Michelle Obama

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Barack Obama's memoir to be published on November 17
Cover of "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama
Cover of "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama Credit: Crown Publishing Group

"A Promised Land", the first volume of former President Barack Obama's memoir covering his presidential campaign and first term in office, is set to be published on November 17.

"I've spent the last few years reflecting on my presidency, and in 'A Promised Land' I've tried to provide an honest accounting of my presidential campaign and my time in office: the key events and people who shaped it; my take on what I got right and the mistakes I made; and the political, economic, and cultural forces that my team and I had to confront then — and that as a nation we are grappling with still," so Obama in a statement. "In the book, I've also tried to give readers a sense of the personal journey that Michelle and I went through during those years, with all the incredible highs and lows."

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"The Michelle Obama Podcast" is coming to Spotify on July 29
"The Michelle Obama Podcast" is coming to Spotify on July 29
Credit: Spotify

Spotify has announced the launch of Michelle Obama's podcast "The Michelle Obama Podcast" which will premier on July 29.

"Hosted by Michelle Obama, the show will bring listeners the First Lady’s most candid, human, and personal conversations to show us what is possible when we dare to be vulnerable," so the statement on Spotify's Newsroom.

The podcast is produced by the Obamas' production company Higher Ground which produces exclusively for Spotify and will focus on women's health, relationships and other personal topics. Michelle Obama will be joined by several guests, including Dr Sharon Malone MD, Valerie Jarett and Conan O'Brien.

"My hope is that this series can be a place to explore meaningful topics together and sort through so many of the questions we’re all trying to answer in our own lives," so Michelle Obama about her new podcast. "Perhaps most of all, I hope this podcast will help listeners open up new conversations—and hard conversations—with the people who matter most to them. That’s how we can build more understanding and empathy for one another."

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Beyoncé receives BET Humanitarian Award, urges people to "dismantle the racist and unequal system"
Beyoncé performing at Coachella
Beyoncé performing at Coachella Credit: Thephilipmicah / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

During Sunday's Black Entertainment Television Awards, Beyoncé received the prestigious Humanitarian Award of the Year and dedicated it to "all those who have been marching in support of racial equality." The award was presented by Michelle Obama, who praised the singer for her passion, accomplishments and activism. "To my girl, I just want to say you inspire me," Obama continued. "You inspire all of us."

In a pre-recorded acceptance speech, Beyoncé urges people to vote "like your life depends on it, because it does," and encourages voters "to change and dismantle the racist and unequal system."