Daily Archive: August 24, 2012



Watching what your kids watch on TV

by Freddie Allen WASHINGTON (NNPA)—When 6-year-old Simaya Hammonds ditched Dora the Explorer for tween-fare found on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, her mom, Tahneezia Hammonds wasn’t surprised. The precocious first grader enjoys “Shake It Up” on the Disney Channel and “Victorious,” a show about students at a performing arts high school on Nickelodeon, is one of her favorites. “A.N.T. Farm,” a show about a group of gifted middle schoolers (A.N.T. is an acronym for “Advanced Natural Talents) attending a local high school made it into her Disney rotation. POPULAR TWEEN SHOW—The cast of “Victorious,” a show about students at a performing arts high school on Nickelodeon: Back, from left: Leon Thomas (Andre), Matthew Bennett (Robbie) and Rex, Ariana Grande (Cat) Front, from left: Daniella Monet (Trina), Victoria Justice (Tori), Elizabeth Gillies (Jade), Avan Jogia (Beck). (Courtesy Photo/Nickelodeon)


First lady hits gym before dawn—and before hubby

NEW YORK (AP)—Daily workouts at 6 a.m.? Not bad, Paul Ryan. But there’s another influential political figure who’s apparently often finished with hers by then: Michelle Obama. Especially during the school year, the first lady gets up at 4:30 a.m. or 5 a.m. to work out before her kids wake up, she told iVillage, the women’s website where she is serving as a guest editor this week, with a theme of “Rev Up Your Back-to-School Routine.” ACTIVE FIRST LADY—In this Sept. 8, 2010 photo, first lady Michelle Obama turns and runs after catching a pass while participating in the Let’s Move! Campaign and the NFL’s Play 60 Campaign festivities with area youth in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)