TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 9th Of June, 2014.










TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call: The White House Week Ahead & Daily Schedule.




Office of the Press Secretary
Monday June 9th, 2014


June 9th – June 13th, 2014


In the morning, the President and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.


Later in the morning, the President will join nurses from across the country to discuss the importance of passing commonsense immigration reform. This meeting is closed press.


In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks and sign a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt. This event in the East Room is open press.


Following this event, the President will meet with governors of Western States to discuss wildfires via video teleconference. This meeting in the Situation Room is closed press.


Later in the afternoon, the President will welcome the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams to honor the teams and their 2014 NCAA Championships. This event in the East Room is open to pre-credentialed media.






On Monday, the President will host an event on education at the White House. Later in the afternoon, the President will welcome the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams to honor the teams and their 2014 NCAA Championships.



On Tuesday, the President will take to Tumblr in an event at the White House moderated by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp. The President will deliver remarks and answer questions from folks across the country on the importance of education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt.



On Wednesday, President Obama will travel to Worcester, Massachusetts to deliver the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation ceremony. The President will also attend a DSCC event in the Boston area. Following the event, the President will return to Washington, DC.



On Thursday, the President will hold a bilateral meeting Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia at the White House; the Vice President will also attend. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia’s leadership of the G-20 this year, the future of Afghanistan, and the growing bilateral defense relationship, including the rotation of U.S. Marines through Darwin.  They will also address some of the most serious security issues that confront both Australia and the United States, including Syria, Russia’s actions in Ukraine, North Korea, and the security and stability of the Asia Pacific region. In the afternoon, the President will welcome the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx to the White House to honor the team and their victory in the WNBA Finals.



On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Cannonball, North Dakota area to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Following their visit to Indian Country, the President and the First Lady will travel to Palm Springs, CA.



On Saturday, the President will deliver the commencement address at University of California, Irvine on the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the UC Irvine campus by President Lyndon B. Johnson. UC Irvine does outstanding work at the undergraduate and graduate level in science and research, humanities, and professional studies, and the President looks forward to speaking with the graduates in June. Following these events, he will return to Palm Springs, CA. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, D.C on Monday.



White House Schedule – June 9, 2014


President Barack Obama on Monday has White House events on student loan debt and immigration and honors the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams.


Monday, June 9th, 2014 All Times ET


10:00 AM: The President and The Vice President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, The Oval Office.

10:50 AM: The President meets with nurses to discuss immigration reform, Oval Office.


12:30 PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest has his first Daily Press Briefing as the Press Secretary, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

1:45 PM: The President delivers remarks and signs a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt, The East Room.

2:40 PM: The President meets with governors of Western States via video teleconference. The Situation Room.

4:15 PM: The President welcomes the UConn men’s and women’s NCAA champion basketball teams. The East Room.





June 2014: Photos of the Day


This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Federal Agencies and the Opportunities and Challenges of Big Data




On June 19, the Obama Administration will continue the conversation on big data as we co-host our fourth big data conference, this time with the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute.


The conference, “Improving Government Performance in the Era of Big Data; Opportunities and Challenges for Federal Agencies”, will build on prior workshops at MIT, NYU, and Berkeley, and continue to engage both subject matter experts and the public in a national discussion about the future of data innovation and policy.






White House LIVE!!! Streaming Schedule


Next Up…


June 09, 2014 9:00 AM EDTShare
Working Families Summit on Fatherhood
The White House, White House LIVE!!! Streaming Schedule



June 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDTShare
Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest
The White House, White House LIVE!!! Streaming Schedule



June 09, 2014 1:45 PM EDTShare
President Obama Speaks and Signs a Presidential Memorandum on Reducing the Burden of Student Loan Debt
The White House, White House LIVE!!! Streaming Schedule



June 09, 2014 1:45 PM EDTShare
Regional Food Systems: A Strategy for Community Economic Development
The White House, White House LIVE!!! Streaming Schedule






Driver: Tracy Morgan in crash


Published on Jun 9, 2014

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has undergone surgery and continues a slow recovery after a devastating car crash.




