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Obama Appoints Shakira For President's Advisory Commission On Educational Excellence For Hispanics

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Shakira Politics

Obama knows how to pick'em!

Shakira and Obama just announced that she will be a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics!


Here's what Obama had to say:

“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

For those of you thinking that Shakira isn't qualified for this, we invite you to read this list of accomplishments:

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer, and dancer. In addition to her career in music, Ms. Mebarak Ripoll has been involved in a number of global educational efforts. She founded the Barefoot Foundation in 1995, which operates schools and educational projects in Colombia, South Africa, and Haiti, feeding and educating approximately 6,000 children. In 2010, she collaborated with the World Bank and the Barefoot Foundation to establish an initiative that distributes educational and developmental programs for children across Latin America. In 2008, Ms. Mebarak Ripoll served as the Honorary Chair of the Global Campaign for Education’s Global Action Week. In 2005, she became a founding member of Latin America in Solidarity Action, a coalition of artists and business leaders seeking to promote integrated early childhood public policies. Ms. Mebarak Ripoll became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund in 2003, where she promotes the expansion and improvement of comprehensive early childhood care and education across the world.

We're stunned. Absolutely stunned that she has done so much, and we never knew of the whole scope of it!

We're so happy and SO EXCITED for you Shakira!

Congrats! You'll do an amazing job!

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28 comments to “Obama Appoints Shakira For President's Advisory Commission On Educational Excellence For Hispanics”

  1. 1

    This woman is a total shame for all Latin America. In the 90's she was an amazing singer and song writer, and everybody would listen to her songs. Her albums "Pies Descalzos" and "¿Dónde Estan Los Ladrones?" are hugh here, and considered one of the best of latin america music. Since last decade she changed totally, like a totally different person. She became blond and started singing thinks like "I wanna you fuck me". Totally disgusting. Now nobody wants her here, mostly people hate her. She is a famewhore now, not an artist anymore, the real Shakira have been death since 2001.

  2. 2

    And also I wanna say that I can't believe the president of the United States, the president of one of the most powerful country on Earth have time to meeting with people like Shakira or Lady GaGa. Start working man, not only U.S needs you, the whole world also depends on the decisitions of your country.

  3. 3

    Way to go Shakira! I believe she is a great role-model for children all across the world and not just Latin America. She has traveled across the world to help children and let people be aware of the importance education has for children who cannot afford it; for the children who come from third world countries. This is why Univision says she's an "orgullo hispano" because of her humanitarian efforts. If I were Colombian, I would be proud. However, let us not make this an issue about race but an issue about education. I look up to her because while writing all of her music, singing and touring the world, she always has time to help those in need, especially the children of this world, which are the future. How is she a total shame for Latin America? Every single she has had has been a total hit in all over Latin America and most parts of the world. I believe she is one of the most famous pop stars and lyrics like, "I wanna you f*ck me," really? One, the doesn't make sense and two, she has never sung anything like that.

    Bravo Shakira.

  4. 4

    What does this woman know about the American education system, and how is she qualified to advice on educational excellence? Yet another stupid appointment made by a politician more interested in celebrity than in making appropriate choices.

  5. 5

    Re: Likeduhh – God, are you going to deny me that songs like "Loba", "Loca" and "Rabiosa" are the worst songs in all history? She's basically saying she is a slut and she wants you to fuck her. Like I say she totally changed, and people in latin america can't stand her because we speak spanish and we know the stupid things she says in her songs. Then people around the world thinks latin american chicks are whores like Shakira. They are not. Totally different if her songs become hits. It's because people like to consume crap. Quality is way different to quantity. You see how the singers who most sell albums are the worst, and real artists sell much less. That's life, that's capitalism. Her successful in disco and dance halls don't mean her music is good.

  6. 6

    Um….is Shakira 'educated?' Is she an American? I don't understand. Are there no educated Latinas in the US?? What an insult. I am a fan of Shakira's music, her work ethic, of her in general. But what does one thing have to do with another? Obama is a popularity contest. Always has been, always will be.

  7. 7

    Re: Argentinian – Obama was never qualified for this office. He is a fame whore that played off the democrats/media shoving him down our throats. Now that he has proven that he is unqualified and is nothing more then a liar who likes to spend our money, he has to attach himself to anyone who could p[ossiblly get him votes.

    Soon he will Justin Bieber as a Czar of something. LOL

    The only ones who would vote for this idiot again are welfare people and of course blacks.

  8. 8

    Yeah, this talentless whore is going to promote education, that'll work.

  9. 9

    THIS IS PATHETIC! Speaks volumes…

  10. 10

    Re: La Garse
    IF you read her bio La Farce, you would not be asking stupid questions.

  11. 11

    Re: JennyJJJ – The bad thing is that people will vote for a republican next time, thanks to this guy. And you know how republicans like to play to war, it's like a game for them. So if there is another war in the future will be Obama's fault for doing things like that instead or working for real.

