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Color on the Cover: First Lady Michelle Obama Covers TIME

michelle-obama-time Michelle Obama has landed another cover: TIME Magazine. The issue, which tries to define the "Meaning of Michelle," features a striking photograph of the First Lady's face. While we hated how uncomfortable she looked on the cover of Vogue in March, we're really wondering how much airbrushing this photograph's been under? "I'm pretty much who I've been for a long time. So that ... I just think that people have the opportunity to see all of who Michelle Obama is over a longer period of time," she says. "And hopefully they like what they see. And I think they actually ... to the extent that they saw all of me ... liked what they saw then." michelle_time1
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The Progress Report: Blindie Grades Michelle Obama, Oprah And Sherri Shepherd in New Weekly Column

michelle_obama4oprah_winfrey_7sherri_shepherd_7 With Mother’s Day right around the corner it seems fitting that our inaugural edition of the Progress Report is all female. Our aim with the Progress Report is to highlight personalities and figures who are pushing people of color forward--and a few who are pulling us a few hundred back! Time Names Michelle Obama, Oprah and the Women Of The View Among Their 100 Most Influential People for 2009 time_magazine_100 Women of color are finally earning props (do we still say “props?”)! I doubt anyone can think of a recent First Lady who has as much style and control over the cultural zeitgeist as Michelle Obama. The women of The View, love ‘em or hate ‘em, have some of the most interesting daily conversations on current events. Oprah is well…Oprah, and she’s been on the Time’s list since its inception! The media mogul heals us in a way that other media has never been able touch, and her generosity and progressiveness are well documented, which makes the next item in this week’s report that much more disturbing. PROGRESS: 20 steps forward Oprah Gives Away Free KFC Meals oprah_winfrey1kfc_bucket_chicken2 Earlier this week, Oprah partnered with KFC to promote the chicken giant’s new grilled chicken (KGC), where she handed out free coupons on her website. Ultimately, this venture caused something of a chicken riot as KFC was not able to keep up with the demand. In these hard economic times, a free meal is something anyone can get behind, but Oprah giving free KFC to her audience, feels a little like the queen giving the peasants her slop. Ok, maybe harsh, but Oprah doesn’t eat KFC. If she wanted to help her audience to a free meal, why not get us a deal on something less likely to cause or aggravate health problems – stuff that rich people eat, Fresh Direct or WholeFoods? – or as it’s known around my house, WholePaycheck. PROGRESS: 377 steps backward Sherri Shepherd Doesn't Believe in Evolution sherri_shepherd We’ve known for some time that Sherri Shepard doesn’t believe the world is round, but on Tuesday’s show she cited her faith in God as her reason to teach her son, Jeffery, creationism over evolution. She claimed that while she would inform Jeffery of evolution, she would teach him that creationism was accurate. By Tuesday I imagine it was too late for Time to exclude Sherri from their prestigious list, so Shepherd stuck by her guns, even though the lone concurring voice on the panel belonged to Elisabeth Hasselbeck – that alone should make anyone rethink anything. Faith is great for people who gain comfort from it and Creationism vs. Darwinism isn’t a new argument on The View, or anywhere else for that matter, but it always makes for a compelling debate and in the end you gain a pretty good measure of a person’s ability to deal with logic. So to be clear Sherri believes we live on a 6000-year-old flat rock floating in heaven. PROGRESS: 777 steps backward
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Oprah Experienced Meltdown When Writing Time Article on Michelle Obama

oprah-winfrey-michelle-obama-ap We'd assume that not much can shake Queen of all Media Oprah Winfrey, but when the mogul was commissioned to write an essay on First Lady Michelle Obama for Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People issue, she had just that. "I had written the whole piece on my BlackBerry, and I was feeling really so great about it," Winfrey told the New York Daily News. "I wrote it in the memo section, and I went to hit save and I hit another key — and it disappeared. I lost the whole thing!" "I had to start all over. I was panicked. It was an absolute deadline, so it was crazy," she added. But in the end Oprah --who has appeared on the list every year since its inception--published her moving piece, which ended with Maya Angelou's iconic poem, "Phenomenal Woman."
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Color on the Cover: Michelle Obama and Mama Marian Robinson’s First Interview Together

