Michelle Obama

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Beyoncé Pens Moving Essay On Michelle Obama for Time's '100 Most Influential People'

“She resembled us and was moving in spaces where, as Black Americans, we weren’t exactly meant to be,” the pop icon wrote about Obama. 

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Your Favorite Artists of Color Won Big at the Grammys

See Janelle Monáe, Childish Gambino and other performers and victors rule the awards ceremony—even in their absence. 

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Listen to the Last Episode of '2 Dope Queens' Featuring Michelle Obama

Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams concluded their acclaimed WNYC Studios podcast by chatting with the former first lady about navigating the political sphere as a Black woman.  

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Michelle Obama Unveils Cover of Upcoming Memoir

“As I prepare to share ‘Becoming’ this fall, I hope you’ll also think about your own story, and trust that it will help you become whoever you aspire to be.”

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Amy Sherald Revisits Creative Journey for New Solo Exhibit

The artist who painted Michelle Obama for the National Portrait Gallery triumphed over illness on her way to success. 

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Michelle Obama Announces New Memoir Title, Release Date

“Becoming” will follow the former first lady of the United States’ journey from her childhood in South Side Chicago to the present.

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LIVESTREAM: Smithsonian Unveils Barack and Michelle Obama Portraits

Created by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, the images will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

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READ: Tracee Ellis Ross Honors Michelle Obama in New Essay

“Eight years of watching Michelle Obama as a person, not just relegated to doing ‘woman things,’ provided an antidote to all the false representations of Black women that have inundated us for centuries.”

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Barack and Michelle Obama Select Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to Paint National Gallery Portraits

The two visual artists will paint the first Black U.S. president and first lady for the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

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Former White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett Reflects on Life, Politics in Upcoming Book

“I want to share the experiences, life lessons and values that have shaped who I am and my ideas for the future.”

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Obamas Unveil Design, Goals for New Presidential Library

The former president and first lady envision the Obama Presidential Center as a “hub for the community.”

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Obamas Ink Mammoth Book Deals with Penguin Random House

The former president and first lady signed book deals that reportedly total nearly $65 million.

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How Your Faves Really Feel About the #Inauguration

The Obamas’ departure from the White House and Donald Trump’s first day as president compelled many entertainers of color to speak their minds on social media. They didn’t hold back.

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Celebrate Black Cultural Excellence With These Streaming Specials

Both BET’s “Love and Happiness: An Obama Celebration” and PBS’ “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise” highlight the past and present of Black pop cultural domination. They are both available to stream today.

#ObamaDay Wants to Make You Cry

Twitter peeps are using Election Day to honor 44 and family.

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READ: 4 Thank You Notes to Michelle Obama

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Rashida Jones and more published heartfelt letters to the First Lady for “changing the course of American History.”

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Georgia Educator Fired for Racist Facebook Posts

Jane Wood Allen was fired for several Facebook posts in which she made racist statements against Black people and Muslims.

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The Obamas Prep for First Date, Explore Museum in New 'Southside With You' Previews

The romantic comedy-drama depicting the first couple’s relationship origin story arrives in theaters nationwide on August 26.

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From Michelle Obama to Bernie Sanders, Dems Kick Off Convention With Heavy Hitters

We break down the can’t-miss highlights of the speeches from the first day of the DNC.

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Marcia Fudge Replaces DNC Chair as Dems Work to Unite

The Democratic party is on its third chair since Friday’s email leak. The FBI just announced that it will investigate the breach of the DNC’s email server.