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Black History Month 20 for 20: Michelle Obama - Our 1st Lady

Black History Month 20 for 20: Michelle Obama - Our 1st Lady

Monday January 30th I was shooting the shit on Twitter as usual, and turned my attention to the love I have for Master P. My friend Courtney with a K inspired me to start this series (as you can see below). For every weekday in February, I will profile Black persons in celebration of Black History Month. #BHM20for20 Why only 20? Y’all too busy sinning on the weekend to read (I’m joking but not really). Thank you Kourtnee.

Queen with a crown that be down for whatever…” – Method Man

It took me a long time to understand how I complimented Black women was an extremely selfish way to express myself because the “why” was strictly based on how they complemented me. Black women are a whole human being before they are anything to me or anyone else on this planet. So when complimenting and/or discussing Black women like Michelle Obama, I want to compliment and/or discuss the totality.

OUR 1st Lady was the first to make the title feel important, and that’s because Black women earn what others have had handed to them forever and show everyone what they couldn’t see in it before. Michelle Obama graduated from Ivy League schools Princeton & Harvard Law all while sporting the middle name LaVaughn; you already know she had “those” people scared shitless. Yes, Michelle Obama is a lawyer, was also an assistant to the mayor of Chicago, also the Assistant Commissioner of Planning & Development, and various positions at the University of Chicago. In other words, Michelle Obama is as self-sufficient as they come. 

Seeing Michelle Obama tell her children they aren’t influential because all they haven’t EARNED anything & they only live in the White House made my heart smile. Everyone is an “influencer” these days if you let them tell it but Michelle Obama ain’t buying it, and neither am I. Who could forget the incredible video bomb Michele did with LeBron playing her accomplice as the Miami Heat (remember them?) visited the White House? Michelle Obama’s humor is only equaled by her own grace, poise, and power as she delivers speeches & makes public appearances.

The greatest thing about Michelle Obama in my estimation is the fact that she’s human, shocking right? But seriously, before her The First lady was just a title, a thing that had no personality. Michelle Obama hasn’t let the title own her, and showed the entire world Michelle Obama, and not “Barack’s wife.” Understand something, Black women can be, and are wives, mothers, sisters, cousins, daughters, firefighters, models, lawyers, doctors or whatever else their heart desires first, foremost, and always without our permission. Equality isn’t giving Black women what we feel they deserve because what they’ve done for us; equality is understanding that Black women deserve everything because of who they are fully, and wholly before we even enter the equation. Thank you Michelle Obama for being human, professional, an activist, and a wife, a mother, a Black woman...on your terms.

Next up, a Black collective that has turned the world on its ear. 

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