WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama is weighing in on President Donald Trump's escalating feud with four minority Democratic lawmakers known as "the squad."
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A mural by the artist who painted the official portrait of Michelle Obama was dedicated on Thursday, portraying not a famous face, but a Philadelphia teen who's overcome...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When James Corden takes his "The Late Late Show" to England, he does it up royally.
He's yet to ask Queen Elizabeth to join him, but this week's London-based shows include...
NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott, the creative mastermind who has written hit songs for a number of female acts and created camaraderie among women in the music industry for more than two decades,...
Obamas to produce exclusive podcasts for Spotify
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barack and Michelle Obama's production company is teaming up with Spotify to produce exclusive podcasts for the platform.
NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Maxwell, the Texas-born designer known for his longtime collaboration with Lady Gaga as well as for dressing other famous women like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Meghan...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who embezzled disaster benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after heavy flooding more than two years ago has been sentenced to 10...
CHICAGO (AP) — Columbia University Libraries in New York will produce the official oral history of Barack Obama's presidency.
Obama Foundation officials announced Thursday that the project...
NEW YORK (AP) — Gloria Steinem, Cecile Richards, Michelle Obama. Barbie?
The Council of Fashion Designers of America will follow up those prestigious honorees of its Board of Directors'...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former First Lady Michelle Obama will be among the 2019 headliners at the Essence Festival, which is marking its 25th anniversary.
ATLANTA (AP) — A group of students from Spelman and Morehouse colleges who've been studying Michelle Obama's memoir, "Becoming," had a surprise visitor to discuss the work — the former first lady...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama's post-White House memoir isn't expected to be released this year, setting up the likelihood that the highly anticipated book will drop during the...
NEW YORK (AP) — Yale University historian David W. Blight, author of a celebrated biography of Frederick Douglass, can hardly keep up with all the honors.
Obamas unveil slate of series, documentaries for Netflix
NEW YORK (AP) — Barack and Michelle Obama on Tuesday unveiled a slate of projects they are preparing for Netflix, a year after the former president and first lady signed a deal with the streaming...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama and a host of celebrities will join thousands of students to celebrate college signing day.
CHICAGO (AP) — Despite recusing herself from the case, Chicago's top prosecutor weighed in on the allegations against Jussie Smollett last month, telling a deputy that she believed her office had...
Time releases its 100 most influential people issue
NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift, TV journalist Gayle King and soccer star Mohamed Salah are among the six famous faces featured on the covers of Time's annual "100 Most Influential People in the...
Michelle Obama reveals ‘disbelief’ over Paris fire
NEW YORK (AP) — Jemele Hill has moved on, but not from speaking her mind.
The former ESPN host, best known to the non-sports world for tweets about President Donald Trump that provoked the...
Former Obama aide to review civil rights law firm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A one-time aide to former first lady Michelle Obama will review workplace practices at a prominent civil rights law firm that fired its founder.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago police union's president alleges that the county's top prosecutor interfered with the investigation of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett before recusing herself and wants...
CHICAGO (AP) — Records show Cook County's top prosecutor asked Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to let the FBI investigate the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett before the actor was...
CHICAGO (AP) — Michelle Obama's Chicago high school alma mater is to name its new athletic complex after the former first lady.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Whitney Young Magnet High School...
GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Actress Jennifer Garner has announced she will be speaking at the graduation ceremony at her Ohio alma mater, Denison University.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota schools are replacing pizza and chicken tenders at lunch with fresher, locally grown foods as education leaders and nutritionists rethink the school meal system that...
Michelle Obama’s Grammy appearance did not impress mom
PHOENIX (AP) — It appears Michelle Obama received a reality check from her mom following her appearance at the Grammys.
The former first lady took to Instagram Wednesday to share a text exchange with mom Marian Robinson. Obama had received a standing ovation opening Sunday's awards show with Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rap artists and women have felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. But this year, they both took center stage.
Childish Gambino's disturbing look at race relations, "This is America," won record and song of the year on Sunday's telecast. It was the first time a rap-based song won both of those awards, considered — with album of the year — the recording industry's most prestigious.
Female acts, rap songs win big at the Grammy Awards
Female acts, rap songs win big at the Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Women and rap triumphed at the Grammys on Sunday as female acts took home top prizes including album of the year and best new artist, and Childish Gambino made history when his hit "This Is America" became the first rap-based track to win record and song of the year.
