A Stunning Portrait

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  1. 1 desertflower
    April 21, 2017 at 9:33 pm


  2. 3 Judith Fardig
    April 21, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    WOW – does anyone know who is going to do the official Obama portraits for the White House? I like Kehinde Wiley’s work.

  3. 4 whenpamelawandered
    April 21, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    ❤️ Forever FLOTUS ❤️

  4. 5 No Child Left Behind
    April 21, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Extraordinary! What a talent the artist has! And what a beautiful queen!!!

  5. 6 jacquelineoboomer
    April 21, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    I really don’t think when Michelle Obama was growing up in Chicago, even she could have ever predicted where her life would take her … although, maybe in her “young-girl dreams,” she did!

  6. 7 GGAIL
    April 21, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Oh WOW, simply stunning!
    Thanks NW for posting this

  7. 8 vcprezofan2
    April 21, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    I ❤ ❤ ❤ it! (So of course I went looking if there was a back story).


    SOUTH SHORE — A Chicago artist has finished his mural of Michelle Obama in a colorful image that features the former first lady as an Egyptian queen.

    The painting by artist Chris Devins was completed Friday on the southeast corner of Chappel Avenue and 74th Street in South Shore. That's two blocks from the former first lady's childhood home at 7436 S. Euclid Ave. and across the street from Bouchet Elementary, which she attended when it was known as Bryn Mawr School.

    "I wanted to present her as what I think she is, so she's clothed as an Egyptian queen. I thought that was appropriate," Devins said Friday.


    Devins said CPS rejected putting the mural on Bouchet because the district does not allow murals on schools. But he didn't mind the location on a building across street.

    "I wanted to keep my original promise so students can see right now across from the playground," he said. "It gives them a sense of pride."



    • 9 ydavis00
      April 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      This could be a thieft. An black female artist may have been the originator of this portrait. She is on Instagram as ” thick-east-african-girl”. Apparently Chris Devins reproduced the portrait and did not credit the originator of the piece. Does anyone have more info on this angle of the story?

      I have seen thick east African girl’s Instagram site and there is a video of the process for creating the M.Obama portrait and there are many more portraits, including another portrait of the Obamas
      ;but I would like to know more about this dispute.

  8. 13 desertflower
    April 21, 2017 at 10:50 pm

  9. 14 desertflower
    April 21, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Because of COURSE he did. I can’t wait until this moron is in jail

    • 15 Judith Fardig
      April 21, 2017 at 11:28 pm


    • April 21, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      I was just thinking about him a couple of weeks ago, wondering how he’d escaped the axe.

      These investigations can’t some soon enough.

      • April 22, 2017 at 7:59 am

        Here are some of those lessons which I will keep with me:

        1. Kindness is more than a virtue. It is a source of strength. If we teach our children to be kind and remind each other of the same, we can live from a place of strength, not fear.

        2. We will only be successful in addressing addiction – and other illnesses – when we recognize the humanity within each of us. People are more than their disease. All of us are more than our worst mistakes.

        3. Healing happens when we are able to truly talk to and connect with each other. That means listening and understanding. It means assuming good, not the worst. It means pausing before we judge.

        4. The world is locked in a struggle between love and fear. Choose love. Always. It is the world’s oldest medicine. It is what we need to build a nation that is safe and strong for us and our children.

      • 21 CEB
        April 22, 2017 at 9:40 am

        A class act like all of the Obama appointees and staff. The leaders sets the tone and all of the people he/she chooses to surround him/herself is a reflection of the leader’s character, values and vision.

    • April 22, 2017 at 8:09 am

      Sylvia Trent-Adams

      “Sylvia Trent-Adams: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know”



      1. Trent-Adams Has Over 24 Years of Experience In the Public Health Service Corps.

      2. She Graduated From Hampton University Then the University of Maryland.

      3. Trent-Adams Has Been a Guest Lecturer At Universities & High Schools

      4. Trent-Adams, a Mother of 2, Was Pushed to Succeed By Her Mother.

      5. When She Worked At a Military Hospital, Her Life Changed “for Good”

      • 23 CEB
        April 22, 2017 at 9:52 am

        The NYT headline “Nurse replaces…Surgeon General. She is so much more than a nurse (though they are totally awesome). So tired of smart women being put down, lied about, and discredited. Thanks for the information on this remarkable and gifted health officer.

