While it's very disturbing to think about the Obama family moving out of the White House very soon, they aren't moving very far.
We've known for a while that the Obamas planned to stay in D.C. until Sasha finishes high school, and now we know exactly where they will reside.
According to the New York Times, the Obama family leased a 8,200-square foot mansion in a D.C. neighborhood called Kalorama. The neighborhood, described to be one of the D.C.'s wealthiest zip codes, is said to be an "oasis of residential calm in the middle of a bustling city."
The Obama's future house is valued at $6 million with nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms, complete with marble countertops, hardwood floors and terrace gardens. It is owned by Joe Lockhart, a former Clinton press secretary, and Giovanna Lockhart, an editor at Glamour. The two recently moved to Manhattan as Joe is now the NFL's VP of Communications.
The location is said to accommodate the Obama's need for Secret Service, including a gated courtyard for several vehicles and a guardhouse. The neighborhood already has tight security due to its proximity to several international embassies.
The Obamas still own a house in Chicago. Sasha will graduate from Sidwell Friends School in 2018, and Malia is taking a gap year before she attends Harvard.
Check out a virtual tour of their new pad.
When can we come over for the cookout, Barry?
Tell us what you think about the Obamas' newest spot below in the comments.
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Universal healthcare, increased employment rates and GDP growth aside, President Barack Obama is hands down the coolest president this nation has ever seen. The Obama legacy will be equally weighted between his accomplishments in office and the unprecedented swag factor that he has brought to the presidency. His quick wit and impeccable comedic timing, along with my sneaking suspicion that he personally consults Young Metro before trusting anyone, makes Obama the GOAT in my book.
With his tenure coming to an end, I find myself struggling with the fact that Barack, Michelle, Sasha, Malia, Mrs. Robinson, Bo and Sunny will soon be leaving the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
I know I'm not alone. I see you all out here walking around in a haze and tweeting about your Obama survival plans in these streets. If you suspect that you or someone you love is suffering from early onset, post-Obama administration depression, here are a few tell-tale signs:
Are you pretending that we're not a mere six months away from electing a new commander in chief? If when asked about the current race, you respond, "I don't follow NASCAR or the Kentucky Derby," you're likely in the denial stage of the grief process. Unfortunately, your refusal to believe that the Obama reign is coming to an end will not stop it from happening.
Once you begin to acknowledge their impending exodus, you might find it nearly impossible to control your emotions. In this stage, it's not uncommon for frustration to be expressed outwardly toward inanimate objects and sometimes into thin air. Allow it. Rage is a natural reaction to a loss of this magnitude.
After your anger has subsided, you might move into a state of delirious bliss as you entertain fantasies about discovering a loophole in 22nd Amendment, which requires presidents with familial connections to the motherland to serve a mandatory three terms in office. If you can't stop obsessing about joining with the First Family to develop a new civilization on the fringes of society, you're well into the delusional phase of the mourning process. Indulging in irrational fantasies to numb feelings of vulnerability and helplessness might seem silly, but it is a natural part of the process of letting go. Enjoy your little make-believe world while it lasts.
After you pipe down to reality, then comes the epic meltdown. You might feel hopelessly overwhelmed with feelings of sadness, despair and defeat as you face the reality that by this time next year, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will likely be our new president. Go ahead buddy, get it all out.
In time, we all must accept the fact that our modern day Camelot is coming to an end. As you begin to make peace with the reality of the Obama's impending departure from the White House, it's important to understand that acceptance is not to be mistaken for happiness. You're going to experience some very somber moments between now and November. Take it easy on yourself. Mourning the loss of an 8-year relationship is going to take some time.
As the moment draws nearer for the Obama's to bid farewell to the White House, expect to revisit these stages several times. No one said it would be easy, but we owe it to ourselves to stay engaged and get out to vote to preserve the progress of the Obama legacy.
We love you too, Mr. President.
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It was recently announced that Malia Obama would be taking a gap year before moving on to attend Harvard University in 2017. The 'gap year' is a real thing, and according to the American Gap Association, it is defined as an experiential semester or year "on," typically taken between high school and college in order to deepen practical, professional and personal awareness.
It is not uncommon for people to choose to take a year off after completing high school or undergrad for some reason or another before going to a university or pursuing a post-graduate degree. It can have several benefits, including time for a collective "woo-sah" from the burnout, saving money, or tying some loose ends before diving headfirst into an intense continuing education program.
The biggest worry with taking advantage of a gap year is the feeling that the individual might lose motivation to go through with their academic plans and might get too complacent in the "real world."
We want to hear your thoughts. Have you taken or considered taking a gap year? How did it shape your future? Let us know your experiences in the comments below!
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1. "Meet the First Superstars of the Beyoncé Generation" (via NY Mag)
When Halle and Chloe Bailey posted their cover of "Pretty Hurts" on their Youtube channel in 2013, they never could have imagined a million-dollar record deal with Parkwood Entertainment and a working relationship with Beyoncé herself. The 16 and 17 year-old sisters are dazzling fans with their dreamy yet strident sound and are being groomed to take over the music scene by a handpicked team of producers, coaches and representatives- not to mention regular check ins with Mrs. Carter.
2. "Advice to Malia Obama on How to Make the Most of Harvard" (via Elle)
After the announcement that she had accepted a spot in Harvard's 2017 freshman class, Malia Obama became the target of racist vitriol and ignorant opinions. Melissa Harris Perry, in her new position as Elle Magazine's Editor-at-Large, convened a roundtable of Black Harvard alumnae to offer advice and tips to the First Daughter before she starts her college years.