Motive Sought in Las Vegas Shooting


Published on Jun 9, 2014

Las Vegas authorities say they are trying to determine a motive in Sunday’s deadly shooting spree. A man and a woman killed two police officers and a third person before the female suspect killed the male and then herself. (June 9)




Raw: 5 Dead in Las Vegas Shooting


Published on Jun 8, 2014

Two suspects shot and killed two police officers in an ambush at a Las Vegas restaurant Sunday before fatally shooting a third person and killing themselves inside a nearby Walmart, authorities said. (June 8)




From ‘Gang-Banger’ to College Graduate


Published on Jun 8, 2014

Four years ago, Krishaun Branch was part of an entire class of college-bound high school graduates from Chicago’s Urban Prep. He recently graduated from Fisk University in Nashville. AP’s Martha Irvine chronicles his achievement. (June 9)




Raw: Teams Arrive in Brazil for World Cup


Published on Jun 8, 2014

The English, German, and Russian teams arrived in Brazil on Sunday ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The international soccer tournament begins in four days. (June 8)




Michigan Teen Carries Brother on Back for 40 Miles


Published on Jun 8, 2014

A Michigan teenager completed a two-day, 40-mile walk with his 7-year-old brother on his back. The Cerebral Palsy Swagger was designed to raise awareness about the muscle disorder that affects the younger brother. (June 8)




Raw: Pope Wades Into Mideast Peace-making


Published on Jun 8, 2014

Francis is welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of peace prayers just weeks after the collapse of the latest round of U.S.-sponsored peace talks. (June 8)




Hugh Jackman, NPH Walk Tonys Red Carpet


Published on Jun 8, 2014

Hugh Jackman talks about hosting this year’s Tony Awards on red carpet while Neil Patrick Harris, Chris O’Dowd, and Lena Hall discuss Jackman hosting show. (June 8)




Supporting America’s Students


Published on Jun 7, 2014

In this week’s address, President Obama underscored the importance of helping to lift the burden of crushing student loan debt faced by too many Americans and highlighted the efforts he’s taken to ensure we uphold America’s commitment to provide a quality education for all who are willing to work for it.
















From Salon.Com:


GOP wimps cave to the right: New plan resumes Obamacare fight, ditches immigration


Under pressure from conservatives, GOP leaders unveil new agenda that shows they haven’t learned a thing


By  for Salon.Com




On Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released a memo detailing the June legislative agenda for the House of Representatives, and in doing so drove yet another final nail into immigration reform’s already well-sealed coffin.


Cantor’s memo lays out the various bills and issues the House GOP plans to address over the next three weeks, and immigration is conspicuously absent. By leaving it off the agenda, Cantor has effectively cut in half the time available to the House to take up any reform proposals.


To recap: A bipartisan group of senators passed a comprehensive reform bill last June that has been gathering dust ever since. The House Republican leadership refuses to bring it to a vote. They also won’t bring their own immigration “principles” up for a vote. Every few weeks or so they renew their verbal commitment to immigration reform, and then continue doing absolutely nothing. President Obama threatened to take executive action to limit deportations, but recently backed off that threat in order to give the Republicans the time and space they needed to bring up a bill.


Cantor, in leaving immigration reform off the June agenda, has made clear that time and space are not the issue. The GOP is just not going to take up immigration reform. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has made clear that the window for action by the Republicans closes at the end of July, just before the August recess. At that point, everyone expects Obama to move forward on his own.


You can guess what happens then. “Tyranny!” “Power-grab!” “Overreach!” The Republicans, who spurned every opportunity to compromise, will attack Obama for refusing to work with Congress. By that point the midterm elections will be too close to get anything done anyway. Everyone will retreat from policy into politics and the Senate reform bill will be quietly, solemnly interred next to its forbears.


There was never much hope of Cantor budging on immigration reform, but it certainly didn’t help that he’s come under fire in the last few weeks by Tea Party conservatives who suspect that he’s secretly working to implement “amnesty.” Cantor is facing a primary challenge from economics professor David Brat, who attacks Cantor mercilessly for his work on the Kids Act (the Republican-friendly version of the Dream Act). Cantor will defeat Brat and he’ll defeat him handily, but he still needs to take him seriously because Brat is pulling in support from influential conservative figures like radio host Laura Ingraham. Part of Cantor’s strategy has been to highlight how he’s fought “amnesty” for “illegal aliens.”


