First lady uses hip-hop as part of "Let's Move!" campaign ...
By L'Oreal Thompson
We know she’s the First Lady, a respected speaker and a certified fashionista.
Now, it looks like Michelle Obama might be a force in hip-hop as well.
Of course, it’s no secret Michelle Obama loves to dance but now she’s channeling that energy into an actual hip-hop CD with 19 songs and 10 music videos as part of her “Let’s Move!” campaign to end childhood obesity.
The album, “Songs for a Healthier America,” is slated for release on Sept. 30 and was produced by Partnership for a Healthier America and Hip Hop Public Health.
“Everybody,” the first song and video off the album, features Jordin Sparks and Doug E. Fresh along with a guest verse by none other than Dr. Oz. The famous doc even attempts to do the Dougie. You have to see it to believe it! Run DMC, Ashanti, Monifah and Artie Green are also on the CD.
The videos are expected to be distributed in schools nationwide, especially in Black communities. As nearly 50 percent of African American children are overweight, according to a 2011 National Healthcare Disparities Report.
“We believe that music built on cultural cues can inspire kids and families to make healthy choices. Its ability to immerse and transport the mind is a great attribute for any educational tool,” says Dr. Olajide Williams, founder of Hip Hop Public Health, in a press release. “Throughout history, music has been a great teacher and motivator, from ABC’s and nursery rhymes to religious hymns and national anthems. It is time to harness this power for health.”
Check out the video for “Everybody” below and tell us what you think: