Tag: Michelle Obama

President Obama ‘Feels Great Urgency’ Toward Race Relations

By Sheryl Estrada President Obama speaks at the annual convention of the NAACP in Philadelphia in July 2015. “There has been an awakening around the country to some problems in race relations and police-community relations that date back for decades,”President Obamasaid last week in an interview with NPR just days…

Michelle Obama: My Critics Don’t Define Me

Michelle Obama spoke candidly about her experience as the first Black First Lady of the United States to Tuskegee University graduates onSaturday. During her commencement address at the Historically Black College and University in Alabama, Mrs. Obama explained how she eventually realized “the chatter, the name calling, the doubting” she…

Racist Comment About Michelle Obama Gets Fashion Critic Fired

UPDATE: March 13, 2015 at 11:07 a.m. EST Rodner Figueroa, former Univision host, has written an open letterapologizing to First Lady Michelle Obama. Our original story continues: March 12, 2015 By Sheryl Estrada Fashion critic Rodner Figueroa, a frequent contributor on Univision’s entertainment news show El Gordo y La Flaca,…

President Obama: I've Been Mistaken for Valet, Waiter

In the wake of the well-publicized and, many believe, racially motivated deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice—unarmed Blacks killed by white police officers—President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama shared their own encounters with racism in an interview in the latest issue of People magazine. The story…

Rutgers Future Scholars Take Part in First Lady's Higher-Ed Initiative

By Chris Hoenig As First Lady Michelle Obama ramps up her Reach Higher education initiative, Rutgers Future Scholars is one of the programs getting to demonstrate first-hand the success of inspiring young students to succeed. Rutgers Future Scholars is one of less than 20 programs invited to the National Summer…

Walmart's Healthier-Food Initiative: Big Enough to Combat Big Sugar

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and largest purveyor of groceries, is stepping into the fight against obesity and food security in a big way. Organizations that advocate for local businesses, like the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, say that Walmart’s two-year-old healthier-food program, endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama, is a…