So he’s not going to lose, but he’s still had to shift to the right to try to make amends with the conservatives who are deeply suspicious that any attempt at reform will be too lenient on undocumented immigrants. Cantor’s facing a no-win situation on immigration reform, and for now the best option for him politically is to do nothing, so he’s killing immigration reform through inaction.


While we’re on the topic of conservatives pressuring the leadership on hot-button issues, Cantor’s June memo is also noteworthy for what it says about healthcare reform. Early last month, the House Republicans unexpectedly went dark on Obamacare – after years of hearings and countless repeal votes, legislators suddenly seemed to lose interest in the health law. According to Cantor’s memo, the cease-fire will come to an end as the House GOP plans to do … something on healthcare:


Our committees continue to work to expose the harmful effects of Obamacare and refine different policies that reduce costs, expand access and provide patients with greater control over their healthcare. We will be discussing these policy options with you in the weeks ahead in anticipation of additional floor action.


Cantor’s vague promise to discuss unnamed “policy options” comes on the heels of an effort by the hard-line conservative Republican Study Committee to force the leadership into scheduling a vote on the RSC’s Obamacare replacement plan.


Conservative members of the rank-and-file have to be frustrated with Cantor on Obamacare. In January he promised that “we will rally around an alternative to Obamacare and pass it on the floor of the House.” In February he said that the finishing touches were being put on the Obamacare replacement plan. Since then there’s been no action to speak of.


Cantor and the rest of the leadership haven’t picked a replacement plan because doing so would present significant political risks. Any plan they choose would necessarily require huge disruptions to the insurance market, and the Republican alternative plans that have been put forward to date would cover far fewer people than Obamacare. The surging expansion of Medicaid complicates their efforts even further; people are signing up in droves and are making enthusiastic use of the program, and Republicans are left to argue that they should be transitioned off their newly obtained government-paid insurance. That’s a tough sell, even if the ACA’s approval rating is in the gutter.


Introducing an Obamacare replacement would also put Republican midterm candidates in a tough spot, as it would force them to take a position on health reform policy at a time when many of them are trying hard to be as evasive as possible.


The leadership has clearly gotten the message from conservatives that inaction on Obamacare is not an option. But they’re clearly still unsure of what to do. What does appear to be certain, however, is that conservatives are succeeding in boxing in the leadership on immigration and healthcare.


Thank you   & Salon.Com.



June 9th 2014: Google Doodle of the Day



June 9th 2014: Images of the Day


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Your South Lawn Seat To The 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. Videos And Photo Gallery Slide Show.


By Jueseppi B.



About 30,000 people, including a few celebrities, are expected to crowd onto the South Lawn of the White House Monday for the annual Easter Egg Roll.


The egg roll, now in its 136th year, will feature Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, actor Jim Carrey, singer Ariana Grande, 2014 Miss America winner Nina Davuluri, and Sesame Street’s very own Cookie Monster.


There also will be live performances from pop stars and the U.S. Marine Corps Band. Cam Anthony, the 12-year-old Youtube star, will sing the National Anthem at the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage.


The theme of this year’s egg roll is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to promote healthy eating habits in children.



Opening the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll


Published on Apr 21, 2014

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome children and their families to the South Lawn of the White House for the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.





President Obama Participates in the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll


Published on Apr 21, 2014

President Obama participates in the signature event at the White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.





2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: The First Lady Reads to Kids


Published on Apr 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama reads “My Garden”, written by Kevin Henkes, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll.





2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: President Obama Reads to Kids


Published on Apr 21, 2014

President Obama reads “Where the Wild Things Are”, written by Maurice Sendak, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.





2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with First Lady Michelle Obama


Published on Apr 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama is joined by chef Marc Murphy and Karan Brar, Skai Jackson, Cameron Boyce, Peyton R. List, and Debby Ryan from JESSIE at a Play with Your Food session at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.





