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First Lady Michelle Obama & Her Mom Cover ESSENCE's Mother's Day Issue

First Lady Michelle Obama is covering the May (Mother's Day) issue of Essence magazine. And she's doing so, of course, with her fab mom Mrs. Marian Robinson. B.K.A. First Granny:

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MRS. OBAMA ON... Advancing the Role Of Women Worldwide: “We have to talk about flex hours and exercise and nutrition and health and what that means. And we have to talk about values, and about our relationships with men. All of those are part of the conversation that I think we need to have, not just in this country but around the world.” Combating stereotypical images of African-American women: “The women in videos and the stereotypes are just not the truth of who we are as a community. We already know that because we are living these lives every single day. It’s nice to have this reminder in the White House, but I would say we don’t need it…all you need to do is look around your own community and you will see this same family in churches and in schools.” MRS. MARIAN ROBINSON ON… Advice on raising children: “The main thing that I think needs to be taught to children is the ability to think and make decisions. You don’t have to have a lot of information, but you have to know how to get through the process. If you make mistakes you don’t [just] decide I will never do that again.” Enjoying life in the White House: “…I really am. You want to know why? Because my children are good parents. It makes it very easy to be a grandmother when your children are good parents.”
Loves it. Behind the scenes pics and more when you read the rest... Behind the scenes pics from Essence.com:

More quotes:
Essence: Mrs. Obama, what is your Mother's Day wish for your mother and Black women? Mrs. Obama: I want her to be as happy in her life as I am in mine. And she probably says the same thing about me, but I want her to enjoy the fruits of her labor. Because she has laid a foundation that to me gives her the right to sit back and enjoy. Mrs. Obama: "There isn't a relationship in a family that is more important than the relationship a child has with her mother, or someone in that role, and we have to value that. We cannot wait to value it, we've got to value it each and every day. I just wish for all mothers and children out there that they take the time to reach out, to forgive, to love, to share, to embrace. Because nothing in your life will ever be more important.
In this issue, President Obama submitted a Mother's Day message to all the women in his life called "A Mother's Day Message from Barack to Michelle": "Throughout my life, I have been blessed to be surrounded by strong, compassionate women--from my own mothers, sisters and grandmother to my wonderful mother-in-law and beautiful wife. They have worked and sacrificed to help me reach my goals, and I am determined to do the same, so that my daughters--and all our sons and daughters--can reach theirs."

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lovelygurl23: I love the

lovelygurl23: I love the cover, HOWEVER I don’t like the fact they lightenmichelle and her mom. Both of them are beautiful chocolate women! Therewas no need for that. Just look at Michelle and her mom’s arms that isnot even their complexion. ~ Took the words right out of my mouth!
feministabroad's picture

BEAUTIFUL!

BEAUTIFUL!
Alana's picture

I love the cover, HOWEVER I

I love the cover, HOWEVER I don't like the fact they lighten michelle and her mom. Both of them are beautiful chocolate women! There was no need for that. Just look at Michelle and her mom's arms that is not even their complexion.
lovelygurl23's picture

Fashionista: # d

Fashionista: # d richmatching.com? Quote # Kesha OnApr 7, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Reply | Being that no one is slapping you on the cover of any magazines it really doesn't matter whether or not you like or would buy the dress.
Devonne's picture

I LOVE my first lady and the

I LOVE my first lady and the first Grandmother...fabulous indeed. On Cici-I believe it's very possible that Cici and her team could have been first with a creative/fashion forward idea but if it's something the Queen Bey likes and her camp gets word of and likes, sorry Cici...you will look like a copy cat...it's unfortunate.
softnpink's picture

I know I will be insulted for

I know I will be insulted for this, but I think our first lady should stop doing magazine covers for a while. I just don't think she should be that acessible. Maybe Time Magazine which deals with more politics, but too much of the other magazines.
Desiree's picture

Absolutely LOVING the Salmon

Absolutely LOVING the Salmon Pink and Apple Green on the Essence cover!
Kesha's picture

Did you still have a profile

Did you still have a profile on celebrity and millionaire dating site named richmatching.com?
cca's picture

Nothing special about that

Nothing special about that Talbots dress. And there are some options on the Talbots website that are much nicer, and even slightly cheaper. There are some outfits with the same fabric that work better on the site. However, the middle America sheep will go buy this dress just because Michelle Obama wears it. I wouldn't even pay $16.99 if I saw this dress at Marshalls, let alone $169.99. I wouldn't even pay $9.99 for it on Talbots Clearance rack and indeed, they have some good sales on their dresses when they are on clearance.
Fashionista's picture

I love the cover, But I think

I love the cover, But I think Michelle and her mother have on way too much makeup. I look forward to reading the article.
PBNJ's picture

