a result of what we’re seeing in terms of the protests, the continued racial unrest, that has plagued this country since its birth. I have to say that waking up to the news, waking up to how this administration has or has not responded, waking up to yet another story of a Black man or a Black person somehow being dehumanized, or hurt, or killed, or falsely accused of something, it is exhausting. And it has led to a weight that I haven’t felt in my life, in a while.”

According to research, Obama’s not the only one feeling the “psychological toll” of the pandemic and BLM events.

The Lancet Psychiatry, revealed that soon after the release of the video taken during George Floyd’s killing, rates of depression and anxiety among Black Americans skyrocketed at ones much greater than any other group.

According to The Washington Post “The rate of black Americans showing clinically significant signs of anxiety or depressive disorders jumped from 36 percent to 41 percent in the week after the video of Floyd’s death became public. That represents roughly 1.4 million more people.”

To cope, Obama explained that she’s tried to be kind to herself in moments when she’s feeling down.

“You have to recognize that you’re in a place, a bad place, in order to get out of it,” she explained in the episode. “You kinda have to sit in it for a minute, to know, oh, oh, I’m feeling off. So now I gotta feed myself with something better.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing depression please call the National Depressive/Manic-Depressive Association Hotline at 1-800-826-3632 or the Crisis Call Center’s 24-hour hotline at 1-775-784-8090. 

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Beyoncé Accepts the 2020 BET Awards’ Humanitarian Award From None Other Than Michelle Obama

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Beyoncé Accepts the 2020 BET Awards’ Humanitarian Award From None Other Than Michelle Obama

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Who runs the world?

Arguably it should be Beyoncé and Michelle Obama. Fortunately, last night during the 2020 BET Awards we got a glimpse of what the Black Girl Magic Leaders would look like when the Grammy-award winning artist and the former first lady of the United States took part in celebrating Black excellence.

On Sunday, the former First Lady presented the singer with the show’s Humanitarian Award.

Speaking to audiences tuning into the show via video, the Becoming author introduced the award starting off by saying “I am here today to talk about the queen. You know the one!”

Obama continued to praise Beyoncé recalling how “ever since she was a little girl in Houston, Beyoncé Knowles Carter has been lighting up the stages and gracing the world with her talent with her generosity of spirit, and with her love for her community. You can see it in everything she does, from her music that give voice to black joy and black pain, to her activism that demands justice for black lives.”

Obama used her introduction to also share a few personal anecdotes about Beyoncé including how the singer had re-written her number “Get Me Bodied” for the “Let’s Move” campaign which saw the former first lady at the helm. “Got a whole lot of kids shakin’ it on the dance floor,” Obama recalled noting that as an artist Beyoncé’s is “always turning up, looking out, and making us all a little bigger, better, a little more fierce.”

In an affectionate sign off before presenting the award, Obama finished by calling Beyoncé her girl. “I just want to say, you inspire me. You inspire all of us, which is why I am so proud to name Beyonce the 2020 BET Awards’ Humanitarian of the Year honoree. Congratulations, girl. Love you so much,” she finished.

The award show then showed videos of Beyoncé’s activism over the years.

In a tribute to the singer’s activism, the award show celebrated her acts of charity including her work to help out her hometown of Houston Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and her work to help others through her BeyGood non-profit.

In response to the honor, Beyoncé dedicated her award to Black men and women.

“Thank you so much for this beautiful honor,” Beyoncé replied. “I want to dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there, all of my sisters out there inspiring me, marching, and fighting for change. Your voices are being heard, and you are proving to our ancestors at their struggles were not in vain.”

Beyoncé finished her acceptance speech asking viewers to take action. “Now, we have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power and that is to vote. I’m encouraging you to continue to take action, continue to change, and dismantle a racist and unequal system…We have to vote like our life depends on it because it does. So please continue to be the change you want to see.”

Closing out her acceptance speech, Beyonce thanked “BET for this honor. It means so much to me, especially coming from y’all. I love you. God Bless you and goodnight.”

Beyoncé wasn’t the only Carter to snag an award at the BETs last night. Her daughter Blue Ivy took home the BET Her Award for her work on “Brown Skin Girl.”

Check out highlights from the big night below!

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