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Michelle Obama Launches Food And Beverage Company PLEZi Nutrition To 'Transform The Entire Food Industry'

Back in 2010, Michelle Obama launched “Let’s Move!,” a national campaign to reduce childhood obesity and help children have healthier lifestyles. During her time in the Oval Office, an impact that the former First Lady’s efforts created was changing school lunches to have more nutrition. Now, she’s taking on the food and beverage industry.

Ngozi Nwanji

May 5, 2023

Inside The Estimate That Says Michelle Obama Drove $2.7B To The Retail Sector — And Grew Company Stocks By 2.3 Percent

Michelle Obama is a historic First Lady. As the first Black woman to ever hold the coveted title, the woman born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson in Chicago, IL, was put under a microscope almost from the moment her husband, President Barack Obama, took office. Fortunately, however, Mrs. Obama handled the newfound pressure with her trademark grace. “Being the first Black anything is gonna be hard,” she told Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America.” “I knew, as the first Black first lady, I couldn’t presume anything … I’d have to earn my grace.” Today, Michelle Obama has more than “earned her grace.” As AfroTech previously reported, she’s earned a $70 million net worth, inked a separate deal with Spotify for her own podcast, hosted voter drives to encourage young people to vote, and even got inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. And that’s just the beginning. But where Mrs. Obama really shines is in her ability to influence markets. More than just being a “pretty face” to look...

From Lawyer To First Lady: Here's How Michelle Obama Earned A $70M Net Worth

Michelle Obama is nothing if not a legend. According to Forbes, she has “been busy cementing her legacy as an advocate for the arts, education, and, above all, nutrition. Among the initiatives from her eight-year stint as First Lady is Let’s Move, a nationwide campaign to combat childhood obesity, which included revamping school lunches, and the Partnership for a Healthier America, which will remain in effect after the Obamas leave the White House. Obama’s Turnaround Arts program, which brings art instruction to underperforming schools, will also continue, under the mantle of the Kennedy Center. But perhaps her most lasting legacy is, by appearance at least, the smallest: the label attached to food packaging.” But more than being a legend as a First Lady, Michelle Obama is an accomplished lawyer and public speaker. She’s an Ivy League graduate — a Princeton University alumnus who graduated cum laude — and an advocate for Black women. And according to Celebrity Net Worth, Michelle...

What Is Barack Obama's Net Worth In 2021? Here's How America's Favorite Former President Makes His Money

Former President Barack Obama is making headlines this week. According to Axios , the 44th president is planning a blow-out birthday bash at his home in Martha’s Vineyard, and is inviting all of his celebrity friends. Invitees include Steven Spielberg and the legendary rock band Pearl Jam. It goes without saying, of course, that there’s a certain contingent that believes this party is evidence of a global conspiracy by the “elites” to implant microchips. And it really goes without saying that they hate the fact that Obama isn’t sitting home stuffing his face with cold Big Macs the way another former president is currently doing. Obama, however, made clear that this will be an outdoor event, that guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and that Martha’s Vineyard is considered a “low-risk” area for coronavirus infection. But if that isn’t enough to make a certain contingent seethe, his net worth certainly will. And at least his is legitimate, and not plagued by...

The Obamas Have Created An Animated Series To Teach Young People About Civics

If this past election taught us nothing else, it’s that people have little if any understanding about American civics and how the government works. Now, the Obamas are looking to change that with their new animated series. CNN reports that the President and First Lady have created a new series called “We The People” which will be distributed through Netflix. Similar to the “Schoolhouse Rock” vein, “We The People” will “combine music and animation to educate a new generation of young Americans about the power of the people,” per the show’s official description on the Netflix site. The Obamas will serve as executive producers of this new animated series, which — though aimed at children — is suitable for kids of all ages. Music will be provided by such modern musical superstars as H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Lambert, Cordae, Bebe Rexha, KYLE, and Andra Day. Poet Amanda Gorman is also due to contribute her talents to the animated series. The new “We...

Michelle Obama, NASA Engineer Katherine Johnson Among 2021 National Women's Hall of Fame Inductees

Former first lady Michelle Obama leads this year’s class of National Women’s Hall of Fame inductees, which also includes NASA’s first Black woman engineer Katherine Johnson, according to CNN. As the first Black woman to serve as the first lady of the United States, the National Women’s Hall of Fame credits her as having “emerged as one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century,” according to a statement on the organization’s website. “Both in and out of the White House, Michelle Obama has accomplished her initiatives and so much more—becoming an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, international adolescent girls’ education,” it continues. Additionally, the organization shares that Obama has established herself as “a strong advocate for women and girls” in the U.S. and around the world. Over the years, Michelle Obama has established herself as an incredible leader and advocate among all, creating multiple advocacy...

Njera Perkins

Mar 10, 2021

Former First Lady Michelle Obama Urges Silicon Valley to Permanently Ban Trump

Michelle Obama has a clear message to Silicon Valley — ban President Donald Trump and stop others from abusing their platforms. In what has been a whirlwind of the first full week of 2021, former First Lady Michelle Obama makes it clear that there is no room for bias in this nation moving forward after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capital building on Wednesday resulting in multiple injuries and five deaths. According to TechCrunch, specifically, she calls on Silicon Valley to address its role in the chaos that took place in reference to the bias treatment of pro-Trump fanatics versus the mostly peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrations that took place during the past summer. “Now is the time for companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior — and go even further than they have already by permanently banning this man from their platforms and putting in place policies to prevent their technology from being used by the nation’s leaders to fuel insurrection,” wrote Obama in...

