On May 13, Ben Garrison released a racist photo that compared the First Lady Michelle Obama to Melania Trump. While Melania was depicted as the epitome of femininity, the First Lady was depicted as a muscular brute, a thing to be feared and unwanted. As President Obama’s second term in the White House comes to an end, we are left to reflect on mainstream media’s treatment of FLOTUS and what that means for young Black girls in America.
The most endearing thing about President Barack Obama doesn’t have anything to do with him directly. It’s actually his family, especially his wife, Michelle Obama.
Over the past few years, the First Lady has danced with kids in the White House and even made an appearance on popular kids shows. If you were somehow under the belief that she wasn’t absolutely the coolest First Lady ever, a recent video showing her surprising elementary school students should change that.
Raven-Symoné doesn’t seem to think comparing Michelle Obama to an ape is racist.
Last week, Univision news anchor Rodner Figueroa was fired after comparing Michelle Obama to an ape from Planet of the Apes while on air. There’s a long history of racist, dehumanizing tropes that compare black people to animals.
On The View, Symoné was unconvinced when Rosie Perez said that there is racism in Latino communities and that this incident was a clear case of racism.
“But was he saying it racist-like? Because he said he voted for her later. And I don’t think he was saying it racist. Not Michelle Obama. Michelle, don’t fire me from this right now, but some people do look like animals. So can I be mad if someone called me Toucan Sam,” Symoné joked.
Yes, Raven. Maybe you should be.
First lady Michelle Obama says that America is ready for a female president.
The comments came during an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.
First lady Michelle Obama and media mogul Oprah Winfrey will speak at Maya Angelou’s funeral on Saturday.
The critically-acclaimed poet, author and activist passed away peaceful on May 28. She was 86.
Michelle Obama turns 50 today and she couldn’t be more elated. Describing herself as “50 and fabulous,” the First Lady is getting ready to show off some dance moves at her big birthday celebration at the White House on Saturday.
During a recent interview with Parade magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama said the Obama Presidency “changes the bar” for all of our youth, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality.
“Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States,” she said. “That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender.”
FLOTUS, Michelle Obama had a run-in with a heckler during a Democratic fundraiser yesterday.
According to reports, Mrs. Obama threatened to leave the fundraiser after confronting a protester who interrupted her planned speech:
“One of the things that I don’t do well is this,” she said to applause from most of the guests, according to a White House transcript. “Do you understand?”
First Lady Michelle Obama gave the commencement speech at Bowie State University in Maryland this weekend.
Her speech highlighted the long struggle for educational opportunities for African Americans, led by figures like Frederick Douglas, Dr. King, Ruby Bridges, and the Little Rock Nine.
Later, in a Bill Cosby-esque move, the FLOTUS called out black youth for fantasizing about being a “baller or a rapper,” and called for a renewed hunger for education.