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Ali   November 16, 2018   Guest Appearances, Interviews, Videos   Leave a Reply

I love this interview with Jenna Bush Hager and Michelle on the Today Show from earlier this week. You can feel the personal connection between these two women!

Michelle Obama recently sat down with TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager to discuss her new book “Becoming.” The former first lady opened up about life in the White House, the challenges of raising her daughters in the spotlight and what she’ll be doing next.

Ali   November 16, 2018   Magazines   Leave a Reply

Michelle is featured on the cover of the new issue of Essence magazine and she looks AMAZING! LOVE the curls!

Our Forever First Lady graces the cover of ESSENCE’s December/January issue and dishes on what made Barack Obama the one for her.

Michelle Obama, rocking her natural curls for the very first time, is the new cover star of ESSENCE’s December/January issue.

Our Forever First Lady dishes on her happiest days in the White House, balancing a career and family, and shares advice on how to find your own Barack Obama.

The former president and first lady have always been #relationshipgoals and Obama says that’s because Barack showed her who he was outside of their relationship.

“From our very first conversations, he showed me that he wasn’t afraid to express his fears and doubts, or that he might not have all the answers,” Obama told ESSENCE. “Just as important, I saw who he was not only in the way he treated me but in the way he interacted with others outside of our relationship. He showed me that he respected women by the way he treated his mother, his sisters, and his grandmother.”

Obama noted that people often don’t really have an idea of what they’re looking for in a partner, focusing on material things instead of a partner who is a fully formed individual.

Listing Barack’s compassion and desire to “fight for folks who didn’t have much power,” Obama added, “These were all things I learned long before we were married. It was all on display when we dated: he was consistent, he was honest, he was respectful, and he was secure in himself and secure in us. He hasn’t been perfect, but those things have never wavered.”

Pick up the latest issue of ESSENCE to read more from our interview, including Obama’s White House confessions and an exclusive excerpt from her new book, Becoming Michelle Obama.

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Day two of her book tour found Michelle in the City of Angels where she went to Para Los Niños School and read with the children. I admire the love Michelle has for education and children so this stop did not surprise me. She then was at the The Forum for her second Intimate Conversations.

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Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > November 15 | Reading to Students at Para Los Niños School
Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > November 15 | Intimate Conversations – Los Angeles

Ali   November 16, 2018   Becoming, Events, Guest Appearances, Images   Leave a Reply

Michelle has started her book tour and made her first stop in her beloved Chicago where she did a book signing at Seminary Co-op bookstore and then did her first stop of the Intimate Conversations tour at the United Center. She also did a live taping of Good Morning America too!

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Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > November 13 | Good Morning America – Show
Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > November 13 | Book Signing for Becoming in Chicago
Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > November 13 | Intimate Conversations – Chicago

Ali   November 13, 2018   Becoming, Events, Images   Leave a Reply

A few weeks ago Michelle invited some amazing women (including Shonda Rhimes, Jacqueline Woodson, Sherrilyn Ifill, Michele Norris, Farah Griffin, and Martha S. Jones) to sit down with her and talk about her book … They called it the book club of all book clubs! Here are images they have shared from their day with her.

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Michelle Obama Online > 2018 > November | Becoming Author Round Table

Ali   November 13, 2018   Guest Appearances, Interviews, Videos   Leave a Reply

This morning Michelle spoke with Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America … the BOOK IS OUT!

The former first lady speaks out in an exclusive live interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts in Chicago about her memoir, “Becoming,” the outcome of the midterm elections and 2020 prospects.

Obama and her brother, Craig Robinson, reflect on growing up on Chicago’s South Side, plus the former first lady shares how her daughters have gotten guidance from the Bush sisters.

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USA Today shared this great article which I think really embodies who Michelle is.

Michelle Obama has some thoughts about how to succeed in politics.

The former first lady is not a fan of politics in general or certain politicians in particular, she makes clear in her blockbuster memoir, Becoming. The political process is messy and the costs were high for her family, her personal life, her professional ambitions.

“I didn’t much appreciate politicians and therefore didn’t relish the idea of my husband becoming one,” she writes. Before his breakthrough bid for the U.S. Senate from Illinois in 2004, she made him promise, out loud, that he’d leave politics altogether if he lost that race.

But he won the Senate campaign that year and the two White House campaigns that followed. His remarkable rise gave her a birds-eye view of politics as it’s played at the highest levels and for the greatest stakes. Her new book, being published Tuesday by Crown, offers some thoughts about what works.

Actually, the former Michelle Robinson had some experience with politics, local and presidential, before she ever met Barack Obama. Her father, Fraser Robinson, was a Chicago city worker, a job that carried the expectation he would volunteer as a Democratic precinct worker. One of her best friends at Whitney M. Young High School was Santita Jackson, the oldest child of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988.

Michelle Obama promises, persuasively, she will never follow in the footsteps of Hillary Clinton, a first lady-turned-presidential contender, and run for office herself.

That said, for the present, here are some of the lessons she’s learned.

Define yourself, or somebody else will
Fourteen words Michelle Obama said at a Milwaukee event during the opening stages of the 2008 primary campaign created a ferocious blow-back. “For the first time in my adult lifetime,” she said, “I’m really proud of my country.”

In her book, she quotes a fuller version of her unscripted remarks, which included a declaration that “hope is making a comeback” and the feeling that “people are hungry for change.” But critics used that key sentence to portray her as angry and disgruntled, as not really a patriot. It fed the “angry black woman” meme that she faced, to her frustration.

