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Becoming - Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is the wife of the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Michelle Obama's Becoming is the best-selling hardcover book of 2018. Her memoir has sold more than 2 million copies in all formats in North America in its first 15 days, according to Penguin Random House.

Michelle's 10-city U.S. book tour attracted sold-out crowds across the country, with fans willing to pay hundreds, even thousands of dollars to see her. We are so not surprised - she exemplifies all of the qualities Compulsive admires most: beauty, elegance, honor, kindness, intelligence and dignity. To say that we miss the Obamas is an understatement.

CONGRATS!!

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Zayn Malik's Let Me is the first single from his upcoming second album. The former One Direction singer wanders through dance clubs and along ocean-view verandas, searching for love beyond a one-night stand in the songs new video. The song is pure soothing R&B with steamy lyrics designed to make you feel good. The back-story to the song is definitely something everyone can relate to. The release of Let Me has been sporadic yet successful, highlighting Zayn's confidence and creativity. There's no doubt that his solo career is headed in the right direction. Way to go!

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If Beale Street Could Talk opens with a quote from James Baldwin and a strong, beat that will be heard many more times. Regina King stars as Sharon Rivers, the mother of Tish who is expecting a baby with her boyfriend Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt. The move leaves the viewer with feelings of anger at the fate society forces Fonny to accept, but it also conjures up some optimism for his and Tish's future.

The most striking takeaway is that Baldwin's novel was written 44 years ago, but it's just as timely now. Not much has changed for people of color. This film powerfully conveys a strong message. The struggle is real, but so is the joy. Congrats, Regina King for your best supporting actress award WIN! This movie gets a Compulsive thumbs-up.

EDUCATION & AWARENESS:

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and students across the country help others "Live Life To Its Fullest" by avoiding the pain and injury that can come from heavy backpacks & bags. Students, parents, educators, school administrators, and community members learn safety tips to stay protected from back pain throughout life. You have the chance to help by organizing local events and educating people of all ages about proper bag usage. Teach others how to properly choose, pack, lift, and carry various types of bags—including backpacks, purses, briefcases and suitcases.

Learn more: www.aota.org

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