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Michelle Obama is writing a new book. Here’s what we know



Former first lady Michelle Obama is releasing a new book. “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times” will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Obama’s memoir, “Becoming,” about her life before, during and after being the first lady, was the bestselling book of 2018, and has sold more than 17 million copies. “Becoming” was also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, an Oprah Book Club selection and an NAACP Image Award winner. The memoir was also adapted into a film.

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Also drawing from Obama’s personal experiences, “The Light We Carry” is a series of meditations on “change, challenge, and power,” per the press release, “including her belief that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us.”

Obama will distill wisdom from her roles as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend and First Lady. According to the press release, Obama will share some of her values and rituals, like “starting kind,” going high,” and assembling a “kitchen table” of friends who can provide guidance.

In an Instagram post accompanying the announcement, Obama said the book was inspired by the challenges that the world has seen since “Becoming” was published.

“We’ve seen a global pandemic. We’ve seen an insurrection. A rising tide of hate, bigotry and intolerance and a whole lot more. It’s often left me feeling out of balance … I felt vulnerable and yes, at times, I felt afraid,” Obama, who opened up about having “low grade depression” in 2020, said on Instagram.

In the caption, Obama described the book as “a collection of stories and practices that have helped me sort through all the challenges and questions that keep us up at night: How do I know I’m good enough? How do I bring my whole self to the table? How can I overcome my fears?”

Obama called the book a “toolbox,” or a collection of practices that she has used to keep herself centered in times of stress.

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Michelle Obama speaks with a local book group about her book “Becoming” at the Tacoma Public Library main branch on March 24, 2019 in Tacoma, Washington. Jim Bennett / Getty Images

“I’ve learned it’s okay to recognize that self-worth comes wrapped in vulnerability, and that what we share as humans on this earth is the impulse to strive for better, always and no matter what,” writes Mrs. Obama in the book’s introduction. “We become bolder in brightness. If you know your light, you know yourself. You know your own story in an honest way. In my experience, this type of self-knowledge builds confidence, which in turn breeds calmness and an ability to maintain perspective, which leads, finally, to being able to connect meaningfully with others—and this to me is the bedrock of all things. One light feeds another. One strong family lends strength to more. One engaged community can ignite those around it. This is the power of the light we carry.”

A Spanish-language edition of the book, titled “Con luz propia,” will be released simultaneously.

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Michelle Obama on Thursday, October 11, 2018.Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Along with the release, publisher Random House also announced a $10,000 “Michelle Obama Award for Memoir” award within its Creative Writing Awards (CWA) program.

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31 Pieces Of Clothing From Walmart To Make You Feel Like You’re On Vacation — Even If You’re Not



Promising review: “Bought this in a 3X for my 17-year-old daughter (5’6”, 220 lbs) and it is so adorable. There is nice support up top, too, without uncomfortable wires. I actually came back and ordered a second one for our cruise, because she can’t find anything else she likes as much as this. I might buy a third because it’s so affordable and swimsuits are HARD to shop for unless you’re a size 6–8.” —gmmarie

Price: $16 (originally $18.98, available in sizes S–3X and also in a tankini top and matching bottom)

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Neve Campbell says her ‘Scream 6’ offer was unfair, wouldn’t have been the same ‘if I were a man’



Neve Campbell shocked the “Scream” fandom when she announced June 6 that she would not be returning for the upcoming sixth “Scream” movie, making it the first installment in the long-running horror franchise not to star Campbell. The actor said at the time that the offer to star in “Scream 6” did not properly “equate” to the value she brings to the franchise. Now Campbell tells People that she believes her offer for “Scream 6” would not have come in so low if she were a man.

“I did not feel that what I was being offered equated to the value that I bring to this franchise, and have brought to this franchise, for 25 years,” Campbell said. “And as a woman in this business, I think it’s really important for us to be valued and to fight to be valued.”

Campbell added, “I honestly don’t believe that if I were a man and had done five installments of a huge blockbuster franchise over 25 years, that the number that I was offered would be the number that would be offered to a man. And in my soul, I just couldn’t do that. I couldn’t walk on set feeling that — feeling undervalued and feeling the unfairness, or lack of fairness, around that.”

The upcoming “Scream 6” will once again be directed by Radio Silence’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the duo who revived the franchise with the fifth installment. That film, simply titled “Scream,” opened in January and grossed $140 million worldwide. Newcomers Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding are all set to reprise their roles from the fifth film. Franchise mainstay Courteney Cox will also be back.

In her original statement, Campbell wrote that it was “difficult” to exit the “Scream” franchise and added, “To all my ‘Scream’ fans, I love you. You’ve always been so incredibly supportive to me. I’m forever grateful to you and to what this franchise has given me over the past 25 years.”

Neve Campbell in “Scream 4.”
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“I absolutely respect her for that. I think that it’s hard to be a woman in this industry and in any industry at all,” Campbell’s fellow “Scream” star Jasmin Savoy Brown told Variety shortly after she announced her exit. “If any person, but especially any woman, feels that she deserves more — whether that’s a financial situation with work, out of a relationship, out of fill in the blank — if she can walk away, I support that.”

“Scream 6” will follow the quartet of survivors from the fifth movie as they leave Woodsboro behind and attempt to start a fresh chapter. Ortega teased the film earlier this summer by calling it the bloodiest “Scream” entry yet.

“Ghostface gets a lot more intimidating,” Ortega said of the “Scream 6” script. “I just read part of the script, and it just gets more and more gory. I think that this is probably the most aggressive and violent version of Ghostface we’ve ever seen, which I think will really be fun to shoot.”

Paramount Pictures has set a March 31, 2023 release date for “Scream 6.”

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Ashton Kutcher Reveals Battle With Rare Disease That ‘Knocked Out’ His Vision and Hearing



Ashton Kutcher revealed he suffered from a rare form of vasculitis two years ago that left him temporarily unable to see or hear. 

The 44-year-old actor told Bear Grylls about his struggle with the disease while filming for Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge. The episode will air Monday evening at 9pm ET on National Geographic. 

“I had this weird, super rare form of vasculitis, that like knocked out my vision, it knocked out my hearing, it knocked out like all my equilibrium,” Kutcher told Grylls of the condition, which involves inflammation of the blood vessels. “It took me like a year to build it all back up.”

“You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone,” he continued. “Until you go, ‘I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to see again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to hear again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to walk again.'”

Grylls listened intently, telling Kutcher “What an ordeal. Talk about strength through adversity!” 

Kutcher responded that  he’s “lucky to be alive,” and that “the minute you start seeing your obstacles as things that are made for you, to give you what you need, then life starts to get fun, right?” he said. “You start surfing on top of your problems instead of living underneath them.”

Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge premiered last month with the announcement of a new set of famous guests, including Natalie Portman, Florence Pugh and Simu Liu.

Like seasons before, Grylls will teach the celebrities a set of essential survival skills that they will later put to the test in some of the most intense outdoor settings. 


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