Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama: ‘I’m just devastated by the shootings in Kenosha’ – The Guardian

Michelle Obama said she was devastated by the shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this week and is exhausted and frustrated at the trauma of Black and brown people in the US.
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Michelle Obama suffering from ‘low-grade depression’ due to racial inequality, coronavirus – NBC News

Former first lady Michelle Obama says racial inequality amid the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic has left her feeling that she has “some form of low-grade depression.”

“Not just because of the quarantine, but because of the racial strife, and just seeing this administration, watching the hypocrisy of it, day in and day out, is dispiriting,” she said in the latest episode of her podcast released Wednesday.

Obama added that the mounting stories of Black people being wrongfully arrested, killed or “dehumanized” have been weighing on her. And while George Floyd’s death in police custody sparked an outpouring of outrage, the issue of racism in America long preceded the incident.

“I’d be remiss to say part of this depression is also a result of what we’re seeing in terms of the protests, the continued racial unrest that has plagued this country since its birth,” she said.

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The high rates of Black men in prisons, economic disparity and lack of access to quality health care were among the examples Obama pointed to.

Obama also discussed the attitudes some Americans had about the country inaugurating its first Black president when her husband, Barack Obama, was elected in 2008.

“The reaction to it on all sides, the vast discomfort with the notion that a Black man could be sitting in the highest level of office, we saw that. We saw the signs, we saw the nooses, ” she said.

Both Obamas have been subject to right wing attacks and abuse online.

Reflecting on the pandemic, Obama also said she found people who refuse to wear masks “frustrating.”

“There’s almost like there’s a limit to our sacrifice and it was about a month and then we just got tired of the virus,” she said. “That’s been disheartening to see so many people who have grown tired of staying at home because the virus didn’t impact them.”

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The country needs to think more about essential workers, many of whom are financially unstable, lack health insurance and face greater risks of falling ill, she said.

In the episode, Obama speaks with Washington Post opinion columnist and friend Michele Norris about the rise in protests over racial injustice since the Floyd death.

Amid all the challenges facing the country, Obama said she’s managing the “emotional highs and lows” by trying to maintain a routine, trying to not be hard on herself, getting outdoors and spending time with her family.

Obama’s eponymous podcast launched last month with an interview with her husband.

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Michelle Bolsonaro, Brazil’s First Lady, Tests Positive For Coronavirus – NPR

Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive on Thursday — days after her husband, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, said he had recovered from the disease. The pair are seen here at an event on Wednesday.

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Brazilian first lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, according to the office of President Jair Bolsonaro, days after her husband said he had recovered from the disease.

“She is in a state of good health and will follow all established protocols,” the Planalto Palace, the president’s official residence, said in a brief notice to the media.

The first lady is being looked after by a presidential medical team, the Planalto Palace added.

Just 24 hours ago, Michelle Bolsonaro attended a public event in Brasilia with her husband, wearing a mask as she delivered remarks about a rights initiative for women in rural and indigenous communities.

Brazil is now reporting more than 2.5 million coronavirus cases — second only to the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. COVID-19 has killed more than 90,000 people in Brazil.

“The daily [death] count rose above 1,500 Wednesday — a spike officials blamed on delayed data,” NPR’s Philip Reeves reports from Rio de Janeiro. “There were also 69,000 new infections, a record.”

Despite those sobering numbers, the Bolsonaro government announced it is lifting its international air travel ban on foreign tourists, which had stood for four months. Visitors can stay for up to 90 days and they must have “medical insurance coverage for the duration of their stay,” according to a bulletin posted Thursday by the International Air Transport Association.

Brazil’s president has been one of the world’s loudest skeptics about the coronavirus, saying the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic is “exaggerated.” He also sharply criticized any local or state officials who imposed restrictions.

Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for the coronavirus early this month after weeks of consistently downplaying the threat. As he spoke with reporters about his diagnosis, he backed away from them and removed his face mask — an act that prompted a journalists group to file a lawsuit against him.

Days before he tested positive, Bolsonaro signed a national face mask mandate into law, requiring protective masks in both public and private spaces due to the pandemic.

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Michelle Obama presents Beyoncé with BET Humanitarian Award – New York Post

June 29, 2020 | 7:22am | Updated June 29, 2020 | 7:23am

Former first lady Michelle Obama honored Beyoncé at the 20th annual BET Awards ceremony Sunday night by presenting the singer and activist with the 2020 Humanitarian Award, according to a report.

“I am here to talk about The Queen, you know the one,” Obama said in a video presentation, USA Today reported.

“Ever since she was a little girl in Houston, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has been lighting up the stages and gracing the world with her talent, with her generosity of spirit and with her love for her community,” she said.

“You can see it in everything she does. From her music that gives voice to black joy and black pain, to her activism that demands justice for Black Lives,” Obama continued.

“And no matter how big the stages get, I know my girl isn’t satisfied unless she’s sharing all that shine she has with the next generation.”

The presentation focused on the 38-year-old superstar’s work with the community, education efforts, low-income housing and providing support during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

After Obama’s tribute, Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson said her daughter has always been “blessed to give back” to the community.

In a video, Beyoncé called the honor “beautiful” and dedicated it “to all of my brothers out there, all of my sisters out there inspiring me, marching and fighting for change.”

She added: “Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain.”

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Beyoncé ended her remarks by urging voter participation.

“I’m encouraging you to continue to take action, continue to work to change a racist and unequal system. We have to continue to do this together,” she said. “We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does.”

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