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Color on the Cover: The New Yorker Gives Michelle Obama Sleeves

michelle-obama-new-yorker-cover-sleeves.jpgmichelle-obama-sleeveless Satirical magazine The New Yorker has given First Lady Michelle Obama sleeves for their Style Issue. The illustration by Floc'h, titled "Michelle O.", depicts the First Lady on a runaway in a colorful array of full-length sleeved frocks. New York Times columnist David Brooks, who criticized Obama's much-debated sleeveless frocks to fellow columnist Maureen Dowd on Sunday, will certainly be elated to see that Obama's "thunder and and lightning" have been "put away" to his liking.
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Black Sorority Sister Calls Characterization of Michelle Obama “Nothing New”

Having read Sunday's Washington Post, Blindie felt the urge to post an excerpt from a column titled, "ONE OF US: Black. Female. Accomplished. Attacked." Referencing the The New Yorker's controversial cover of the Obamas, the writer--a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority--calls the characterization of Michelle Obama as an "Angela-Davis-Afro-wearing, machine-gun-toting, angry, unpatriotic" black woman "nothing new to professional African American women. We endure this type of labeling all the time":

Welcome to our world. We've watched with a mixture of pride and trepidation as the wife of the first serious African American presidential contender has weathered recent campaign travails -- being called unpatriotic for a single offhand remark, dubbed a black radical because of something she wrote more than 20 years ago and plastered with the crowning stereotype: "angry black woman." And then being forced to undergo a politically mandated "makeover" to soften her image and make her more palatable to mainstream America.
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New York Governor David Paterson Condemns The New Yorker

New York Governor David Paterson condemned The New Yorker's cover of Barack and Michelle Obama. Speaking Thursday at the NAACP's national convention, Patterson, who is the first black governor of New York, said it was "one of the most malignant, vicious covers of a magazine I have ever seen. It depicted them as angry, hateful, violent and unpatriotic." Adding in his speech, “No matter how prosperous we are, no matter how well heeled we may be, no matter how ambitious and successful we have been, we still can be cast under the same net regardless of our circumstances.” PHOTO: AP
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Color on the Cover: The New Yorker Gives Michelle Obama Sleeves

michelle-obama-new-yorker-cover-sleeves.jpgmichelle-obama-sleeveless Satirical magazine The New Yorker has given First Lady Michelle Obama sleeves for their Style Issue. The illustration by Floc'h, titled "Michelle O.", depicts the First Lady on a runaway in a colorful array of full-length sleeved frocks. New York Times columnist David Brooks, who criticized Obama's much-debated sleeveless frocks to fellow columnist Maureen Dowd on Sunday, will certainly be elated to see that Obama's "thunder and and lightning" have been "put away" to his liking.
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Black Sorority Sister Calls Characterization of Michelle Obama “Nothing New”

Having read Sunday's Washington Post, Blindie felt the urge to post an excerpt from a column titled, "ONE OF US: Black. Female. Accomplished. Attacked." Referencing the The New Yorker's controversial cover of the Obamas, the writer--a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority--calls the characterization of Michelle Obama as an "Angela-Davis-Afro-wearing, machine-gun-toting, angry, unpatriotic" black woman "nothing new to professional African American women. We endure this type of labeling all the time":

Welcome to our world. We've watched with a mixture of pride and trepidation as the wife of the first serious African American presidential contender has weathered recent campaign travails -- being called unpatriotic for a single offhand remark, dubbed a black radical because of something she wrote more than 20 years ago and plastered with the crowning stereotype: "angry black woman." And then being forced to undergo a politically mandated "makeover" to soften her image and make her more palatable to mainstream America.
PHOTO: AFP
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New York Governor David Paterson Condemns The New Yorker

New York Governor David Paterson condemned The New Yorker's cover of Barack and Michelle Obama. Speaking Thursday at the NAACP's national convention, Patterson, who is the first black governor of New York, said it was "one of the most malignant, vicious covers of a magazine I have ever seen. It depicted them as angry, hateful, violent and unpatriotic." Adding in his speech, “No matter how prosperous we are, no matter how well heeled we may be, no matter how ambitious and successful we have been, we still can be cast under the same net regardless of our circumstances.” PHOTO: AP
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