michelle-obama-essence-cover-marian-robinsonjpg Essence magazine's May issue celebrates Mother's Day with First Lady Michelle Obama and her White House live-in mother, Marian Robinson. Mom-in-Chief On... ADVANCING THE ROLE OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE: "We have to talk about flex hours and exercise and nutrition and health and what that means. And we have to talk about values, and about our relationships with men. All of those are part of the conversation that I think we need to have, not just in this country but around the world." COMBATING STEREOTYPICAL IMAGES OF BLACK WOMEN: "The women in videos and the stereotypes are just not the truth of who we are as a community. We already know that because we are living these lives every single day. It's nice to have this reminder in the White House, but I would say we don't need it...all you need to do is look around your own community and you will see this same family in churches and in schools." Grandma-in-Chief On... ADVICE ON RAISING CHILDREN: "The main thing that I think needs to be taught to children is the ability to think and make decisions. You don't have to have a lot of information, but you have to know how to get through the process. If you make mistakes you don't [just] decide I will never do that again." ENJOYING LIFE IN THE WHITE HOUSE: "...I really am. You want to know why? Because my children are good parents. It makes it very easy to be a grandmother when your children are good parents."
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The Obamas Visit The Queen of England And Gift Her With An iPod

BRITAIN G20 OBAMA President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle paid an informal visit to London's Buckingham Palace Wednesday afternoon to visit Queen Elizabeth II before the G20 Summit kicks off on Thursday. The Obamas gifted the Queen with a personalized iPod already loaded with video clips of Her Majesty's 2007 visit to the U.S. and a rare songbook signed by Americn composer Richard Rodgers (of the songwriting duo Rodgers and Hammerstein fame). The Queen wore her trademark pearls and a salmon-colored dress while the Obamas both donned black -Michelle in a black Jason Wu coat, a black and white Isabel Toledo dress paired with a black ALAIA cardigan, and not to be outdone by the Queen, some pearls! "It was a wonderful visit," Obama shouted to reporters as he and Michelle left the palace. "Her majesty is delightful." PHOTO CREDIT: AP
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GIMME FIVE: The Stylish Women of the Barack Obama White House via Vogue

barack-obama-mensvogue-june-2008 The Obamas have covered hundreds of magazines, but the one publication that has stuck by Barack Obama throughout his political rise is Vogue. And while we love our President and the saturated coverage surrounding his claim to power, it's the women behind his White House that we're really intrigued with. Here are the Top 5 Vogue features on the stylish and strong women of the Obama administration: michelle-obama-vogue-sept-2007 1. Michelle Obama in September 2007: In its first feature on the would-be First Lady, Vogue dubbed the "truth-telling," outspoken Michelle Obama "The Natural." Unlike most campaign wives, Michelle didn't shy away from her independence as a person: "Work is rewarding. I love losing myself in a set of problems that have nothing to do with my husband and children. Once you've tasted that, it's hard to walk away." valerie-jarrett-vogue-oct-2008 2. Valerie Jarrett in October 2008: As senior adviser to Obama, Jarrett took center stage in Vogue, being dubbed "Barack's Rock". The Chicago businesswoman said of the couple: "Barack's mom was on food stamps for a while...Michelle's father was a blue-collar worker...And yet Barack and Michelle went to the best schools in the country! And instead of pursuing the corner office at a big law firm, they both devoted their lives to public service!" jill-biden-vogue-nov-2008 3. Jill Biden in November 2008: The mother of three, college professor and dedicated politician's wife posed with the women of the Biden family. "When I first gave her a hug," Michelle Obama said of the now-VP's wife, "I could feel that she was, like, real people. You know? You can sort of tell. She was sweet, down-to-earth and very open and honest, and I liked her right away. And now I just love her to death." desiree-rogers-in-vogue-feb-2009 4. Desiree Rogers in February 2009: Ringing a new era to the White House, the President's new Social Secretary made headlines for her impeccable taste: "[My purpose] is helping people visualize what the Obama presidency is about, the feelings Americans voted for—inclusion, transparency, embracing people you might never otherwise learn about—and also translating the splendor, that sweetness, that comfort of the White House to everyone." michele-obama-in-vogue-march-20091 5. Michelle Obama in March 2009: The cover read "The First Lady The World's Been Waiting For" but she rather be called "mom in chief." But no mom could deny her fashion icon status: "I'm not going to pretend that I don't care about it. But I also have to be very practical. In the end, someone will always not like what you wear - people just have different tastes."
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Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington Join Michelle Obama at White House for Women’s History Month

michelle-obama-alicia-keys-whitehouse Michelle Obama was joined by a gaggle of stars like Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington and Sheryl Crow in the White House on Thursday for her latest initiative. The First Lady handpicked 21 high profile women at the top of their field to speak to students in Washington, D.C.-area high schools about setting career goals, as part of Women's History Month. It was only weeks ago that Keys posed as Michelle O. in an American Icons photo spread. Blindie loves the strong female bonding for a good cause! kerry-washington-michelle-obama-white-housealicia-keys-michelle-obama-hug VIDEO UPDATE:
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Color on the Cover: First Lady Michelle Obama Covers TIME

