Michelle Obama has revealed musical tastes that include Beyonce and past greats such as Billie Holiday as she released a first playlist on streaming service Spotify.
Following a separate playlist by her husband, the US first lady released her own on Sunday for the International Day of the Girl, part of a UN campaign to end extreme poverty by improving education and health for women and girls worldwide.
Obama opened her playlist with a contemporary anthem to female empowerment — “Run the World (Girls”) by Beyonce.
The choice is not entirely surprising as Beyonce and her husband Jay Z have been political supporters of the Obamas.
Last month, Beyonce brought Michelle Obama on stage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York, where the first lady urged a campaign to bring education to the estimated 62 million girls around the world who are out of school.
Obama also picked “Survivor” by Beyonce’s former band Destiny’s Child as well as songs by contemporary singers including Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Janelle Monae.
She also reached back to classics including Holiday’s 1944 version of “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” Diana Ross’s hit 1970 take on “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and, closing the playlist, Aretha Franklin’s signature song “Respect.”
While the playlist, in line with the theme, is overwhelmingly female, men were represented with a song by Norwegian rappers Nico & Vinz.
The only other men on the playlist came on “My Shot,” a tune from the acclaimed Broadway hip-hop musical “Hamilton,” composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
President Barack Obama released two playlists of his own in August on Spotify, the most popular streaming platform, during his summer vacation.
Five artists win the distinction of being on the playlists of both Obamas — Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Holiday.
‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’
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"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.
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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?
The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.
"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.
The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."
White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting
Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.
King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.
A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.
Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.
Here's some of what people were saying: