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Comedienne Issa Rae’s New Project: “The Michelle Obama Diaries”

Michelle's Secret Disguise
Michelle Obama Jimmy Kimmel
The First Lady just wants to go to CVS again, people. Read More »
Fashion Face-Off
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Michelle Obama's glamour versus Ann Romney's rich lady chic. Read More »
Black Mom-In-Chief
A black mom-in-chief is revolutionary: what white feminists have wrong. Read More »
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What Michelle Is Really Thinking

The First Lady puts on a polite face in public. But you know behind closed doors, she’s talking some shit about Ann Romney’s horse and Mitt’s orange spray tan. Check out this new webseries by comedienne Issa Ray, of “Awkward Black Girl,” fame that imagines just what it is Michelle Obama is thinking … but can’t say. [Think Progress] Update: A reader has pointed out, correctly, that Issa Rae is not the star of this webseries, but the producer. Her leading lady is Yakira Chambers. My apologies to Ms. Chambers. [IndieWire]

Michelle Obama Just Wants To Shop At CVS Like A Normal

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Michelle's Nail Polish!
Get FLOTUS's blue-ish grey DNC manicure. Read More »
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Michelle Obama Jimmy Kimmel
She Reveals Her Disguise!

Being the First Lady can’t be that bad of a gig: you have a personal chef, travel all over the world, and Beyoncé loves you. But as Michelle Obama explained last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the complete lack of privacy and anonymity warps your life … so much so that you actually start wanting to go to CVS and wait in line for three-quarters of an hour while the one employee rings everyone up.

Mrs. Obama, I go to CVS several times a month for toiletries and prescriptions. Do not even get me started on the CVS pharmacy. You are MORE than welcome to take my place in that badly managed hellhole. When can you start?!?!

The Soapbox: A Black Mom-in-Chief Is Revolutionary — What White Feminists Get Wrong About Michelle Obama

DNC Night #1
The five most significant speeches from the first night of the DNC. Read More »
Michelle's Nail Polish!
Get FLOTUS's blue-ish grey DNC manicure. Read More »
Race In Hollywood
The search for an actress to play Nina Simone is skin deep. Read More »

It does my heart good to see women of all races embrace Michelle Obama. It is too rare indeed for a brown-skinned woman, a descendant of slaves, a product of Chicago’s South Side to be lauded on an international stage. Considering the heavy burden of stereotype still faced by black women, I cheer a little each time the First Lady gets some shine for her strength and smarts. But I note that in their eagerness to identify with Obama and make her emblematic of modern woman, some mainstream feminists unwittingly erase a key part of her identity–her blackness–and deny the experiences and histories of many African American women in the process. Keep reading »

No, Michelle Obama Topless On A Magazine Cover Is Not “Artsy”

Race In Hollywood
The search for an actress to play Nina Simone is skin deep. Read More »
Rihanna Called N-Word
Jackie magazine refers to Rihanna as "N----Bitch." Read More »
Tokenism?
Erica says lay off "Girls" for being all-white and give black girls a show. Read More »
Black Stereotypes
Stephen Colbert gets schooled by Melissa Harris-Perry. Read More »
michelle obama topless

Plenty of absurd things are “artsy,” like crafting Jesus on the cross out of elephant feces or giving birth inside an art gallery as a live action installation. But a drawing of Michelle Obama topless on the cover of Spain’s Magazine de Fuera de Serie is plain old tasteless. In my opinion, they have every right to depict her artistically, even in poor taste. But that doesn’t mean they should do it. Keep reading »

Ouch: France To Unveil A Statue Depicting Carla Bruni As … A Working Woman

French First Lady Fashion
What Does François Hollande's Election Mean For French First Lady Fashion?
Valérie Trierweiler throws down the gauntlet. Read More »
Carla Bruni's Vices
Carla Bruni photo
She missed smoking and drinking while pregnant. Read More »
First Lady Beauty Contest
Michelle showed Carla who's boss. Read More »

Carla Bruni certainly made her mark as one of the more, uh, contentious first ladies ever to hit French office: the longtime singer and model, not to mention the heiress to an industrial dynasty, made ceaseless waves with her swank wardrobe, party-girl past, and dubious intentions when she wed recently divorced French president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. Sarkozy vacated office earlier this year (in favor of François Hollande, whose own live-in girlfriend has stirred up quite a bit of national strife herself), but his disheartening political demise was far and away from the last we’ve seen of the couple — Mr. and Mrs. Sarkozy have recently found themselves mired in allegations of corruption over illegal cash donations the former president may or may not have received from Liliane Bettencourt, the heiress to L’Oreal and France’s richest woman. And if you thought the disgraced couple’s public humiliation saturation point had maxed out (one would assume, after their mansion and offices were raided by police last month), well, it’s time to reconsider. Keep reading »

