I have been gradually adding some additional photoshoots to the gallery over the last few days.
– Michelle Obama Online > Photoshoots & Portraits
The “Forces for Change” issue hits newsstands on Aug. 2.
The announcement of Meghan Markle’s guest editing position for British Vogue comes two years after she shut down her lifestyle blog, The Tig
Meghan Markle is going Vogue!
The Duchess of Sussex has guest-edited the 2019 September issue of British Vogue, titled “Forces for Change,” featuring a candid conversation between the mother of one and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
“These last seven months have been a rewarding process, curating and collaborating with Edward Enninful, British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, to take the year’s most read fashion issue and steer its focus to the values, causes and people making impact in the world today,” Meghan said in a statement.
“Through this lens I hope you’ll feel the strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light,” she said, adding, “I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the ‘Forces for Change’ they’ll find within these pages.”
Meghan is the first guest editor of the September issue in the magazine’s 103-year history.
In addition, an interview between husband Prince Harry and Dr. Jane Goodall will be included in the issue that features 15 trailblazing women on the cover. Among the group are actors and models, politicians and authors, and advocates for everything from diversity and mental health to climate change and voting rights.
Also included are “inspirational articles written by Brené Brown, Jameela Jamil and many others,” according to a statement posted on the SussexRoyal Instagram account. “Equally, you’ll find grassroots organisations and incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better.”
The announcement comes two years after Meghan shut down her lifestyle blog The Tig, where she used as a place to share various aspects of her life and the things that inspire her — in particular, food and travel.
“After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it’s time to say goodbye to The Tig,” she wrote. “What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being ‘the change you wish to see in the world.’ Above all, don’t ever forget your worth – as I’ve told you time and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough. Thank you for everything.”Read More
HAPPENING NOW: @MichelleObama hosts her annual Beating the Odds summit @HowardU. The event provides mentoring and guidance to first-generation college students. @ReachHigher @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/kvn4XWJcqZ
— Cory Smith (@CoryNBC) July 23, 2019
Watch the entire interview from Essence Festival:
CNN has given us some of the highlights from the interview:
On marriage: “Marriage is all nice and cute but then kids show up and they take up all the oxygen in the land,” she said. “That’s why they make the babies cute because you would leave them at the Post Office.”
She later added: “My husband is my teammate and if we are going to win this game together, he has to be strong and he has to be OK with me being strong.”
On the role men played in her life: “My father and my brother had the greatest impact on my self-esteem because I grew up in a household with men who loved me and respected me very early on, who told me how beautiful I was, who treated me as an equal,” she said. “So even at an early age because I had a father and a brother and the men in my life who didn’t hurt me, who took care of me, the bar for what I expected for myself was set by the men in my life.”
On the extra difficulties for Sasha and Malia: “Imagine having Malia and Sasha come to your house for a sleepover. This is the call: It’s like, ‘Hello. OK, we’re going to need your Social Security number, we’re going to need your date of birth. There are going to be men coming to sweep your house, if you have guns and drugs, just tell them yes because they are going to find them anyway. Don’t lie, they’re not going to take them, they just need to know where they are. And, uh, thank you for having Malia and Sasha over. Oh and by the way, there is going to be a man with a gun sitting outside all night,” she said. “If you let him use the bathroom, that would be nice.'”
On being an empty-nester: “This is the beauty of finding a partner you really love and respect — because after all the highs and lows, the ups and downs we’ve been through, we have each other, which makes the journey worth it,” she said, adding that her and Barack Obama are “rediscovering each other” now.
On campaigning alongside her husband: “For a minute there, I was an angry black woman who was emasculating her husband. As I got more popular, that’s when people of all sides — Democrats and Republicans — tried to take me out by the knees and the best way to do it was to focus on the one thing people were afraid of: the strength of a black woman,” she said.
On defining her role: “I would have to earn my grace and I knew I would have to quickly define myself and I want all young girls out there to know — we all struggle with that, people of color, working class folks, women of color — people try to define us in a negative way before we get a chance to get out there and tell our own stories.”
