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What Maya Angelou taught Michelle Obama about black beauty
washingtonpost.com ^ | June 7, 2014 | Vanessa Williams

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 society’s standards. The first time I read “Phenomenal Woman,” I was struck by how she celebrated black women’s 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 Angelou’s 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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KEYWORDS: africanamericans; angelou; beauty; flotusmichelle; michelle; mooch
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I assume a "barf alert" would be redundant.
1 posted on 06/07/2014 5:54:29 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Wasn’t Black Beauty a horse?


2 posted on 06/07/2014 5:55:35 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Learn To Search. Ask Me How.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Imagine that this is the kind of stuff that the MSM actually prints.


3 posted on 06/07/2014 5:56:46 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

And a stallion at that. Still better looking than Michelle Obama.


4 posted on 06/07/2014 5:57:20 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

5 posted on 06/07/2014 5:58:45 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Michelle Obama has largely ignored unflattering critiques of her physical appearance, often tinged with racial overtones,

WRONG.

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.

6 posted on 06/07/2014 6:02:04 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: ilovesarah2012
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, however misguided it may be.

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.

7 posted on 06/07/2014 6:02:18 PM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: ilovesarah2012
You may adore Thomas Sowell

You may have supported Clarence Thomas

You may truly believe that Allen West is God's gift to America.

And the list can go on and on...

BUT IF YOU DO NOT LOVE BARACK HUSSEIN AND MICHELLE OBAMA NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO

YOU ARE A RACIST!
8 posted on 06/07/2014 6:04:01 PM PDT by golux
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To: ilovesarah2012

Well we could hollow her out and make a wet suit


9 posted on 06/07/2014 6:05:16 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ…)
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To: Ouchthatonehurt
black beauty photo: Beauty Beauty.jpg
10 posted on 06/07/2014 6:05:28 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: ilovesarah2012

“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.


12 posted on 06/07/2014 6:08:42 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: ilovesarah2012

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...


13 posted on 06/07/2014 6:15:57 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Lizavetta

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.


14 posted on 06/07/2014 6:16:33 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

15 posted on 06/07/2014 6:16:47 PM PDT by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: ilovesarah2012
This Vanessa Williams?


16 posted on 06/07/2014 6:17:19 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: Doctor 2Brains
Sheri Belafonte, Halle Berry, Diana Ross back in the day, Beyonce, etc. There are plenty of beautiful black women and even more ugly white ones.

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.

17 posted on 06/07/2014 6:18:40 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: tumblindice
Yeah, Wilbur, I knocked shoes with Beauty. She's a fine filly, a real keeper, but I wasn't ready to settle down. Besides, it was always my goal to win the Kentucky Derby. And I wanted to concentrate on training. Sea Biscuit and me used to run around. Yeah, laugh if you want but I was pretty fast when I was a colt. Lots of tracks, lots of mares, lots of memories. Ask Carol to get us beers and I'll go into greater details. And I was a war horse in the Korean war, won the Silver Star but you knew that. Pusan was a cold, dangerous place ... Mr. ed photo: Mr. Ed mred.jpg
18 posted on 06/07/2014 6:18:43 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Third Person
Or this Vanessa Williams?


19 posted on 06/07/2014 6:21:13 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: ilovesarah2012

Mooch is a dog, sorry. Her color’s the least of her problems.


20 posted on 06/07/2014 6:22:43 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Third Person

I guess. Not sure.

The Obamas are obsessed with race.


21 posted on 06/07/2014 6:23:21 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

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.


22 posted on 06/07/2014 6:23:26 PM PDT by spindoctor
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To: tumblindice

I love Mr. Ed!


24 posted on 06/07/2014 6:26:01 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

BARF. UP. A. LUNG.


25 posted on 06/07/2014 6:28:16 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: ilovesarah2012

“Maya Angelou” got rich on her story, enabled by a fawning chattering class....not on her talent.


26 posted on 06/07/2014 6:30:13 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: clintonh8r

And Obama got to be president by the same fawning chattering class...not his anything!


27 posted on 06/07/2014 6:31:52 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

“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.


28 posted on 06/07/2014 6:32:31 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

1. Michelle O is incapable of learning anything.

2. Neither one seems to harbor even a remote chance of having beauty.


29 posted on 06/07/2014 6:33:32 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: 5th MEB

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.


30 posted on 06/07/2014 6:34:43 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
Speakin' of Black Beauty...here's a candid shot of Moochelle sunbathing down on the Cape!

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31 posted on 06/07/2014 6:35:33 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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people who apparently still have not accepted the fact that African Americans inhabit the White House.

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 @$$.

32 posted on 06/07/2014 6:36:25 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Please excuse the potholes in this tagline. Social programs have to take priority in our funding.)
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You seem to be brainwashed by the left, unable to state the truth about race.

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.

33 posted on 06/07/2014 6:37:09 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: ilovesarah2012

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.


34 posted on 06/07/2014 6:38:58 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (No Mo (zilla). I'm going to the Opera instead.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains; Lizavetta

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.


35 posted on 06/07/2014 6:39:47 PM PDT by KJC1 (When you are dealing with the devil, the only answer is God.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

She is so ugly on the inside it bubbles up to the surface


37 posted on 06/07/2014 6:44:54 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ…)
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To: Hardastarboard

I totally agree. It really isn’t about the skin color but the Obamas refuse to accept that.

FUBO
FUMO


38 posted on 06/07/2014 6:48:55 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Doctor 2Brains
She’s ugly on the outside because she’s ugly on the outside. And she’s ugly on the outside because of...

It sounds like you have the rest our your sentence in your mind.

39 posted on 06/07/2014 6:49:17 PM PDT by KJC1 (When you are dealing with the devil, the only answer is God.)
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To: KJC1

Your powers of observation leave me breathless.


40 posted on 06/07/2014 6:50:08 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

A horse, as opposed to a horse’s rear end.


41 posted on 06/07/2014 6:58:57 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Good Lord, what a barfer of an article..


42 posted on 06/07/2014 7:00:28 PM PDT by cardinal4
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To: Lizavetta
She dresses in cheap "mod" fashions. She has lousy slouchy posture.

Why do you say such things?


43 posted on 06/07/2014 7:10:43 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama sends U.S. Marines to pick up his dog & basketballs. Benghazi? Nope.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
I'm a Golden Palamino! Mr. Ed photo: Mr,Ed f_001_laughing_horse.jpg Wanna go for a ride?
44 posted on 06/07/2014 7:36:15 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The Obamas are racists.

They are Huge racists.


45 posted on 06/07/2014 7:37:24 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

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.


46 posted on 06/07/2014 7:37:34 PM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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"What Maya Angelou taught Michelle Obama about black beauty"

Moosechelle must've slept through that class.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

47 posted on 06/07/2014 7:38:58 PM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

48 posted on 06/07/2014 7:43:06 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Third Person
Doubt it, and probably not this Vanessa Williams either...

49 posted on 06/07/2014 7:43:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Lizavetta
I can't stand her because of how she behaves, what she represents, and the policies she supports.

Yep. It's as simple as that!

50 posted on 06/07/2014 7:47:00 PM PDT by workerbee (`)
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