144 Responses to “Michelle Obama: Always Authentic”


  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    May 6, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Watch the video

    Watch it again ignoring Gambino and just focus on everything happening in the background

    Watch the entire video again.

    Jim Crow, death, gun violence, activism, white supremacy, religion, happiness, the way people fetishize guns over peoples lives; especially black people as you see the guns being treated with care and the black bodies being dragged away, left there, or worse yet ignored – by society and the media, the cars with the doors open referencing how black people come into contact with police and end up dead, the used nature of the cars could also reference the materialistic nature of celebrity while a huge swath of the population is just trying to live paycheck to paycheck, police brutality, death riding on a white horse in the background while black people in the foreground are trying to enjoy life, the body falling from the balcony, the police car immediately following death as if to signify how they work hand in hand, joy, pain, using different rappers such as Chance, Big Sean, 21 Savage, Blocboy JB, Young Thug, Quavo, Smokepurp to ad-lib during different verses while making commentary on the culture of celebrity, Sza at the end, the dance moves, the lyrics at the end that reference how black people are incarcerated in large numbers, the end showing an unarmed black man being seen as a threat and then mass hysteria ensues, the Charleston church shooting, the protests, the white guys running with batons and bats representing the nazi riots that have been occurring; but they don’t need to wear hoods, the running at the end symbolizing how black men/people just trying to survive in a world that doesn’t want them free and also how as a society you might want to turn a blind eye to what’s occurring but it will rise up in the end, institutionalized racism, etc

    So. Much. To. Unpack.

    • 2 sherijr
      May 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm

      thank you Nerdy for decoding it all

    • 3 Nena20409
      May 7, 2018 at 4:13 am

      The man playing the guitar & later got hooded & shot is none other than Trayvon Martin’s Father. The more I watch this Video, the more I learn. Thanks for breaking it down Nerdy Wonka.

      • 4 Nerdy Wonka
        May 7, 2018 at 8:26 am

        He isn’t. But he does bear a striking resemblance to Trayvon Martin’s father and that’s another message in the video that you caught.

    • May 7, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Girl, THIS NEEDS TO BE IT’S OWN POST ON TOD, especially your annotation.
      Make it so.

    • 7 Betsy
      May 7, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Powerful. Thanks for explaining it so well Nerdy Wonka. It really helps me to understand and although I know alot, being an American history teacher, it is always important to understand it from the perspective of Black americans.

    • 8 Gazelle
      May 7, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      I can’t stop watching. It’s like a deadly feast of reality, smack in the face, before you can take a bite. Damn & wow & woe.

  2. May 6, 2018 at 4:52 pm

  3. 10 Nerdy Wonka
    May 6, 2018 at 5:12 pm

  4. 11 jacquelineoboomer
    May 6, 2018 at 5:15 pm

  5. 14 Nerdy Wonka
    May 6, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Also too, if you’re not watching Atlanta, fix that error lickety split.

  6. May 6, 2018 at 6:01 pm

  7. 16 JER
    May 6, 2018 at 6:24 pm

  8. May 6, 2018 at 6:27 pm

  9. 19 Dudette
    May 6, 2018 at 7:09 pm

  10. 20 Dudette
    May 6, 2018 at 7:12 pm

  11. 21 Dudette
    May 6, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    😔

  12. 22 Dudette
    May 6, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    • 23 jacquelineoboomer
      May 6, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      One of my heroes when I was about 15 years old, and had first heard of him. Wanted to go to a NYC coffee house, and read my poems to him. Why I thought he’d sit still for THAT … Ha!

  13. 24 Nerdy Wonka
    May 6, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    • 25 Don
      May 7, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Apparently the lady that called the police said that the reason she called the police was because the Black women didn’t wave back at her when she initially waved at them.

    • 26 0388jojothecat
      May 7, 2018 at 11:23 am

      How the HELL does a police officer NOT KNOW what an AirBnB is? Is he living in a KKKave? From his KKKave to his KKKar?

  14. 27 jacquelineoboomer
    May 6, 2018 at 7:40 pm

  15. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    May 6, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    • 29 Don
      May 7, 2018 at 8:35 am

      I watched it several times last night and each time I saw something different. It was a lot to digest, my favorite was the pale horse in the background. Behold a pale horse.

  16. 30 jacquelineoboomer
    May 6, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Wow.

  17. 33 jacquelineoboomer
    May 6, 2018 at 11:25 pm

  18. May 6, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    Goodnight TOD ….

  19. May 7, 2018 at 12:59 am

    Love Forever FLOTUS 😍😍🙌

  20. 37 desertflower
    May 7, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Thread. Wow. Wake the hell up, Monday. It’s worse than I imagined….and definitely more complicated. Morning everyone

  21. 38 Nerdy Wonka
    May 7, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Must Read.

