artmichelleobamacnn.jpgA First Lady of a different kind
Take a brilliant, strong-willed, American woman. Let her marry a rising politician, start a family, build a successful legal career, and then emerge as a polished public figure in her own right. You might end up with the Hillary Clinton we’ve gotten to know over the years — or with the Michelle Obama we’re just being introduced to. With Barack Obama’s victory in the Oregon primary this week and his declaration of a nearly unbeatable lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton doesn’t look like she’ll be making history as America’s first female president. If polls predicting a Democratic victory in the November election hold true, it will be Michelle Obama who will be making history, as the first African-American First Lady. And you can expect a First Lady of a different kind. (Continue Reading…)

Hip-Hop Pioneer ‘Slick Rick’ Pardoned by Governor
Pioneering rapper Ricky “Slick Rick” Walters, who spent more than five years in prison on a 1991 attempted murder conviction and faced threats of deportation years after rehabilitating his life, was granted a full and unconditional pardon Friday by New York Gov. David Paterson. Walters, 43, has been under threat of being sent back to his native United Kingdom, although he has lived in the United States since he was a child. In a statement, he expressed gratitude to Paterson and his lawyers, and hoped that he could finally put the turmoil behind him. (Continue Reading…)

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