Duchess Kate of Cambridge turns 37 Wednesday – making her the same age as Duchess Meghan for the next eight months – but Prince William was on the job early visiting a London air ambulance service. Kate is turning 37 six months before her husband does: the Duke of Cambridge's birthday is in July. Not that Kate looks her age, mind you. Not even after giving birth to three royal babies, the last one in April 2018. For that matter, neither does her sister-in-law, the former Meghan Markle, who turns 38 in August, a few months after she gives birth to her first royal baby. As per usual, Kensington Palace remained mum on what plans, if any, Will and Kate had for celebrating her birthday. With the exception of Will's father, Prince Charles, who turned 70 in November amidst much hoopla, royal birthdays are generally considered private. The official Twitter account for the palace did give Kate a shout-out, posting: "Thank you everyone for all … [Read more...] about What’s Prince William doing on Duchess Kate’s 37th birthday?
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Correction & clarification: An earlier version of the story misstated where Oprah Winfrey is from. She was born in Mississippi. CHICAGO – Michelle Obama went back to her roots Tuesday night, taking over Chicago's United Center for the first night of her book tour for her new memoir, "Becoming." A little more than 10 years to the day after igniting the city with hope on the night of the 2008 presidential election, the former first lady sat in conversation with another powerful woman with Chicago ties – Oprah Winfrey – who chose the memoir as her latest book club pick (and apparently was one of the first people to read it outside of Obama's family). The two delved deeper into vignettes from the book, discussing everything from life in the White House and motherhood to owning her seat at the table and her relationship with her husband, Barack Obama. Here are the most poignant moments and revelations from the first night of the book tour: She … [Read more...] about 5 poignant moments from Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ book tour launch with Oprah
Chicago (CNN)Former President Barack Obama offered effusive praise of Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday as the Democratic leader faces opposition to her bid for House Speaker. "I think Nancy Pelosi, when the history is written, will go down as one of the most effective legislative leaders that this country's ever seen," Obama said at a live taping of "The Axe Files" podcast, produced by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN. "The Axe Files" is hosted by David Axelrod, Obama's former top strategist and a CNN political commentator. The interview comes as both Barack and Michelle Obama return to the public spotlight after spending most of the first year and a half of Donald Trump's presidency off the stage. Michelle Obama is touring to promote her book, while Barack Obama spent the weeks before the midterm elections campaigning for Democratic candidates. Obama's praise of Pelosi comes as a group of House Democrats who are seeking generational change in the party's top ranks … [Read more...] about Obama praises ‘extraordinary’ Pelosi amid leadership battle
BECOMING Back in the ancestral homeland of Michelle Obama, the architects of Jim Crow took great pains to set down the boundaries and define the roles of anyone living in the pre-modern South. Signs directed people to where they could sit, stand, get a sip of water. They reinforced the social order of an American hierarchy — how people were seen, what they were called, what they had been before the Republic was founded and what was presumed they could never be. The signs reminded every inhabitant of the very different place of black women and white women in the hierarchy. There were restrooms for “white ladies” and often, conversely, restrooms for “colored women.” Black women were rarely granted the honorific Miss or Mrs., but were addressed by their first name, or simply as “gal” or “auntie” or worse. This so openly demeaned them that many black women, long after they had left the South, refused to answer if called by their first … [Read more...] about Isabel Wilkerson on Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ and the Great Migration
The former first lady, whose new memoir is “Becoming,” admires Zadie Smith’s novel “White Teeth” for its complexity and humor: “Even if a book takes on serious topics, I think it should still be fun to read.” What books are on your nightstand? I’ve usually got a pile of books next to me when I sleep, each of them at varying levels of completion. On my nightstand right now, there’s “Educated,” by Tara Westover; “An American Marriage,” by Tayari Jones; “Exit West,” by Mohsin Hamid; “White Teeth,” by Zadie Smith; and Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth.” I’ve also got an autographed copy of Nelson Mandela’s “Conversations With Myself.” It’s a collection of his writings and speeches, an extension of sorts to “Long Walk to Freedom.” I like to flip through it from time to time because it always seems to give me an extra boost when I … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama: By the Book