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MAGAZINE FAB: Michelle Obama COVERS The 2011 October Issue Of "ESSENCE"

First Lady Michelle Obama covers the October 2011 issue of ESSENCE Magazine in a gorgeous pink floral dress.  And she talks about her role in the White House and how she hopes to inspire other women. Get the deets inside....

 

In the latest fall issue of ESSENCE Magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama talks about her journey from Chicago to the White House saying,

“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. Because I was there, and this is attainable. There is no magic to this. It is hard work….”

In the article, “The Leading Lady,” she also talks about using her life and journey as an inspirational tool for young women, showing them that anything is possible if you work hard.  And Mrs. Obama also lands on the mag's annual ‘2011 Power List,’ along with Oprah Winfrey, Valerie Jarrett and Shonda Rhimes.  

When asked about Mrs. Obama, ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Constance C.R. White said,

"Michelle Obama is the quintessential ESSENCE woman; impressively defining herself on her own terms. Opening up to ESSENCE about living her most authentic life – by following her passions and unapologetically investing in herself and her family -- Michelle Obama is embracing her purpose and channeling her power. She is undoubtedly poised to become one of the country's most popular and productive First Ladies."

You can read Essence.com's comprehensive daily blog, "First Lady Diary" and view Frst Lady O's galleries here

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Beautiful, intelligent,

Beautiful, intelligent, simply outstanding Woman. First Lady, continue to be yourself. I admire you so much.
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I love Mrs. Obama but I

I love Mrs. Obama but I sometimes dislike the role she has to play with is meek. Everything about Mrs. Obama is forward and outward but unfortunately in her position, that side of her is stifled as First Lady. I am very proud of First Lady Obama, I think she is a lovely woman, and I wish the First family continued prayer as they represent the United States.
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Finally, they inspire and put

Finally, they inspire and put class and something that all black females can look up to! Normally, they showcase, Marjorie Bridges Townsend Woods Harvey (AKA- "Lady Heroin" or as Steve Harvey spends money to promote as AKA "Marjorie Harvey) In Memphis and throughout the mid-south and drug world,MEM-ATL-MIA Always "Lady Heroin" dope-boys girl.
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So many haters and idiots in

So many haters and idiots in one post. Because of course she should like start the alcoholic clinic. Not. Because she is not a former drunk. Her platform is obesity. That actually affects Black kids the most because we don't have the food programs, stores, and access in our neighborhoods that other races do. She does more than enough. She also does not have to jump through hoops for Blacks. She shows she cares. About everyone. And that is a good person.
AJ's picture

Purple= Royalty.

Purple= Royalty.
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Bottom line: Work hard, go

Bottom line: Work hard, go to school - do well in class. Go to college. Take useable classes, and graducte with a useable degree. Get a great job at a good small business, or a big company OR do it yourself - start your own business. Or get into a life of public service, working to help to improve your neighbourhoods, by going to work for the fire department, the US military, or your local police department, or go work for the mayor of your city, OR become a state senator, or a US Senator and work to try to bring improvements to your neighbourhoods. Bottom Line: Set a goal, work hard toward it - and NEVER give up!
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My dear "June Moon Pearl", I

My dear "June Moon Pearl", I have NO desire to run for elected office, thank you very much. His "likeability" rating is nothing but white folks who are afraid to come out and say they don't care for him. These same voters WILL be honest on his "job approval rating". Hell, I find Obama likeable but that does not mean I'm impressed with his job performance. His overall job approval rating is in the 30's. If you don't know what that means it spells bad news for his re-election campaign.
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The Republican candidates are

The Republican candidates are all crazy, uncaring lunatics! The Republicans have NO plans for creating jobs - NONE! The Republicans do not care about the poor, or middle class Americans. Republican candidate RICK PERRY is actually saying that the poor people should be paying MORE income taxes. This same clown Rick Perry - says corporations should be paying LESS income taxes - instead he wants the poor, to pay MORE income taxes! Republicans want to get rid of the Department of Education, and these same Republicans want to CUT funding to schools! Republicans also want to cut funding for college loans, and for Pell Grants - Bottom line: Republicans think that if you are not rich - you deserve to get a shitty education, and that if you do not have a rich family who can pay for your college education - then Republicans think you should NOT go to college - Republicans want to CUT Pell Grants - that help poor students afford to go to college. Republicans also think Social Security, and Medicare are unconstitutional programs! Rick Perry - who is leading the other Republican in the polls - says Social Security, and Medicare is unconstitutional - and should be ended! (By the way Social security checks is how your grandparents pay for their rent, and food), and (Medicare is the way our grandparents pay of the helatcare they need to treat their illnesses, and buy their medications) Ask yourself folks -- how are your grandparents, going to afford their rent, and food, and healthcare - if Republicans end Social security, and Medicare! How are seniors - who do not work, and have no income, going to survive - after the Republicans end these programs? ONLY a stupid person, who does not care about themselves, and their families, would vote for a Republican!
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@ sam. PREACH!

