Michelle Obama meets with schoolgirls at Oxford. (Getty Images)

Clyburn: Obama faces racism: The concept isn't exactly breaking news, but when a high-ranking politician dares to state the obvious, it tends to turn a few heads. "People don't like to deal with it, but the fact of the matter is, the president's problems are in large measure because of the color of his skin," the third-ranking House Democrat said Wednesday in response to a question about 2012 re-election odds.

Nine powerful women in Africa: Straight from Forbes' list, these female power players are doing their part to drive the continent's economic and political progress.

Michelle Obama inspires girls at Oxford: The first lady met with 12- to 15-year-old schoolgirls in a talk that was part chitchat (why she fell for Barack) and part motivational speech. The girls, who come from 40 different ethnic groups, speak 59 different languages and have achieved astonishing exam results — putting them in the top 10 percent of schools in the country. She arranged their visit to the university and told them to imagine themselves there.

Black journalists returning to black press: With increasing frequency, African-American journalists are reversing the once common trajectory from the black press to the mainstream. Some transitions were prompted by layoffs and buyouts, others by disillusionment with mainstream journalism or a desire to delve more deeply into African-American issues. Is this great news or a sad sign of a return to segregated newsrooms? Depends on who you ask.

In other news: Black Gay HIV Outreach Ditches 'Homoboy' Gimmick.

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