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[Photos] First Lady Delivers the Commencement Speech at Spelman College

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(Photo Credit: Tammy Garnes)

The First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address at the 2011 Spelman College graduation this weekend. She was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate along side Sisters Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad, Howard University Alumni, who received Honorary Doctorates in Fine Arts.


Common Performs at the White House (2011)

After all that hoopla this is what Common performed at the White House this week. Well they say there is no such thing as bad publicity, so thank you media storm, you helped to accentuate another talented artist. Video of the entire evening below.


The Obamas Cover Essence Magazine in March


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle are covering Essence mag yet again. In the upcoming March issue, they spoke to the mag about education and how they deal with educating First Daughters Sasha and Malia:

“Malia will tell you, my attitude was, if she came home with a B, that’s not good enough because there’s no reason why she can’t get an ‘A’…”
—President Barack Obama
According to the press release:

ESSENCE kicks off the first of its three-part education series, Teaching Our Children, with a White House exclusive—an interview with President Barack Obama. In his first interview of 2010, he talks tough with ESSENCE editor-in-chief Angela
Burt-Murray, Deputy Editor Tatsha Robertson and Washington Correspondent Cynthia Gordy about holding teachers accountable, closing the education gap between Black and White students, how he and First Lady Michelle Obama encourage daughters Malia and Sasha to love learning, and how you can do the same with your own children.

Health + Wellness

The First Lady Working to Reduce Childhood Obesity #LetsMove

Childhood obesity or excess weight threatens the healthy future of one third of American children. We spend $150 billion every year to treat obesity-related conditions, and that number is growing. Obesity rates tripled in the past 30 years, a trend that means, for the first time in our history, American children may face a shorter expected lifespan than their parents.


Barack & Michelle Obama For Madame Tussauds

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President Obama is the first person ever to have a wax sculpture in all 8 Madame Tussauds! Today the statues were unveiled in Washington, D.C.


The Official First Lady Portrait


We’re still loving this imagery. Also when you take care of yourself you can show off the guns!


[DNC] Michelle’s Neighborhood

By Kim McLarin |

Many Americans are waiting for Barack, but Michelle’s place on stage may represent a greater transcendence.

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Aug. 25, 2008–The great Toni Morrison once said in an interview that whenever she bumped up against some incident of racial exclusion or insult as a child, her father would shield his daughter’s tender heart by reminding her, “You don’t live in that neighborhood. That is not your home.”

When Michelle Obama takes the stage as the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention tonight, I will think of those words, which pierced me when first I read them. Because of all the remarkable things about this remarkable woman who may become our first lady, what seems most remarkable to me is that Michelle Obama clearly lives in no one’s neighborhood but her own.