Oh My, It’s First Lady Cookie Bake-Off Time

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  • The cookie bake-off between the First Lady and her husband’s opponent’s wife is afoot. You can’t see me rolling my eyes, but trust me, it is happening. Please, please, please, can Hillary run for president in 2016 so the world can learn Bill Clinton’s Rice Krispy treats? [Slate]
  • We know all about the men who were involved in the Watergate scandal — but about the women? [NPR]
  • Happy 40th birthday to PFLAG, the support group for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. [After Ellen] Keep reading »

The First Lady Joins Pinterest

Michelle On "The View"
Michelle Obama on "The View"
Michelle Obama talks race and her girls on "The View." Read More »
Tucked Into Bed
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama photo
The President makes sure to tuck the First Lady into bed each night. Read More »
Romance, Barack-Style
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How young Barack Obama wooed the ladies, according to his ex-GFs. Read More »
  • Michelle Obama is now on Pinterest! But in all honesty, Ann Romney’s got the better Pinterest account — the First Lady has a couple pics of her family, but Romney shares recipes, crafts and books to read. [Pinterest]
  • Hottie Joseph Fiennes is joining the cast of “American Horror Story” season two. [PopBytes]
  • Here’s the first look at baby vampire Renesmee from “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2.” [ONTD]
  • Sex advice from Emily Blunt and Rosemarie Dewitt! [Nerve]
  • Amber Rose is hawking some of her old clothes on eBay and some of the items are actually affordable for us mere mortals. [The Gloss]
  • Penguins are crazy sex maniacs, says science. [How About We]
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Michelle Obama Talks Race, Her Girls & Being Tucked Into Bed On “The View”

Tucked Into Bed
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama photo
The President makes sure to tuck the First Lady into bed each night. Read More »
Romance, Barack-Style
young Barack Obama photo
How young Barack Obama wooed the ladies, according to his ex-GFs. Read More »
Fierce FLOTUS
The First Lady does a mean push-up. Read More »
Michelle Obama on "The View"
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Michelle Obama kept it classy on “The View” this morning, as always. The First Lady gamely fielded questions about the president tucking her into bed at night and whether she would ever consider running for office. (Answer: hell no!) She also discussed the continued prevalence of racism in this country. But I was most interested in hearing her discuss how the Obamas raise their daughters and make sure Malia and Sasha are happy, even with all the craziness swirling around them. “The thing I always want my girls to know is their life is good either way,” she said. “They understand their world is secure no matter what. They’ve grown to understand home is wherever we are. … Dad is always going to be Dad.” Well said. [Mediaite]

What Does François Hollande’s Election Mean For French First Lady Fashion?

Carla Bruni's Vices
Carla Bruni photo
She missed smoking and drinking while pregnant. Read More »
First Ladies Coordinate
I don't think these matching outfits are a coincidence. Read More »
First Lady Beauty Contest
Michelle showed Carla who's boss. Read More »

It grieves me to see Nicolas Sarkozy leave French office, and why? Because I am positively enraptured by his wife (okay, fine, I’m also really worried about what this means for anti-Semitism in France). Her life (and Wikipedia page) reads like a dramatic novel: a nine-year-old heiress to a tire fortune moves to Paris to flee a wave of kidnappings by a revolutionary group active in Italy and later leaves her prestigious art school at age 19 to become a model. I’m sorry, is that a bit of an understatement? In the ’90s, Bruni earned an average of $7.5 million a year working for houses such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, and Chanel, which landed her well among the ranks of the highest-paid fashion models. She dated both Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger at varying points during her career before quitting fashion in 1997 to become an incredibly successful pop singer in France.

Carla Bruni has always been influential, to say the least, but her worthy presence in the gossip pages was all but solidified in 2007 by her marriage to the newly divorced Sarkozy after a four-month courtship. The star underwent a sort of moral metamorphosis (before meeting Sarkozy, she had proclaimed herself as “forever left wing”) and has been tabloid fodder since, yielding criticism from every direction. Her luxe wardrobe sparked controversy as the nation succumbed to a recession, not to mention the publication of compromisingly risqué photographs from her modeling days. As far as First Ladies go, I daresay Bruni is — was — as scandalous as they come. She’s also the most chic, with a predisposition to innately glamorous, infinitely expensive dressing. Keep reading »

Read Beyoncé’s Letter To Michelle Obama

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Beyonce gave birth in a hospital room better than our apartment. Read More »
Michelle Obama and Beyoncé photo

Apropos of … nothing, apparently? … Beyoncé penned an open letter to Michelle Obama on her website in which she lauds the First Lady as “a caring mother, a loving wife” and “the FIRST LADY!!!!”  By golly, it’s just the cutest thing ever. Read it, after the jump! Keep reading »

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