michelle-obama-time Michelle Obama has landed another cover: TIME Magazine. The issue, which tries to define the "Meaning of Michelle," features a striking photograph of the First Lady's face. While we hated how uncomfortable she looked on the cover of Vogue in March, we're really wondering how much airbrushing this photograph's been under? "I'm pretty much who I've been for a long time. So that ... I just think that people have the opportunity to see all of who Michelle Obama is over a longer period of time," she says. "And hopefully they like what they see. And I think they actually ... to the extent that they saw all of me ... liked what they saw then." michelle_time1
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The Progress Report: Blindie Grades Michelle Obama, Oprah And Sherri Shepherd in New Weekly Column

michelle_obama4oprah_winfrey_7sherri_shepherd_7 With Mother’s Day right around the corner it seems fitting that our inaugural edition of the Progress Report is all female. Our aim with the Progress Report is to highlight personalities and figures who are pushing people of color forward--and a few who are pulling us a few hundred back! Time Names Michelle Obama, Oprah and the Women Of The View Among Their 100 Most Influential People for 2009 time_magazine_100 Women of color are finally earning props (do we still say “props?”)! I doubt anyone can think of a recent First Lady who has as much style and control over the cultural zeitgeist as Michelle Obama. The women of The View, love ‘em or hate ‘em, have some of the most interesting daily conversations on current events. Oprah is well…Oprah, and she’s been on the Time’s list since its inception! The media mogul heals us in a way that other media has never been able touch, and her generosity and progressiveness are well documented, which makes the next item in this week’s report that much more disturbing. PROGRESS: 20 steps forward Oprah Gives Away Free KFC Meals oprah_winfrey1kfc_bucket_chicken2 Earlier this week, Oprah partnered with KFC to promote the chicken giant’s new grilled chicken (KGC), where she handed out free coupons on her website. Ultimately, this venture caused something of a chicken riot as KFC was not able to keep up with the demand. In these hard economic times, a free meal is something anyone can get behind, but Oprah giving free KFC to her audience, feels a little like the queen giving the peasants her slop. Ok, maybe harsh, but Oprah doesn’t eat KFC. If she wanted to help her audience to a free meal, why not get us a deal on something less likely to cause or aggravate health problems – stuff that rich people eat, Fresh Direct or WholeFoods? – or as it’s known around my house, WholePaycheck. PROGRESS: 377 steps backward Sherri Shepherd Doesn't Believe in Evolution sherri_shepherd We’ve known for some time that Sherri Shepard doesn’t believe the world is round, but on Tuesday’s show she cited her faith in God as her reason to teach her son, Jeffery, creationism over evolution. She claimed that while she would inform Jeffery of evolution, she would teach him that creationism was accurate. By Tuesday I imagine it was too late for Time to exclude Sherri from their prestigious list, so Shepherd stuck by her guns, even though the lone concurring voice on the panel belonged to Elisabeth Hasselbeck – that alone should make anyone rethink anything. Faith is great for people who gain comfort from it and Creationism vs. Darwinism isn’t a new argument on The View, or anywhere else for that matter, but it always makes for a compelling debate and in the end you gain a pretty good measure of a person’s ability to deal with logic. So to be clear Sherri believes we live on a 6000-year-old flat rock floating in heaven. PROGRESS: 777 steps backward
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Oprah Experienced Meltdown When Writing Time Article on Michelle Obama

oprah-winfrey-michelle-obama-ap We'd assume that not much can shake Queen of all Media Oprah Winfrey, but when the mogul was commissioned to write an essay on First Lady Michelle Obama for Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People issue, she had just that. "I had written the whole piece on my BlackBerry, and I was feeling really so great about it," Winfrey told the New York Daily News. "I wrote it in the memo section, and I went to hit save and I hit another key — and it disappeared. I lost the whole thing!" "I had to start all over. I was panicked. It was an absolute deadline, so it was crazy," she added. But in the end Oprah --who has appeared on the list every year since its inception--published her moving piece, which ended with Maya Angelou's iconic poem, "Phenomenal Woman."
Read More