Raw: The Obamas Host Annual Easter Egg Roll


Published on Apr 21, 2014

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, Monday. In Obama fashion, the theme of this year’s roll was keeping young people active and healthy. Nearly 30,000 were expected. (April 21)




Remarks by the President and the First Lady at the Easter Egg Roll


South Lawn

10:34 A.M. EDT


THE PRESIDENT:  Well, hello everybody.  Is everybody having fun?  (Applause.)  Happy Easter.  This is the biggest event that we have at the White House all year long and it is our most fun event, because we have a chance to see families from all across the country coming through here.  My main and only job, other than officiating over the roll at some point, is to introduce, alongside the Easter Bunny, the person who makes this all possible — we love her dearly — my wife, the First Lady, Michelle Obama.  (Applause.)


MRS. OBAMA:  Thank you, honey. Hey, everybody.  Happy Easter Egg Roll Day.  Isn’t this exciting?  It is so wonderful to have so many of you here today.  We are celebrating the 136th Easter Egg Roll.  The theme of this year’s roll is “Hop Into Health, Swing Into Shape.”  Yes, I love it.


And it’s going to be a great day.  We have beautiful weather, because the Easter Egg Roll is blessed.  And we’re going to have fun stuff going on.  We’ve got the Egg Roll.  We’ve got some storytelling.  We’ve got entertainment.  We’ve got wonderful athletes and performers like Cam and so many others.  We’ve got obstacle courses and yoga and face painting and egg hunts.  It’s just going to be terrific.  As Barack said, we love this event.  This is the largest event that we do here on the South Lawn.  We’re going to have more than 30,000 people on the lawn today.


And we’re just thrilled that this theme is focusing on one issue that is near and dear to my heart, and it’s making sure that our young people are active and healthy.  So while you’re here, parents, look around.  You’re going to learn how to make healthy snacks that the kids will actually eat.  I’m going to be over there on the chef’s stage doing some demonstrations.


And I want to make sure that kids know that healthy eating and being active can be fun, because what today is about is having a whole lot of fun.  And I hope you all do that, because we want our kids to be the healthiest and the strongest they can be, so they can do well in school and live up to all of their God-given potential.  Isn’t that right, parents?  That’s what we want for you all.  (Applause.)


And we want to thank the Easter Bunny, as always, for being here.  And I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the hundreds of volunteers who make today possible.  (Applause.)  Thank you to our volunteers who have been out here setting up the South Lawn, who are going to make sure you guys get through these activities and have a great time.


So you all just enjoy.  That’s all you have to do from this point on, is have fun.  And we’ll be down there to participate in the Egg Roll.  The President is going to read.  I’m going to read a little bit.  So we’ll meet you down on the South Lawn, okay?


All right.  Have a great time.  Bye-bye.  (Applause.)




10:39 A.M.


White House Easter Egg Roll Highlights 2014


Published on Apr 21, 2014

Check out the best of the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll held on the South Lawn of the White House.





2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Debby Ryan Reads Curious George


Published on Apr 21, 2014

Debby Ryan from the Disney Channel’s JESSIE Reads “Curious George” by H. A. Rey, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.





2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Leland Melvin Reads The Little Engine That Could


Published on Apr 21, 2014

Former NFL player and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin Reads “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.





2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Nina Davuluri Reads The Giving Tree


Published on Apr 21, 2014

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri Reads “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.





2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Cam Anthony Performs


Published on Apr 21, 2014

12-year-old singing sensation Cam Anthony performs on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll.





2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Sesame Street Characters Perform


Published on Apr 21, 2014

Mando, Rosita, Abby, and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street perform on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.





2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Alexandra Guarnaschelli


Published on Apr 21, 2014

Celebrity Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli shows kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.





2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Maneet Chauhan


Published on Apr 21, 2014

Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan shows kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.





2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Jim Carrey Reads How Roland Rolls


Published on Apr 21, 2014

Actor Jim Carrey Reads “How Roland Rolls” by Jim Carrey and Rob Nason, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.





2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Sam Kass and Super Sprowtz


Published on Apr 21, 2014

Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy Sam Kass is joined by Super Sprowtz to show kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.





2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: DJ Lance Reads Let’s Use Our Imaginations! (Yo Gabba Gabba!)


Published on Apr 21, 2014

Actor DJ Lance Reads “Let’s Use Our Imaginations! (Yo Gabba Gabba!)” by Irene Kilpatrick and Mike Giles, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.





