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May 30, 2008
RE FATIMAH Ali's "Advice for the Sister": I'm not surprised that a column so quickly criticizing Michelle Obama was written by another black woman. One of the things I love about Ms. Obama is that she is herself. Most black women today are too insecure to be themselves. She obviously is a confident woman. She is brilliant and attractive. I hope and pray that she won't listen to other women and their "girlfriends" who think black women are inadequate and need "jaw reshaping" and probably weaves or extensions down her back to sling and toss to give her self-esteem.
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October 6, 2011 | BY GLORIA CAMPISI, campisg@phillynews.com 215-854-5935
MICHELLE OBAMA used a pitchfork yesterday to pull sweet potatoes from the soil of the White House kitchen garden, and Robin Shreeves of Haddonfield was there to tweet about it. Shreeves, a stay-at-home mother of two boys and an eco-friendly food blogger for the website Mother Nature Network, was among about a dozen people selected for the first White House kitchen-garden "tweetup" and the garden's fall harvest. The tweeters were participating in a series of activities surrounding Let's Move, the first lady's initiative to end childhood obesity.
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September 25, 2008 | By Joelle Farrell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Michelle Obama told a crowd of 3,000 in Southwest Philadelphia yesterday that if they want a president who understands what it's like to be raised by a single mother who relied at times on public assistance, they need to help their neighbors register to vote and cast their ballots for her husband. "Don't you want a president who brings that perspective?" she asked. "This is personal, and I know that these issues are personal for so many of you because you're feeling this every day. " The crowd gathered at the Francis Meyers Recreation Center at 58th and Kingsessing, many of whom were women with children, cheered that sentiment.
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September 30, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - She's mingled barefoot among Aspen's elite, stirred a Vermont utility executive to tears and bucked up disenchanted New Yorkers. The 2012 presidential campaign is well under way for Michelle Obama, and the first lady is promising to put herself into the election effort like never before. More than a year out from Election Day, she is hauling in millions in campaign cash and sketching a portrait of her husband that is drawn with an intimacy that no one else could duplicate.
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February 18, 2010 | By Alfred Lubrano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Michelle Obama will be in Philadelphia tomorrow to visit two sites - one of them Fairhill School in North Philadelphia - where she will discuss her initiative to prevent childhood obesity, according to a representative. She will be joined by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to highlight the problem of so-called food deserts - large swaths of urban areas that do not have supermarkets. They will also discuss steps that Philadelphia antihunger groups have taken to bring healthy, affordable food to various neighborhoods.
NEWS
August 11, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Vernon Clark, and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
Michelle Obama pushed supporters in eastern Pennsylvania to lobby just one neighbor, relative, or friend for their votes Thursday, amid concern over waning enthusiasm in the Democratic coalition that propelled her husband into office. "That one new voter you registered in your precinct, that one voter you get to the polls, that could be the one that makes the difference in this election," she told a fired-up crowd of 3,000 grassroots organizers and spectators at the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia.
NEWS
October 28, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Next spring, when the warm weather brings on thoughts of gardening and summer harvest, Michelle Obama will publish her first book. American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspired Families, Schools and Communities will be served up in April. It's the first book for the first lady, who went to Harvard Law and Princeton after starting out in Chicago's public schools. Her professional life has included being a lawyer, community activist, and staffer at the University of Chicago.
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April 5, 2012 | By Mark S. Smith, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Opening another front in her nearly year-old campaign to support service families, first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday unveiled a new push for jobs on or near military bases. She also announced plans to mark the Joining Forces campaign's first anniversary with a two-day, four-state swing next week that will include stops in election battleground states Pennsylvania and Florida and a chat with comedian Stephen Colbert on his show, The Colbert Report . The Joining Forces organization said it has lined up commitments for more than 15,000 jobs in the coming years.
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September 4, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune
WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama was once a reluctant campaigner, but there are plenty of reasons why she's primed to play a major role in her husband's reelection bid. She's more popular than the president. She's seasoned now. And she's so careful in her public remarks that even at campaign fund-raisers, she sometimes relies on a teleprompter. Observers said her top causes - getting children fit and embracing the nation's troops - were shrewd political choices, ones that have given her allies from coast to coast.
