Black history finds home on National Mall with new museum
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Black history finds home on National Mall with new museum

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black history officially has a new, prominent place in America’s story. With hugs, tears and the ringing of church bells, the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors Saturday to help this nation understand, reconcile and celebrate African-Americans’ often-ignored contributions toward making this country what it … Continue reading

Rihanna, Kendrick, Metallica play at Global Citizen fest
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Rihanna, Kendrick, Metallica play at Global Citizen fest

NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna ran through her pop and R&B hits, Eddie Vedder partnered with Chris Martin and Kendrick Lamar was enthusiastic and energetic during his hour-long set at the Global Citizen Festival in New York. Metallica, Ellie Goulding, Usher and Yandel also performed familiar songs Saturday at the free event on the Great … Continue reading

Michelle Obama awards 13 youth arts programs
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Michelle Obama awards 13 youth arts programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling a group of artistic youth the “next generation of fabulous,” Michelle Obama presented national arts and humanities awards to 12 after-school programs from across the country and one international program from Honduras. Honorees included a musical theater program co-created by comedian Rosie O’Donnell that serves low-income students in New York City. … Continue reading

First lady brings ‘Great White Way’ to White House
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First lady brings ‘Great White Way’ to White House

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is giving her regards to Broadway with a TLC special set for Thanksgiving Day broadcast. “Broadway at the White House,” a one-hour special on the history of the “Great White Way” and the craft of theater, is to be taped Monday, November 16. Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison are … Continue reading

Michelle Obama chooses Vera Wang gown for China State Dinner
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Michelle Obama chooses Vera Wang gown for China State Dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama chose a dress by a Chinese-American designer for Friday’s White House dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made black, off-the-shoulder mermaid gown by Vera Wang Collection for the occasion. Fitted, with sheer sleeves, it skimmed the floor with its silk organza flounce. Mrs. Obama … Continue reading

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US 1st lady visits Japan to showcase girls’ education aid

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is visiting Japan and Cambodia, who are among Asia’s richest and poorest nations, to highlight cooperation on helping girls finish their educations. The five-day trip that began in Tokyo on Wednesday is Mrs. Obama’s first visit to Japan. In Tokyo she plans to announce, along with Japanese … Continue reading

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First lady: US experiencing food ‘culture change’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a “culture change” in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. But as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts, the first lady also warned that the progress that’s been made is “incredibly fragile.” That’s because special interests … Continue reading

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First lady: US experiencing food ‘culture change’

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a “culture change” in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. But as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts, the first lady also warned that the progress that’s been made is “incredibly fragile.” That’s because special interests “whose … Continue reading