Due to her closeness with the Bush family, Michelle has made the decision to cancel her tour dates in Paris and Berlin so she can attend George H.W. Bush’s funeral on Wednesday. She sent her regrets via twitter.
I hope readers and ticket holders will understand my decision regarding my desire to attend President Bush’s funeral, and join me in paying tribute to him and his tremendous contributions to our world.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 2, 2018
The Bush family shared the sad news that George H.W. Bush passed away Friday night. Michelle left a tribute to our former president.
As a public servant, father, and grandfather, President George H.W. Bush was an extraordinary example for us all. His spirit of service and decency will be missed by many, including our family. I hope his memory will be a guiding light for our country and those around the world. pic.twitter.com/jUSU82TnO1
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 1, 2018
I have added two beautiful outtakes from the Essence cover shoot that is featured in their newest issue. LOVE this shoot of Michelle and her beautiful curls!
– Michelle Obama Online > Photoshoots & Portraits > 2018 > 003
Ebony has recognized Michelle on the cover of their December 2018 / January 2019 Power 100 Issue.
Michelle Obama, a 2018 EBONY Power 100 Entertainment & Arts honoree, is the cover star of the Dec. 2018/Jan. 2019 Power 100 issue, which was revealed Friday evening on Entertainment Tonight.
In the accompanying feature article, our Forever First Lady shared her thoughts on what makes Black women magical and spoke about her new memoir, Becoming.
In her book, Mrs. Obama discusses the liberating nature of her post-White House experience and how being a Black girl growing up on the South Side of Chicago helped her even when it may have caused some struggle. She shared her opinion on the weight of the Black-woman-as-savior trope with the publication.
“As for why the world sometimes looks to Black women—and I have to say that I wish the world turned to Black women more often than it does—I think it’s because we’ve got a perspective all our own,” the former first lady told EBONY. “If you’re growing up Black and female, you can’t help but really learn what’s going on down on the ground. You’re going to see a lot of the bottoms of people’s shoes coming down on you, so you learn to be nimble and resourceful.”
Mrs. Obama said the treatment of Black women leads them to be more grateful for what they have and be more optimistic about change. Living as an overlooked group compels Black women to be more sympathetic to the struggles of others.
“The trick is we need more people who are willing to listen to Black women, especially young Black women, to lift up our voices rather than shutting us out,” she added.
Get the Dec. 2018/Jan. 2019 issue, in which the former FLOTUS discusses being a student at Princeton University, the Black Lives Matter movement and why she’s proud of her “When they go low, we go High” motto, on newsstands Nov. 27.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday … and now that I am back I can share about Michelle’s last press stop on her book tour, this time in Boston, Massachusetts. She went to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester where she spoke with 17-21 year old students and Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond in a roundtable discussion. Then that night she did another stop in her Intimate Conversations tour.
Michelle & Tracee sit down and talk with Philip Galanes from the New York Times.
The former first lady and a star of ABC’s “black-ish” talk about Mrs. Obama’s memoir, feeling “good enough” and what it really means to “go high.”
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “Girl, we were throwing down!” said Michelle Obama, playfully recounting a childhood scuffle with a neighborhood girl. And the enormous crowd at The Forum arena outside Los Angeles exploded.
“A physical fight?” Tracee Ellis Ross asked incredulously. She was moderating the event that evening, the second stop on Mrs. Obama’s arena tour for her new memoir, “Becoming.”
“Of course, a physical fight!” Mrs. Obama replied. “That’s the way we did it on the South Side. You thought we were debating?”
It’s not every day that a working-class girl from Chicago meets the daughter of Motown royalty — unless perhaps one of them becomes an extremely popular former first lady and the other an award-winning TV star. In that case, they could meet twice in 15 hours.
