Happy Birthday Michelle Obama. Today, January 17, the First Lady turned the big 50 … But lets be honest, 50 is so the new 40!
And before we get into anything, can we please acknowledge how incredible Mrs. Obama looks? Okay, now that that’s out of the way, how does the First Lady plan on spending her birthday weekend?
The mom of two, who is calling herself “50 and fabulous” will be putting her dance moves to good use on Saturday night at the White House. According to reports, President Obama is throwing his wife of a fabulous soiree and told guest to “come ready to dance and to eat before they come.”
As for turning 50, the gorgeous mom says she is “more self-assured now.” During an exclusive interview with People magazine, Mrs. Obama revealed her thoughts on plastic surgery and botox. “Women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves,” she said. “Right now, I don’t imagine that I would go that route, but I’ve also learned to never say never.”
And at age 50, don’t think that the First Lady plans on slowing down. “I’ve got to keep figuring out ways to have an impact, whether as a mother or as a professional or as a mentor to other kids,” she revealed.
Happy birthday First Lady Michelle Obama.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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