Michelle Obama Covers February 2012 More Magazine

Michelle Obama graces the February 2012 cover of More Magazine.

Excerpts below:

On her nickname FLOTUS: “They call me FLOTUS, for first lady of the United States…And there are many times when FLOTUS and POTUS feel like characters.”

On her mentoring program in the White House: “It’s very personal. I mean, growing up the way that I did — kid from the South Side (of Chicago), going to public schools — the more my career developed, I realized how much I didn’t see, how little exposure I had to opportunities.”

Whitney Houston returns to Big Screen in Sparkle!

Whitney Houston returns to the big screen for the first time in 15 years in Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 Motown-era film. In the first official still from the movie (via PEOPLE), the legendary singer plays mother to her co-star, Jordin Sparks.

“Part of the fun of making this movie is definitely the costumes and thehairstyles,” the 48-year-old diva tells PEOPLE. “The movie is set in 1963, and we had a great wardrobe, hair and makeup person and I loved wearing the outfits.”

Sparks makes her film debut alongside Houston. “She was so cool and very motherly toward me,” says the 22-year-old “American Idol” winner, who playsa singer who hits it big. “If I ever looked like I needed something, here she came saying ‘Are you okay?’”

Sparkle, which marks Houston’s first big-screen role since The Preacher’s Wifein 1996, opens in theaters on August 10.



Fans of Spalding who purchase tickets thru Ticketmaster will receive a free song download of “City of Roses” from Radio Music Society, and in celebration of Black History Month, can purchase the e-single “Black Gold” (which includes a music video) on iTunes beginning February 7.

April 18 – Buffalo, NY – Center for the Arts – tickets onsale January 20

April 19 – Cleveland, OH – Metro Campus Auditorium – tickets onsale January 20

April 21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall – tickets onsale January 20

April 22 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre – tickets onsale January 17

April 24 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre – tickets onsale January 27

April 25 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom – tickets onsale January 27

April 27 – Hollywood, CA – The Music Box – tickets onsale January 21

April 28 – Phoenix, AZ – JW Desert Ridge Jazz Festival – tickets onsale January 16

May 1 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues – tickets onsale January 16

May 2 – Houston, TX – House of Blues – tickets onsale January 16

May 3 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – tickets on sale now

May 5 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre – tickets onsale January 20

May 23 – Paris, France – La Cigale – tickets onsale TBD

May 28 – London, UK – KoKo – tickets onsale TBD

June 27 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Jazz Festival – tickets onsale TBD

June 29 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis Theatre – tickets onsale now

June 30 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center – tickets onsale TBD

Black Film Release Dates For 2012



PARIAH (now playing)- Kim Wayans, Adepero Oduye, Charles Parnell, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis

SHAME (now playing)- dir by Steve McQueen, starring Nicole Beharie

JOYFUL NOISE  (now playing)- Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Jesse L. Martin

01/20/2012 RED TAILS- Nate Parker, Terence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tristan Wilds, Elijah Kelly, Ne-Yo, David Oyelowo, Michael B. Jordan

01/27/2012 MAN ON A LEDGE- Anthony Mackie


02/03/2012 CHRONICLE – Michael B. Jordan

02/03/2012 DYSFUNCTIONAL FRIENDS- Stacey Dash, Terell Owens, Persia White, Jason Weaver, Essence Atkins, Meagan Good, Jason Weaver

02/09/2012  I AM BRUCE LEE (documentary)

02/10/2012 SAFE HOUSE- Denzel Washington

02/14/2012- Gang of Roses 2  (DVD) Amber Rose, Wiz Khalifa, Teyana Taylor, Kellita Smith, Claudia Jordan, Rocsi Diaz

02/17/2012 Ghost Rider Vengeance – Idris Elba

02/24/2012- Good Deeds- Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union, Phylicia Rashad, Brian White


03/09/2012 THINK LIKE A MAN- Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Kevin Hart, Meagan Good, Michael Ealy, Chris Brown

03/16/2012 21 JUMP STREET-  Ice Cube, DeRay Davis

03/23/2012 HUNGER GAMES- Lenny Kravtiz, Amandla Stenberg


04/06/2012 AMERICAN REUNION- Dania Ramirez

04/12/2012  THE LADY- Michelle Yeoh, Jonathan Woodhouse, Jonathan Raggett

04/13/2012 WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED: On The Seventh Day- Blair Underwood, Nicole Beharie, Sharon Leal

04/13/2012 THREE STOOGES-  Jennifer Hudson

04/20/2012 SCARY MOVIE 5

04/20/2012 A Thousand Words- Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington

04/27/2012 GIRL IN PROGRESS- Eva Mendes, Cierra Ramirez


05/04/2012 Avengers-  Samuel L. Jackson

05/11/2012   WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING-Chris Rock, Jennifer Lopez

05/18/2012  BATTLESHIP- Rihanna

05/25/2012 Men In Black 3- Will Smith


06/01/2012  ROCK OF AGES-  Mary J. Blige

06/08/2012 PROMETHEUS-  Idris Elba

06/08/2012 MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED- Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sherri Shepherd, Andre 3000

06/22/2012  ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER – Anthony Mackie

06/29/2012 GI JOE: RETALIATION- Dwayne Johnson, RZA


7/13/2012   ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT- Queen Latifah, JB Smoove

7/27/2012 The Marriage Counselor- dir. Tyler Perry, Jurnee Smollett, Eric Davis, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams, Lance Gross, Brandy Norwood


08/10/2012 SPARKLE-  Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter

08/17/2012  EXPENDABLES 2- Terry Crews

08/24/2012 PREMIUM RUSH- Dania J. Ramirez


09/14/2012- RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION  Boris Kodjoe


10/05/2012  TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE – Trey Songz

10/12/2012  PARKER—Wendell Pierce, Jennifer Lopez

10/19/2012  GANGSTER SQUAD— Anthony Mackie

10/19/2012 Cloud Atlas—Halle Berry


11/02/2012—Red Dawn—Connor Cruise

11/07/2012 I, Alex Cross- Tyler Perry, Giancarlo Esposito, Cicely Tyson, Carmen Ejogo

11/09/2011 SKYFALL- Naomie Harris


LINCOLN- Gloria Reuben, S. Epatha Merkeson, David Oyelowo

12/12/2012 WORLD WAR Z- Anthony Mackie

12/25/2012—Django Unchained”—Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, RZA, Samuel L. Jackson

 via UrbanDaily Written by ReBecca Theodore-Vachon