01:01 AM EDT 12/03/2013
Originally posted 08/28/2013 12:45PM
The Rev. Bernice King opened the celebration of her father's famous "I Have a Dream" speech Wednesday with an interfaith service in Washington.
King said that her father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is often remembered as a freedom fighter for equal rights and human rights. But she said he was most importantly a man of faith. She says he was a prophet and "faith leader" and it was "the spirit of God that infused that movement."
The faith community must continue to lead every movement for justice and equality, Bernice King said.
Originally posted 08/23/2013 01:50PM
President Barack Obama is best known for his love of basketball, inviting pals and associates over to the White House for frequent pick-up games where Lakers star Kobe Bryant once called him out for talking "a lot of trash" on court.
On Friday, Obama changed his game up a bit, dropping into the soccer field of Tully Central High School, in New York State's in Onondaga County, for a surprise visit as the school's girls' and boys' teams held practices.
After his motorcade rolled up around 11 a.m., the sports enthusiast leader of the Free World decided to try out his skill in dribbling and penalty kicks, rolling up his shirt sleeves as students and coaches looked on. He later posed for photos with the students.
Originally posted 08/19/2013 08:35PM
The White House is going to the dogs!
The Obama family announced on Instagram Monday evening that they've added to the four-legged part of their family, welcoming a new pup, Sunny. The 1-year-old female was born in Michigan last June, and arrived at the White House today, according to whitehouse.gov. Just like big brother Bo, she is a Portuguese water dog – a hypoallergenic breed that won't trigger 15-year-old First Daughter Malia's allergies.
Originally posted 07/10/2013 01:30PM
Forget the ongoing debate over healthcare. "Broccoli-Gate" is rearing its bushy, green head once again.
President Barack Obama rekindled the long-running presidential debate over the green veggie Tuesday, saying at the Kids' State Dinner – a luncheon hosted by First Lady (and healthy-eating advocate) Michelle Obama to honor children who won a contest by submitting healthy recipes – that broccoli was his favorite food.
The broccoli-brouhaha became a trending topic on Twitter, as people wondered whether the President was being honest or if his broccoli claim was really just a bunch of bologna.
"What kind of POTUS says his fav food is Broccoli?" President George W. Bush's former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer Tweeted. "Same one who in 2008 complained about the price of arugula at Whole Foods."
Originally posted 07/05/2013 02:30PM
It was a red-hot Fourth of July around the country, but celebs on both coasts played it cool as they hung with friends, attempted a human pyramid, and hit the beach – or Slip-N-Slide! – in search of some Independence Day fun.
Kendall Jenner, 17, gave a tiny nod to her country in this itty bitty American flag-inspired bikini when she hit the beach with sister Kylie, 15, and Jaden Smith, 14, – a.k.a Kylie's rumored beau.
Originally posted 07/03/2013 10:45AM
You asked. She answered.
After taking questions from PEOPLE readers, Michelle Obama revealed that before she and the First Family traveled to Africa, she prepared briefing books for daughters Sasha, 12, and Malia, 14, so they could get the most out of the international traveling experience.
Originally posted 06/30/2013 05:00PM
The biggest thing on the Internet this week was obviously the Supreme Court's historic marriage equality ruling. But while people (like me) were Tweeting in celebration, the Internet also continued to chug along, spitting out little nuggets of weirdness.
Originally posted 06/26/2013 10:55AM
The U.S. Supreme Court will end its term Wednesday with two historic rulings concerning same-sex marriage.
In United States v. Windsor – a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which restricts federal marriage benefits to opposite-sex couples – the court ruled in a 5-4 vote that the law is unconstitutional. "The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity," Justice Anthony Kennedy writes in the majority opinion.
In Hollingsworth v. Perry, which was considering the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban (called Proposition 8), the court decided 5-4 to dismiss the appeal. California's Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment passed in 2008 provides that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
The appeal was made after courts in California ruled that the law is unconstitutional as a matter of equal rights.
Here's what you – and a few famous faces – had to say:
Originally posted 06/24/2013 08:00AM
First Lady Michelle Obama heads to Africa with her family on Wednesday – and she's taking your questions along in her carry-on bag.
Accompanying President Obama on his official tour through Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, the First Lady, with Sasha and Malia in tow, will have a busy and colorful separate itinerary. She will be meeting with middle school students in Senegal, taking questions from teenagers in Johannesburg, and comparing notes with other First Ladies – including Laura Bush – at a summit in Tanzania, where she'll also take in a cultural performance by the Baba wa Watoto youth troupe.
Originally posted 06/12/2013 01:00PM
They may be the President and the First Dog, but at the end of the day, Bo Obama is just a pup waiting for his pop to come home.
The White House's official photographer, Pete Souza, shared a photo of President Barack Obama and his loyal pal enjoying a sweet reunion in the Oval Office on Tuesday. The pic followed one posted earlier in the day of a serious-looking Commander-in-Chief walking into his White House office while his furry friend looked up at him from the floor.
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