    • 39 desertflower
      May 7, 2018 at 9:38 am

      His “I got mine, fuck you”…like THAT kind of “freedom”? I have stayed away from this until this moment. But this is stunningly on point from Coates.

    • 40 Don
      May 7, 2018 at 9:40 am

      I’m not Black, I’m OJ
      Okay.

      Jay-Z 4:44

    • 41 rikyrah
      May 7, 2018 at 10:30 am

      thanks NW.

      Kanye is but a long line of Black clowns who believe their money no longer makes them BLACK.

      • 42 0388jojothecat
        May 7, 2018 at 11:28 am

        Yep, he will find out quick and in a hurry, how much freedom his MONEY does not buy looking down a gun barrel when the police never heard of Kanye West and only see a threatening black male/female face.

        • 43 0388jojothecat
          May 7, 2018 at 11:30 am

          Bow Wow said the same thing, he didn’t need to vote because he was “famous” so he was protected by his celebrity. You don’t hear from him anymore….wonder why?

      • 44 Don
        May 7, 2018 at 12:02 pm

        Yep, clowns is exactly what they are.

  22. 45 desertflower
    May 7, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Where’s the screaming now?

    • 46 0388jojothecat
      May 7, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Half of voting America is mentally ill. They want endless war, no peace, they vote for chaos and drama. During Obama it was the media with endless chaos and drama, fake hysteria over when it would be “Obama’s Katrina” so much that every natural or man made disaster it belonged to PBO to FIX! The current holder in the WH hired a FIXER who is now “Broken” himself. The media is so confused they don’t know who or what to focus on since iQ45 is never responsible for anything not even his own disasters and “F” ups.

  23. 47 Nerdy Wonka
    May 7, 2018 at 10:22 am

  24. 48 Dudette
    May 7, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Hi Everyone!

    • 49 Dudette
      May 7, 2018 at 10:31 am

    • 50 jacquelineoboomer
      May 7, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      Hi, Dudette!

  25. 51 desertflower
    May 7, 2018 at 10:35 am

    It’s past time for him to go. Long past time

  26. 52 Dudette
    May 7, 2018 at 10:40 am

  27. 53 rikyrah
    May 7, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Fahrenthold is at it again!!

    NEW: @realdonaldtrump has spent $400M+ in his own cash on property since ‘06, defying normal real-estate practices. https://t.co/4ulKSCB5zV

    — David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) May 5, 2018

  28. 54 rikyrah
    May 7, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Trumpworld laundering Russian/Ukrainian money through US real estate contributes to unaffordable housing. Boom, there’s your campaign ad for any Democrats still worried about how to message Russiagate to pocketbook voters.

    — zeddy (@Zeddary) May 6, 2018

  29. 55 rikyrah
    May 7, 2018 at 11:16 am

    The most obvious question: there’s a big mismatch here between Trump’s net assets/net income versus the scale of his all-cash outlays. Does Trump have undeclared silent business partners in his post-2006 acquisitions? If so … who? https://t.co/I02FDD7TiA

    — David Frum (@davidfrum) May 5, 2018

  30. 56 rikyrah
    May 7, 2018 at 11:18 am

    2006 matches when Cohen came into his orbit. And a book released next week says Cohen was hired as a favor to his father-in-law Fima Shusterman, who appears to have been a silent partner in Trump’s businesses. Cohen entered Trump world as a conduit for many from Russia/Ukraine. https://t.co/G2CPBH6vtd

    — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 6, 2018

  31. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    May 7, 2018 at 11:50 am

  32. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    May 7, 2018 at 12:39 pm

  33. 60 sjterrid
    May 7, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    I see it. Thank you, Jacqueline!

  34. 62 sjterrid
    May 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Good morning/afternoon, TOD! Good evening, AMK. Haven’t seen you for a while on here, hope you and your family are well.

  35. 65 Nena20409
    May 7, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    GA, TODbots.

  36. 67 rikyrah
    May 7, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    #Starbucks to give the two men arrested full-ride scholarships to college… They better had 🙄 https://t.co/7jAA9VRKbc pic.twitter.com/b3k48WzzI0

    — Blavity (@Blavity) May 7, 2018

  37. 68 JER
    May 7, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    She will appear at the opening general session of the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition on Friday, June 22, 4:00—5:30pm, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

    • 69 jacquelineoboomer
      May 7, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      My niece attends that conference every year, often giving a seminar herself. Lucky niece!