On the night before: “The truth is, on that day I was moving my children out of the only house they had really grown up in,” she said. “I think that gets lost on people.”
On the emotional morning: “So anyway, the girls didn’t get up, I’m like get up and get out of here, and they’re all crying and they have their teddy bears and they’re moving slow and I’m like, you’ve got to get up and get out of this house. And I don’t know where these kids are going, but they had to get up and out of that house. So you’ve got tears and I’m pushing people out of freight elevators and my kids are crying — I don’t know where they going — all of that was happening and the staff was crying.”
On the crowd: “So look around of a crowd that was not reflective of the country and I had to sit in that audience, one of a handful of people of color, all that I had sort of held on to for eight years watching my husband get raked over the coals feeling like we had to do everything perfectly so that by the time I got on that plane it was a release of eight years of having to show up as we all know we have to do not only perfectly,” she said, “but a little bit better than perfect to even be considered equal.”
CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
On ‘going high: ‘ “It has to be true — you know, look, that’s the one thing people ask me about, in this climate, how do you find it in yourself to go high and here’s the thing, going high is a long-term strategy — because the truth is, going high is about thinking about trying to really get to the real answer, because a lot of time the low answer is our immediate instinct. It’s just, I’m mad, I want to punch you in the face, but it doesn’t solve anything.”
On her guiding principles: “And if we’re thinking about what the agenda is, which is getting to a place where we all live in a country where we’re proud to pass on to our kids, going high is the only way we get there. It’s our patience, our tolerance, it’s our belief in honesty and truth, it’s our belief in hard work,” she said. “It’s not about getting somebody back, it’s not about the immediate clapback. The immediate clapback is just for your own selfish purpose right there in the moment and rarely does it solve anything.”
2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
On where the race is now: “I mean that’s one of the things that we learned in the campaign. It is early,” she said. “It’s like trying to figure out who is going to win the World Series on the first seven games, I mean that’s where we are right now. It is so early and things will change.”
On not endorsing a candidate in the primary: “The general election is so important that we have to get behind whoever comes out of that primary, so we’re watching everyone, we’re supporting everyone, we’re giving advice to whoever seeks it,” she said.
On the Biden-Harris spat over race and busing: “I’ve been doing this rodeo far too long,” she said to a laughing crowd. “It’s like — no comments.”
This weekend Michelle was in New Orleans where she participated in the Essence Festival. She was interviewed by CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King.
Go Team USA! I have added pics to our gallery from the Dodgeball game that Michelle participated in at the Late Late Show with James Corden.
USA vs UK! It is on!
Since moving to the United States for The Late Late Show, James Corden has been searching for a way to determine which is better: the UK or the US. So James enlists Michelle Obama to put together a group of American all-stars, including Kate Hudson, Mila Kunis, Melissa McCarthy, Lena Waithe and Allison Janney, to take on a group of formidable UK foes. Can James, Reggie Watts, Harry Styles, Benedict Cumberbatch and John Bradley earn honor for Great Britain?
Broadway World shares that the GRAMMY Museum is going to display Michelle’s outfit from the opening of this year’s GRAMMY Awards.
GRAMMY Museum® adds Michelle Obama’s 61st GRAMMY Awards® Sachin & Babi outfit to its On The Red Carpet collection.
Michelle Obama has a history of supporting the GRAMMY Museum and its education initiatives. In 2014, Mrs. Obama was the keynote speaker at the Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon.
Former first lady Michelle Obama surprised both at-home and live audiences when she appeared onstage at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards alongside host Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Jada Pinkett Smith on Feb. 10. Together, they opened the show and spoke about the power of music.
The GRAMMY Museum will include the Sachin & Babi outfit worn during her appearance as part of its On The Red Carpet collection in the Museum.
“As I said onstage at the GRAMMYs, music helps us find our voices. Whether it’s the power of a rap verse, the croon of a country song, the crescendo of a concerto, or the muscle of a rock anthem, music helps us hear each other, to share ourselves with one another. That’s why, as First Lady, I was so proud to partner with the GRAMMY Museum to bring young people to the White House for workshops with some of music’s biggest stars. It’s why I was thrilled to join my friend Alicia Keys and such a strong group of women onstage back in February. And it’s why I’m thrilled to display my outfit from that night-to celebrate the unifying, uplifting power of music,” said Michelle Obama.
