Genuine, progressive and stabilising, Obama is both a relic of a yearned-for past and signifier of a desired future
Michelle Obama returned to the UK for her book tour at London’s O2 Arena last weekend. On her last visit in December, over 40,000 people tried to get tickets, some queueing from 4am to get to the box office in person. The last time I recall this level of excitement over an event, Britain was basking in the brilliance of another black woman, Beyoncé, during her 2016 Formation tour.
The parallels between the two women are obvious – they are both pop cultural juggernauts, great unifiers across class, race and gender divides. As they have grown in their influence and ubiquity, they have only become more unapologetic about their blackness. And they both are partnered with initially more famous, but now undeniably less universally beloved husbands.