Michelle Obama was joined by a gaggle of stars like Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington and Sheryl Crow in the White House on Thursday for her latest initiative.
The First Lady handpicked 21 high profile women at the top of their field to speak to students in Washington, D.C.-area high schools about setting career goals, as part of Women’s History Month.
It was only weeks ago that Keys
posed as Michelle O. in an American Icons photo spread.
Blindie loves the strong female bonding for a good cause!
In an effort to celebrate American icons of the last seven decades,
magazine has recruited “some very-2009 young talents” to reenact their greatest achievements. Glamour
Alicia Keys channeling Michelle Obama (yes! Tyra Banks did it first) to Paula Patton paying homage to blues legend Billie Holiday, these American women represent the we can do anything.
“She has worked hard for everything she’s accomplished, and done so with grace and humility,” Keys says of our new first lady. “So many women and girls can identify with her story.”
“She showed women…you can be sweaty, be gorgeous and do a great job.” –Model and MTV House of Style co-host Chanel Iman on tennis great Althea Gibson.
“You can imagine that women at home hearing her songs on the radio felt her vocalizing their emotions and their struggles.” – Push star Paula Patton on Billie Holiday
grieving Jennifer Hudson leads the pack with seven NAACP Image Award nominations, which were announced Wednesday (by hottie Corbin Bleu!) in both film and music categories.
Hudson faces off with
Beyonce Knowles (who is up for six awards) and Alicia Keys in the outstanding female music artist, best music video and outstanding supporting actress categories.
Hudson, who starred with Keys and Queen Latifah in
, is nominated for her acting in the film with Keys, while Beyonce is up for her The Secret Life of Bees role as Etta James in Cadillac Records.
The 40th NAACP Image Awards will air on Feb. 12 and will be hosted by Halle Berry and Tyler Perry.
Music’s got a new king in Chris Brown–at least according to Billboard, which named the 18-year-old singer the top artist of 2008.
“It’s bigger than what I can ever imagine. It’s unexpected totally, so it’s a surprise,” Brown, who also nabbed the honor in 2006, said.
With hits like “With You,” “Forever” and “No Air” (with Jordin Sparks), Brown heated up the charts consistently through 2008.
“I’ve had a good year but I still feel like a little insecure in those parts. I’m like, `There’s little ol’ me getting an award’ — that’s incredible,” he said.
Lil Wayne was runner-up, girlfriend Rihanna was No. 3, and Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift rounded out the top five.
Singing “Baby I Need Your Loving,”
90210 2.0′s Tristan Wilds plays the adorable, nearly perfect and ambitious Zach Taylor in the film adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s bestselling novel, The Secret Life of Bees.
In the film, Lily (Dakota Fanning) runs away from her emotionally withdrawn father with her maid and only friend, Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson). They find solace in the fiercely independent South Carolina home of the Boatwright Sisters (Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys & Sophie Okonedo), who are beekeepers.
Despite their skin color, Lily falls for Zach and eventually finds the secret to her late mother’s past.
The film opens October 17.