3. "Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah and the Necessity of the Black Woman Critic" (via Blavity)
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Kerry Washington is one of our most visible celebrities- endorsements, advertisements and, oh yeah, one of the biggest shows on network TV. And yet we know next to nothing about her personal life, her marriage or her children, and that's the way she wants it. Buzzfeed Features writer Anne Helen Peterson examines how Washington created an empire out of secrecy.
5. "#RapedbyMorehouse Forces Us to Examine Painful HBCU Truths" (via Ebony)
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Malia Obama, the oldest of President Obama and Michelle Obama's daughters, will be following in her parent's footsteps and attending Harvard University. Although this is Malia's final year in high school, she plans start in 2017 following a gap year.
In Obama's speech at the White House Correspondents' dinner he mentioned that the family will be staying in DC so that their youngest daughter Sasha can complete high school. There's no word on whether or not Malia will be there with them, but whatever she does we're sure that she'll do it well.
When Twitter found out, most people were overwhelmed with joy.
Praises started pouring in.
Until the tweets questioning her intelligence began to appear.
But Black Twitter was there to defend her.
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This week, President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years to visit Cuba. On Monday, he gave a joint news conference with Cuban president Raul Castro. Obama called this historic moment a "nuevo día" between the U.S. and the island nation.
Obama also noted that his Cuba trip also marked another historic moment, as it includes the largest delegation of his presidency. 40 members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, accompanied the president on the trip.
He spoke on the future of continuing to normalize Cuba/U.S. relations, saying ,"The road ahead will not be easy. Fortunately, we don't have to swim with sharks in order to achieve the goals that you [Castro] and I have set forth. Despite the difficulties, we will continue to move forward."
Despite using some Spanish during his speech, Obama told ABC News that ""My accent is pretty good. But my vocabulary is the equivalent of a 2-year-old's."
White House photographer, Pete Souza posted a photo on Instagram of Malia Obama serving as a Spanish to English translator for her father in a restaurant in Old Havana.
The President and Malia share a laugh as Malia translates Spanish to English for her dad at a restaurant in Old Havana.
A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Mar 21, 2016 at 8:28am PDT
President Obama and President Castro also held a separate, restricted bilateral meeting as well.
President Obama and President Castro during their restricted bilateral meeting today.
A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Mar 21, 2016 at 8:48pm PDT
And of course, the Obama women were all across the city spreading their #blackgirlmagic
The First Lady with Malia and Sasha at La Catedral de la Virgen Maria de la Concepcion Inmaculada in Old Havana.
A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Mar 21, 2016 at 8:22am PDT
The president is close to wrapping up his three-day stint in the country.
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There is no question that the Obama presidency is a presidency full of firsts, and President Obama just made another first by launching a history-making visit to Cuba, becoming the first president to do so since 1928. President Obama and his family arrived in Cuba Sunday evening, and the pictures have us all in our feelings.
From Sasha's fierceness...
Bruhh..Sasha Fierce ! 😍😍 pic.twitter.com/XwaVNkvLjP
— Lexxi (@RihrihFreak) March 21, 2016
#SashaObama out in Cuba unintentionally slaying, giving life and "One in a Million" vibes. #POTUS pic.twitter.com/GHdbRlhLFP
— GirlTyler (@sheistyler) March 21, 2016
...to the look and style of the whole family
Come Through Malia!
And of course, there's the history-making moment of it all
President Barack Obama shows his daughters around Old Havana on their historic trip to Cuba. #ObamaenCuba #CubaVisit pic.twitter.com/Nltvty0zZj
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) March 20, 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama holds her mother as a First Family visits Cuba for the first time in decades #ObamaenCuba pic.twitter.com/rVX47Fhwdx
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) March 20, 2016
The schedule for the historic trip includes a meet-and-greet at the U.S. Embassy, a sight-seeing visit to Old Havana, a one-on-one meeting with Cuban president Raul Castro, a state dinner at the Palace of the Revolution, a baseball game, and other official meetings.
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If you see photos of President Obama walking around in dark shades later this spring, it's not because the turn up is too real in his last year as commander-in-chief, instead he's hiding teary eyes. Yes, President Obama says he's bracing himself for Malia's high school graduation. He says her school even asked him to make remarks during the ceremony.
During lunch at Jolly Pumpkin Brewery in Detroit on Wednesday, the President said he declined because he's going to be in the audience, a little emotional watching his eldest daughter walk across the stage into this new chapter of her life.
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In recent weeks, media outlets have been consumed by an unverified report that First Daughter Malia Obama played beer pong when she visited Brown University. However, the photo used to support the account simply shows Malia standing next to a table, playing with her hair — no beer in sight. So, to redirect attention away from these speculative claims and the unnecessary drama surrounding Malia’s nighttime activities, let’s take a look at some things she’s actually done that make her the coolest teenager ever.
1. Yes, she's the First Daughter, but she's still up on the music game.
2. And goes to dope concerts, such as Lollapalooza, with her friends.
3. She’s also just the most stylish teenager ever.
4. But she's still down to be silly with her little sister.
5. And throw shade like her momma.
6. While her peers were chilling by the pool, last summer Malia was an intern on the set of HBO’s Girls.
7. In addition to her work ethic, she’s also athletic.
8. And gives back. In June, Malia visited a U.S. military base in Italy and read fairy tales to children.
9. She’s also met Justin Bieber, which, is like every teenager’s dream. (If you’re not yet #teamBieber, please listen.)
10. And, most of all, she’s a part of this incredible family:
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