Grammys fashion include sparkles, sequins and statement hats
NEW YORK (AP) — Sparkly, studded and strutting in designer looks, the Grammys parade of often out-there fashion kicked off in a downpour Sunday, but that didn't dampen spirits as the music industry's best showed off their myriad outfits.
Michelle Obama gets raucous applause at Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance to help open the Grammy Awards with host Alicia Keys.
The former first lady appeared onstage with Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and Keys to say how music has impacted their lives.
Obama's initial comments were interrupted by raucous applause and many in the Staples Center crowd stood. She smiled and eventually re-started her comments.
Michelle Obama delays Tacoma appearance over storm worries
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama has postponed an appearance in Tacoma on Friday night over concerns about an impending snowstorm in the Northwest.
The Tacoma Dome says the appearance to promote her memoir, "Becoming," has been rescheduled for March 24 and that tickets for the Friday appearance will be honored.
Obama tweeted that her "biggest priority is making sure everyone stays safe."
Alaska governor’s candidate screening process under scrutiny
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Newly elected Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy's process for screening candidates for government work is under scrutiny after three people picked for prominent positions quit or declined roles, two after offensive social media posts came to light and one after questions were raised about his work history.
Dunleavy's choice for Department of Administration commissioner — a Cabinet-level job — was accused of lying to lawmakers about his business experience.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:
CLAIM: "Melania is first FLOTUS to visit a combat zone since 1969" - statement circulating on social media with photo of President Donald Trump and Melania visiting troops in Iraq on Dec. 26.
Prosecutor who sent profane posts on Obama, Waters resigns
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California prosecutor who posted crude and profane insults about U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, Michelle Obama and others to social media has resigned.
A San Bernardino County spokeswoman tells the San Bernardino Sun that Michael Selyem voluntarily resigned on Jan. 2.
Netflix named The Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year
NEW YORK (AP) — After a year like this, Netflix shows no signs of chilling.
Obama says designer’s energy informed her fashion choices
NEW YORK (AP) — For Michelle Obama, choosing what designer to wear while she was in the White House involved many factors, from diversity to whether they were a nice person.
Obama talked the decisions behind the outfits that made headlines during her time as first lady during a conversation with another fashion trendsetter, Sarah Jessica Parker, who was the moderator for the Wednesday night event for Obama's "Becoming" book tour.
From Trump to #MeToo, publishing made headlines in 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — The publishing world made headlines in 2018, and not always by design. A wave of best-sellers offered damaging accounts of Donald Trump's White House, a million-selling memoir by Michelle Obama had readers longing for the previous administration and a political thriller by former President Bill Clinton had some taking a closer look at a White House scandal from the 1990s. Meanwhile, some of the country's top writers were called out for sexual harassment and a Dystopian novel written in the 1980s seemed ever more timely.
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Michelle Obama surprises Detroit students at Motown Museum
DETROIT (AP) — Michelle Obama surprised a group of Detroit college students on Tuesday afternoon, walking into the Motown Museum as the young men of color took part in a roundtable discussion on education.
Michelle Obama surprises students at Detroit museum
Obama extends tour as sales for ‘Becoming’ top 3 million
NEW YORK (AP) — Sales for Michelle Obama's memoir have topped 3 million and the former first lady is extending her book tour into 2019.
"Becoming," published four weeks ago, is among the fastest-selling nonfiction books in history and already among the best-selling political memoirs of all time.
Big plans in store for Dav Pilkey’s ‘Dog Man’ series
NEW YORK (AP) — Dav Pilkey and his publisher have high hopes for the next installments of his best-selling "Dog Man" series.
On Tuesday, Scholastic announced a first printing of 5 million copies for "Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild," which comes out Dec. 24. By comparison, Michelle Obama's million-selling "Becoming" had an announced first printing of 1.8 million, since raised to more than 3 million.
Civil-rights lawyer’s memoir to be reissued, made into film
NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir by the late civil-rights activist Dovey Johnson Roundtree is being reissued, and a film version is in the works.
Michelle Obama lunchtime visit surprises New York girls
NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty New York City girls were in for a lunchtime surprise on Saturday: a vegetable bowl with toasted farro shared with a very famous woman.
Michelle Obama stunned them with a visit to the Lower Eastside Girls Club in Manhattan, slipping into a room to a chorus of squealing delight.