  12. 12

    She is not qualified to give advice on educational excellence. They say she speaks languages: her French, Portuguese and Italian are very bad. She knows some words… great!

  13. buck says – reply to this


    Hilarioius! obama's daughters must want a concert at the White House

  14. 14

    This woman is highly educated! She is more than qualified than any other American celebrity right now. She speaks many languages, has a genius IQ, travels the world, is Latina, and helps and organizes world aide events.

  15. 15

    How about a commission on how Obama is destroying this country

  16. 16

    Figures Obama would pick an Illegal alien who dropped out of high school….

  17. 17

    why does he need a foreign celeb for this??America has MANY more qualified ppl for this that are educated here in the states..no offense to Shakira but she is a modern day Charro….pollitics and celebs dont mix!!!!!!!

  18. 18

    What the fuck does she know about education?

  19. 19

    So sad…a performer???
    I now get what people say about Obama….Shakira???

  20. 20

    obviously these people who are trashing her don't know anything abour her nor read the news post on this. if they did they would know that she started a charity that focuses on child education and nutrition when she was 18. she graduated from high school at the age of 15. she's helped thousands of children in colombia, hait, and other countries living in poverty by getting them and education. instead of spewing all this hate towards and if you think you're more capable of doing the job than go for it. even if it's just in yourcommunity…at least she's putting her effort instead of sitting at computer monitor talking trash.

  21. 21

    Ok so I do agree Shakira is not the most qualified person for this position. But there is no need to talk trash about her music career. If you don't like her then be it…we all have diferrent taste so let's talk with common sense. As a Latina American I don't think she is qualified. I think we have other Hispanics Americans, such as Eva Langoria who is a college graduate from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, who are qualified in the aspect that they understand our education. Anyhow, since the choice has been made I wish Shakira good luck and I hope she makes a difference with this role.

  22. 22

    and i don't get why all these conservative type get all bent out of shape when a celebrity talks politics. afterall, politicians are celebrities as well. they're just celebrities for a different reason. and they have just as many scandals as hollywood celebrities.

  23. 23

    Not only is this girl dumb as a box of rocks, she wants Americans to pay the bill for education in other countries.

    Oh and here goes Obama again running his mouth about celebs instead of running a country. Obama is a famewhore and cares more about being a celebrity than running a country. I'd be willing to bet my left nut he signs on to do a reality show after he leaves office LOL.

  24. 24

    Re: MikelJoshuaRe: MikelJoshua – Hey tiger, settle down a little bit. No matter how much you like her she is not worth lying for. No she doesn't have a genius IQ and those other languages you think she speaks are more like knowing how to say "please and thank you". She is a beautiful woman but don't degrade yourself to defend her. Remember everytime you see a beautiful woman who is sningle that there is somebody out there who is tired of her shit.

  25. 25

    Re: Argentinian – It's Just So Easy Don't Listen To Her Music, If Her Music Bothers You That Much, Turn The Radio Off Or Change The Channel On The T.V. Find Somebody Else Who Meets Your Music Standards Better Than She Does And Since According To You The Real Shakira Is Died Since 2001 Why Are You Posting Here Since She Shouldn't Be Considered To Exist To You Right? Re: La Garse – How, She's Taken A US College Class But Since You Don't Really Like Her You Wouldn't Know About It So That's Where She Knows About It :D Re: Argentinian – It's Very Simple Don't Listen, Buy Or Her Music That's More Than Enough :D Re: citizenne – Yeah She's Educated She Finished High School In Colombia @ 15, She's Not American But Just By Choice Because Her Dad Was Born In New York But Moved To Colombia As A Little Kid So That Makes Him An American Citizen And Of Course He Could Get Shakira The American Citizenship :D Re: hoochpit – This Talentless Whore I Guess You Call Her That Since You Know Her Personally LoL Oh Well Re: Tricia00 – Actually She's Only Fluent In Spanish Her First Language, Portuguese Which She Learned As A Teenager And English Before She Did The Crossover Whatsoever She Knows Some Italian And A Little Bit Of French And Since You Won't Believe Me Feel Free To Look Up Interviews On Youtube Where She Speaks Any Of Those Languages That I Just Mentioned :D

  26. 26

    …uhm…why!?…How about giving it to someone that actually knows the system and has the best interest at heart for the hispanic culture. Am I the only one that sees that this president is out there having meeting after meeting with the pop culture instead of actually focusing on the real issues. What the hell does this woman know? Ugh. Yet again the system continues to fail.

    Can't wait for the future. -.-

  27. 27

    What would Shakira know about education in the US? I am from one of the worst education districts in Texas right next to her hispanics and I've never heard of any of these groups.

  28. 28

    As President Obama goes to push the creation of jobs for Americans, his first order was to give a job to Shakira! Brilliant. Is anyone really advising Obama? On the plus side, its tough to determine which operates more justly… Washington or Hollywood? Shakira should be a great addition to the Presidents education policies.