This slideshow requires JavaScript.


AxXLohKCAAEanTT obama-forward cropped-b4peace-header obamacratbanner (2)


Enhanced by Zemanta

Someone You Should Know: Ruslana Lyzhychko, Ukrainian Activist.


By Jueseppi B.



Why did Michelle Obama give a Ukrainian pop star the Women of Courage award?

First lady Michelle Obama with Eurovision singer Ruslana Lyzhychko of Ukranie. (Jewel Samad/ AFP/Getty Images)

First lady Michelle Obama with Eurovision singer Ruslana Lyzhychko of Ukranie. (Jewel Samad/ AFP/Getty Images)


On Tuesday morning, first lady Michelle Obama and Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom presented 10 women from around the world the Secretary of State’s Women of Courage award. They include a pioneer of the human rights movement in Tajikistan, a prominent leader in the field of maternal health and … a pop music star who won Eurovision in 2004?


These women are being recognized for their “exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk.”


So how does a pop star from Ukraine make the list?


Ruslana Lyzhychko — her fans call her Ruslana, first name only, like Madonna — rose to fame when she won the Eurovision competition for her performance of the song “Wild Dances.”  For the uninitiated, Eurovision is a “song contest” between representative musicians and bands from European countries. Winners include many well-known names including ABBA and Celine Dion, but the competition is best-known for its often over-the-top and cheesy music. It’s been described as “kitschy, genre-bending, makes no sense” and even “a trainwreck dry ice, pleather, men in boxes, operatic vampires and unfortunate babydoll outfits


These days, Ruslana sings with the protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square.


She took the streets during the November protests and quickly became a voice of the protesters. Ruslana spent long, cold nights onstage, often at the iconic blue piano, singing and rallying crowds as riot police rounded in. Her longest performances on the protests stage — singing her own songs and the national anthem — lasted up to 10 hours.


“I think of myself as a volunteer … showing people that we need to be here because there is no other way,” she said to Reuters in December. “Russia is our past, Europe must be our future,” she explained.


Even though Ruslana continues to be best known for her music, this isn’t the pop star’s first foray into politics. Her career in activism and humanitarian work began long before the protests started in 2013. She was an active participant in the 2004 Orange Revolution, became the first ever UNICEF National Ambassador in Ukraine in 2005, was speaking out for renewable energy in 2008 and now acts as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.




Ruslana Lyzhychko (UkrainianРуслана ЛижичкоRuslana Lyžyčko; born on 24 May 1973), known mononymously as Ruslana, is a World Music Award and Eurovision Song Contest winning artist, holding the title of People’s Artist of Ukraine. She is also a former MP serving as deputy in the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) for the Our Ukraine Party. Ruslana is the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Ukraine. She is recognized as the most successful Ukrainian female solo artist internationally and was included in the top 10 most influential women of 2013 by the Forbes magazine. The U.S. Secretary of State honored her with the Woman of Courage Award in March 2014.


Ukrainian Pop Singer Ruslana Lyzhychko Receives Woman Of Courage Award


Published on Mar 4, 2014

Ukrainian pop singer Ruslana Lyzhychko received the International Women of Courage award at a ceremony in Washington on Tuesday (March 4) for her commitment to non-violence and national unity in the face of government corruption.


“Ruslana joined the demonstrations, spending her days on streets and her nights sleeping in cold tents, and every evening, in the face of impending police attacks and death threats, she performed the Ukrainian national anthem for the other demonstrators to reinforce the promise of a diverse and unified Ukraine,” U.S. Deputy Secretary Of State Heather Higginbottom said during the event at the State Department. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama attended the ceremony.


Russell spoke about how Ruslana sang the Ukrainian national anthem night after night in Kiev, and calmed protesters one December evening, as news of a impending security sweep by Ukrainian riot police spread through the crowd.


“Anyone who was there that night will tell you how her rallying cries steadied the nerves of the protesters, giving them the courage they needed to successfully withstand more than two thousand riot police. They will tell you how crowds cheered as eventually the police retreated from a standoff that was intense, but ultimately peaceful. And, they will tell you how that night will go down in history as one of the EuroMaiden’s movement’s most amazing displays of unity and determination,” Higginbottom added.


