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Michelle Obama Said She Checks For Drugs, Guns And Brothers In Houses Before Letting Her Girls Do Sleepovers And Same

Many of us can relate to the experiences that come from having overprotective parents. There’s no such thing as privacy. Essentially: your business is their business. You better be ready to tell your papa where you’re going, your mama who with, at what time you’re doing what you’re doing and what for before you even think of making those plans. As tough as this parental interference seems, it’s nothing compared to what our former First Daughters had to go through while living in the White House.

In a recent interview, former First Lady Michelle Obama shared the intense security measures that had to be followed whenever daughters Sasha and Malia ventured outside their Washington DC home.

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Over the 4th of July weekend, Gayle King interviewed the former First Lady at this year’s Essence Festival in New Orleans where she talked about the ever-present security. With both of her daughters officially adults, Obama explained that she and her husband, Barack, are now empty-nesters but they still remember what life was like in the White House. She shared in the interview that the strict Secret Service details weren’t just an everyday occurrence in her girls’ lives. They were also more than a little intimidating for the parents of Sasha and Malia’s friends.

“Imagine having Malia and Sasha come to your house for a sleepover,” Obama said during the interview. “It’s like, ‘Hello. OK, we’re going to need your Social Security number, we’re going to need your date of birth. There are going to be men coming to sweep your house. If you have guns and drugs, just tell them yes because they are going to find them anyway. Don’t lie. They’re not going to take them, they just need to know where they are. And, uh, thank you for having Malia and Sasha over. Oh and by the way, there is going to be a man with a gun sitting outside all night. If you let him use the bathroom, that would be nice.’”

This little peek into their White House lives wasn’t the only topic of interest in her interview. Obama talked a bit about the current political climate as well.

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During the 2016 Presidential Election, Obama famously shared her philosophy of “going high” when your opponents go for low blows. Considering the atrocities that the current administration is responsible for, some question the validity of that philosophy now.

“I get asked: ‘In this climate, how do you find it in yourself to go high?'” Obama explained. “Going high is a long-term strategy. The truth is, going high is about trying to get to the real answer. Because a lot of the times the low answer is just our immediate instinct.”

Both Barack and Michelle have been careful about criticizing Donald Trump and his presidency. However, during this interview, she shared how she felt at the 2017 Inauguration when the Obamas turned the country over to the controversy-filled Trump administration.

“To sit at that inauguration and to look around at a crowd that was not reflective of the country, and I had to sit in that audience as one of the handfuls of people of color, all that I had to hold on to,” the former First Lady confessed. “It was a lot emotionally.”

Obama’s stunning new look was also the talk of the festival.

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The former First Lady appeared at the festival in a sparkling midnight blue jumpsuit by American designer Sergio Hudson. Hudson is a favorite designer of such celebrities as Cardi B, Rihanna, and Amal Clooney. Meredith Koop, Obama’s stylist, shared with Page Six Style that the 55-year-old “wanted something less formal but still with the disco edge of the [Hudson’s most recent] collection.” The result is a classy, fun ensemble that made Obama look every bit as dazzling as ever.

The look was finished with oversized Djula white gold and diamond hoops and a new curly hairstyle with blonde highlights. During her days in the White House, Obama’s personal style was harshly criticized and she was expected to keep a more conservative look. To see her now living her best life and embracing her natural hair texture is a thing of beauty.

Her look received rave reviews from Twitter as well.

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As this Twitter user reminds us, beauty is diverse. For Obama to proudly show the diversity of her hair is to tell girls and women with similar textures that their hair is also beautiful. This is an important reminder in an age when Black beauty is still often whitewashed.

This Twitter user was all of us when we saw that sparkly jumpsuit.

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Obama gave us some Disco Diva feels with this ensemble. We can only hope we look half as good in our 50’s as the former First Lady did at the Essence Festival. Post-White House living is definitely working for her.

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

Ever notice how on some social platforms like Twitter or Instagram that you yourself are mysteriously unable to crop your display images on your own? That’s because Twitter prefers to let their algorithms make the decision. Over the weekend users on Twitter discovered the surprising dangers of letting algorithms crop your own images.

