By Christy Khoshaba
1:14 PM EDT, August 15, 2013
Michelle Obama’s latest attempt to promote her anti-childhood obesity campaign? A hip-hop album release.
No, she won’t be rapping. But she will be popping up in cameos for the album’s music videos.
The album, “Songs for a Healthier America,” will be produced by FLOTUS’ Partnership for a Healthier America and the Hip Hop Public Health Foundation. With 19 songs, the record features hip-hop vets including Ashanti, DMC and Arti Green.
The album’s tracks are literally about food, with titles such as “We Like Vegetables,” “U R What You Eat” and “Veggie Luv.” Lucky little students in New York City schools will be the first to see the effort’s 10 music videos, before they are circulated to a wider audience.
The first single, “Everybody,” featuring Jordin Sparks, Doug E. Fresh and Dr. Oz, has already been released. As promised, the first lady does make an appearance. She briefly talks about the campaign’s beginnings and people’s qualms whether or not the program has been successful.
Interested folks can hear the entire album on Sept. 30 via free download on the Partnership for a Healthier America’s website. All this to promote Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.
FLOTUS likes to move, or should we say, has some moves of her own.
She boogied it out at the Kids’ State Dinner in July. And she did the Dougie –- a shimmying hip-hop move -– in February on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” And she got down for Beyonce’s 2011 music video titled “Move Your Body,” which was geared toward children.
Obama launched the Lets Move! campaign in 2010. It’s become one of her trademarks. As she noted on her website, "In the end, as first lady, this isn’t just a policy issue for me. This is a passion. This is my mission. I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition."
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