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FLOTUS & Dr Jill @ a Joining Forces service event with Congressional spouses to assemble Mother's Day packages that deployed troops have requested to be sent to their mothers and wives @ home

MOW would like to wish everyone a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!


FLOTUS to VA Tech Grads: "People can only define you if you let them."


Livestream of FLOTUS' Virginia Tech Commencement Speech Today @ Noon ET

According to

"WDBJ7 will live stream First Lady Michelle Obama's commencement speech Friday at Virginia Tech.

The commencement ceremony is scheduled to start at noon Friday. It is being held in Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) will also speak at the graduation. He served as Virginia's governor from 2002 to 2006.

More than 5,000 graduates will be honored at the ceremony in Blacksburg."

Click here at noon ET to view livestream.


VIDEO: Joining Forces Honors Military Moms


VIDEO: FLOTUS @ the Ready to Go Rally 


Livestream: FLOTUS in Ohio for First Big Campaign Rally

FLOTUS & the President arrive in Ohio for first big campaign rally of 2012. Watch the live stream here


FLOTUS @ White House Correspondents' Dinner

FLOTUS looked fab last night at the White House Correspondents' Dinner aka Nerd Prom. She wore a Naeem Khan gown to the affair.


Blogging While Brown, Let’s Move! & Black Girls Run

The 5th Annual Blogging While Brown Conference will take place June 1-2, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The conference brings together Black bloggers, social media entrepreneurs and online activists to educate, inspire and expand their influence in social media and technology. Along with panel discussions, keynotes and networking opportunities this 2 day event also includes blogger training workshops. As the Executive Director I am so pleased that this year’s conference has expanded to include 2 full days of programming and features a Business of Blogging workshop and symposium.

Blogging While Brown speaker Ashley Hicks, co-founder of Black Girls Run was a featured panelist on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show on Saturday. Ashley along with ESPN columnist Jemele Hill and author Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, discussed the impact of Title IX on women athletes.

The panel discussed First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative and how it’s not only important that we encourage our children to get out and play but that we all engage in some kind of physical activity to stay healthy.

I’ve followed Black Girls Run for about 2 years and I was excited about their participation in Blogging While Brown. Perhaps this will be the motivation that I need to get up off my duff and start running again. It’s been years since I’ve laced up my New Balance and hit the track. Not to mention that the Black Girls Run Group here in Chicago meets within walking, or should I say running distance of my home.

This post is my personal invitation to MOWatchers to attend Blogging While Brown 2012 and to join the Black Girls Run Group or any organization near you that promotes physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Let’s participate in our own Let’s Move! and make it a family affair.

You can meet Ashley and her partner Toni Carey at Blogging While Brown when they present "Blogging without Bounds: Taking Your Blog Offline into Local Communities." This thought provoking presentation will discuss what to consider when implementing an offline component to your blog, how to integrate a grassroots movement into your blog, how do you gain buy-in from existing readers, how to create blog loyalist and how do you further extend your blog brand offline.

To learn more about Ashley, Toni and other Blogging While Brown 2012 presenters check out our Speakers page. To learn more about Black Girls Run visit their website and follow them on Twitter @blackgirlsrun

All MOW readers can receive 15% Blogging While Brown registration by using the promo code MOW. Don’t know how to blog? We’ll show you how at our Beginning Blogger Bootcamp.  Don’t miss out on one of the biggest social media weekends of 2012. Register today!

Check out the video of Ashley Hicks on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show. I’m loving FLOTUS working it out on the Biggest Loser.

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Flashback Friday: Be Not Afraid

This is my favorite 2008 campaign speech from Michelle Obama, before she became First Lady.


This Week with FLOTUS ... The Never A Good Idea Edition 

Official White House Photo: Sherman & Tammie Gillums look at their pictures with FLOTUS as Mrs Obama continues to greets guests at the Joining Forces Community Challenge event at The White House, April 11, 2012

It was a busy week for First Lady Michelle Obama. She celebrated the One Year Anniversary of Joining Forces, honoured young women from Military Families, received a heartfelt thank you note from Beyonce and appeared on The Colbert Report.

Then there are those stories that serve as reminders of why this blog was started 4 years ago. Let me begin with the lighter side of ridiculousness. The UK's Daily Mail reported, and I use the word loosely, that FLOTUS has banned acctress Kerry Washington from the White House because she's "too flirty" with the President.

If the "Daily Mail Reporter" who wrote this trash doesn't do PR for ABC they should. Is it a coincidence that on Washington's new ABC show Scandal her character Olivia Pope is having an affair with on air president, Fitzgerald Grant? While this plot makes for OK television watching, it's never a good idea for "reporters" to mix fact with fiction, but we all know that happens too often. I won't even go into the other actress that was named in the alleged White House Watch List.

 Then there was the Hilary Rosen debacle on CNN. When will people learn it's never a good idea, NEVER, to compare stay at home moms to working moms. NEVER. Being the smart woman that she is, First Lady Michelle Obama squashed the impending beef by Tweeting, "Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected." Enough said.



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