Color on the Cover: Michelle Obama and Mama Marian Robinson’s First Interview Together

michelle-obama-essence-cover-marian-robinsonjpg Essence magazine's May issue celebrates Mother's Day with First Lady Michelle Obama and her White House live-in mother, Marian Robinson. Mom-in-Chief On... ADVANCING THE ROLE OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE: "We have to talk about flex hours and exercise and nutrition and health and what that means. And we have to talk about values, and about our relationships with men. All of those are part of the conversation that I think we need to have, not just in this country but around the world." COMBATING STEREOTYPICAL IMAGES OF BLACK WOMEN: "The women in videos and the stereotypes are just not the truth of who we are as a community. We already know that because we are living these lives every single day. It's nice to have this reminder in the White House, but I would say we don't need it...all you need to do is look around your own community and you will see this same family in churches and in schools." Grandma-in-Chief On... ADVICE ON RAISING CHILDREN: "The main thing that I think needs to be taught to children is the ability to think and make decisions. You don't have to have a lot of information, but you have to know how to get through the process. If you make mistakes you don't [just] decide I will never do that again." ENJOYING LIFE IN THE WHITE HOUSE: "...I really am. You want to know why? Because my children are good parents. It makes it very easy to be a grandmother when your children are good parents."
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The Obamas Visit The Queen of England And Gift Her With An iPod

BRITAIN G20 OBAMA President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle paid an informal visit to London's Buckingham Palace Wednesday afternoon to visit Queen Elizabeth II before the G20 Summit kicks off on Thursday. The Obamas gifted the Queen with a personalized iPod already loaded with video clips of Her Majesty's 2007 visit to the U.S. and a rare songbook signed by Americn composer Richard Rodgers (of the songwriting duo Rodgers and Hammerstein fame). The Queen wore her trademark pearls and a salmon-colored dress while the Obamas both donned black -Michelle in a black Jason Wu coat, a black and white Isabel Toledo dress paired with a black ALAIA cardigan, and not to be outdone by the Queen, some pearls! "It was a wonderful visit," Obama shouted to reporters as he and Michelle left the palace. "Her majesty is delightful." PHOTO CREDIT: AP
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GIMME FIVE: The Stylish Women of the Barack Obama White House via Vogue

barack-obama-mensvogue-june-2008 The Obamas have covered hundreds of magazines, but the one publication that has stuck by Barack Obama throughout his political rise is Vogue. And while we love our President and the saturated coverage surrounding his claim to power, it's the women behind his White House that we're really intrigued with. Here are the Top 5 Vogue features on the stylish and strong women of the Obama administration: michelle-obama-vogue-sept-2007 1. Michelle Obama in September 2007: In its first feature on the would-be First Lady, Vogue dubbed the "truth-telling," outspoken Michelle Obama "The Natural." Unlike most campaign wives, Michelle didn't shy away from her independence as a person: "Work is rewarding. I love losing myself in a set of problems that have nothing to do with my husband and children. Once you've tasted that, it's hard to walk away." valerie-jarrett-vogue-oct-2008 2. Valerie Jarrett in October 2008: As senior adviser to Obama, Jarrett took center stage in Vogue, being dubbed "Barack's Rock". The Chicago businesswoman said of the couple: "Barack's mom was on food stamps for a while...Michelle's father was a blue-collar worker...And yet Barack and Michelle went to the best schools in the country! And instead of pursuing the corner office at a big law firm, they both devoted their lives to public service!" jill-biden-vogue-nov-2008 3. Jill Biden in November 2008: The mother of three, college professor and dedicated politician's wife posed with the women of the Biden family. "When I first gave her a hug," Michelle Obama said of the now-VP's wife, "I could feel that she was, like, real people. You know? You can sort of tell. She was sweet, down-to-earth and very open and honest, and I liked her right away. And now I just love her to death." desiree-rogers-in-vogue-feb-2009 4. Desiree Rogers in February 2009: Ringing a new era to the White House, the President's new Social Secretary made headlines for her impeccable taste: "[My purpose] is helping people visualize what the Obama presidency is about, the feelings Americans voted for—inclusion, transparency, embracing people you might never otherwise learn about—and also translating the splendor, that sweetness, that comfort of the White House to everyone." michele-obama-in-vogue-march-20091 5. Michelle Obama in March 2009: The cover read "The First Lady The World's Been Waiting For" but she rather be called "mom in chief." But no mom could deny her fashion icon status: "I'm not going to pretend that I don't care about it. But I also have to be very practical. In the end, someone will always not like what you wear - people just have different tastes."
Read More

Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington Join Michelle Obama at White House for Women’s History Month

michelle-obama-alicia-keys-whitehouse Michelle Obama was joined by a gaggle of stars like Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington and Sheryl Crow in the White House on Thursday for her latest initiative. The First Lady handpicked 21 high profile women at the top of their field to speak to students in Washington, D.C.-area high schools about setting career goals, as part of Women's History Month. It was only weeks ago that Keys posed as Michelle O. in an American Icons photo spread. Blindie loves the strong female bonding for a good cause! kerry-washington-michelle-obama-white-housealicia-keys-michelle-obama-hug VIDEO UPDATE:
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