In a first of its kind national study on the lives of successful, college-educated Black women, more than 87% of Black female survey respondents believe that First Lady Michelle Obama has helped dispel negative stereotypes of accomplished Black women in America.

The results of what author Sophia Nelson has dubbed as the “Age of Michelle Obama” survey are published in a new book titled “Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama.”

Nelson, a columnist, lawyer and political strategist, reveals a different side of Black women that provides historical, anecdotal and quantitative research on their lives in the 21st century.

She said Mrs. Obama has taught women of a new generation how to handle conflict and criticism with grace and class:

“You don’t have to shout back at your critics or crawl into the pit of mudslinging with them,” she said in an open letter to the First Lady. “The best revenge (in life) is success, and success comes with a willingness to constantly reinvent, reform, and redefine the rules of the game, how you play the game, and what you consider a “win” at the end of the game,” she said.

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