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Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Obama’

Whoa, There: Spanish Mag Depicts First Lady as a Slave

A Spanish magazine recently made one of the most baffling art choices in memory by running a cover that clearly depicts First Lady Michelle Obama in the guise of a bare-breasted French slave. That’s right–let it settle in. You think they were aiming for controversy? Just a little bit?

The entire internet has subsequently condemned Fuera de Serie (roughly translated as Off the Charts), whose editors seem to be following in the footsteps of the Dutch mag that earned quite a bit of (very negative) attention last year for calling Rihanna a couple of names that we won’t reprint here.

We’ve posted the full image below the “fold” for braver readers:

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‘African Americans for Obama’ Launches

To kick off Black History Month, President Barack Obama and his presidential reelection team has launched African American for Obama, a campaign that will go grassroots to build support for the President and, more importantly, encourage black voters to head to the voting booths in November.

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Michelle Obama Responds to New Book


If you write a book about the inner workings of the U.S. presidency, publicity will come to you. Such is the case for Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas, an inside look at the President and First Lady during their early days in the White House.

The Daily Beast has a list of what it calls eight of the “best parts” from the book, among them: Michelle didn’t really want to live in D.C., some White House staffers didn’t want her on the cover of Vogue, she butt heads with members of Obama’s staff, and she had a lot of influence on health care reform. Business Insider also has a roundup of “juicy bits” that also focuses a whole lot on the First Lady.

Michelle addressed the book during a sit-down with Gayle King and CBS This Morning, and takes issue with her frequent characterization as “an angry black woman.” That interview above. This new book aside (we haven’t read it), there have been a lot of ugly things said about Michelle Obama that a lot of people should be ashamed of.

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Target Announces New Design Collaboration with Jason Wu

How do you top a sold out, website-crashing guest collection from Missoni? By bringing in Jason Wu for a collection of clothing and accessories, maybe.

Target used its Twitter handle @TargetStyle to give followers five clues about who would be the next guest designer. WWD confirmed in a story today that Wu, who is best known for designing First Lady Michelle Obama’s one-shouldered inaugural gown, will be the next designer up for a guest spot. The new line, expected in February 2012, already has a hashtag, #JasonWuforTarget.

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Military ‘Joining Forces’ With Hollywood

Michelle Obama with military panelists on Monday. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

Hollywood’s relationship with the military has needed counseling for quite some time. But it took Michelle Obama‘s call for support with the White House’s Joining Forces initiative to get either side to make the first move.

On Monday morning, they showed up in droves.

On a panel moderated by J.J. Abrams — whose own depiction of the military in Super 8 was criticized in the New York Times Media Decoder blog this week – the First Lady urged nearly 500 writers, directors, and producers to help “promote a better understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices made by military personnel and their families” by integrating their experiences into TV, movie, and digital-media story lines.

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Brands Benefit When The Obamas Travel Abroad

Photo: Toby Melville, AFP/Getty Images

The Obamas’ trip to the U.K. has been one great photo op after another. First, there were pints of Guinness in Ireland, which the Irish Independent says could generate millions for the company. Then there’s this meeting happening at left at Buckingham Palace between the Obamas and the recently wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Needless to say, there were fashion fireworks.

Kate Middleton’s dress cost a mere $340 at the retailer Reiss. Requests for the dress jumped 300 percent after the photo was taken, reports say. Michelle Obama’s dress is by a California designer, Barbara Tfank. Media coverage of every outfit FLOTUS wore available here.

Packaging and The Product: An Evolving Story

Food makers and grocers are stepping up to the plate with their own nutritional take on what’s inside the package.

As governmental pressure mounted for labels that “emphasize nutrients that consumers might want to avoid, like sodium, calories and fat,” a New York Times story says, “manufacturers insisted that they should also be able to use the labels to highlight beneficial nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and protein.”

The result: a labeling system developed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute, and a $50 million advertising campaign to promote it in the fall.

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Michelle Obama Gets GOP Support

Photo:Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Our fabulous FLOTUS Michelle Obama (making history at left, according to People, for being the first first lady to wear vintage – a Norman Norell – for a public appearance. We loves!) is getting support for her anti-obesity campaign from Republicans. It’s insanity that this is partisan or political, but these days, what isn’t.

Sarah Palin lashed out against Michelle Obama’s efforts on her show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, by making s’mores in support of dessert. And again she took on the campaign on Laura Ingraham’s radio program while there to promote her book.

“The first lady should ‘get off our back and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions,’” the Washington Post quotes Palin. The anti-obesity effort falls under the “nanny state” heading that Palin and others have rallied against apparently.

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Schake Named First Lady’s Comms Director

Kristina Schake, former aide to California first lady Maria Shriver and co-founder of the political consulting firm Griffin Schake, has been named First Lady Michelle Obama‘s communications director and special assistant to the president.

Schake is replacing Camille Johnston, who stepped down in August to work at Siemens Corporation. She will start in December.

In her role, Schake will help the First Lady expand her work with military families. She will also be an asset to Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program to combat childhood obesity. She was previously director of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Summit on Obesity and comms director for First 5 California, which works on children’s health issues.

Michelle Obama’s Communications Director Leaves for Siemens


Camille Johnston has been hired by Siemens Corporation as vice president, corporate affairs. She currently works as special assistant to the President and director of communications for the First Lady Michelle Obama. Her new role is effective Sept. 7.

Johnston has worked as senior vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Dodgers, communications director for Tipper Gore, press secretary for labor secretary Robert Reich and education secretary Richard Riley, and communications director for OSHA. Johnston also consulted for the Entertainment Industry Foundation on the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.

She previously held positions at Rodale, Inc., where she was vice president of corporate communications, and WBBM-TV, where she was director of communications.