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Amazon's gender recognition system identified former First Lady Michelle Obama and tennis superstar Serena Williams as male.

According to MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini, Amazon's response was that the software is not "facial recognition, it's gender recognition" -- as if that makes it acceptable to identify women as male.

Both Michelle and Serena are genetically and biologically female, but they have been plagued by vicious rumors that they are men.

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It doesn't help that Amazon's gender recognition software also identifies them as the male gender.

While "gender" and "sex" are often substituted for the other, their meanings are different. According to Dictionary.com, sex is "a label assigned at birth based on the reproductive organs you're born with."

"Gender includes a person's perception, understanding, and experience of themselves and roles in society... their inner sense about who they're meant to be and how they want to interact with the world."

However, both Michelle and Serena interact with the world as biological women.

Critics complain that Amazon's system shows gender and racial bias, and recent studies have confirmed that bias.

Studies led by Buolamwini found huge racial and gender bias in the facial recognition software.

Protests across the United States prompted Amazon to suspend police use of its software in 2020.

After some tweaking, the ban was lifted by Amazon, saying it hoped Congress would pass a law to ensure ethical use of the gender recognition technology. However, no such law has been passed, according to Fox Business.

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Jussie Smollett arrived at a Chicago courthouse on Monday as jury selection gets underway on Day 1 of his MAGA hoax trial.

The nervous-looking actor arrived at the courtroom of Judge James Linn shortly before 9:30 a.m. with his friends and family members.

Smollett was one of the most celebrated LGBT+ stars who routinely rubbed elbows with Barack and Michelle Obama and other political elites before his fall from grace.

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Smollett is pictured with former First Lady Michelle Obama in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 24, 2016.

Police say the Empire actor staged a racist and homophobic attack on himself on a chilly night in Chicago in January 2019.

The disgraced actor is accused of lying to police and costing Chicago taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Police complained of lost resources while they hunted two white MAGA hat-wearing attackers who didn't exist.

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Prosecutors say Smollett paid Nigerian brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo $3,500 to carry out a fake racist attack on him.

Smollett allegedly staged the attack to wring more money out of Empire show producers. He also allegedly hoped to parlay press coverage about his attack to get more movie roles.

However, the details of the staged racist and homophobic attack were too bizarre to believe and his story unraveled after police reviewed surveillance videos from the night of the alleged attack.

Smollett, 39, was originally charged with 16 counts of lying to police but the charges were dropped by Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx.

After a public outcry, a special prosecutor charged Smollett with six counts of felony disorderly conduct in February 2020.

He faces a maximum of three years in prison for each count or 18 years in prison if convicted.

Smollett continues to maintain he is an innocent victim and not the mastermind behind the hoax homophobic attack.

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These two photographs, taken in NYC on Saturday, Sept. 11, shows the stark differences between the two political parties in America.

Pictured in one photo are (L-R) former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton; former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama; and Joe Biden, the current U.S. President, with his wife, Jill Biden.

All are wearing black masks and appear solemn as they pay tribute to the thousands who died during the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

In the second image, former President Donald Trump, center, is surrounded by NYPD officers and firefighters as they pay tribute to the fallen heroes on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 in NYC. There is not a mask in sight.

The two photos are symbolic of a nation divided by political and power struggles.

In one photo, many see a reminder that there is no hope for the future.

In the second photo, some see Americans celebrating freedom and the pursuit of happiness.

Trump didn't attend any ceremonies in NYC, but he visited the 17th police precinct in Midtown and a neighboring fire station.

The former president joked that he didn't need a mask to pose with New York City's finest to mark 20 years since the towers fell.

He signed autographs and thanked the men and women for their bravery and sacrifice.

A few miles away, the Bidens, Clintons and Obamas attended the annual ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan.

It isn't clear if they met with any of the heroes who sacrificed their lives to save others on 9/11.
 
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A former Secret Service agent was honored to serve as Michelle Obama's protector, but one aspect of her job troubled her.

Evy Poumpouras told Insider that she "could do nothing" when witnessing racist comments or signs targeting the former first lady.

Poumpouras served as Mrs. Obama's Secret Service agent during Michelle and Barack Obama's time at the White House. She also protected George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush during her 12 years in the secret service, according to Insider.

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In her 2020 memoir, "Becoming Bulletproof," Poumpouras recalled feeling "outraged" when people hurled racist slurs or directed a racist sign at the former first lady.

"As the first Black First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Obama had to withstand certain kinds of disparagement that none of her predecessors ever faced," Poumpouras wrote. "I was on her protective detail when we were driving to a school to deliver a speech; we passed someone on a bridge holding up a shockingly racist sign directed at her."

"I remember feeling outraged -- after all, it was part of our job to protect the first family mentally as well as physically. But if the First Lady saw the sign, she gave no indication of it," she added.

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Poumpouras told Insider there was "no protocol" in place to deal with Americans who expressed their freedom of speech.

"I could do nothing," she told Insider. "There's freedom of speech in the United States, and even if I personally feel that speech is wrong, the law doesn't give me the power to take that person's speech away."

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Michelle Obama told London schoolgirls they should view the coronavirus as a "great blessing" and an opportunity for growth.

Mrs. Obama spoke on Wednesday to schoolgirls at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (EGA) School in London.

Obama said the girls should view the lockdowns and restrictions as a "great blessing". She said the Covid is an opportunity to learn how to navigate through life and "things that you're not necessarily prepared for."

"I would view this as a great blessing to all of you, right. Because right now you're learning how to get through something hard and uncomfortable and unpredictable," she said.

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Mrs. Obama gave a similar speech to her daughters, Malia and Sasha.