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March 31, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
TATTLE interviewed Angelina Jolie a few years ago when she was promoting the movie "Salt," and we were surprised by how normal she was - friendly, engaged, humble, interesting - when not being hounded by paparazzi. Granted, she's an actress, so she could have been merely acting all those things (which is still preferable to the behavior of some of her contemporaries), but for someone who's had so much drama reported about her life (not including her legitimate health-scare drama)
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March 13, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
TATTLE rarely leads with Broadway news, but six-time Tony Award-winner Audra  McDonald is returning to Broadway a year from now and the Great White Way will be a little less white. Producer Scott Rudin said yesterday that Audra will star next March in a show that looks at the making of the 1921 hit "Shuffle Along," one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African-Americans. The show - to be called "Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed" - will have a story by George C. Wolfe and be choreographed by Savion Glover . The duo last worked together on the 1996 hit "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
CONSERVATIVES have a new favorite movie critic and it isn't Michael Medved . It's Michelle Obama . The first lady is a fan of "American Sniper" - and in the same week she refused to cover her head in Saudi Arabia. Maybe the wrong first lady is going to run for president. The Washington Post reported that FLOTUS watched "Sniper" on the Air Force One flight back from the Saudis and praised the movie at a veterans-focused event Friday. She called it "complex," "emotional" and a realistic "depiction of a veteran and his family," in remarks at a gathering that included star (and former Daily News intern)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2015
REPUBLICAN presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is a secret member of Beyonce's Bey Hive. I have no proof, other than that every time he's on TV lately, the former governor of Arkansas invokes the superstar's name. To my ears, it sounds as if he's a little bit "Drunk in Love. " Not that we can blame him. By riding Beyonce's sequined skirt-tail, Huckabee's getting much-needed traction and scoring invites to programs such as ABC's "The View," where he shared a stage last week with former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
IN A WIDELY anticipated political migration, disaffected Republicans are coming home to Gov. Corbett's re-election campaign. But a Franklin & Marshall College/ Daily News poll released today shows that the movement appears to be too little, too late. Democrat Tom Wolf still holds an 18-point lead on Corbett among registered voters, 50 percent to 32 percent - the same margin found in a Sept. 25 poll. Corbett has gained ground among self-identified "likely voters" in Tuesday's general election.
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October 28, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sara "Sally" Berlin, 97, of Center City, a tiny public relations dynamo who pushed to expand and strengthen the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, died Saturday, Oct. 25, at her home. Born Sara Shaltz, Mrs. Berlin renamed herself Sally. She stood only 4 feet, 10 inches tall, but what she lacked in height she more than made up for with energy and drive, her family said. "Someone called her the ageless dynamo, and she loved that," said son Andy. Mrs. Berlin was credited with encouraging the PAL to expand its reach so it could help more young people.
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October 17, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday urged a partisan crowd in Northwest Philadelphia to "step up" and work to elect Democrat Tom Wolf governor. Her visit was aimed at fighting off a worry of party strategists - that Wolf's solid and long-standing lead in the polls, coupled with the typical midterm falloff in turnout among core Democratic voters, could be disastrous Nov. 4. "If we want change here in Pennsylvania, then we need to take responsibility," Obama told several hundred cheering people at a morning rally at Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center in East Mount Airy.
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July 17, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 100 youngsters practicing their dance moves Tuesday for Philly Play's end-of-summer event were giving it their all for a good reason: Their efforts had the added responsibility of persuading Michelle Obama to come to Philadelphia. Philly Play, City Council's free summer camp program, will end the season Aug. 13 with its Summer Challenge, in which 2,000 children go head to head in a variety of sports and competitions, and Philly Play wants the first lady and her daughters to attend.
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June 14, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
For three years, the small but thriving vegetable plot outside Chester's Stetser Elementary School taught schoolchildren the joy of gardening and the necessity of eating healthy foods such as cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash, and even caught the attention of nutrition-crusading Michelle Obama. But in recent weeks, a cruel act of vandalism has given fifth graders at the Delaware County school some new lessons: in perseverance and the art of rebuilding. "We did hard work, and now we've got to do it all over," said 11-year-old Kamani Johns, one of several Stetser fifth graders who lined up in the garden, next to the school playground, on a gloomy and brooding Wednesday morning to spread topsoil around two new raspberry bushes that replace some of the greenery yanked out by vandals.
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April 13, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Did you notice? Twitter is starting to look . . . different. Strange . . . it's turning into something familiar. . . . Wait . . . could it be . . . turning into Facebook? Twitter announced on Tuesday that it's giving itself a makeover. Which speaks libraries about the present social-media moment. Twitter design guy David Bellona calls it "the new you," but it's really "the new us. " Like the runner-up for homecoming queen, Twitter has its eye on the front-runner. (Facebook has about 1.3 billion active monthly users, while Twitter has 243 million.)
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