  38. 70 Nena20409
    May 7, 2018 at 3:20 pm

  39. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    May 7, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    I might nap. But first, just a little reminder to “BE BEST,” whatever the f**k that means.

    • 72 Don
      May 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Ahhhh Jacqueline, you have a way with words LOLOLOL.

    • 75 Gazelle
      May 7, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      😂😂😂 poor thing (not) & all around her tries plagiarism every single time. Get your own groove for goodness sake & stop your fakery. The End. 🎵

      • 76 Gazelle
        May 7, 2018 at 8:54 pm

        I might find a teeny smidgen of respect for her if she went on the WH balcony & sang, “Don’t Cry for Me, Slovenia”, dropped her sequined bracelet & said, “Am outta here, Eff you Dotard!” 😂😂

      • 77 jacquelineoboomer
        May 8, 2018 at 12:19 pm

        Maybe creepy, plagiarizing Melania’s next “business” can be The Fakery Bakery – I think we’ve got something there!

    • 78 nathkatun7
      May 8, 2018 at 1:28 am

      J’OB, I think you deserve to have the “BEST” nap. May be after your nap, you will be so rejuvenated to be able to decipher for us what Melania’s “BE BEST” means.

      • 79 jacquelineoboomer
        May 8, 2018 at 12:18 pm

        No can do, nath – Ha! I’ll never figure out those trumps. And I’d rather shoot for “BE HALF AS GOOD AS THE OBAMA FAMILY!” – that’s a goal, right there. 🙂

  40. 80 JER
    May 7, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    OBAMA SPEAKS OF VALUES IN KEYNOTE AT SAN DIEGO CONFEENCE

    People lined up to hear former President Barack Obama speak Monday at a conference held for people who develop talent in the workplace.
    The former president spoke about values and change in his keynote for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference & Exposition at the San Diego Convention Center. …
    More here: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/President-Barack-Obama-Speaks-to-San-Diego-Conference-481949631.html

    • 81 jacquelineoboomer
      May 7, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Looks like more people in those lines than the number who attended whatshisname’s inauguration last year. Ha Ha.

  41. 82 jacquelineoboomer
    May 7, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    New book about First Ladies with our #1 FLOTUS on the cover. This writer, Dr. Lauren Wright, was on MSNBC today. No idea her take on Mrs. Obama, but the fact she’s on the cover might be a hint!

    “On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today” (not that I’m selling the book or anything!)

  42. 83 JER
    May 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm

  43. 85 rikyrah
    May 7, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Trump is sending a plan to Congress that calls for stripping back more than $15 billion in previously approved spending, with the hope that it will temper conservative angst over ballooning budget deficits.

    Almost half of the proposed cuts would come from two accounts within the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that White House officials said expired last year or are not expected to be drawn upon. An additional $800 million in cuts would come from money created by the Affordable Care Act in 2010 to test innovative payment and service delivery models.

    Those are just a handful of the more than 30 programs the White House is proposing to Congress for “rescission,” a process of culling back money that was previously authorized. Once the White House sends the request to Congress, lawmakers have 45 days to vote on the plan or a scaled-back version of it through a simple majority vote.

  44. May 7, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    • 87 sherijr
      May 7, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      jfc they – gop, republicans, nra, traitors, et al are reaching as deep into the gutter as they can go. I believe the NRA and Ollie North absolutely deserve one another.

  45. May 7, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    From Ta-Nehisi’s Brilliant Piece….

    The gift can never wholly belong to a singular artist, free of expectation and scrutiny, because the gift is no more solely theirs than the suffering that produced it. Michael Jackson did not invent the moonwalk. What Kanye West seeks is what Michael Jackson sought—liberation from the dictates of that “we”.

    to ESCAPE the “we” of being in that number…what it brings with it…the Consequences of Being Black in America!…

    Sometimes the Weight of this is hard to measure…because as Coates says WE are connected……

  46. 89 Nerdy Wonka
    May 7, 2018 at 6:29 pm

  47. 90 JER
    May 7, 2018 at 6:57 pm

  48. 91 donna dem 4 obama
    May 7, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Rihanna at the Met Gala. Love this girl!!

    The theme this year is “heavenly bodies”

  49. 92 Nerdy Wonka
    May 7, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    HOLY SHEEEEEEEEEET!

