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Michelle Obama Graces The Cover of October Essence

According to Essence, Michelle Obama is one of the most influential black women in 2011, and we couldn’t agree more. The First Lady is featured on the cover of the magazine’s upcoming October issue (all by herself Oprah! Imagine that!), and inside she delivers a great message to young girls and women everywhere: That life is as good as the work you put into it.

“My story to young people around this country and around the world is, don’t look at me as the First Lady first; look at me as Michelle Obama, a girl who grew up on the South Side of Chicago,” she tells Essence. “Because I was there, and this is attainable.”

C’mon! How could you ever say anything bad about this woman? We love her. If you’ve got a problem with her then you’ve got a problem with us.

Mrs. Obama also provides the magazine with exclusive photos from her trip to Africa and gives other insights on her journey to essence.com as part of its diary feature.

Constance C.R. White, Essence’s Editor-in-Chief, said, “Michelle Obama is the quintessential Essence woman; impressively defining herself on her own terms.”

The issue hits newsstands September 12.

South African Newspaper Editor Berates LA Times Blogger Andrew Malcolm

In the wake of last week’s item by Andrew Malcolm about First Lady Michelle Obama allegedly being snubbed by the President of South Africa during a visit there, Mail & Guardian website editor Chris Roper (pictured) did a little digging. What he unearthed does not reflect well on Malcolm.

Roper notes that Malcolm sourced a June 21 report in the Telegraph by Aislinn Laing, who basically made something out of absolutely nothing. He also takes issue with the “Top of the Ticket” lede:

The peevishness of the opening paragraph said it all. “Well, who wants to meet the President of South Africa anyway?” It’s breathtaking in its childishness, and insulting.

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All is Well | Fat it Up | Whining Whiners

  • FishbowlDC: Rest assured America, Michelle Obama was not  - repeat, was notwearing mom jeans.
  • UnBeige: Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has designed something called a “legacy model” soft drink bottle. The new bottle is easier to grip, making getting fat a little easier.
  • SportsNewser: Another day, another person bashing the Miami Heat’s Big Three.

Binkley on Cornejo’s Unconventional Styles

L.A. based Wall Street Journal style columnist Christina Binkley (pictured) checks in this week with another fantastic profile piece. Her latest subject is New York designer Maria Cornejo, whose work is regularly sourced by First Lady Michelle Obama. Cornejo’s firm, Zero + Maria Cornejo, recently expanded to L.A. with a store on Melrose Avenue.

A prominent part of Binkley’s weekly fashion musings is the way she deftly personalizes her article ledes. In this instance, she is writing from a mother-to-mother POV. Binkley has two children and her profile of Cornejo begins with a look at how the designer is intent on balancing the demands of fashion and family.

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FLOTUS in LA, Followed by Twitter

448px-Michelle_Obama_official_portrait_headshot.jpgFirst Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters came to visit and left town yesterday. Pinks and a Lakers game. Apparently our local paparazzi are farmed out covering the latest panty-less pre/post-rehab disaster starlet and didn’t follow the wife of the leader of the free world. Instead they had just regular people on Twitter broadcasting their every move.

Which leads us to wonder, just WHO is Big Brother these days?

Social Media Week Panel Delves Into The Role Of Social Media Editors

SocialMediaWeekLogo.jpgSince it’s Social Media Week here in New York, we thought we would take a minute to highlight an interesting panel from yesterday afternoon.

Sister blog WebNewser was on the scene at the Time & Life building to hear former Fishbowler and current Mediaite editor Rachel Sklar, New York Times social media editor Jennifer Preston, and EW.com managing editor Cyndi Stivers talk about the role of social media editors in newsgathering organizations, on a panel moderated by Time Inc. director of community strategy for lifestyle digital Melissa Parrish.

Some choice insights from the panel included learning what your audience wants to read on your Twitter stream. Said Sklar:

“For Mediaite, it was different because we were a scrappy little start-up financed by Dan Abrams and whoever his private investors are, with a very small team — four of us. As soon as we launched, I became the unofficial PR Newsfeed of Mediaite.

I don’t have much of a filter in terms of the stuff I post.

