Why Did Michelle Obama Challenge Beyonce to “Gimme Five”?

Today marks Michelle Obama’s 5 year anniversary campaigning her infamous initiative, “Let’s Move”.  To commemorate this occasion, the First Lady challenged the talented pop singer and entertainer, Beyoncé, to “gimme five”.  Beyoncé gladly accepted and posted a video in response.

The challenge was actually extended to everyone who is willing to take part. Mrs. Obama asked that everyone upload videos of themselves doing 5 things that are positive contributors to their health.

Beyoncé’s video detailed 5 various exercises that she includes in her daily routine. And to think, you guys actually believe that Beyonce is one of the celebs who would solve her weight gain by “sucking” it out! Well she is one of the very few who work hard at maintaining a beautiful physique that we all would love to emulate.

Is this challenge worth it? Here is my two cents: it’s better than that dumb ALS ice bucket challenge. Yeah I said it, dumping ice water on your head was doing what to bring awareness to ALS? NOTHING. I never took the challenge because I didn’t get the correlation.  Please note, I did not state that ALS is dumb.  It is heartbreaking to know that there is no cure for this disease. If you are suffering from ALS and are reading this, my heart goes out to you. By the way, how did I know that ALS has no cure without a single google search or can describe at least two symptoms? Luscious Lion from the critically acclaimed Fox television show, Empire of course.

Okay, so back on topic, “gimme five” is an excellent challenge and I totally love it! First Lady’s video with the President was super cute and reminds me why I love them so much.

So I will be posting my “gimme five” a little later today, after I eat a cheeseburger! Nah just kidding. As a 32-year-old who is fighting off pregnancy weight, I have taken my health seriously these days.

How about you?



How Kanye West’s Mentor May Have Given Him the Wrong Advice about Praise

Rapper, Kanye West has shown a softer side of himself during an interview with BBC’s Zane Lowe. During the interview West spoke about fusion in culture then veered from the topic to speak about his late fashion mentor, Louise Wilson. While reflecting on his last encounter with the professor, he broke down in tears. It was refreshing to see a more in touch Kanye West, however, the advice given by his mentor was a bit off-putting.

Before giving over to his emotions, the rapper/designer, detailed his conversation with Wilson. He quoted, “She was asking me about my daughter and about my wife.  She said, ‘You know, so many students don’t give it their all. And the problem is, as soon as they do anything halfway good, when they’re two years old, three years old, their parents clap. Kanye, don’t clap.”

So let’s just clarify what his mentor was advising. It seems as if she was attempting to give the new father a warning concerning baby North. If he applauded his child too much it would create an adult that would not give a whole-hearted effort later in life.

Is this true? Well let me give my two cents. As a psych major and former Early Childhood Educator, I can attest that the wrong type of praise can hinder a child. For instance, your child has just drawn half of the letter C and you tell him/her good job and leave it at that.  This type of generalized praise will leave your kid thinking that attempting something is good enough. In the same scenario, you tell your child, “I like the way you practiced all by yourself, now do you see this letter; can you make it more like this? I like the way you keep trying.”

That is the difference between raising a child that will grow up always seeking to perfect their craft and one that will settle for good enough.  However, if West’s mentor thinks that a two-year old should’nt be praised but pushed it may have a reverse effect.  I’m not going to get into the entirety of Erickson’s Life Stage Theory, but I do suggest that everyone at least glance through it.

There are different stages in life development which a child will encounter a crisis. At the age of 2 the crisis is Autonomy vs Shame and at the age of 3 it is Initiative vs Guilt. So the hooked on phonics version of these two critical stages is at the age of two your child won’t master independence if not  encouraged to do things on their own and ridiculed when they fail, they will develop a sense of guilt that will harm them in the next stage. At 3 years old, children seek to do things on their own even more. If a child is criticized or made to feel that what they are doing isn’t enough it will deepen the feeling of guilt.

So, now that I have given a Psych 101 lesson, let’s get back to Kanye Wests’ mentor, Wilson. To imply that at 2 or 3 years old is the time to push your child with little or no praise until they do something perfectly is to create an adult that will rarely accomplish anything because of deep seated guilt.

The moral of the story is, just because you are a great teacher in one area of life doesn’t mean you are great in other areas.

Stay in your lane.  God bless the dead, but Kanye please don’t take her advice.

Why The Kardashian’s New 100 Million Dollar Contract with E! Exposes A Moral Problem with The American Viewer

Recently it has been announced that the Kardashians have negotiated a deal with E! Entertainment that will enhance their brand even further.  The deal details a lofty 100 million dollars and a four-year contract. As if we weren’t already nauseous with the constant bombarding of fake body parts and overly made up faces enough.

It is no secret how the Kardashians became America’s favorite family to hate and this is now the problem. We can’t get mad at these women for “pimping” the media and turning what is alleged a “leaked” sex tape into television shows, clothing, and million dollar making apps.  Who we can get mad at is the person staring us in the mirror every day: ourselves.

The fact that the American consensus is enamored with talentless, plastic, mock porn stars is telling. People often detest the Kardashians when really we should detest ourselves. The obsession with reality TV and all things phony over scripted television shows containing well thought out characters is a telltale sign that with each generation we are producing mindless twits. That was too harsh, wasn’t it? It is the truth.

The trends of today are influencing our women of tomorrow and convincing them that all they have to offer the world is their bodies.  Seriously, people are injecting their bottoms with anything just to get the “Kim Kardashian” look meanwhile ignoring the fact that we should embrace what has been given us and love ourselves AS IS.

I don’t know about you but I miss the days when the ideal woman was independent, natural, and smart-using her brain to get ahead of her male counterpart. The image that our feminist foremothers worked so hard to create and keep is slowly deteriorating and being replaced with the complete opposite. Thus hurting our youth and warping our future. Investigate for yourselves, walk into any high school and glance around. You will see little stripper wannabes parading the halls while the young men stand lifeless, drooling at the sight.

In other words, the ideal female empowerment of 2015 is to become some man’s “jerk off” material for the day.

Tsk. Tsk. America. You need a reality check!

In the words of Ice T, “Don’t hate the playa’, hate the game!”. If you want to change the “game” then make smart decisions and celebrate women who are equipped with integrity, ambition, and tenacity.

This is just my two cents.. No shade! Well a little.