Education tech researcher Colin Madland drew attention to the issue while speaking out about how the video-calling program Zoom, often crops the head out of his black person coworker while on calls.

It didn’t take long for Madland and other users to discover that Twitter’s AIs use discriminatory equations to prioritize certain faces as well. In short, the social platform’s AIs prefer white faces over Black ones.

In response to the discoveries, a Twitter spokesperson acknowledged that the company was looking into the issue “Our team did test for bias before shipping the model and did not find evidence of racial or gender bias in our testing. But it’s clear from these examples that we’ve got more analysis to do. We’re looking into this and will continue to share what we learn and what actions we take,” they stated.

Of course, Madland’s discovery is nothing new. In 2019, test results from the National Institute of Standards and Technology revealed that some of the strongest algorithms online were much more likely to confuse the faces of Black women than those of white women, or Black or white men. “The NIST test challenged algorithms to verify that two photos showed the same face, similar to how a border agent would check passports,” Wired points out. “At sensitivity settings where Idemia’s algorithms falsely matched different white women’s faces at a rate of one in 10,000, it falsely matched black women’s faces about once in 1,000—10 times more frequently. A one in 10,000 false match rate is often used to evaluate facial recognition systems.”

Still, it didn’t take long for users on the platform to ask what other physical preferences Twitter has.

Turns out the AIs prefer Ted Cruz with large anime breasts over a normal-looking Ted Cruz.

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The user who tested the image of Cruz, found that Twitter’s algorithm on the back end selected what part of the picture it would showcase in the preview and ultimately chose both images of Cruz with a large anime chest.

It’s nothing new that Twitter has its massive problems.

For a platform that so controls and oversees so much of what we consume and how we now operate, it’s scary to know how Twitter chooses to display people with different skin tones. The round of jokes and Twitter experiments by users has only revived concerns on how “learning” computer algorithms fuel real-world biases like racism and sexism.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Response To GOP House Candidate’s ‘Dumb Blonde’ Joke Will Leave You Breathless

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Response To GOP House Candidate’s ‘Dumb Blonde’ Joke Will Leave You Breathless

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Dumb blonde jokes. They’re overwrought, trite, and pretty outdated. So it’s no surprise that one that came straight from the mouth of a GOP House candidate and directed at Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t go over so well.

GOP House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene attempted a joke at Ocasio-Cortez’s expense on Twitter Monday and it failed miserably.

Greene, whose Georgia campaign is being supported by Donald Trump, attempted to hit at AOC’s intelligence on Monday in a tweet.

“As a blonde woman, I would like to take a moment to thank Congresswoman @AOC. She has single handily [sic] put an end to all ‘dumb blonde’ jokes. Blondes everywhere appreciate your service and your sacrifice!” Greene tweeted.

In response, Ocasio-Cortez retweeted Greene, writing, “Don’t worry Mrs. Greene, I completely understand why you need to swing + miss at my intellect to make yourself feel better. You seem to have some trouble spelling your own insults correctly. Next time try ‘single-handedly,’ it’ll work better.”

She signed off her tweet writing “Good luck writing legislation!”

It’s not the first time Greene has come for AOC and failed.

Greene attempted and failed to get under AOC’s skin earlier this month.

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In September, the candidate shared a photo of herself holding a rifle next to images of AOC and other Democratic lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to her Facebook page.

She captioned the post “Squad’s worst nightmare.” It was soon removed by Facebook who cited violations of its policies.

It didn’t take long for AOC’s supporters to strike back at Green to defend the congresswoman.

“Those who are jealous and envious of others typical attack those whom they envy because they need to feel important and try to gain some attention for themselves,” one user commented in the thread. “You are where you are @AOC because of your work and dedication. Mrs Greene knows she can’t compete so she attacks.”

According to People, “Greene has a track record of embracing false stories publicized by QAnon, a conspiracy theory-fueled group which alleges there’s a group of Democratic pedophiles operating around the country.”

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