“It was a dream come true and an honor to have the opportunity to dress Michelle Obama,” said designers Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia. “She wore a custom deep loden green sequin top and pants that truly represents our brand as we are known for color, texture and occasion dressing. We were thrilled to see our muse Michelle wear it to the Grammys beside such empowering women. We are honored to have this look housed at the Grammy Museum.”
Thank you to People for the exciting news! Michele is making a special appearance in New Orleans this summer!
The 25th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival of Culture kicks off July 4 in New Orleans
It’s festival season, and everyone’s favorite former first lady is officially participating!
ESSENCE announced Thursday that Michelle Obama will headline their 25th Anniversary Festival of Culture in New Orleans July 4-7. The 55-year-old is set to discuss her record-setting memoir, finding a new focus and her plans for the future during a sit-down interview on July 6, ESSENCE (a media company dedicated to black women) said in a statement.
ESSENCE Festival is a celebration of global black culture that attracts more than 500,000 people each weekend. The View’s Loni Love will host this year’s event, making her the first female ever to do so.
“We are indescribably thrilled and honored to have ‘Forever First Lady’ Michelle Obama as a part of our 25th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival, which will mark our most exciting and extensive programming to date,” Michelle Ebanks, CEO of Essence Communications, said.
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Becoming, which was released in November 2018, is a candid account of Mrs. Obama’s childhood in Chicago, her marriage to former president Barack Obama, becoming a mother to daughters Sasha and Malia and life in the White House. As of March 26, the memoir had sold a staggering 10 million copies worldwide.
“We believe this could be the most successful memoir in history,” Thomas Rabe, head of one of Penguin Random House’s parent companies, said in March according to the Wall Street Journal.
The memoir also set records by selling two million copies in its first 15 days in stores and topping the best-seller list in countries like Germany, and Greece, according to the Washington Post. After its release, Mrs. Obama embarked on a sold-out tour to promote Becoming at venues across the country.
“As inspiring and aspirational as it is relatable, Mrs. Obama’s story — told on her own terms — is a remarkable example and celebration of everyday Black women who accomplish extraordinary things, who confront challenges with courage and truth, and who remind us that all things are possible when we support one another,” Ebanks said. “Over 25 years, the Festival has done just that — becoming a cultural home for millions of Black women to honor, celebrate and engage each other in service and sisterhood, laughter and love, and empowerment and community.”
Mrs. Obama will join an exciting line-up of more than 80 performers — including hip-hop legends Mary J. Blige, Nas and Missy Elliott, and rising talents H.E.R and Teyana Taylor — for this year’s festival, which is “a celebration of 1994’s most culturally impactful and transformative albums that redefined pop culture will also be curated and performed by the original artists,” according to ESSENCE.
Festival-goers can expect to hear chart-topping favorites from albums like Mary J. Blige’s My Life, Nas’ Illmatic, Brandy’s Brandy and many more.
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I could not be more honored to help celebrate 50 years of @SesameStreet tonight. It’s a program that’s been a part of my life as a child, as a mother, as First Lady—and thankfully, still today. I’ll never forget the first time my daughters came to Sesame Street with me back in 2010. As Malia, Sasha, and I walked onto that street with the brownstone, the grocery store, and the famous trash can, we were totally overwhelmed, in awe, our faces filled with wonder, and our spirits soaring. But it wasn’t just us—my staff was mesmerized. Even the Secret Service agents had big goofy grins on. There is something unexplainable that happens there, some unique alchemy that bubbles up that you just can’t find anywhere else. There’s nothing in the world that so beautifully marries boundless aspiration with simple goodness, nothing that strips away the daily madness and distraction, nothing that is so pure and hopeful—and absolutely essential to our future. Congrats on 50 great years—here’s to 50 more. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating by sharing a favorite memory or lesson learned using #Sesame50.