Michelle: Democratic Base Whisperer

Michelle Obama Campaigning

Nia-Malika Henderson: Michelle Obama’s biggest attraction and biggest strength is that she is essentially the keeper of the Obama 2008 flame for the Democratic base; she even begins some of her speeches with the “fired up” line from 2008.

Hillary Surprisingly Bold on Ferguson

Hillary on Ferguson

Nia Malika Henderson: Whereas most Democrats and Republicans, and eventually President Obama, addressed the militarization of the police, Clinton actually went there on an issue that most avoided: racism and the criminal justice system.

Will Al Sharpton Become a Thorn in Hillary’s Side?

Al Sharpton HIllary Clinton

Nia-Malika Henderson: Clinton could be facing a generation of social media savvy black voters and other media types who are tired of the idea of a designated “black leader,” possibly let down by Obama, and who are looking for a more up-front examination and response to racism.

Why Sarah Palin TV Makes Perfect Sense

sarah palin tv

Nia-Malika Henderson: Over the last years, with her reality shows, Palin went the Kardashian route, but now she will add a dash of her early professional life as well, offering up all things Palin via your tablet, phone, or computer.

Hillary’s $600,000 Problem

Chelsea Clinton NBC News

Nia-Malika Henderson: Chelsea Clinton’s salary embodies the kind of passed-down privilege available to a select few, often based on birth rather than merit. Which gets back to Warren, and why her potential candidacy makes some Democrats swoon.

Women to Watch in May Primary Sweepstakes

Women Primary Candidates

Nia-Malika Henderson: Every single Tuesday this month, there will be a primary election and lots of pontificating about what it all means. The storyline we’ll be watching most closely is how well women candidates do in these races.

Will Newark’s Woes Scuttle Cory Booker’s Senate Run?

cory booker

Nia-Malika Henderson: Booker’s brand, chronicled in film, magazine spreads and 140-character tweets, stands in many ways wholly apart from the reality of Newark, a majority-black city marred by race riots, corruption and neglect.

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