        • April 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

          I saw that too, CEB. That little snippet makes her sound less than qualified. While being a nurse is nothing to sneeze at, the way it was stated was so demeaning. I’m glad I took the time to dig a little further to find out what a remarkable woman — a remarkable black woman — she is.

      • April 22, 2017 at 4:48 pm

        Trent-Adams was deputy to Vivek Murthy, now acting in that position.

    • April 22, 2017 at 8:24 am

  10. 27 globalcitizenlinda
    April 21, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    I was trying to make this point but … well, stuff happened.

    we all know that the homegrown demagogue :

    – and his team lie a lot about everything;

    – never accepts responsibility for stuff that is wrong or is roundly criticized as short-sighted;

    – will not hesitate to publicly blame any member of the military for missions that later appear not to have been given the necessary thought;

    based on just these two reason, I want to suggest that there is a chance that reports that the General in charge of the field operations in Afghanistan decided to use the MOAB on his own may eventually turn out not to be true.

    it is more likely that the request for the ammunition was made and that the order was given by more than that one general.

    initially, the homegrown demagogue’s official team and supporters were very proud of the choice of ammunition so why are some media reports trying to place the blame on “the general” on the ground;

    I will need more confirmation about this before I can believe that …. it is just too convenient and looks like a fall guy

    • April 21, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      I happen to believe the reports that Trump signed over a lot of decision making authority to the military. I frankly don’t think he has the attention span to consider these extremely difficult issues and in reality doesn’t want to be bothered, in line with his entire “governing” style. He’s simple there to sit at that desk and say stupid things that make him feel important and make a lot more money for himself and his family and friends. What happened on the military side deserves to be investigated. We have a right to know what’s really happening in the chain of command.

      • 29 globalcitizenlinda
        April 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm

        True, he signed over most of the power to the military – just like he signed over other work to his equally corrupt daughter & son in law. He promised to do that during the campaign. He is lazy physically & intellectually and only wants to take credit for stuff that he thinks is great.

        • April 22, 2017 at 12:06 am

          Yeah, that’s how I see it. He’s extremely lazy, set in his ways, has absolutely no curiosity about anything except money and self-aggrandizement. My sense is he’s always going to take the path of doing only what’s best for him, period. He lies so much about everything because he has to prop up all that laziness and self-importance. This is all precisely what makes him so dangerous.

  11. 31 globalcitizenlinda
    April 21, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    before the day ends I want history to record that I will be very happy when the racists heading the DOJ, and the racist in the People’s House who appointed him, both are no longer in their current positions;

    FBI, please help us to make this come sooner rather than later

    • 32 Judith Fardig
      April 21, 2017 at 11:29 pm


    • April 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Correct me if I’m wrong (I want to be), but the FBI could have all the evidence in the world and recommend prosecution, but unless the DOJ actually bring charges, nothing will happen.

      It’s why Jess Sessions is still the AG, even though he’s a fuckingFELON. He’s there to block everything.

    • 34 joyfulmeme
      April 22, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Be careful what you ask for. Pence would be just as bad from a policy perspective. We are screwed with this entire regime. From POTUS on down.

  12. April 21, 2017 at 11:41 pm

  13. April 21, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    I have so much admiration for this man.

  14. 38 4morefor44
    April 22, 2017 at 12:11 am

    oh my goodness. that mural! perfection!

    • 39 4morefor44
      April 22, 2017 at 12:15 am

      don’t know if it’s still active, but the artist had started a gofundme page to make it, and for donation’s to michelle’s former school:

      • 40 4morefor44
        April 22, 2017 at 12:28 am

        oh no. just seeing that it looks like the guy who put the mural up stole the image from another artist who is a black woman. glad he wanted to put it up but why is it so hard to credit the actual artist!

          • 42 CEB
            April 22, 2017 at 7:27 am

            WTF is wrong with so many men who want to screw over women? I hope that it becomes clear to all to whom this creativity really belongs. As for the portrait itself, Michelle Robinson Obama is more than enough just by being who she is. I am troubled by this and other images of her that I have seen when another person’s ideas of who she should be or what she represents is superimposed on them. I have had to tell people that their beloved photos of Michelle wearing her hair naturally were Photoshopped because I was familiar with the original ones in which her hair was straight.