@ sam. PREACH!
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My dear "June Moon Pearl", I

My dear "June Moon Pearl", I have desire to run for elected office, thank you very much. His "likeability" rating is nothing but white folks who are afraid to come out and say they don't care for him. These same voters WILL be honest on his "job approval rating". Hell, I find Obama likeable but that does not mean I'm impressed with his job performance. His overall job approval rating is in the 30's. If you don't know what that means it spells bad news for his re-election campaign.
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Sick of reading Mrs. Obama

Sick of reading Mrs. Obama interviews so will just look at the pic. Seems I don't learn anything new anymore. She looks extra flat chested in this pic (more than she already is) and her eyebrows are arched as high as always.
Anonymous's picture

A flat chest will always be

A flat chest will always be way moooooooore classy than a watermelon like one. So she's WINNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE TRUTH NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH's picture

Both statements are just

Both statements are just ignorant. My breasts have been nice and round 36C since 4th grade and only recently at size 10 are they 38D at age 32. I am not classless because I am not thin and flat.
AJ's picture

Says your dumb ass. Who told

Says your dumb ass. Who told you so? That's your opinion. I beg to differ.
Anonymous's picture

Says your dumb ass. Who told

Says your dumb ass. Who told you so? That's your opinion. I beg to differ.
Anonymous's picture

-Says a bitch with no

-Says a bitch with no titties. Yu probably look like a boy.
Dez's picture

Say big mama!!You probably

Say big mama!!You probably look like a bitch who need a map to find her belly button cos of the heavy and flabby titties hitting the ground and cleaning the floor.
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lol Im far from fat...far

lol Im far from fat...far from it, but I do have a feminine chest not the chest of a 10 yr old boy and niggas love it. Breast implants arent a multi million dollar industry for no reason fool!
Dez's picture

Classy and educated yes, I

Classy and educated yes, I wouldn't dare compare her to Laura Bush when it comes to aloofness. Michelle IS relevant, she IS involved, but Barack is the president NOT her. She's letting her man do his thing. As far as her being beautiful...well no I wouldn't call her a beauty queen but there is an attractiveness about her. She's always groomed well and looks VERY statuesque in her attire... can't be mad at her.... she IS special...
India's picture

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Helll YEEEEEEEEe!!!! Finally

Helll YEEEEEEEEe!!!! Finally It Happened.....I got rid of all my ISHHH from my credit report y'all - I was in deep for 5 years. Coudn't buy sheeet. Just approved for that 25k loan to buy a new CAMAARO!!! IF YOU GOT PROBLEMS WITH THAT credit SHYYYYT, GET IT CLEAN y'all quick. YOu can get yours too, call these people at 877-873-0853. All it took is three months and $44 and all my Ish was gone. My homeboy was in terrible shape too, and he clean! Hit em up - they will help!!
Anonymous's picture

She's classy and smart yes

She's classy and smart yes but beautiful she is not.
Dez's picture

Nothing special about her,

Nothing special about her, IMO. She has been a very low key first lady much like Laura bush. Her aloofness to the black community is much like her husbands. The Obamas get so much "free" publicity from black media and we eat it up. Whatever, she has stans who feel like just her presence is enough to deserve reverence. She hasn't publicly supported black women in any way outside of appearing on magazine covers. And her tired of quotes about hard work are insulting to those of us who do work hard everyday. She also is unattractive to me and I know many feel like that shouldn't matter I don't see why she is paraded around as some gorgeous symbol of black womanhood. She looks mean and downright unhappy most of the time.
Reese's picture

Now if this was directed at

Now if this was directed at Barack Obama ass then i'd agree.....But i dont agree with you saying Michelle acts that way because she doesn't !!!
LetsGetItt's picture

Nothing special about her,

Nothing special about her, IMO. She has been a very low key first lady much like Laura bush. Her aloofness to the black community is much like her husbands. The Obamas get so much "free" publicity from black media and we eat it up. Whatever, she has stans who feel like just her presence is enough to deserve reverence. She hasn't publicly supported black women in any way outside of appearing on magazine covers. And her tired of quotes about hard work are insulting to those of us who do work hard everyday. She also is unattractive to me and I know many feel like that shouldn't matter I don't see why she is paraded around as some gorgeous symbol of black womanhood. She looks mean and downright unhappy most of the time.
Reese's picture

Nothing special about her,

Nothing special about her, IMO. She has been a very low key first lady much like Laura bush. Her aloofness to the black community is much like her husbands. The Obamas get so much "free" publicity from black media and we eat it up. Whatever, she has stans who feel like just her presence is enough to deserve reverence. She hasn't publicly supported black women in any way outside of appearing on magazine covers. And her tired of quotes about hard work are insulting to those of us who do work hard everyday. She also is unattractive to me and I know many feel like that shouldn't matter I don't see why she is paraded around as some gorgeous symbol of black womanhood. She looks mean and downright unhappy most of the time.
Reese's picture

Simply BEAUTIFUL!