On Thursday evening, Ms. Ross, one of several prominent moderators on the book tour, including Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, interviewed Mrs. Obama at an exuberant show featuring videos, music from artists like the Jackson 5 and Lady Gaga and a discussion of her book and life. The next morning, the pair met again for a more intimate conversation for three at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Mrs. Obama, 54, was the nation’s first African-American first lady from 2009 through the beginning of 2017. Her new book chronicles not only her White House years, but also her larger trajectory: from her happy childhood in a cramped second-floor apartment in Chicago, through her degrees at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and on to a plum position at a corporate law firm.
It was there that she met Barack Obama, still a law student himself, and the lone voice among her family and friends to urge her to follow her heart and jump from her well-paid perch into the public sector. She found her stride in positions of advocacy for children and communities like her own. She continues that work to this day.
Ms. Ross, 46, the daughter of the singer Diana Ross, is best known as an actress on the sitcom “black-ish,” for which she won a Golden Globe Award in 2017 as best actress in a comedy series. Before that, she starred on the series “Girlfriends” for eight seasons. Like Mrs. Obama, Ms. Ross is an outspoken advocate for women and girls.
Over breakfast, the pair, who have a warm rapport and a texting friendship, discussed building bridges through storytelling — whether by personal memoirs and #MeToo, or more fractious talk with political opponents and spouses in marriage counseling. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.Read More
Michelle made her third stop in the Intimate Conversations tour this weekend in Washington D.C. and was joined by Valerie Jarrett as the moderator.
By now, Michelle Obama‘s famous phrase — “When they go low, we go high” — has become something of a slogan for exercising restraint in the face of frustration. First uttered by the former First Lady in 2016, it quickly caught on.
In an interview with The New York Times while promoting her popular new memoir Becoming, Obama took the time to unpack the meaning behind her words, expanding on what “going high” really means when you’re faced with a challenge.
“‘Going high’ doesn’t mean you don’t feel the hurt, or you’re not entitled to an emotion,” she explained. “It means that your response has to reflect the solution. It shouldn’t come from a place of anger or vengefulness. Barack and I had to figure that out. Anger may feel good in the moment, but it’s not going to move the ball forward.”
She continued: “For me, when you are a public figure in power, everything you do models what you want the country to do … Responding to a dog whistle with a dog whistle is the exact opposite of what you’d teach your child to do.”
When faced with a specific scenario, Obama tactfully maintained her diplomacy. “I wouldn’t even respond,” she said.
“I say: Let’s just do the work … I’d have to understand why you feel that way. I’d have to be your friend and get into your pain and hurt, your fears. And that takes time. That’s the work that needs to happen around kitchen tables and in our communities. When I say ‘go high,’ I’m not trying to win the argument. I’m trying to figure out how to understand you and how I can help you understand me.”
During her press tour and arena appearances to promote Becoming, Obama has shed light on everything from her feelings about Donald Trump to her marriage with Barack — still “going high” in her candid moments.
What a fun interview of Michelle talking with Jimmy Kimmel!
Michelle Obama talks about being unemployed and boring, Barack having a messy office, which celebrities she texts with most often, writing her new book “Becoming,” their daughters Sasha and Malia running for President someday, their dogs Bo and Sunny, having her mother live in the White House, paying for their own food during their time there, receiving a Stevie Wonder album from her grandfather, what she would have done if she wanted someone in Barack’s administration fired, whether people have seriously approached her about running for office, Barack’s strong work ethic, her social media habits, and she finally says some of the things she couldn’t say as First Lady.
Congratulations to Michelle!
Crown Publishing also announced that it had raised the book’s print run from 1.8 million copies to 2.6 million.
First day sales for Michelle Obama’s Becoming topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year’s biggest debuts.
Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the figures include sales and pre-orders for the former first lady’s memoir, including hardcover, audio and e-book editions for the United States and Canada. Becoming was released on Tuesday, the same day Obama launched a national book tour. Crown also announced that it had raised the book’s print run from 1.8 million copies to 2.6 million.
Becoming had the biggest opening of any books in 2018 by Crown’s parent company, Penguin Random House.
At least one other book this year, from Simon & Schuster, did start higher: Bob Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House sold around 900,000 copies after one day.