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Watch: President Obama Makes History By Talking Gay Rights In His Inauguration Speech

"Our journey is not complete ..."
Hail to the Chief

As you may have noticed, Barack Obama was inaugurated into his second term as President of the United States yesterday in a celebratory event held in our nation’s capital city, Washington DC. Many of us spent a lot of time focusing on the amazing fashion, entertaining musical performances and the pomp & circumstance. But at the center of yesterday’s event, was the delivery of President Obama‘s inauguration speech. For the first time in American History, a US president openly and very vocally addressed the push for gay rights in this country … More »

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Beyoncé Prepares To Sing The National Anthem At President Obama’s Second Inauguration Today [UPDATED With Audio & Video]

Oh Say, Can You See?

Altho President Barack Obama was officially sworn into his second term yesterday morning, today is the public celebratory day of his second inauguration and as such a whole slew of festive events are taking place in our nation’s capital today. As you may recall, 4 years ago legendary singer Aretha Franklin was chosen to sing the national anthem at Obama‘s first inauguration. This year, that honor goes to megapopstar Beyoncé. Over the weekend, Bey shared a couple of personal photos from inside the rehearsal space … photos that you can check out below. More »

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Watch: Lupe Fiasco Forced Off Stage After Performing A So-Called Anti-Obama Song

"Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say sh--"
Lupe Learns That Freedom Of Speech Is Relative

This is either really awkward… or really awesome, depending on where you stand politically. Lupe Fiasco, known for being a strong lyricist whose songs reflect great sociopolitical concerns (and for inspiring folks like Kanye West to take a similar approach to rap), performed his song Words I Never Said at an unofficial inaugural ball. Many headlines are incorrectly stating that Lupe went on an anti-Obama rant. As far as I can tell from the video he wasn’t ranting, just rapping the lyrics to his song– and there’s only one line that could be deemed anti-ObamaLimbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist/Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit/That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either… (you can read the rest of the lyrics at DirectLyrics). In reality, the song is anti-establishment. Lupe names Obama and other politicians, but also stresses the fact that he wouldn’t vote for any of these guys, because he’s ultimately anti-war and war plays a huge part of any political campaign, including Obama‘s. Check out the video above to see the altercation, which finally ended in Lupe being removed from the stage, and click inside for more.

P.S. I’m Team Lupe. Just for the record.

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Kerry Washington And Rosario Dawson Attend Inaugural Events In Washington, D.C.

Somebody Get Me Kerry's Hair. Now.

As you all know by now, I can pretty much stare at Kerry Washington‘s face for, like… ever. LOL. Most recently I found myself obsessing over all her red carpet looks for the Django Unchained premieres, and I was excited to see that she was in Washington, D.C. for the President’s Inauguration. Kerry and Rosario Dawson (another fave of mine) were both in attendance at a celebration for leading women in Washington, as well as The Daily Beast Bi-Partisan Inauguration Brunch. I came across some pretty sweet pics of the two of them together, and Eva Longoria, who was also in attendance. Peep the gallery for more!

[Photo Credit: Wire Images/Getty Images]

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Barack Obama Officially Sworn Into His Second Term As US President [UPDATED With Video]

The Private Prelude to Tomorrow's Public Inauguration

President Barack Obama was officially sworn into office for his second term today according to US Constitutional Law. Because the Constitution states that the President of the United States must begin his term on January 20, the official swearing in ceremony took place in an intimate, private setting in Washington DC this morning ahead of tomorrow’s public, televised swearing in in front of the entire country. Because of the weekend, the major inauguration festivities couldn’t begin until tomorrow but the Supreme Law of the Land cannot wait. Just moments ago, Barack Obama was officially sworn in for his second term as president. More »

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Lady Gaga Will Headline The Inaugural Ball For Obama’s Campaign Staff

Beyonce, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, And Others Will Join

First Lady Michelle Obama just debuted her new bangs, but another huge event is about to go down in our nation’s capital– President Obama‘s second inauguration. Every four years the Inaugural Ball is a pretty big deal, and this year pop music’s biggest names will be celebrating the re-election of Barack Obama. We just got word that Lady Gaga will be headlining the Inaugural Ball for the President‘s campaign staff. Click inside to see who’ll be joining her!

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Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton Hospitalized For A Blood Clot

The Secretary Of State Suffered A Concussion Earlier This Month
Hillary Clinton visits an Indiana Tea House, Perth

Although I don’t follow politics as closely as I should, I love me some Hillary Clinton. She friggen ran for President, she inspired one of the coolest Tumblrs ever, and who can forget that one time she partied her ass off in Colombia? I can’t. And I was really saddened to learn that she was hospitalized yesterday for a blood clot, following a concussion she suffered earlier this month. Click inside to learn more.

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Anne Hathaway Covers ‘Glamour,’ And Has Amazing Interview With Eve Ensler!

As in EVE ENSLER, Author Of 'Vagina Monologues'! But Everyone's Still Obsessing Over Anne's Weight.

Okay, I rarely buy magazines… but I may need to pick up this issue. Remember when we had our amazing “slut” conversation a while back, after an actress called herself a slut and publicly advocated for… more slut-dom? We were debating about whether or not you can reclaim the word slut and other words like it, and I brought up Eve Ensler‘s Vagina Monologues (the book of my youth). Well, you can imagine my shock, awe, and delight when I went to grab these photos of Anne Hathaway in the January 2013 issue of Glamour magazine, and saw that she’d been interviewed by the one and only Eve Ensler for the cover story. Ummmm… whhhaaaat?! Click inside for more! The interview– y’all– is amazing. I’m loving every bit of what they’re talking about and I am honestly saddened by the fact that all the headlines about this article are focusing on the ONE thing she said about her weight! Seriously– a great read, very little of which has to do with Anne‘s weight !

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Mayor Cory Booker Starts The ‘Food Stamp Challenge’ To Raise Awareness About Poverty

Not Everybody's Into It

Oh boy. We’re about to discuss food stamps on PITNB. Nooooooo! This conversation brings out the worst in people! LMAO, I know from experience. Like, I cannot tell you how many conversations I’ve had about the social, political, and emotional ramifications of the Food Stamp, but there’ve been many. And I was immediately drawn to this story about Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker who’s participating in something called The Food Stamp Challenge, which seeks to raise awareness about low-income families in America. Click inside to learn more about the challenge.

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A Young Woman Gets Fired After Calling President Obama A Racial Slur On Facebook

Bet You Can Guess Which Racial Slur She Called Him

President Obama is a lot of things. The President of the United States, for one. A husband, a father, and– strangely enough– a former subject of Terry Richardson‘s photographic lens. But I’m pretty sure he’s not a ‘nigger,’ which is what a woman in California called him on her Facebook page. Now granted, thousands of others did the same online (and, I’m sure, in the privacy of their own homes), but this particular young woman’s boss wasn’t having it. Neither is the Secret Service. Click inside to learn more.
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