Simply BEAUTIFUL!
Anonymous's picture

@FURIOUS STYLES..........you

@FURIOUS STYLES..........you want to compare her to Ri you are OUT OF YOUR MIND? and check you history about her. Lets educate you about Michelle this beautiful sista: Michelle At Princeton, she challenged the teaching methodology for French because she felt that it should be more conversational. As part of her requirements for graduation, she wrote a thesis entitled "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community. "I remember being shocked," she says, "by college students who drove BMWs. I didn't even know parents who drove BMWs. While at Princeton, she got involved with the Third World Center (now known as the Carl A. Fields Center), an academic and cultural group that supported minority students, running their day care center which also included after school tutoring. Robinson majored in sociology and minored in African American studies and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985. She earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. At Harvard she participated in demonstrations advocating the hiring of professors who were members of minorities and worked for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, assisting low-income tenants with housing cases. She is the third First Lady with a postgraduate degree, after her two immediate predecessors, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush. In July 2008, Obama accepted the invitation to become an honorary member of the 100-year-old black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, which had no active undergraduate chapter at Princeton when she attended.
Bey's picture

yeah, yeah, there are phd's

yeah, yeah, there are phd's that are homeless, on welfare, and/or flippin burgers it's not where you come from it's where you are, and Michelle is just the wife of the President she doesn't have a real job she's just a figure head.
Anonymous's picture

Really? You typed this

Really? You typed this foolishness without so much as bothering to JFGI? That stands for Just fucking Google it, because Lord knows you probably won't look that up either. Michelle Obama has had plenty of jobs. She has been an associate at a Chicago law firm, an Assistant to the Mayor of Chicago, and the Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. She was also the Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago. The last job she had was as the Vice President for Community and External Affairs at the University of Chicago Hospital. I remember reading a More magazine article that stated she was making almost $300,000 a year in this job. Historically, the wife of the president does not hold a full-time job of her own. Her job during his term IS to be a figure head while representing charities and causes of her choice. Google, Anonymous; Anonymous, Google. There. You have been introduced. Now use it.
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I am sure she would stop by

I am sure she would stop by and watch you flip hamburgers where you work if you ask her....dumb azz comment
Bey's picture

jealous much....

jealous much....
THE TRUTH NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH's picture

black beauty at its

black beauty at its best......Love Mrs. Obama
Anonymous's picture

Not the most flattering pic

Not the most flattering pic of her, but she is an inspiration and role model to young women everywhere.
Holly's picture

Man i swear to

Man i swear to God!!!!!!!!!!!If i could vote for Michelle Obama , instead of Barack Obama, i would!!!!!!!!!!!Because she got more ball than Barack do, SHIT TO BE REAL , SHE WAS THE ONE THAT GROOMEDDDDDDDDDD AND GOT BARACK OBAMA FIT FOR THE POSITION!!!!!!!!!!AND IF YOU DON'T THINK SO YOU A DAMN FOOL. But the way Michelle Obama went on tv and said alot of these black people have an inferiority complex when it comes to whites , THAT'S WHEN I FEEL IN LOVE WITH THAT WOMAN.....BECAUSE IT WAS THE FUCKING TRUTHHHHHH. I KNOW THEY GOT ALOTTTTTTTTTTTT TO SAY WHEN THEY GET OUT OF THAT WHITE HOUSE
LetsGetItt's picture

LetsGetItt, You always make

LetsGetItt, You always make me laugh!!! I love you!!!! YOU'RE THE SPIRIT OF THE TRUTH !!!!!!!!!!!!!! And i'm a black woman.....
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Indeed black woman, thanks !!

Indeed black woman, thanks !!
LetsGetItt's picture

Love her, she is such a

Love her, she is such a beauty too.
Blessed's picture

Love her!

Love her!
Mimi's picture

Furious Styles....choke

Furious Styles....choke yourself with the doubldutch rope....stab yourself with the crochet needle...
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DONE!

DONE! LMBAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lolly's picture

@ Lolly laughing with you.

@ Lolly laughing with you. That was funny!
Anonymous's picture

Thats not the real Furious

Thats not the real Furious Styles...lol
GTFOH's picture

Thats not the real Furious

Thats not the real Furious Styles...lol
Anonymous's picture

Furious Styles....choke

Furious Styles....choke yourself with the doubldutch rope....stab yourself with the crochet needle...
someonewithsomesense 's picture

Furious Styles....choke

Furious Styles....choke yourself with the doubldutch rope....stab yourself with the crochet needle...
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