  50. 93 donna dem 4 obama
    May 7, 2018 at 7:48 pm

  51. 94 Nerdy Wonka
    May 7, 2018 at 7:56 pm

  52. May 7, 2018 at 7:57 pm

  53. May 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm

  54. 98 Gazelle
    May 7, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Thank you, NW, for posting this interview w/ 4EverFLOTUS & Traces. The end part brought such a grin to my face! ❤

  55. May 7, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Zendaya can do no wrong.

  56. 100 desertflower
    May 7, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Sorry. The timing and surrounding circumstances are a little too suspect for me

    • May 7, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      i feel as you do….DF

      • 102 Idon
        May 7, 2018 at 9:31 pm

        Here’s what I tweeted Ronan.

  57. 103 desertflower
    May 7, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Where’s the outrage? My gas is nearly $3/gal…BEFORE SUMMER!

  58. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    May 7, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    • 107 desertflower
      May 7, 2018 at 9:42 pm

  59. May 7, 2018 at 9:44 pm

  60. May 7, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Something stinks …

    … and I don’t think it’s AG Schneiderman …

  61. 110 desertflower
    May 7, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Schneidermann resigned.

  62. 112 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2018 at 10:00 pm

  63. 113 purpleshoesla
    May 7, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    NY State AG Schneiderman is out. Conveniently, no Democratic challenger for the AG spot to be voted on in November 2018; and Republican atty announced his candidacy for the AG spot today apparently as well. Hmmm… A significant arm of the fight against the evil that is everywhere neutralized just like that and Orange Turd and his minions still sitting pretty in the White House. Monetizing the presidency, money laundering, lying, covering up his hoeishness, emobldening racism, sexism, taking our country down a black hole. KARMA PLEASE COME THE GD EFF ON.

  64. 115 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    • May 7, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    • 117 Gazelle
      May 7, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      They’re already projecting. Did anyone ask Preet if he wanted the job? IMHO, that would be superb karma, Preet taking that job. Cuomo should ask him, & put me in my happy place! ❤😇

      • 118 No Child Left Behind
        May 7, 2018 at 10:36 pm

        It’s unfortunate the behavior (accused behavior) of E. Schneiderman, He was excellent at his job and at getting Trump and his loyalists to respect the law.

        • 119 Gazelle
          May 7, 2018 at 10:53 pm

          I was so reminded tonight of all those smart-at-their-jobs-male-office-holders worldwide who do the stupid because their actual souls can only survive in denigration of women. Would NY-AG have resigned if there wasn’t something there, which he somewhat admitted to, at least that’s what am hearing. NY den legislature better stand tough & choose quickly before these R-Asses do more damage.

  65. 120 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2018 at 10:22 pm

  66. 121 JER
    May 7, 2018 at 10:25 pm

  67. 122 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2018 at 10:30 pm

  68. 123 Nena20409
    May 7, 2018 at 10:35 pm

  69. 124 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Why not? Is he afraid?

  70. 126 desertflower
    May 7, 2018 at 10:47 pm

  71. 127 desertflower
    May 7, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Best news all night

  72. 128 Gazelle
    May 7, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    OK, am keeping my humor, it’s in my survival kit of these times!

  73. 129 Nena20409
    May 7, 2018 at 11:12 pm

  74. 131 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    He will not miss the spotlight for 1 cent. Neither will his wife.

    • 132 jacquelineoboomer
      May 7, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      Was he eating a hot dog during the gala? Believe he said recently at some political event where everybody else was eating ’em, that they were his “favorite meat.” Uh huh.

  75. 133 Nena20409
    May 7, 2018 at 11:15 pm

  76. 134 Nena20409
    May 7, 2018 at 11:18 pm

  77. 135 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2018 at 11:20 pm

  78. 136 Dudette
    May 7, 2018 at 11:23 pm

  79. 137 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    • 138 jacquelineoboomer
      May 7, 2018 at 11:57 pm

      Well, keep that one handy. A GOP candidate says President Obama was right about something important. May be a first!

  80. 139 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2018 at 11:37 pm

  81. 140 No Child Left Behind
    May 7, 2018 at 11:45 pm

  82. May 7, 2018 at 11:53 pm

  83. 142 jacquelineoboomer
    May 8, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Too tired to find the video or a real quote, but Jon Meacham said something really hopeful tonight on BriWi’s show about getting back on track and salvaging the future of our country (in the historical sense, of how the founders foresaw such things as a demagogue in the WH), while publicizing his new book (The Soul of America). Whatever he said was a good sign. Trust me. Ha. zzzzzzzzzzz

  84. 144 Jey
    May 8, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Who is this a*hole Robert Torricelli – former Dem senator from NJ (he is on Ruhle – MSNBC)? Seems to me he might be in favour with the Orange Turd on the Mueller investigation.


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