Skip to comments.What Maya Angelou taught Michelle Obama about black beauty
Posted on 06/07/2014 5:54:29 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
Michelle Obama has largely ignored unflattering critiques of her physical appearance, often tinged with racial overtones, that have been lobbed by people who apparently still have not accepted the fact that African Americans inhabit the White House. At a memorial service Saturday for poet Maya Angelou, who died last week at age 86, Obama offered revealing insights about how she and other black women sometimes define their beauty in the context of the larger societys standards. The first time I read Phenomenal Woman, I was struck by how she celebrated black womens beauty like no one had ever dared to before. Our curves, our stride, our strength, our grace. Her words were clever and sassy; they were powerful and sexual and boastful. And in that one singular poem, Maya Angelou spoke to the essence of black women, but she also graced us with an anthem for all women a call for all of us to embrace our God-given beauty. And, oh, how desperately black girls needed that message. As a young woman, I needed that message. As a child, my first doll was Malibu Barbie. That was the standard for perfection. That was what the world told me to aspire to. But then I discovered Maya Angelou, and her words lifted me right out of my own little head. The first lady went on to say that Angelous empowering message has motivated her through school, career and family challenges throughout her life, words so powerful that they carried a little black girl from the South Side of Chicago all the way to the White House. Beauty is more than skin deep, especially for women of color. Whether we are seen as beautiful can have a huge impact on how we are treated, protected and loved
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Wasn’t Black Beauty a horse?
Imagine that this is the kind of stuff that the MSM actually prints.
And a stallion at that. Still better looking than Michelle Obama.
The criticism about her physical appearance has nothing to do with her race. Nothing.
She dresses in cheap "mod" fashions.
She has lousy slouchy posture.
When she dresses for state dinners and formal events, there is often too much skin showing.
NONE of this has to do with her race. No First Lady has done this before, but since she's black it gets tagged as a "racist" complaint.
I don't agree with the poster: A "barf alert" and a "you can't fix stupid" alert should be provided. I'm suffering from a temporary loss of IQ after reading this piece.
Well we could hollow her out and make a wet suit
“I assume a “barf alert” would be redundant.”
And why didn’t you? Judging by the 1st paragraph alone, barf super duper alert’ won’t be enough for this crap.
Sweet God in Heaven!!!! What CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “Beauty is what we women say it is, it’s all in me, it’s about me.”
Sure, honey, and I am a high-status male, pursued by women my entire life, because I SAY THAT I AM! I will it, therefore it is!!!
I can only wonder why the world’s women don’t seem to have gotten my memo...
Very well stated and excellent, true points.
But you know the left. Whenever anyone disagrees with them, they cannot argue the facts or ideas. They can only attack their opponent...usually with ad hominem attacks.
To say that someone ‘opposes’ because they are racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic is the A Bomb in the debate arena.
Not only does the left keep their finger crazy-glued to that button, they have pressed it so quickly and routinely over the years that it has become their ‘flinch’ to any feint that they see coming.
Michelle Obama's unattractiveness comes from things not related to race - hostility to America, too casual and not respectful enough to her position, too many photos of her with impatient or sneering expressions at events that deserve respect, dressing like a mall rat when she should be looking like a classy lady.
Nothing to do with her race, everything to do with her attitude.
Mooch is a dog, sorry. Her color’s the least of her problems.
I guess. Not sure.
The Obamas are obsessed with race.
The obama’s are so concerned about how they look. Wonder why? The skinny ass with the big ears actually thinks he’s handsome. The truth is... their ugliness comes from within.
I love Mr. Ed!
BARF. UP. A. LUNG.
“Maya Angelou” got rich on her story, enabled by a fawning chattering class....not on her talent.
And Obama got to be president by the same fawning chattering class...not his anything!
“Beauty is more than skin deep, especially for women of color”.
That’s very true. But the expression that “Ugly goes all the way to the bone” is also very true; especially for the Wookie.
1. Michelle O is incapable of learning anything.
2. Neither one seems to harbor even a remote chance of having beauty.
My mom loved watching Sanford & Son. Aunt Esther told Fred that her beauty was inside. Fred told her she should put her liver where her face was. My mother thought that was hysterical.
I feel the same way about Moochelle.
I voted for Herman Cain in the primary. Vanessa Williams can kiss my @$$.
I would vote for Tim Scott, Herman Cain again, DEFINITELY Allen West, maybe Ben Carson, and Mia Love if given the chance. Again - Vanessa Williams - kiss my @$$.
You seem to be saying that black women are uglier than white. Whatever. It's all opinion, I guess. Like fat guys are uglier than thin, bald guys uglier than the haired.
Whatever. I, frankly, don't care about Michelle's personal looks. She can't help that and it doesn't matter.
I can't stand her because of how she behaves, what she represents, and the policies she supports.
My objection to trash in the WH has no racial bounds....I objected as much to Herself! as a trashy First Lady as I do the present occupant.
I think you are seriously projecting your own “things” onto others here. Just because you may have certain preferences doesn’t mean everyone else shares in them.
I agree with Lizavetta. If Michelle Obama was not such a nasty person, we wouldn’t think she was so nasty. She is ugly on the outside because she is ugly on the inside.
She is so ugly on the inside it bubbles up to the surface
I totally agree. It really isn’t about the skin color but the Obamas refuse to accept that.
It sounds like you have the rest our your sentence in your mind.
Your powers of observation leave me breathless.
A horse, as opposed to a horse’s rear end.
Good Lord, what a barfer of an article..
Why do you say such things?
The Obamas are racists.
They are Huge racists.
We’re constantly being told that Michelle is the most beautiful, elegant and stylish First Lady since Jackie Kennedy. If the media didn’t constantly shove down our throats how stunning we should think she is, we might not mind her looks so much.
Moosechelle must've slept through that class.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Yep. It's as simple as that!