First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha arrived in Liberia Monday. They are on a three-nation trip bringing awareness to girls worldwide who are not in school. The first lady "Let Girls Learn" will focus on adolescent girls getting a quality education. Deputy of national security adviser Ben Rhodes said, "This trip will allow the first lady to reach directly to publics of three important U.S. partners and talk about an issue that is important to all of us: The education of girls, and the empowerment of women and girls more broadly."
As Hillary Clinton battle to make history as the first woman president in the United States, the first lady sat with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female head of state in Africa to discuss the future of women lacking education and steps to implement change.
According to the White House, there are 62 million girls around the world who are not in school. Before her visit, it was announced that $27 million will be dedicated by USAID to provide educational programs in Liberia. The "Let Girls Learn" Peace Corps program will expand in Liberia. Volunteers and new trainees will focus on education. Liberia is recovering from years of civil wars. The recent Ebola crisis made the current state of education worse, due to the high dropout rates. Many decided to stay home to avoid contracting the deadly virus.
Education advocates and actresses Frida Pinto and Meryl Streep were moderates between the first lady and 'adolescent girls who have faced obstacles obtaining an education in Liberia and looking at the impact of the Ebola outbreak.'
See a clip of their arrival and read more from Ms. Vina D, who is from Liberia, below.
Being from Liberia and surviving two Civil Wars, I am aware of the crisis that the people in my country are still going through to rebuild. After completing two Computer Science degrees and my Masters, I am back in school working on my PhD with the goal to one day return home, build schools, hospitals, help educate, bring awareness and so much more. All of these different business ventures by Ms. Vina D, Incorporated is not for show. I work hard and smart to one day give back to the amazing country who have helped me become the woman that I am today. Thank you first lady Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama and all who visited my amazing country to bring awareness to the lack of education and those who cannot afford. The 'Let Girls Learn' movement is incredible. Every time I see an image of the president of my country Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female head of state in Africa, I smile and it shows how important this movement is. Knowledge is definitely power. Everything is possible. Make it happen Hillary Clinton. 'I'm With Her.'
'Just Because We Are Magic Doesn't Mean We Are Not Real': Jesse Williams Amazing Speech On The 2016 BET Awards After Winning The Humanitarian Award
Widely known for his role as Dr. JacksonAvery on the #ABC hit Television series Grey's Anatomy, actor Jesse Williams won the Humanitarian Award at the 2016 'BET' Awards. His speech was incredible and led to the hashtag 'Jesse Williams For President.'
Williams "has been a tireless champion of change, and a voice for the voiceless and is the essence of a modern #CivilRights #legend in the making. And a true pioneer of our new generation of leaders." Here's part of his speech.
"Now, this award, this is not for me, this is for the real organizers all over the country, activist civil rights attorneys, the parents, the teachers, the students who are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. All right?" he explained. "It's kind of basic mathematics, the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize."
Williams continued, "Now, this is also in particular for the black women who have spent their lifetime dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves, we can and will do better for you." Watch the full speech below.
Stunning Rihanna and Calvin Harris have made musical magic again. After the success of their hit song 'We Found Love.' Harris teamed up with Rihanna again on his latest single 'This Is What You Came For.' They did not disappoint and have yet another hit on their hands. Watch the video below.
Life Goes On: After his fifteen month relationship with pop star Taylor Swift came to an abrupt end a few weeks ago, most were wondering what led to the breakup because the two seems inseparable. Those questions were quickly answered.
Answered Questions: Swift wasted no time moving on to a new man. Although most saw this as a shock, video clip from the May 2016 Met Gala showed Swift dancing very close with actor Tom Hiddleston, so it is no surprise when the two were spotted at her Rhode Island home on the beach having a romantic day. Harris is focusing on his career. His recent single ' 'This Is What You Came For' featuring Rihanna is climbing up the charts. Watch the video premiere below.
The Tweet above showed what was suppose to be a night of fun at Pulse, a Orlando, Florida Gay nightclub, quickly turned into a bloodbath, when 29-year-old Omar Mateen, from Port St. Lucie in Florida busted in to the club, took hostages and opened fired. Killing approximately 50 people and injuring 53.
At least nine Police officers were involved in a shootout with the suspect, who was shot and killed by Police officers, which was confirmed by Chief of Police, John Mina. Special Agent, Danny Banks who is in charge of Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Orlando bureau, confirmed that an officer suffered an eye injury, when his helmet was struck.
Orlando Chief of Police John Mina, who just a day ago had to have another press conference addressing the untimely and senseless death of singer Christina Grimmie, was back on the job again dealing with another devastating news for his city.
Mina informed reporters, "It's appears he was organized and well-prepared. He had AR-15 assault-type weapon, a handgun and "some type of (other) device on him." As the mass shooting is investigated by official, Alan Grayson a U. S. Rep also informed reporters, "There's blood everywhere. There's an enormous amount of evidence to be collected." Using a canine unit, it was determined that there were allegedly explosives inside the suspect's car.
As the situation escalated, the club Tweeted to those who were gathering information from social media to, "Get out and keep running."
SWAT team was able to rescue at least 30 hostages around 5am. The shooter (images above), was distracted when officers used 'controlled explosion' before he was fatally shot. In a press conference, Mayor Buddy Dyer said: 'Many were saved by the heroic efforts of the men and women of the OPD, the Orange County Sheriffs, Seminal County Sheriff's office.' Although the FBI have stated that this is an act of domestic terrorism, gunman Martin father Mir Seddique, told NBC News that 'his son became angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami several months ago.' 'This has nothing to do with religion,' he said. 'We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren't aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country.'
