First Lady Michelle Obama is making history as she is set to release a hip-hop inspired album-- about health. Obama reached out to popular artists such as Jordin Sparks and Doug E. Fresh to help promote her “Let’s Move” campaign. Aside from musicians, prominent health professionals such as Dr. Oz are also contributing to the album in an effort to fight childhood obesity in America. The album is called “Songs for a Healthier America.”
“This album is about more than just a great message and it’s about more than great music. It’s about making the healthy choice the easy choice,” said Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drew Nannis. The album is a collaborative effort between Obama, PHA, and Hip-Hop Public Health. The tracklist is as follows:
1. “U R What You Eat” (Salad Bar: Matisyahu, Ariana Grande, Travis Barker)
2. “Everybody” (Jordin Sparks, Doug E. Fresh, Dr Oz, Ryan Beatty, Hip Hop MD)
3. “Let’s Move” (Doug E. Fresh, Artie Green, Chauncey Hawkins)
4. “Just Believe” (Ashanti, Gerry Gunn, Artie Green, Robbie Nova)
5. “Veggie Luv” (Monifah and J Rome)
6. “Hip Hop FEET” (DMC and Artie Green)
7. “Stronger” (Shayna Steele, Jeremy Jordan, Our Time Theater kids, and E-Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren)
8. “Give Myself A Try” (Ryan Beatty)
9. ”Jump Up” (Brady Rymer and the Little band that Could)
10. “Hip Hop LEAN” (Artie Green)
11. “Pass the Rock” (Iman Schumpert and Artie Green)
12. “Good Living” (Ashton Jones)
13. “Beautiful” (Daisy Grant and Artie Green)
14. “Change The Game” (The Happiness Club, featuring Naledge)
15. “Wanna Jump (Let’s Move)” (Paul Burch)
16. “Mother May I” (Amelia Robinson)
17. “We Like Vegetables” (Los Barkers!)
18. “Get Up Sit Up” (Babi Floyd)
19. “One Step Forward” (Samite)
Obama has been a health advocate during her time in the White House with her husband, President Barack Obama. In 2009, she started the "Let's Move Campaign," an "ambitious national goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight and unveiled a nationwide campaign," according to a White House press release.
Superstar Beyonce even teamed up with Michelle Obama in 2011 to promote the campaign's mission to fight childhood obesity. She made a new music video to support the movement, dancing in a school cafeteria with a group of children as a form of working out. Notable celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres and Scarlett Johansson have also lent a hand to help solve the problem of obesity in America.
Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...