That stereotype was unfair and inaccurate, she thought, but it was still damaging. Campaign strategists David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett staged what she later realized was an intervention, showing her clips of some of her public appearances. She realized she sometimes came across as too serious, too severe, which made it easier for opponents to portray her as “some sort of pissed-off harpy.”

She worked on conveying more warmth. “If you don’t get out there and define yourself,” she says, “you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

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Michelle wrote an open letter exclusively for the Chicago Defender

“Chicago made me who I am. I wanted to pay tribute to the South Side community that poured so much love into me from the very beginning, so I wrote this letter to The Chicago Defender.

I hope you’ll read it.”

In the summer of 1975, Dr. Joseph A. Lavizzo, Jr., the principal at Bryn Mawr Elementary School in South Shore at the time, wrote a letter to this newspaper. In it, he defended his school from a vitriolic opinion piece that had been published a week earlier, which referred to Bryn Mawr as a “run-down slum” governed by a “ghetto mentality.” Dr. Lavizzo fought back forcefully, calling the charges “an outrageous lie, which seems designed to incite only feelings of failure and flight.”

At the time, I was going into seventh grade. Bryn Mawr was my school, and Dr. Lavizzo was my principal. I didn’t know that the letter had been published, but by then I’d already begun to recognize what was happening in my neighborhood.

In kindergarten, my classroom had been wonderfully diverse, full of children of varying ethnic and economic backgrounds—Black and White, Hispanic and Asian, most of us middle-class, though some families landed on either side of that description. In the span of just a few years, though, most of the better-off families left our neighborhood for the suburbs, and by fifth grade, almost every student in my class was Black. As “White flight” took off, prospects in South Shore fell. Observers began throwing around words like “ghetto” to describe our neighborhood. My mother would tell me years later that all the while, predatory real estate agents were never far, whispering to home owners that they should sell before it was too late. The future was coming, they’d say, and it didn’t look good.

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Ali   November 12, 2018   Events, Images   Leave a Reply

The Chicago Sun Times shares that Michelle started today with a visit to her alma mater, Whitney Young High School to talk with some of the seniors about her new book.

A day before the launch of her book tour, former first lady Michelle Obama on Monday returned to her high school, Whitney Young on Chicago’s West Side, to talk to about 20 girls, all seniors, about her memoir, “Becoming,” in which she writes about how the school exposed her to a world outside the South Shore community where she was raised.

The girls met with Obama in the magnet school’s library.

The visit — the second in a week — is part of a media blitz organized for the kick-off of the book, as Obama fills arenas to talk about her life in conversations with friends. Oprah Winfrey returns to Chicago for the first tour event, Tuesday night at the United Center. Billed as “an intimate conversation with Michelle Obama,” it will take place before an audience of about 14,000.

Obama has added a European leg to her tour, appearing Dec. 3 at Royal Festival Hall in London.

Obama, the Whitney Young class of 1981 salutatorian, surprised a dance class at the school when she walked the halls while being interviewed by ABC’s Robin Roberts for a “20/20” special that aired Sunday.

Check out more images from her visit in our gallery.

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Be sure to tune into ABC this Thursday to watch Jimmy Kimmel Live! where Michelle will talk with Jimmy about her new book, Becoming.

The former First Lady will discuss her new memoir, ‘Becoming’ during her Thursday night appearance.
In lieu of her recent book release, Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama will be making an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Obama’s book was recently selected as Oprah Winfrey’s next book club choice, marking Winfrey’s first pick by an author from the political world since she started her club in 1996.

In Becoming, Obama candidly shares personal revelations she experienced throughout her life such as, suffering a miscarriage and sharply criticizes President Donald Trump. The former first lady’s book will be released to bookshelves on Tuesday via Crown Publishing, a part of Penguin Random House, and is among the most anticipated political memoirs in years, having already topped Amazon.com’s best-seller list throughout the weekend. The memoir is projected to sell millions of copies and is being published globally in 31 languages.

Ahead of her late-night appearance, Obama recently sat down with Winfrey for an in-depth conversation that will be released across multiple platforms this month, timed to the release of her memoir.

In their candid conversation, Obama spoke about the life experiences that have shaped her, including her childhood on the South Side of Chicago, her years working as an attorney and executive in Chicago and how she worked to balance the demands of her career and raising two daughters.

She also opened up about the challenges her and Barack Obama have endured during the early years of their marriage, including undergoing counseling and facing the pressure of being the “first black family” to live in the White House.

The conversation will air as a primetime special, Oprah Winfrey Special: Michelle Obama, that debuts at 8 p.m. Thursday. An extended, unedited version will be available on the Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast starting the same day, with Part 2 available on Nov. 19. In addition, the full interview will be streamed on Oprah’s Facebook at 11 am. Nov. 18.

To celebrate the release of the memoir, OprahMag.com is posting an exclusive excerpt of the book.

“This book is everything you wanted to know and so much you didn’t even know you wanted to know. I believe it’s going to spark within you the desire to think about your own becoming,” Winfrey told the Associated Press. “It’s so well-written I can hear her voice; I can hear her expressions; I can feel her emotion. What she allows us to see is how she was able to discover, define and then refine her voice.”

To further promote the book release, Obama also sat down with Robin Roberts for a 20/20 special on Sunday.

Obama is also embarking on a 10-city book tour, which kicks off in Chicago on Tuesday. During each tour stop, Obama will be interviewed by special guests including Valerie Jarrett, Reese Witherspoon, and Tracee Ellis Ross.

Obama is also set to make appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning this week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.