            • 43 4morefor44
              April 22, 2017 at 8:02 am

              didn’t know about the photoshopping and thanks for making me think more about this mural. art of course can be great at opening up conversations!

  15. 44 arapaho415
    April 22, 2017 at 12:25 am

    GM TODville, to those of you on the east coast or further east, it’s Earth Day now.

    The first Earth Day happened when I was in high school, and I went to San Diego State for events — hard to believe that was nearly 50 (!) years ago.

  16. 45 Bill R.
    April 22, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Love the portrait of First Lady as Queen Michelle.

  17. 46 globalcitizenlinda
    April 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

    good morning everyone!

    have a fantastic day!

    if you can, please join the #ScienceMarch #MarchForScience in your area

  18. April 22, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Sort of explains 45….i.e., his lack of….

  19. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    April 22, 2017 at 9:11 am

  20. 49 Don
    April 22, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Good Morning TOD, I absolutely love this place and all the people that come here. This is our headquarters, this is where we come to get the right information about almost everything. This is our sanctuary where we come to recharge our batteries. If it weren’t for TOD I’d still be hanging out at Daily Kos getting banned every four or five months. I love this place.

    • 50 desertflower
      April 22, 2017 at 9:54 am

      THIS…except for the DK and the banning:) I never commented there. At the time, I felt intimidated….they all sounded so knowledgeable:) Silly me….Morning, Don. Happy Earth Day. I think I will plant flowers today. Maybe a tree

  21. 53 CEB
    April 22, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Happy Earth Day, long may she live and thrive. Brings back memories of my work in environmental activism when I was much younger.

  22. 54 globalcitizenlinda
    April 22, 2017 at 10:15 am

  23. 55 desertflower
    April 22, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Happy Earth Day everyone:) WATCH!

  24. April 22, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Good day, TODville. Hope your weekend is off to a great start.

    The March for Science event in my city starts at the water with a rally and speakers, goes down Market St then ends at Civic Center where there will be a Science Fair.

    Regrettably, I was never a strong science student. But the fact that there is such an urgent need for this march makes me sick inside. What a shame for our esteemed history of growth and discovery.

  25. 58 desertflower
    April 22, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Wearing my ” Because Science Says So” shirt today:)

  26. April 22, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Happy Earth Day Everyone!!

  27. April 22, 2017 at 11:03 am

  28. 66 JER
    April 22, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  29. 67 desertflower
    April 22, 2017 at 11:35 am

    HELLO!!! WAKE UP!!

  30. 68 JER
    April 22, 2017 at 11:42 am

  31. 72 CEB
    April 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Loving all of the diversity at the DC March.

  32. April 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Bill Nye: “It’s in the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, to promote the progress of science and useful arts.”
    Also – “We could get to 80 percent renewables in the next 15 years, we could 100 percent renewable in the next 30 years and we wouldn’t have to have a military on the other side of the world protecting oil fields so that we could get our fossil fuels here in North America.”

    • April 22, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      NOAA scientists say that adapting to levels above 450 ppm would be difficult for some humans.
      –We passed 400 ppm in 2015. Now we are at 410 ppm (NOAA)
      METHANE is a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than CO2.
      –Seven thousand, perhaps 100,000, methane hills found in Siberian Arctic.

    • April 22, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      EXXON covered up their own research findings from the 1970s that carbon dioxide was warming the planet and melting the Arctic.
      “The climate deception dossiers: internal fossil fuel industry memos reveal decades of corporate disinformation”: http://apo.org.au/node/55839
      “The Arctic holds about one-third of the world’s untapped natural gas and roughly 13% of the planet’s undiscovered oil, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. More than three-quarters of Arctic deposits are offshore. ”

      • April 22, 2017 at 2:17 pm

        ARCTIC SCIENTIST reports on the deleting of data by the Trump administration.
        “At first, the distress flare of lost data came as a surge of defunct links on 21 January. The US National Strategy for the Arctic, the Implementation Plan for the Strategy, and the report on our progress all gone within a matter of minutes. As I watched more and more links turned red, I frantically combed the internet for archived versions of our country’s most important polar policies. I had no idea then that this disappearing act had just begun. Since January, the surge has transformed into a slow, incessant march of deleting datasets, webpages and policies about the Arctic.”
        Remember the giant EXXONRosneft deal in the Arctic that is under sanctions.