Shanique Yates

Jan 8, 2021

Michelle Obama Set to Launch New Podcast on Spotify

Former First Lady, Michelle Obama continues to provide leadership despite being four years removed from the White House. Her most recent guidance comes in the form of a new podcast titled The Michelle Obama Podcast. According to CNN Politics , Obama will host the podcast and discuss topics related to meaningful relationships as well as conversations. Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, teamed up with music streaming giant, Spotify, to set the podcast in motion. “Hosted by Michelle Obama, the series will bring listeners the former First Lady’s most candid and personal conversations, showing us what’s possible when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to open up, and to focus on what matters most,” said Spotify in a news release . CNN reports the podcast’s guest lineup will include Obama’s mother and brother, Marian and Craig Robinson, Conan O’Brien, Valerie Jarrett, Michele Norris, and Dr. Sharon Malone. Obama’s vision for her new podcast is to spread the love in efforts to...

Devin Crudup

Jul 16, 2020

Netflix to Give a 'Rare' Look at Michelle Obama's Life Through New Documentary

Netflix is planning to release a documentary on former First Lady Michelle Obama’s life based on her best-selling memoir, “Becoming.” I’m excited to share that on May 6, @Netflix will release BECOMING, a documentary directed by Nadia Hallgren that shares the stories of the amazing people I met after the release of my memoir. During this difficult time, I hope you’ll find some inspiration and joy in this film. — Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) April 27, 2020 The documentary appropriately named after Obama’s book — which originated with the Obamas’ Higher Ground production company — will pick up where the memoir left off. “Those months I spent traveling — meeting and connecting with people in cities across the globe — drove home the idea that what we share in common is deep and real and can’t be messed with,” she shared in a statement . Photo credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images Following the book’s release, Obama embarked on a 34-city tour that she took to...

Njera Perkins

Apr 27, 2020

Michelle Obama to Host New Virtual Reading Series for Kids at Home

While kids around the world may be at-home practicing social distancing, Michelle Obama still wants to find a way to connect with them through her virtual reading series. The former First Lady is launching a new online children’s book reading series and hosting live sessions every Monday for the next four weeks. During “Mondays With Michelle Obama,” kids at home will have a chance to practice their reading and give parents a break. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) “As a little kid, I loved to read aloud. And when I became a parent, I found such joy in sharing the magic of storytelling with my own children—and then later, as First Lady, with kids everywhere,” Mrs. Obama shared in a press release via CBS News . Every Monday at noon Eastern Standard Time, Mrs. Obama will read a different popular children’s book live on PBS KIDS and Penguin Random House social media platforms. This virtual reading series is a part of Penguin Random House’s...

Njera Perkins

Apr 20, 2020

Michelle Obama and DJ D-Nice Team Up to Host Virtual Voter Registration Party

DJ D-Nice is taking his Homeschool virtual party to the next level as he teams up with former First Lady Michelle Obama to help register eligible voters. The famed DJ has been trending all week long for his epic jam sessions with record-setting viewer numbers. Now he’s doing his part for voter registration, with the help of Obama’s nonprofit organization When We All Vote, to host Couch Party, a virtual dance party to help get people registered to vote right from the convenience of their homes. The virtual party features a three-hour set allowing volunteers to send texts to help eligible citizens register to vote while also enjoying some great tunes. Michelle Obama went from attending D-Nice’s virtual set over the weekend to tapping into the fun with her proactive initiative. While we continue to wait on more COVID-19 updates, people are getting more creative with how we normalize our new reality. “As our reality...

Njera Perkins

Mar 25, 2020

Michelle Obama Calls Attention to Women's Education in Upcoming YouTube Special

International Women’s Day made a huge splash on social media this year, but former First Lady Michelle Obama is taking it a step further to spotlight the next generation of young women. Obama shared yesterday that she will be starring in an upcoming YouTube special , Creators for Change on Girls’ Education, that will include discussions centered around the state of girls’ education around the world with YouTube creators Liza Koshy, Prajakta Koli, and Thembe Mahlaba. “As young leaders, you guys are going to be the change agents,” she tells the three creators in the trailer, which released on Sunday. She announced the exciting news via Instagram posting a photo of the four hosts. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) According to People , the new special will take viewers to Vietnam, India, and Namibia, where the creators will visit programs supported by the Girls Opportunity Alliance . During the special, they will speak with young girls who are...

Njera Perkins

Mar 9, 2020

Michelle Obama Starts #PromChallenge to Encourage Students to Vote

On Tuesday, Michelle Obama, took to her Twitter to post a throwback photo of her prom night challenging individuals to join in on the #PromChallenge, an effort centered around encouraging others to post their prom photos and spreading the word to teachers and students to register to vote. Throwing it back to my 1982 prom night and this pink satin, polka-dotted dress. Join the #PromChallenge with @WhenWeAllVote and @MTV and tell us what your school is doing to register students to vote. You could get a free prom for your school! Learn more: — Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 18, 2020 The Prom Challenge is a part of Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote campaign, a nonprofit centered around increasing voter participation and closing the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting. The former First Lady serves as co-chair alongside Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, and Tracee Ellis Ross....

Devin Crudup

Feb 20, 2020

The Obamas Are Teaming Up With Spotify For a Multi-Year Podcast Deal

Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company — Higher Ground — just announced its latest partnership with Spotify to create a series of podcasts. The multi-year deal will be through Higher Ground Audio, an offshoot of the broader production company that focuses on podcasts. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to amplify voices that are too often ignored or silenced altogether, and through Spotify, we can share those stories with the world,” Michelle Obama said in a statement. Higher Ground was originally launched in 2018 with an initial partnership with Netflix that would create a number of films and series for the platform. The content would range from scripted and unscripted shows, documentaries and features with inspirational themes. The Obamas are now carrying their inspirational content over to Spotify with their newest deal. “We’ve always believed in the value of entertaining, thought-provoking conversation,” President Obama said in a statement. “We’re excited about...

Arriana McLymore

Jun 7, 2019