Is Michelle Obama 'Edgier' Now?

In today's link roundup: Does the first lady seem more authentic these days? Plus: Will and Jaden Smith to begin shooting new film. 

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Michelle Obama: 'Edgier'? More comfortable? Reflecting on the first lady's recent media blitz, Slate's Jessica Grose argues that while her main preoccupations remain wholesome (healthier eating; more benefits for military families), her presentation has become "edgier" and "more authentic." She says Michelle is calmly fighting back against the notion of herself as an "angry black woman." Agree?

Will and Jaden Smith to begin shooting new film: In the postapocalyptic story, a father and son crash-land on an Earth that has become uninhabitable. Director M. Night Shyamalan tweeted late last night, "Crew leaving for Costa Rica already. A year and half of writing and prep is coming to an end. #AfterEarth will begin shooting on Feb. 6th."

Details of Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show: The network announced today that the show will simply be called Melissa Harris-Perry, and it debuts Feb. 18 at 10 am.

Does Obama have an "enemies list"? Watch Mediate's footage of a panel debating the topic.

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