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Female Black Journos Are Gaga For Michelle Obama

Unless you’re a opinion writer, it’s unusual for a journalist to praise a politician, much less a politician’s wife.

Michelle Obama was among the speech givers at BET’s fifth annual Black Girls Rock.

And some black journalists couldn’t contain themselves.

Ashley Ford, a reporter for BuzzFeed and the Guardian, says the first lady has changed her life in the most profound of ways.

“First Lady speaking my life on national television and I feel visible. I FEEL VISIBLE,” Ford wrote on Twitter over the weekend. “Michelle Obama’s hair is laid like an alabaster box at the feet of the savior.”

Natasha Smith, deputy digital editor of the liberal Blue Nation Review, equally marveled at the existence of a black first lady.

“Do you ever look at Michelle Obama and then pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming? She’s our FLOTUS! #BlackGirlsRock,” she wrote.

While these women couldn’t contain their feelings about Michelle Obama, some news outlets got it with both barrels. Jada Pinkett Smith took a shot at Deadline for its recent ethnic castings story for which it ultimately apologized. Her husband, Will Smith, took a whack at TMZ.

The actor wasn’t too jazzed by a year-old TMZ report stating that Jada had filed for divorce. “In that brief moment my heart jumped for a second,” he said. “…I’m standing here today happy that TMZ had it wrong.”