I think both first lady

I think both first lady Michelle and mother look great. This cover and article can prove that good parenting and putting a good head on your childrens' shoulders can truly pay off - not only for you but three fold. Great job ladies! You are a true inspiration!
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t.lynn: This makes me miss

t.lynn: This makes me miss my mom! Mothers Day always suck for me…and so does Fathers Day for that matter. Never stop missing my folks!Anyway on a whole ‘nother topic…has anybody seen Eminem face? Was he in an accident and had to have some done or did he just choose to get it done? His face shol’ look brand new! I know what you mean. I'm not looking forward to my first Mother's Day w/o my mom, or going to a cemetary on Mother's Day. uggh. Anyway, Michelle and her mother have such beautiful hair. It's always so shiny and full of body!
Dejer's picture

Diva: Someone took the

Diva: Someone took the advice to pair cardigans and belts with dresses to the umpteenth power. Enough already belts and cardigans don’t go with everything. ITA!!! and the purple belt? Shes lucky shes fab regardless!
lipz's picture

Someone took the advice to

Someone took the advice to pair cardigans and belts with dresses to the umpteenth power. Enough already belts and cardigans don't go with everything.
Diva's picture

I love Michelle and essence

I love Michelle and essence and of course her mom too but i think Michelle looks really light on the cover compared to the other shots inside. They retouched the photo too much. When will these people learn?? She is beautiful just the way she is!
Lady Grey from BK's picture

WE SEE Where She Gets her

WE SEE Where She Gets her Looks From.
GORGEOUS ONE's picture

What great examples of a

What great examples of a "stong black woman"!! :)
Yardy's picture

Beautiful women and great

Beautiful women and great message from President Obama
Lonnie's picture

I love it!!!! Its truly a

I love it!!!! Its truly a beautiful thing 2 see us people of color in such a positive light.I'm so happy to see the children of the world have a positive role model to look up to. The media is a powerful tool and it shows that it can be used for the of us all. They look beautiful, women everywhere should aim for greatness.
val's picture

First Lady and First

First Lady and First Grandmother look beautiful, they are an inspiration and role models to all of this great nation.
Annabele's picture

beyond: Fuck Eminem. Too

beyond: Fuck Eminem. Too bad his whole face wasn’t removed. What is wrong with you? Dang. Eminem is one of the best.
Annabele's picture

I love it! Michelle and her

I love it! Michelle and her mom are too fab for words!
Tisma's picture

t.lynn: This makes me miss

t.lynn: This makes me miss my mom! Mothers Day always suck for me…and so does for that matter. Never stop missing my folks!Anyway on a whole ‘nother topic…has anybody seen Eminem face? Was he in an accident and had to have some reconstructive done or did he just choose to get it done? His face shol’ look brand new! I just think he's been through alot since losing Proof. He's been pretty much in hiding since. And 50 did say he had gained and then lost a lot of weight. Weight fluctuations make your face look weird/older. Look at Bey, Alicia Keys, Oprah, etc.
Southern Queen Dee *GLAD THE OLD FORMAT IS BACK*'s picture

Now I see where Michelle gets

Now I see where Michelle gets her fabness, style, and grace. And I never realized how much she looked like her mother until seeing them face-by-face. And that letter from the Prez was so sweet. I'm sure there's more and I want to get the issue just to read the rest. That and anything with the Obama's on it is needed in my mag collection. :smile:
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t.lynn: This makes me miss

t.lynn: This makes me miss my mom! Mothers Day always suck for me…and so does for that matter. Never stop missing my folks!Anyway on a whole ‘nother topic…has anybody seen Eminem face? Was he in an accident and had to have some done or did he just choose to get it done? His face shol’ look brand new! Fuck Eminem. Too bad his whole face wasn't removed.
beyond's picture

This makes me miss my mom!

This makes me miss my mom! Mothers Day always suck for me...and so does Fathers Day for that matter. Never stop missing my folks! Anyway on a whole 'nother topic...has anybody seen Eminem face? Was he in an accident and had to have some reconstructive surgery done or did he just choose to get it done? His face shol' look brand new!
t.lynn's picture

i miss my mummy..

i miss my mummy..
Anna's picture

Ebo: Tasha wtf? Are you

Ebo: Tasha wtf? Are you repeating post now. This post was up a couple days ago. LMAO!!!!
kyii's picture

Beautiful!!! Can't wait to

Beautiful!!! Can't wait to see this issue in my mailbox.
Ty's picture

I think it was up yesterday?

I think it was up yesterday?
maroon's picture

OMG I am just in awe of them

OMG I am just in awe of them I mean they are truly a blessing to me.
The 1 n only's picture

They have the same warm and

They have the same warm and beautiful smile. I am definitely buying this issue.
Bloggerina's picture

I guess this post came with

I guess this post came with some new quotes. Again, I love this cover and can't wait to get this issue of Essence.
lias03's picture

Tasha wtf? Are you repeating

Tasha wtf? Are you repeating post now. This post was up a couple days ago.
Ebo's picture

Get it Momma! They look

Get it Momma! They look great!
iolastar's picture

The FIRST lady looks very

The FIRST lady looks very Springy!!!
CHY's picture

1st? I hope!

1st? I hope!
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