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Michelle Obama recalls Chicago cops accusing her brother of stealing his own bike

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Michelle Obama reflected on the “heartbreaking” time when her brother, Craig Robinson, was accused of stealing his own bicycle by the Chicago police when he was about 10 years old.

The former first lady, 56, invited Craig, now 58, and their mother Marian Robinson, 83, onto the Michelle Obama Podcast, where the trio spoke about police brutality.

One memory that stood out was when a Craig was accused of stealing his own bike: a yellow 10-speed bike that his parents had bought for him at the store Goldblatt’s in Chicago.

“It was terrifying only because I was always taught that the police are your friends and they’ll believe the truth,” Craig said on Wednesday’s episode.

He remembered during the incident two Chicago police officers stopped him while he was riding his bike.

“This guy grabbed my bike and he wouldn’t let it go,” Craig said, recalling that the officers were asking him questions to purposefully trip him up.

“I was like, ‘Oh you got this all wrong, this is my bike, don’t worry, this isn’t a stolen bike,’ and he would not believe me.”

“I was absolutely heartbroken,” he continued, “And I finally said to him, ‘Listen, you can take me to my house and I will prove to you this is my bike.’”

When the cops brought him back at the Robinson home, his mother, Marian — who “had that tight lip” was prepared to defend her son.

Marian confronted the police officers, who were both black, about why the kept pressing Craig, and one finally admitted he knew her son was telling the truth.

Craig called the experience “heartbreaking,” specifically because he felt the cops were trying to “trip” him up when questioning him about where he got the bike.

Michelle Obama said the incident underscored the reality black Americans face when dealing with law enforcement.

“When you leave that safety of your home and go out into the street, where being black is a crime in and of itself, we have all had to learn how to operate,” she said.

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Are Inspired By Their Kids’ ‘Moments of Bravery’

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Actress and best-selling author Gabrielle Union and her husband, three-time NBA champion and Olympic superstar, Dwyane Wade, wield immense influence in the world—but when it comes to finding inspiration in their own lives, they find it at home with their children.

During an ABC broadcast special unveiling of the 2020 TIME100, TIME’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, on Tuesday, Union and Wade shared why witnessing their children living freely has been a joyful experience.

“We have a daughter that is almost 2, who the world has seen is bound to nothing but whatever is in her heart and on her soul at the moment and it’s beautiful to watch truly free children,” Union said. “We have another daughter who is 13, who has freedom to be exactly who she is, who she was born to be, to be her most authentic self. She doesn’t ask permission to exist. That is wildly inspiring.”

Union and Wade set a powerful example for parents everywhere, when they shared their personal journey as allies in supporting their daughter Zaya, after she came out as transgender this February. Both have been open about the ways in which they are learning from Zaya by listening and following her lead. In doing so, they’re helping to foster a more compassionate and understanding future for all young people who are figuring out who they are.

Wade echoed his wife’s sentiments, citing their children as the inspiration for the ways in which they lead.

“We’re inspired by our kids,” he said. “The way they look at us, the way they look to us for leadership and guidance, for their moments of bravery.”

Write to Cady Lang at cady.lang@timemagazine.com.

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Kane Brown Dishes on Fatherhood, Says He Wants More Kids, Plus: His iHeart Radio Fest

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Country singer Kane Brown is opening up about being a dad to his 10-month-old daughter Kingsley.

The star told “Extra,” “Kingsley has changed my life. She smiles at me and my heart melts.” He’s already thinking about having another with wife Katelyn, adding, “I want a boy, too. I want a boy and a girl.”

Brown is also taking center stage at the iHeart Radio Festival, and told us all about it. The star-studded festival will air September 27 and 28 on The CW.

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Amazon’s No. 1 Bestselling Skinny Jeans Are Under $30!

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Skinny jeans are a closet staple we wear year-round, and we are always up for snagging a quality new pair at an affordable price. Lucky for Us, Amazon carries Levi Strauss & Co. jeans and offers incredible deals. Our denim collection is about to grow significantly and, even better, we get to stick to our budget!

The Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women’s Modern Skinny Jeans are currently on sale at affordable prices ranging from $15 to $60! Our favorite pair of the bunch is available in the Mascara wash. The jeans are a deep, dark blue denim with subtle white stitching. The bottoms are designed to be very stretchy, hug curves and maintain their shape all day.

Sizes are available ranging from 2 to 28 and are in stock based on color. The bottoms are also available in short, medium and long options, so shoppers of all different heights can get in on the denim fun.

There are also 13 other washes to choose from, including Janice (dark blue with ombré detail) for $22, Muse (classic blue denim) for $23, and Dark Ivy (dark blue ombré wash with subtle distressing at the knee) for $22. For shoppers who adore classic black skinny jeans, there is also a cropped pair for $60.

See it: Snag the Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women’s Modern Skinny Jeans in while select sizes are still in stock!

The jeans have over 1,000 rave reviews from shoppers. Many vouched for their comfortability and stretch. Shoppers of varying body types also shared that the jeans hugged their shape beautifully and provided photos of themselves wearing their favorite pair. One reviewer admitted that the jeans were her go-to postpartum denim pick. A few shoppers even noted that they purchased the pants in multiple washes. They’re simply that good!

See it: Snag the Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Women’s Modern Skinny Jeans in while select sizes are still in stock!

Check out more of our picks and deals here!

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