Friday Open Thread | Michelle Obama In the Twin Cities

Happy Fry-Day, Everyone!

I wasn’t able to make the Michelle Obama book tour/interview at the Xcel Energy in St. Paul Wednesday night. I’ve been laying low and recovering from a health issue.

AnyHOO, I’ve been lurking and hoping I could get a few pics and videos to capture some of that BLACK GIRL MAGIC.

Here tis….

In St. Paul, Michelle Obama talks about life, learning and that famous fist bump

“I think this is the biggest crowd we’ve had,” the former First Lady said as she stood on a stage with blue lights running up and down the sides.

“I love you,” one of the 16,000 people in the sold-out audience shouted, to which Obama replied, “I love you, too, Babe.”

Michelle Obama is introduced to the packed house by moderator Michele Norris onstage at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, one of the tour dates of ” Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama,” March 13, 2019. (Scott Takushi/ Pioneer Press)

Michelle Obama speaks with moderator Michele Norris onstage at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, one of the tour dates of ” Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama,” March 13, 2019. (Scott Takushi/ Pioneer Press)

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68 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Michelle Obama In the Twin Cities

  1. Y’all look at this stupid ass woman. She has NO SHAME!

  2. rikyrah says:

    Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) Tweeted:
    Every single American murdered by extremists in 2018 was murdered by a white supremacist or far right extremist.

    Every Single One. 100%

    It isn’t too soon to talk about the toxic role of white supremacy in the New Zealand mosque attack.

    It’s too late.😓

  3. rikyrah says:

    Hope that he never sees the light of day ever again 😠😠😠

  4. rikyrah says:

    Dr. King…as ever on point as he always was:

    I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.”

    –Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

  5. rikyrah says:

    The height of privilege is offering up “thoughts and prayers” when people get murdered for how they think and pray.— Drew Morgan (@drewmorgcomedy) March 15, 2019

  6. rikyrah says:

    This is a staggering story from @AmyAHarder, who asked Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) about his claim that the Green New Deal was nearly “tantamount to genocide.”AXIOS: How is the Green New Deal like genocide?BISHOP: I’m an ethnic. I’m a westerner.— Robinson Meyer (@yayitsrob) March 14, 2019

  7. rikyrah says:

    Candace Owens Was Named in the New Zealand Shooter’s Alleged Manifesto. But Christchurch Is Bigger Than Her

    Anne Branigin
    Today 11:00am

    Every time I write about Candace Owens, I feel manipulated.

    I feel manipulated because Candace Owens, on her own, is not newsworthy. She’s not witty or particularly charismatic. She’s billed as a commentator and activist, but to describe her grasp on politics, history, gender, or race as shallow would be doing a great disservice to the word, because shallow still has depth. Activism implies, well, activity, or purpose. Activists tend to have a moral center—however questionable or controversial.

    Owens has never successfully articulated such a moral center, and her leap from running an anti-Trump site in 2016 to grabbing Kanye West’s “free thinker” coattails in 2018 implies one doesn’t exist.

    Owens’ only gift is grift, and she’s been exceptional at it in a way that says far more about conservative white people’s grievances than it says about her. Her currency is outrage, and her endgame is attention.


    But I’m writing about Owens because she’s the troll a mass shooter in Christchurch, New Zealand named in his alleged manifesto. The shooter, whose name has not been released by police as of Friday morning, opened fire on two mosques, killing at least 49 people in what can rightfully be described as a terrorist attack.

    “The person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens,” the suspect wrote. “Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness. Though I will have to disavow some of her beliefs, the extreme actions she calls for are too much, even for my tastes.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    1/ No @realDonaldTrump 49 people did not “die senselessly.” They were massacred by a right wing racist terrorist inspired by people you amplify and refuse to condemn. They were slaughtered Bc they were Muslim: the kind of folks you would like to ban from the US

    — Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) March 15, 2019

    • Ametia says:

      It’s how these mo-fuckers frame a murder/killing,” die senselessly,” as if the victims died through osmosis or some such.

      These people were worshiping in the church/Mosques and were MURDERED, BLOWN TO SMITHEREENS by hateful racists, bigoted white men.

  9. Ametia says:

    Majiir, you’re gonna love this one!

    Word of the Day : March 15, 2019

    45’s a TWO-BIT CON & THUG

    Two-bit:adjective TOO-BIT

    1 : cheap or trivial of its kind : petty, small-time

    2 : of the value of two bits

  10. rikyrah says:

    Sandy Hook families see legal path around gun industry immunity
    Josh Koskoff, a lawyer representing Sandy Hook families, and David Wheeler, whose son Ben was killed in the Sandy Hook gun massacre, talk with Rachel Maddow about their legal strategy for holding gun makers accountable.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Sandy Hook families win ruling to seek gun maker accountability
    Rachel Maddow describes the novel legal strategy that won a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that the Sand Hook families can sue the maker of the gun used in that tragedy, and have their case heard by a jury.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Zervos ruling clears path for new case against Trump Foundation
    Rachel Maddow explains how the court victory for Summer Zervos in her lawsuit against Donald Trump has also made way for New York State Attorney General Letitia James to move ahead with a case against the Trump Foundation.

  13. rikyrah says:


    Freeborn Black Woman First of Her Name 🖤 (@TheWayWithAnoa) Tweeted:
    Even if Candace Owens only plays a white supremacist for a living, she’s still part of the problem. And folks need to stop acting like checking her or Tucker or Shapiro is some how a threat to our speech. It’s not. Protecting them only puts marginalized communities in danger.

  14. rikyrah says:

    In case you didn’t know….

    the Republicans on the Intelligence Committee, are now just releasing – ON THEIR OWN- entire transcripts – IGNORING the wishes of the Justice Department to release redacted ones.

    Found this out last night on Maddow.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Yes 👏

    David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) Tweeted:
    If you don’t think the horror in New Zealand is related to a global resurgence of racism and nationalism led in part by Donald Trump, you are part of the problem.

  16. rikyrah says:


    Stephen Robinson (@SER1897) Tweeted:
    Pelosi leaves her home each morning with zero fucks. She even checks her purse to make sure there’s not one still in there from last week.

    • Ametia says:

      LOL@”Cover band.” Agree

      Honestly, juxtapose these white men running for POTUS with mass shootings 7 killings by white men. I’M NOT.FEELING.ANYOF.THEM.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Beware of the Ides of March 😲😲😲

  18. rikyrah says:

    Keep on exposing these hoes 😠😠😠

    Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) Tweeted:
    ICYMI: For the first time in decades @GOPoversight tried to shut down a hearing—this one with Wilbur Ross on the #2020Census. Republicans are burying their heads in the sand, going against the very mission of oversight, and trying to keep the truth from the American people.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Mr. Weeks 🤴🏾 (@MrDane1982) Tweeted:
    I don’t know what men see as the “it factor” but I will say this, Kamala Harris has a very diverse base, and her components of winning the Nomination is the south and California. Don’t sleep on this woman impact. She’s still collecting her footing, but she’s doing it in heels.

  20. rikyrah says:

    The dog tugging at the blanket 😂😂 😂

  21. rikyrah says:

    Thanks for the pictures and videos of Forever FLOTUS 😍 😍

  22. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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