"And as I've told my girls, that's what life is. No matter how high you get, or how smart you are, or how successful, life will throw you things that you're not necessarily prepared for. And if you know how to get yourself through it, you will succeed."

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The former first lady's remarks caused an uproar on social media.

But Jo Dibb, executive headteacher at EGA, told The Times newspaper that she thought Mrs. Obama's advice was "great".

Dibb said viewing the coronavirus as something that will help us in the future is a "really positive way of looking at things."

"If we just spend our time just blaming everything and making excuses and thinking, 'Well, I don't have to do well at school because there's a pandemic', then we've lost anyway, so I think that's such great advice," she said.

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Latinx activists in Chicago protested renaming a middle school after Barack and Michele Obama on Tuesday.

The activists are against the school board renaming Jefferson Middle School to Barack & Michelle Obama Middle School.

The group protested before a hearing of the Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 Board of Education, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The school board held its first in-person meeting on Tuesday at the Brookside campus of Waukegan High School.

According to the Tribune, they chose not to vote on renaming one of two middle schools after the Obamas.

Another meeting is scheduled for April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Brookside Campus. Latinx activists vow to hold demonstrations at that board meeting as well.

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Oscar Arias, a Waukegan native and former student, said Obama deported more than 3 million Mexicans during his two terms. While his successor, former President Donald Trump, deported less people.

Arias said he still remembers the fearful looks on the faces of fellow students who arrived home to find their parents were deported.

He said, the fear in their eyes "still resonates with me."

Arias suggested renaming the middle school after the late U.S. Congressman John L. Lewis.

"Lewis truly embodies the progressive and multicultural spirit of Waukegan," Arias said.

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Michelle Obama has a homosexual puppet sidekick to "inspire” LGBT+ children on her upcoming children's food show.

In the new Netflix series "Waffles + Mochi," the former first lady is joined by an effeminate puppet sidekick, Busy the Bee, to help Mrs. Obama teach children how to eat healthy.

Jonathan Kidder, the puppeteer behind Busy the Bee, makes sure that children understand Busy the Bee is LGBT+.

Kidder told the Daily Beast blog that making children aware of the puppet's same-sex proclivities is important because he wants to use his character to inspire more LGBT+ kids.

"They never said overtly 'we need you to be as gay as possible please'," Kidder said. "But I got the sense that they liked that I brought this diversity to the mix."

Kidder is one of children's puppeteering only openly gay creators.

He joked that "all puppets are a little bit gay" and he hoped to bring more diversity to Waffles + Mochi by channelling his own "dry, gay sass" personality and sexuality through Busy.

He said his job was to let Michelle Obama's sidekick "be colorful and let my rainbow out through him."

American children identifying as LGBT+ has increased significantly since Michelle's husband, Barack Obama, was president.
 

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Michelle Obama took time out of her busy schedule to chat with male-to-female adolescent Zaya Wade.

The former First Lady told Zaya she was proud of the youngster who is ex-NBA star Dwyane Wade's youngest born son, formerly Zion Wade.

The chat was awkward and both participants seemed at a loss for words at times.

What does a grown woman say to a 12-year-old child who is apparently on female hormones and puberty blockers?

"We've already heard so many great things about you," Mrs. Obama said, as the youngster giggled.

Zaya skipped a class to chat with Mrs. Obama who was very appreciative.

"I am just so proud of you, being an amazing role model and embracing your truth right?" Obama said.

Democrats are gently steering more Black boys to try puberty blockers. Joe Biden's assistant health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine previously expressed support for gender confirming surgery in teens.

Dr. Levine, who is openly transgender, said "street youth" should not receive puberty blockers, but proceed immediately to taking cross-sex hormones.

"You're already doing this," Mrs. Obama told Zaya, "so maybe this is for some other young people that are listening."
 


 

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On January 20, 2017, Joe Biden attended the Presidential Inauguration ceremony where Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. Former President Barack and Michelle Obama were also in attendance, and they gracefully welcomed Trump and his wife, Melania, to the White House afterwards.

Even Hillary Clinton, who lost a hard fought battle for president in 2016, attended Trump's inauguration because it was the right thing to do.

However, Trump will not be in attendance when Biden is sworn in as the nation's 46th president on Wednesday.

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The Trumps departed the White House for the final time early Wednesday morning. After a small ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, they flew home to his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, to spend the final hours of his presidency.

There will be no photos of the former and current presidents chatting in the Oval Office while their wives tour the private residence.

There will be no traditional handoff of the nuclear football between the outgoing and incoming presidents.

Trump becomes the first president in more than 150 years to refuse to attend his successor's inauguration or welcome him to the White House.

Michelle Obama's longtime stylist Meredith Koop has collaborated on a collection of vote-themed clothing and merchandise by Black-owned brands in partnership with the former First Lady's non-profit organization When We All Vote.

In a new post on her Instagram page, Mrs. Obama dons a white T-shirt with the words: "Reimagine our future when we all vote."

She captioned the image: "There are so many ways for us to express ourselves and our views––and voting is one of our most powerful tools for doing just that. Excited for @WhenWeAllVote's launch of #Vote4everMerch, a collection of fun apparel and accessories to get us all geared up to vote this fall: vote4evermerch.com."

The T-shirt and other clothing imprinted with the phrase are on sale on Vote4EverMerch.com.

The Vote 4Ever collection features apparel and accessories such as face masks, makeup, candles, coffee mugs and home decor.

Each item is imprinted with the words "vote" to encourage young people to show up at the polls or vote by mail.

"The vision for this collection was to create unique covetable pieces in collaboration with talented creatives and business owners around the country," said Koop in a statement. "With so many 'vote' products on the market, we put a lot of energy and soul into curating high-quality products that are thoughtfully designed."

Koop has been dressing Michelle for 10 years.