Michelle has made her next stop in London, England. She visited the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School and did an Intimate Conversations presentation at The Royal Festival Hall.
Here is a clip from the Intimate Conversations stop in London!
Michelle Obama has said one of the reasons she supported Barack Obama’s decision to run for president in 2008 was because ‘deep down, I was like, there’s no way he’s going to win’.
During a discussion about her memoir, Becoming, at Royal Festival Hall in London, Obama said she did not believe the US was ready for a black president
I loved this genuine reaction by Michelle during her tour stop in New York City. Thank you to NPR for the report!
Michelle Obama’s fans have often remarked that she comes across as authentic even as her every move is analyzed, and sometimes criticized.
One such moment of candor occurred this weekend, as the former first lady took the stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the latest stop on the arena-filling tour for her memoir, Becoming.
As she spoke with her friend, the poet Elizabeth Alexander, Obama talked about the challenges of balancing career and family.
“Marriage still ain’t equal, y’all,” she said, according to Vanity Fair. “It ain’t equal. I tell women that whole ‘you can have it all’ — mmm, nope, not at the same time, that’s a lie. It’s not always enough to lean in because that s*** doesn’t work.”
The writer and cultural commentator Touré was there and tweeted that the audience “freaked out” when Obama used the curse word — and that the former first lady herself said she “forgot where she was for a moment.”
Cellphone cameras were recording as she realized what she’d said.
“I’m back now,” Obama said, smiling and looking a bit sheepish. She rephrased her assessment. “But sometimes that stuff doesn’t work.”
“So oftentimes it’s not equal. And you feel a bit resentful about it. And so then it’s time to go to marriage counseling,” she added, to delighted laughter from the audience.
Obama’s mention of “lean in” was a reference to Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s mantra and 2013 book that called on women to be more assertive in the workplace. Sandberg has been under scrutiny following a New York Times report last month that she had played an active role in a campaign to discredit Facebook’s critics.
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.