The Ukrainian Eurovision song contest winner pushed her voice to the limit belting out songs nightly to keep up the morale of protesters camped out a snowy Kiev square, emerging as an unlikely figurehead of movement to oust President Viktor Yanukovich.


The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award honors women who have showed courage to advocate human rights, equality and social progress, according to the State Department website.







She is a singer, songwriter, producer, musical conductor, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, voice actress and social activist. She writes, composes and produces her own songs and music videos. Since 28 December 1995 she has been married to Oleksandr Ksenofontov, a Ukrainian record producer. Together they have run the company Luxen Studio since 1993, producing radio and film trailers.


Ruslana was the first artist coming out from the former Soviet Union to officially receive a platinum disc, her Dyki tantsi album selling more than 170,000 copies in the first 100 days after its release, even without a supporting tour. This album is the best selling Ukrainian album to date, together with its English version, more than 1,000,000 copies being sold solely in Ukraine.


She won the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Wild Dances receiving 280 points, which at that time was a record of points. Following her victory, she rose to fame in Europe and became one of the biggest pop stars from the Eastern part of the continent. Her winning songWild Dances has dominated the European charts for 97 weeks peaking at number one in Belgiumfor 10 consecutive weeks. Later that year, she received a World Music Award in Las Vegas.




Also in 2004, she was among the top 15 performers in a ranking conducted in Belgium with her singles “Wild Dances” and “Dance with the Wolves“. Ruslana was named the most popular person in Belgium, the sexiest girl in Greece, the most influential public person in Ukraine and was the first foreigner who received the award of the Federation of Journalists in Turkey.


In 2005, Ruslana designed the cover for Jonathan Safran Foer‘s “The Unabridged Pocket Book of Lightening” which was produced as part of Penguin Books‘ 70th birthday celebrations.


In 2006, her song “Wild Dances” has been named the best ever Eurovision winning song by a survey arranged by the German public television broadcaster ARD. During the television program Grand Prix HitlisteWild Dances was presented as the winner, ahead of famous songs, such as Waterloo and Germany’s only winner (at the time), Ein Bißchen Frieden, which finished sixth and twelfth, respectively. The programme was viewed by a television audience of approximately six million people in Germany.


In 2008, she was elected by Rockstar Games to play ‘DJ Ruslana’ in the open world action-adventure video game Grand Theft Auto IV. The Ukrainian version of her song Wild Dances has been featured on the soundtrack of the game and became one of the most popular tunes among the fans. Grand Theft Auto IV broke the Guinness World Records for “Highest grossing video game in 24 hours” and “Highest Revenue Generated by an Entertainment Product in 24 Hours”. It sold 3.6 million copies on day one, which equalled roughly $310 million in revenue. Also in 2008, she signed a major contract with Warner Music for the worldwide release of her second international album called Wild Energy.


In 2009, she was invited to attend the 6th Asia Song Festival which took place in SeoulKorea. Even if she was supposed to receive only an award for her contribution to the cultural exchange between Ukraine and Asia in music, in the end she also won the main award of the festival, receiving the golden statue for the best artist of the Asia Song Festival 2009.


In 2011, her song Wild Dances has been used by the American gymnast Jordyn Wieber as the soundtrack for her floor exercise. Wieber eventually became the 2011 World Women’s All-Around Champion and won the golden medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics performing her floor exercise on Ruslana’s song.







Ruslana reading out an official resolution of Euromaidan, 29 November 2013

Ruslana reading out an official resolution of Euromaidan, 29 November 2013


Political activities


2004: Orange Revolution

In autumn 2004 Ruslana actively supported the democratic processes in Ukraine known as the Orange Revolution, to which her song “Dance with the Wolves” was devoted. She declared her support for Viktor Yushchenko during the disputed Ukrainian presidential elections. She became one of the prominent figures that addressed the mass crowds rallying in support of Yushchenko’s demand that his original defeat be declared fraudulent. From spring 2006 to summer 2007 she was a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament for the party Our Ukraine.


Due to political reasons the music video supporting her second single extracted from the Wild Dances album, Dance with the Wolves was censored in Russia as it contains fragments showing Ruslana in the Independence Square.


