Time has named Michelle as one of their Time 100 Icons for 2019.
By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Loving Michelle Obama wasn’t much of a choice. It was something that came naturally, because of how she carried herself. Because she resembled us and was moving in spaces where, as black Americans, we weren’t exactly meant to be, she seemed so powerful.
When I first met her, I was embraced by a warm, regal, confident woman who possessed a reassuring calm, on the eve of President Obama’s historic first Inauguration.
The way she looked, walked and spoke, in that warm but authoritative tone, we saw our mothers and sisters. She was strong and ambitious and spoke her mind without sacrificing honesty or empathy. That takes a lot of courage and discipline.
She would’ve been impactful simply by being in the White House, the first African-American First Lady. But she also used her position of power to improve the world around her. Her initiative Reach Higher, for example, encourages young people to complete their education past high school. She empowers all of us to interrogate our fears and surpass greatness.
I’m honored to know such a brilliant black woman who’s spoken about the sacrifice it takes to balance her passions while remaining a supportive partner and mother, and now a best-selling author with Becoming. She has continued to open herself up, even if it meant being criticized. She has continued to be a portrait of grace.
I am so grateful that my daughters and my son live in a world where Michelle Obama shines as a beacon of hope who inspires all of us to do better and to be better.
Knowles-Carter is a Grammy-winning musician
Over the past month Michelle has been making stops in various cities in the next leg of her Intimate Conversations tour. Check out some of the images which have been added to our gallery.
– Michelle Obama Online > 2019 > February 12 | Intimate Conversations – Phoenix
– Michelle Obama Online > 2019 > February 28 | Intimate Conversations – Austin
– Michelle Obama Online > 2019 > March 14 | Intimate Conversations – Milwaukee
– Michelle Obama Online > 2019 > March 24 | Intimate Conversations – Tacoma
Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming continues to smash records.
When the book was released in November of last year, it sold 725,000 copies on its first day and 2 million copies in North America within two weeks, quickly becoming the best-selling book of 2018. It also broke the record of best first-week sales at Barnes & Noble and went on to become a number one seller abroad, including in the U.K. and Germany.
Now it looks like Becoming is on track to become one of the best-selling memoirs—ever. Publisher Penguin Random House announced Tuesday that the book has sold close to 10 million copies to date, across print, digital, and audiobooks globally.
“I’m not aware, in my personal experience with Penguin Random House, that we ever sold 10 million units of a memoir,” Markus Dohle, Penguin Random House’s chief executive told The Wall Street Journal. “We believe this could be the most successful memoir in history,” added Bertelsmann Chief Executive Thomas Rabe. Bertelsmann owns a 75% stake in Penguin Random House.
Becoming is the first in a two-book deal between the Obamas and Penguin Random House. The publishing house reportedly paid $60 million for the deal in 2017, a record for U.S. presidential memoirs. Former President Barack Obama’s memoir is expected to be released later this year, but a formal date has not yet been set.
Michelle Obama is opening up about her family’s time in the White House.
The former First Lady of the United States reflects on husband Barack Obama’s presidency in a candid new interview on Conan O’Brien’s podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend. On the latest episode, the Becoming author shares how “in awe” she is of her daughters, Malia Obama, 20, and Sasha Obama, 17.
“We had to parent by creating this cocoon of normalcy in a pretty crazy, abnormal world,” Obama tells O’Brien. “We spent eight years just going, ‘It’s OK! You’ll be fine, this is normal, just go to school. You have men with guns…hey, you know, you’re safe, don’t complain! You have food, so don’t complain to me.'”
“It was very much, keeping them in their reality,” she continues. “Making sure we went to the parent teacher conferences, and that we went to the games and that we were sitting on the sidelines with them.”
Obama adds that it was important that Sasha and Malia had sleepovers with their friends, just like the rest of their peers.
“We had kids sleeping over at our house,” Obama tells O’Brien, adding that her kids thought “no one wants to come” to the White House.
“I was like, ‘You are wrong, my friend,'” she recalls. “But their view was, ‘I don’t want to be here, I’m here all the time. I want to go to X’s house.'”
Obama says she found this as a “healthy” sign.
“I am in awe of my children for the way they have managed this whole thing with poise and grace,” she shares. “There’s a resilience that they’ve had to develop.”
“They’ve also had to sacrifice a lot of their childhoods, living in this glare and being the subject of some of this nastiness themselves and learning, at a very young age, how do you recover from that,” Obama explains. “They were the ones going out into the world every day, trying to be regular little girls.”
You can listen to the complete interview with Obama and O’Brien above!
I have added some new images to the gallery from the events that Michelle attended in 2017, including the President’s Farewell Address to the people of Chicago and President Trump’s Inauguration Ceremony.
– Michelle Obama Online > Events & Appearances > 2017
Here are the beautiful images of Michelle and her beautiful goddess sisters opening the Grammy’s last night! Michelle wore a beautiful Sachin & Babi olive sequined pant suit.
Wasn’t this a pleasant surprise!?!?!
For me, a big part of friendship is showing up for your girls—whether that’s for a birthday, a quick catch-up after work, or a major milestone. So I was thrilled to be there for the one and only Alicia Keys at the #GRAMMYs. She is one of the most genuine, caring, and thoughtful people I know—there’s no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music! – MO
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 17, 2019
We would like to wish Michelle a most wonderful birthday! May it be filled with those you love and lots of wonderful memories!
Robin Roberts stopped by for an interview with Ellen DeGeneres and spoke about how much she enjoyed the time she spent with Michelle! The part about Michelle is towards the end of the clip.
Robin Roberts admitted to Ellen she misses the “royal treatment” she received while spending the day with the former First Lady in a recent all-day interview. Plus, the “Good Morning America” co-anchor chatted about her 2019 motto, #Serenein2019, and having the lunch of a lifetime in a tree pod in Thailand.