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President Barack Obama‘s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor makes her cover girl debut on the June 8th issue of Time magazine, which proclaims the Bronx-bred Puerto Rican the “Latina Justice.”

Like himself, Obama chose a justice with an extraordinary journey, one from Puerto Rico to the Bronx to the Ivy Leagues of Princeton then Yale Law.

“I strive never to forget the real world consequences of my decisions on individuals, business and government,” Sotomayor said in her press conference earlier this week.

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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.”

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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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President-Elect Barack Obama has been named Time Magazine‘s Person of the Year for 2008.

“He hit the American scene like a thunderclap, upended our politics, shattered decades of conventional wisdom and overcame centuries of the social pecking order,” the magazine writes.

Runners-up included:
Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson
President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin
Chinese film director Zhang Yimou

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Adding another major magazine cover to his historic pile, President-Elect Barack Obama graces the cover of Time magazine, with the tag line: “Change Has Come to America.”

In a cover story titled, “How Obama Rewrote the Book,” writer Nancy Gibbs says:

Some princes are born in palaces. Some are born in mangers. But a few are born in the imagination, out of scraps of history and hope. Barack Obama never talks about how people see him: I’m not the one making history, he said every chance he got. You are.

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Blindie’s assuming that this Italian Vogue thing is really catching on, as model Chanel Iman is featured on Time Magazine‘s Style & Design Issue.

In the issue, the magazine explores the recent trend of using black models, but argues that the industry “has often cycled through ethnicities,” noting its use of black models in the 70s, Brazilians in the 90s, and Russians & East Europeans most recently.

“White faces, however, have always been in vogue—not surprising, given that most of the decision makers in the industry are white,” the magazine observes.

Here’s to Chanel Iman’s small, yet necessary victories!

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In its current issue, TIME magazine explores the meaning of patriotism (or love of country) for all Americans.

While both presidential candidates get their own platform in the magazine to share their views, it is Barack Obama’s final words on the topic in his essay (“A Faith in Simple Dreams”) that was a complete tearjerker:

“As a young man of mixed race, without a firm anchor in any community, without even a father’s steadying hand, this essential American ideal — that our destinies are not written before we are born — has defined my life. And it is the source of my profound love for this country: because with a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya, I know that stories like mine could only happen in America.”

PHOTO: Courtesy of BarackObama.com

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