I was responding to every single negative comment on my personal Twitter, and I started getting emails from people saying, ‘Whoa, you’ve got to back off a little bit.’”

Stivers agreed that news judgment is sometimes necessary:

“I think a lot of times people do forget about the user experience or think about it as an afterthought: Would I be annoyed if I had to click to another page and it was only three lines? Would I feel duped? Would I feel misrepresented?”

And Preston’s insight into how social media is used at the Times was very revealing:

“As journalists for The New York Times, trust is key. You have to make sure you’re providing as much real-time information as you can, but you have to verify it.

You do not join the Cindy McCain or Michelle Obama fan club on Facebook.

We’re not allowed to say “tweet” yet at The New York Times, but you can post to Twitter through TimesPeople.”

Read more: Social Media Editors On The Role Of Social Media Editors –WebNewser

Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup

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• Google-owned blog Hot Girls removed their racist picture of Michelle Obama, though it still shows up in a Google search. -WebNewser

• You can now buy books you read about in The Washington Post with their new direct link system to Amazon.com -GalleyCat

• NBC affiliate channel 15 in PA Alabama has about the worst billboard in history. And of course it involves Twitter. – FishbowlLA

• The “Real World: DC” trailer looks positively…boring. We’ll tune in to see if Washington Post‘s Joe Curl makes out with any of his housemates -FishbowlDC

Will Twitter Be Time‘s Person Of The Year?

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Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravesnthal, Barbara Walters and Tom Colicchio. Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Time Inc.

Last night, Time magazine managing editor Richard Stengel hosted a distinguished panel of guests to debate the question that always surfaces around this time of year: who should be Time‘s Person of the Year?

Stengel co-moderated the good-natured debate with former New York City Mayor Rudy GiulianiTime‘s Person of the Year in 2001. Panelists like Barbara Walters were encouraged to bring lists of possible Person of the Year candidates who met the title’s criteria, which includes having a global impact in the past year, for better or worse.

After running through lists of possible Person of the Year winners that included Bernie Madoff, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger and the Iranian protesters, the six-person panel ended the night in a three-three split. Walters agreed with TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz and Gayle King that “the guys from Twitter,” meaning Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, should take the prize. Giuliani, “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio and Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravensthal all voted for “the economy,” settling on some amalgam of Ben Bernanke and the unemployed American worker as Person of the Year.

Stengel didn’t give any hints about who would end up the final winner later this year, but we’ll see in a few weeks when the Person of the Year issue hits newsstands.

Read on for more of the panel’s suggestions.

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Condé Nast Retreads On Familiar Obama Territory To Sell Copies

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A Michelle Obama Glamour cover for December? We know that coming up with new and original content for women’s magazines that doesn’t feel old hat is hard, but something about Condé Nast‘s special recognition award of Michelle Obama in their “Women Of The Year” issue feels a little bit like Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize: A little unwarranted.

We know that Obamas on the cover sell copies and win prizes, and Si Newhouse certainly needs that these days. Maybe he thought enough time had passed since all the other Michelle covers that Glamour‘s issue could be considered fresh all over again?

Below, a partial gallery of Michelle covers in the last year.

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Prevention Features Michelle Obama As Pages Grow

prevention.jpgThe first lady will grace the cover of Prevention‘s upcoming November issue, on newsstands next week.

The issue features an exclusive interview with Michelle Obama, conducted by the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Liz Vaccariello. Keeping in line with the focus on the magazine, the interview is talks about health, exercise and well-being, with Obama revealing her number one health rule: give yourself permission to be happy. She also discusses her workout routine (she’s added in more stretching to help keep her flexible), her favorite and least favorite exercises, her skin care regimen and what it’s been like living with her mom.

She also gushes about her husband, the president:

“One of the things that attracted me to Barack was his emotional honesty. Right off the bat he said what he felt. There are no games with him — he is who he appears to be. I feel fortunate as a woman to have a husband who loves me and shows me in every way.”

And in addition to snagging a hugely coveted cover model, Prevention is also boasting an increase in pages in its November issue. The issue closed at 95 pages, a 1.4 percent increase from last year, publisher Mary Murcko said. This growth is certain to increase after the magazine beefed up its sales team last month.

Related: Prevention Expands Sales Team

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