"I learned a long time ago that when you've had some success, it's not enough to just sit back and enjoy it. You've got to reach back and pull someone else up too..." --First Lady Michelle Obama When the first issue of ESSENCE arrived on newsstands in May 1970, few guessed that just four decades later the First Lady of the United States would be a Black woman... Here's what you had to say: Deanna commented via Facebook: "Such a beautiful cover. Thank you Essence." Allison wrote via Facebook: "I can tell before this even comes out it's going to be awesome."