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Barack & Michelle Obama Get Real About Racial Microaggressions They Still Deal With In The White House (DETAILS)

President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama Interview with People Magazine about Racial Microaggressions

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Apparently, wearing the presidential cloak doesn’t protect you from racial microaggressions.

In a revealing interview with People Magazine, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama detailed their own experiences with race, proving that respectability politics and a tuxedo aren’t going to save you from being threatening or overlooked.

“I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years,” the first lady told PEOPLE, laughing wryly, along with her husband, at the assumption that the first family has been largely insulated from coming face-to-face with racism.

“Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs,” Mrs. Obama said.

But it didn’t stop — even in the White House. The First Lady detailed a trip she took to Target, during which a woman asked her to get something off the shelf.

“I tell…

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Hands Up! “Selma” Cast Wears “I Can’t Breathe” Shirts To The Film’s NYC Premiere (PHOTOS)

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The cast of the new film Selma used their power and recognition this weekend to bring attention to a greater cause.

At the movie’s premiere this weekend, director Ava DuVernay joined the entire cast to don “I Can’t Breathe” shirts in honor of the late Eric Garner, who was killed after being placed in a chokehold by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. The cast, including actors David OyelowoWendell PierceJohn Lavelle, Lorraine Toussaint, and Tessa Thompson, took to the steps of the New York Public Library with their arms raised in the ‘don’t shoot’ position.

With all the protests and pleas for justice happening this year, the film – which follows Martin Luther King and the civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama – comes at the perfect time: the same weekend as almost 30,000 people peacefully protested throughout New York City as part of the…

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Alicia Keys “Somewhere In The City” (NEW MUSIC)

Global Sister: A. Keys releases POWER-Ballad, ‘Somewhere in the City’

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She may be ready to give birth any day now, but that’s not stopping R&B singer Alicia Keys from releasing never-before-heard music.

As part of her “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway on AKVault.com, Alicia released a piano-riddled ballad titled “Somewhere In The City” for her fans. The ballad was an outtake from her 2012 release Girl On Fire.

“Somewhere in the city, like mine/ the sky is falling, somewhere in the city, like mine/ fathers are calling,” sings Alicia.

Over the weekend, Alicia celebrated the impending arrival of her second child with an intimate baby shower. Alicia’s expected to give birth before the year is out.

Take a listen to her new song below.

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