  33. 77 CEB
    April 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I am beginning to feel hopeful that the resistance, in all of its moving parts, will continue until we self-correct our society. We have the knowledge, the skills, the creativity, the determination, and the will to succeed. There will be set backs and successes and times when we wonder if the job is too much, too hard, but we will get there to a more grown up, responsible, inclusive, and truly pluralistic society that will work better for more of us here and abroad. PBO’s greatest legacy is that he taught us to believe in ourselves and in our abilities to bring about positive and lasting change in our communities, states, countries and the world. The Obama generation has arrived.

  34. April 22, 2017 at 2:07 pm

  35. April 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    MTWHLA – Making The White House Less Accessible

    • 83 desertflower
      April 22, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      The PUBLIC sidewalk in front of the PEOPLE’S HOUSE??? Fucking coward

    • 84 arapaho415
      April 22, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      GA SWBG — thanks for the info on GA voting machines.

      Jon Ossoff is an impressive candidate, not interested in games, committed to working for Americans — something GOP has completely lost sight of — the only they *know* how to do is ideology and dog whistles, which is no way to run a democracy (and doesn’t justify their paychecks).

      So many awful things about this administration, but MSM continue to prop up DJT adm.’s actions as if “nothing to see here, move along…” as we meekly slide into jackbooted, autocratic, kleptocratic oligarchy.

      • April 22, 2017 at 4:27 pm

        Good Afternoon, arapaho415.

        I agree that Ossoff is an impressive candidate. Although I am not in GA06, I was in the viewing area for the campaign ads. I was so pleased that Ossoff kept it positive. He kept the focus on himself and the issues that were important to him. He was well-spoken as well as concise. On the other hand, the GOP ads that were not touting their allegiance to 45, were the typical attack ads…against Ossoff and against Handel.

        Ossoff also ran a strong grassroots campaign. While many — especially Republicans — seem to think that a runoff automatically means a GOP win I think Ossoff still has a strong chance of winning.

      • April 22, 2017 at 5:03 pm

  36. 87 desertflower
    April 22, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Spreading hate and fear to elevate their cause/politician

  37. 90 desertflower
    April 22, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    What happened with Chaffez yesterday? Is he still around or did he resign?

    • 91 Nena20409
      April 22, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      He said 2 days ago that he might Leave early. So Far, he has NOT announced a date. UT Gov is currently getting ready, just in case JasonInTheHouse does.

  38. 94 desertflower
    April 22, 2017 at 3:07 pm

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  40. 96 globalcitizenlinda
    April 22, 2017 at 3:10 pm

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  42. 99 desertflower
    April 22, 2017 at 3:12 pm


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  47. 111 globalcitizenlinda
    April 22, 2017 at 3:21 pm

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  50. April 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    FYI … Amb Susan Rice RT’d these ….

  51. 116 JER
    April 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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  54. April 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Remember, Grozny is a Russian City …

    This would be like Trump bombing Seattle or …..

  55. April 22, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Neil Gorsuch’s mother Anne – EPA Administrator under Reagan – was an EPA adversary as today’s Scott Pruitt. “Anne Gorsuch slashed EPA’s budget by 22 percent and aggressively rolled back clean air and clean water rules and other protections. She oversaw a “79 percent decline in the number of enforcement cases filed from regional offices to EPA headquarters, and a 69 percent decline in the number of cases filed from the EPA to the Department of Justice.” http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Anne_Gorsuch
    Anne Gorsuch’s husband Robert Burford was a cattle baron who vowed to destroy the B.L.M. Having denied the toxic properties of formaldehyde and accelerated federal approvals for the spraying of restricted farm pesticides — I am curious about what kind of cancer caused her death at 62.

    • 130 desertflower
      April 22, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      It is my hope that once this trump/russia mess gets aired out and we see the illegit stand in behind bars, that we will have a new election, without the interference of our adversary….and all this will be reversed because he was a fraud to begin with…

  56. 131 arapaho415
    April 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Some afternoon levity (sorry guys — I like men, but this seemed funny and on-the-mark in a joking sort of way). 🙂

  57. 138 desertflower
    April 22, 2017 at 4:49 pm

  58. 139 desertflower
    April 22, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    the fake president hates the earth

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  60. 142 JER
    April 22, 2017 at 5:04 pm

  61. April 22, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    So many amazing memories to lift our spirits today:

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