Michelle Obama is releasing a Hip Hop music album as part of her healthy eating campaign
Michelle Obama and her ability to get to “ground level” in order to connect with regular citizens, is something, which should not be questioned. From being voted as one of the most aggressive First Ladies of all time, to becoming one of the worlds most popular and proactive First Ladies, she is constantly proving that she is up to date with pop culture and trends. Her latest project, a healthy eating themed hip hop music album, intends to bring music and healthy eating to the youth population, and is the latest addition to her “Let’s Move!” campaign. Currently going under the name “Songs for a Healthier America”, the album has already made it to the news due to it’s being the first album name of choice for a popular activist hip hop band, Public Enemy, who are also known for using music to spread positive messages about societal change. The band went on to name their album “It takes a nation of millions to hold us back”. It is already being predicted that Obama’s album will in fact, reach out to millions, if not more. Using music to promote her “Let’s Move!” anti-obesity campaign is not new to Obama. She has already worked with Beyonce Knowles, one of the world’s best-known R and B singers, on “Move your Body”, a workout song that promoted the campaign in schools. Naturally, Obama joined in by participating in the workout dance, subsequently encouraging schools and administration to take note of the rise in childhood obesity, and the need for healthy eating and regular exercise routines. The “Move your Body” video has crossed over 5 million hits on Youtube, while the ground level success of the campaign has extended to include over 4000 schools and 2000 professional chefs who promote healthy eating habits at school cafeterias. Hip Hop and R n B [rhythm and blues] are music styles known for distinct beats which are easy to dance to, and are common additions to aerobics and dance routines. It is natural that Obama would choose this genre of music, given her well-known fondness for dance and Beyonce. Artists who have been featured on the album include Ashanti, Jordin Sparks, and Run DMC among others, and there are 19 songs in total. 10 songs have been turned into music videos, each of which will feature Obama as well as other healthy eating advocates such as Dr.Oz. With song titles like “U r what u eat” and “veggie luv”, the album is clearly targeted at a school-going audience, and will be released by Partnership for a Healthier America, an independent group in conjunction with “Let’s Move!”. Obama is adept at making all aspects of healthy eating an attainable goal for every American. She is conscious about practicing what she preaches, and serves as motivation to those who are struggling with unhealthy lifestyles by leading a disciplined lifestyle herself. By using pop culture to promote healthy living, she has once again proved that she knows what she is doing, and will certainly contribute in a big way towards ending childhood obesity in America.