Golden Brooks Gives Birth to Baby Girl
Golden Brooks and D.B. Woodside have welcomed a daughter, their rep tells PEOPLE exclusively. Dakota Tao Brooks-Woodside arrived on Sept. 1, weighing in at 9 lbs., 2 oz., and measuring 23 inches long. “Everyone is insanely in love with her. We’re so happy,” Golden shares with PEOPLE. “My mom and dad have moved in to be around her that much more! We’re already calling her our little jumping bean because she’s so active!” Brooks, 38, wrapped the indie film Polish Bar earlier this year, while Woodside, 40, is currently appearing on HawthoRNe. (Continue Reading…)

In First Lady’s Roots, a Complex Path from Slavery
In 1850, the elderly master of a South Carolina estate took pen in hand and painstakingly divided up his possessions. Among the spinning wheels, scythes, tablecloths and cattle that he bequeathed to his far-flung heirs was a 6-year-old slave girl valued soon afterward at $475. In his will, she is described simply as the “negro girl Melvinia.” After his death, she was torn away from the people and places she knew and shipped to Georgia. While she was still a teenager, a white man would father her first-born son under circumstances lost in the passage of time. (Continue Reading…)

Obama Awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to build momentum behind his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism. Obama said he was surprised and deeply humbled by the honor, and planned to travel to Oslo to accept the prize, which he said he does not see “as a recognition of my own accomplishments,” but rather as a recognition of goals he has set for the United States and the world. “I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures that have been honored by this prize,” Obama said. (Continue Reading…)

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