Ruslana endorsed Yulia Tymoshenko during the 2010 Ukrainian presidential election and actively supported her candidature during the election campaign.


In December 2012 Ruslana launched the human rights campaign Не мовчи (Don’t keep silent) which challenges the juridical system of Ukraine. In particular she supports the case of Dmytro and Sergiy Pavlichenko who claim to have been forced to admit a murder they have not committed. The father and son were convicted of killing a judge of a district court in Kyiv and sentenced to life imprisonment and 13 years in prison respectively. The verdict was widely criticized mainly by football fans. Ruslana dedicated her song and video Це – Ей-форі-Я (This is Euphoria) to the case of the Pavlichenkos who according to her are victims of a misjudgement.



Ruslana with José Manuel Barroso and Henri Malosse at the Plenary Session of the EESC in Brussels

Ruslana with José Manuel Barroso and Henri Malosse at the Plenary Session of the EESC in Brussels



2013–2014: Euromaidan

In November 2013, she was one of the leading figures of Euromaidan which were a series of protests in Ukraine that began on November 22, 2013, when Ukrainian citizens started spontaneous protests in the capital of UkraineKiev. On the previous day, on November 21, 2013, the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for signing an Association Agreementwith the European Union.


She was one of the leading figures of the protests. Since the second week of protest she has been on the stage on Kiev‘s Maidan Nezalezhnosti virtually all night (up to ten hours a night). In an 11 December interview with The Daily Beast she explained her role in the opposition as “charging Maidan with freedom-loving energy” and insisted she “hated” politics. And has denied supporting any single leader. Ruslana also stated “if needed, I will sing every night in Maidan until next presidential election in 2015”. Two make-up artists were at her disposal during the protest.


As the protest leader, Ruslana noted the presence of paid provocateurs who have instigated fights in the otherwise peaceful protests.

Her involvement in the pro-European movement from Kiev has been featured on many international publications, Ruslana being regarded as a true heroine of Ukraine. While the German press regarded her as ‘Kiev’s queen of the night’, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo compared her to Jeanne d’Arc. Due to her active involvement in the EuroMaidan, Ruslana has been compared to Katniss Everdeen, the main heroine of The Hunger Games trilogy.


Due to active role in the protests, she was included in the top 10 most successful women of 2013 by the Forbes magazine. Also, she was named ‘person of the year’ by the Business Ukraine magazine.


In order to demand from the EU support for the EuroMaidan revolution Ruslana met in Brussels with key EU officials including José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Henri Malosse, President of theEuropean Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in January 2014. After her speech at the 495th Plenary Session a resolution was adopted by the EESC which supports the Ukrainian civil society and its democratic rights.



Social commitment


First Lady Michelle Obama and Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom pose for a photo with 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Winner Ruslana Lyzhychko

First Lady Michelle Obama and Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom pose for a photo with 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Winner Ruslana Lyzhychko


Ruslana was appointed Good Will Ambassador of Ukraine by the UNICEF and combats trafficking in human beings. She released two video clips which aim to make potential victims aware of the dangers of human trafficking. In February 2008 Ruslana performed at an anti-human trafficking event in Vienna, Austria, organized by UN.GIFT (The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking) in front of 117 international delegations. Her song Not for Sale became the anthem of the anti-trafficking campaign.


Within the frames of the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kiev she gave a charity concert for children suffering from the consequences of the Chernobyl tragedy. For another charity project Ruslana joined forces with German rock star Peter Maffay. In April/May 2007 they went together with artists from 14 countries on a four weeks tour through Germany. The funds gathered benefited children in need.


Ruslana has also staged numerous charity concerts benefiting Children’s hospitals in KievLviv and Dnipropetrovsk.


With her project Wild Energy Ruslana supports the use of renewable energy. She regards the energy of the sun, the water and the wind as an energy independence. The project gradually developed into this bigger meaning. Ruslana wants to make people aware of the dangers of global climate change.


After large regions in Western Ukraine were hit by a flood in July 2008 Ruslana set up the co-ordinating and relief centre Carpathians. Flood. SOS! 2008. The aim of the centre is to create a database of the people in need, to provide emergency humanitarian help and to collect and distribute donations both from the public and from other Ukrainian artists and sportsmen to support the victims of the flood.