As the scene outside became more disturbed, party-goers decided to provide updates on what they saw. Anthony Tores was one of those party-goers in the club. Torres said, 'he and his friends were leaving the club when the shots were fired just after last call, as the club was nearing closing time. The shots did not sound like a regular handgun. It sounded like it was shooting repetitively and it wouldn't stop.' He added, 'I saw at least 10 people who had been shot.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted, "My prayers are with the victims' families & all those affected by the shooting in Orlando. We will devote every resource available to assist."View more images and videos below.
Confuse, distraught and tearful relatives waited outside the club, desperately searching for answers. Making sure their love ones were okay. Story still developing.
Prayers Up: Former Contestant Of 'The Voice' Christina Grimmie Dies After Being Shot At Orlando Concert
22-year-old Christina Grimmie, a former contestant on 'The Voice' was shot in the head and killed at 10:30pm Friday night. She was attacked, while she signed autographs backstage. At least five shots was heard when the gunman opened fire.
During a Press conference on Saturday, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said that this was a 'targeted attack' and that a 27-year-old white male showed up from a different city to 'specifically kill Grimme.' He was armed with two handguns, extra magazines and a knife. Police insist that the gunman did not know Grimmie.
Kevin James Loibl have been identify as the killer.
Her brother Mark, in the image above tackled the gunman, who was able to turn the gun on himself and committed suicide.
Grimmie performed at the Plaza Live theater ( see a short clip of that performance below). She was rushed to the Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Many send out prayers, hoping she would pull through. Former coach on 'The Voice' Adam Levine, was one of those people. Praying and hoping for her full recovery, as the Instagram post below, indicates.
Sadly that did not happened. At 2.45am Grimmie publicist confirmed her death in this statement, 'It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord. She was shot at her show in Orlando and, unfortunately, didn't survive the gun shot wounds.' she said. We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning. If you'd like to give back to Christina's family in her memory, please consider donating to the families GoFundMe page in their time of need.'
The images above shows an excited Grimmie on SnapChat informing fans about her performance and the bottom image is of her performing on stage before she was killed. A concert goer, Josh Call told The Orlando Sentinel that while outside of the venue working at a vegan hot dog stand, he heard four or five gunshots. 'It was quick like pow, pow, pow, pow. Security guard jolted at the sound and ran inside to find out what happened. While inside, he saw 'a female' on the ground with blood coming out of her head, and someone giving her chest compressions and nearby was a dead man with a 'disfigured' face.' She finished third on the 2014 season six of 'The Voice' and was signed to Island Records. Watch her audition video while on 'The Voice,' statement from 'The Voice,' fans and celebrities reactions, below. Praying for her family.
The band 'Before You Exit' that Grimmie was on tour with and performed with before she her untimely death, send out their condolences in the Tweet above.
News report above and fans send message below before it was announced that she passed away.
President Barack Obama stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to discuss his term and the current presidential election. He also became the first sitting president to appear on the program. The president 'slow jam' the news and took a few jabs at Donald Trump. He made a few jokes about Congress blocking his agenda so much he had to come in 'through the back door,' according to Fallon. Watch the full episode below.
President Obama and Fallon also referenced Beyonce 'Lemonade' ablum, when Fallon said, 'lemonade' he's making - 'Beyonce started calling him "Baracky with the Good Hair" ' Watch the full episode below.
"I Wake Up In A House That Was Built By Slaves": First Lady Michelle Obama Powerful Commencement Speech At City
First Lady Michelle Obama made sure that her last commencement speech as The First Lady was a powerful one at City College of New York. Her Impactful speech 'Broke The Internet.' Before watching the full speech below, here are some powerful moments. When she said: “It’s the story that I witness every single day when I wake up in a house that was built by slaves,” she said. “And I watch my daughters, two beautiful black young women, head off to school, waving goodbye to their father, the president of the United States; the son of a man from Kenya who came here to America for the same reasons as many of you: to get an education and improve his prospects in life."
Obama also spoke about unity to the class of 2016 at City College of New York. Although she did not mention his name, she used her moment to speak against Donald Trump approach and against anti-immigration politicians. She said: “We don’t build up walls to keep people out, because we know that our greatness has always depended on contributions from people who were born elsewhere but sought out this country and made it their home." Watch the full speech below.
Three-time World Heavyweight champion boxer, Muhammad Ali is no longer physically with us. After battling Parkinsons Disease for 32-years, he passed aways after being hospitalized for a few days while being treated for respiratory complications at a Phoenix-area hospital. He was 74. Family spokesman Bob Gunnell, confirmed the news with NBC news. He will be greatly missed. Ali lit the Olympic torch in Atlanta in 1996.
Following her father's footsteps, Laila Ali pictured with her father when she won the Super Middleweight title.
In the image above, Ali was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest US civilian honor - in 2005, by President George W. Bush. He started to reduce his time spend publicly around this time.
Laili Ali posted the image above of her dad and daughter. View a few clips below. Praying for the family.
George Foreman catching a right fist to the head from Ali, during the seventh round in the match known as "Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, Zaire." Below are a few Tweets from celebrities.
A true legend. He will be greatly missed.
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