Ruslana Lyzhychko
Ruslana in Kiev.JPG

Ruslana speaking during a press conference in
Kiev, Ukraine in May 2012
Background information
Native name Руслана Лижичко
Birth name Ruslana Stepanivna Lyzhychko

(Руслана Степанівна Лижичко)

Also known as Ruslana (Руслана)
Born 24 May 1973 (age 40)
LvivUkrainian SSR
Origin Ukraine Ukrainian
Genres Pop, ethno-pop
Occupations Singer, dancer, producer, composer,

conductor, pianist, lyricst, voice actress,

former politician, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

, activist

Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, drums, keyboards,

trembita, tambourine

Years active 1996–present
Labels EMIWarner Music Group
Associated acts T-PainMissy ElliottGoran Bregović,

Slavi Trifonov,Varvara, Harem,

Helmut Lotti,Peter Maffay, “Zhittya” Ballet




Ruslana Lyzhychko Facebook Page.






cropped-b4peace-header obamabottomheader


Enhanced by Zemanta

The Songstress Ms. Alicia Keys


By Jueseppi B.

Ms. Alicia Keys attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Ms. Alicia Keys attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.



Alicia Keys & Maxwell – Fire We Make


Published on Apr 23, 2013

Music video by Alicia Keys & Maxwell performing Fire We Make.





Alicia Keys – You Don’t Know My Name


Published on Jun 12, 2011

Music video by Alicia Keys performing You Don’t Know My Name.




56th GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet



Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You


Uploaded on Oct 25, 2009

Music video by Alicia Keys performing If I Ain’t Got You.





Usher & Alicia Keys – My Boo


Uploaded on Mar 17, 2011

Music video by Usher & Alicia Keys performing My Boo.





Alicia Keys – Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)


Uploaded on May 11, 2010

Music video by Alicia Keys performing Un-thinkable (I’m Ready).





Alicia Keys – Diary





Alicia Keys – Fallin’





Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart




This year's Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on CBS

This year’s Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on CBS





WWE TLC (Tables Ladders And Chairs) Match 2013 Results: A NEW Unified Title!


By Jueseppi B.




From The LA Times:


WWE TLC results: Did John Cena or Randy Orton walk away as champion?

by Houston Mitchell


Sunday brought us another WWE pay-per-view event, this time “TLC”, short for Tables, Ladders and Chairs. The main event: Unifying the WWE championship and the World Heavyweight Championship with a match between John Cena and Randy Orton. The results of the entire card:



Fandango won with a legdrop off the top rope as the decline of Ziggler, who should be one of the top stars on the roster, continues.



The break-up of The Shield continues, as Punk won this one after Roman Reigns accidentally speared Dean Ambrose.




A.J. won after turning Natalya’s sharpshooter into a small package (with a little help from some hair pulling).



Langston retained the title easily with the Big Ending.




Goldust pinned Ryback for the first elimination. Big Show then used the knockout punch on The Real Americans and pinned Antonio Cesaro to eliminate them. Cody Rhodes pinned Mysterio after a CrossRhodes. Cody Rhodes and Goldust retained the titles.



Clay dominated the match, but instead of pinning Truth, just kept beating him up. Clay’s tag-team partner, Tensai, and the Funkadactyls told him to just pin Truth. While Clay was yelling at them, Truth schoolboyed Clay and got the pin.




Kingston won with the Trouble in Paradise.




Bray Wyatt used his Sister Abigail finisher for the win and kept telling Bryan to join his family, which hopefully won’t happen.







Orton won after a creative finish. Orton handcuffed Cena to the ropes and began to climb the ladder to grab the belt and win. Cena undid the ropes from the turnbuckles and knocked Orton off the ladder. When Cena was climbing the ladder, Orton pulled on the ropes, yanking Cena off the ladder and sending him head-first into a table. Orton then climbed the ladder and won.
Thank you The LA Times.


Randy Orton prepares to yank John Cena from the ladder during their title unification match. (WWE / December 16, 2013),0,3340861.story#ixzz2nf7PQsR6

Randy Orton prepares to yank John Cena from the ladder during their title unification match. (WWE / December 16, 2013)






Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 254,943 other followers

%d bloggers like this: