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I want to share the story of a talented young filmmaker who recently inspired me. Kalia Love Jones is a 14-year-old from Los Angeles with a passion for storytelling. Last year, she wrote, directed, and helped produce her first animated short film, @ThePowerOfHopeFilm. It tells the story of a young girl aspiring to become an architect. Despite experiencing a tragic loss, she’s able to persevere and pursue her dreams—it's a beautiful film with an important message. Kalia worked hard to get it done. She practiced drawing and studied films—she even saved up money to pay for it by recycling over the years. Her goal is to inspire girls everywhere to “achieve greatness by carrying hope and believing in themselves.” Many of us might look at our age and think that we’re either too young or too old to accomplish some of our goals. What I love about Kalia's story is that she didn’t listen to the voices that can sometimes leave seeds of doubt. With hard work and the support of her parents, she is working every day to follow her passions and accomplish her dreams. Kalia, I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to see what you achieve in the months and years ahead.
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For me, the #BlackRenaissance is about the fearlessness and generosity of Black artists and creators. So often, they bare their truest selves to the world, and in doing so, shine light on the joy and pain that we all feel. It’s courageous, important work that can help bridge divides and heal old wounds. This #BlackHistoryMonth, I hope we can celebrate all of the diverse artists in the #BlackRenaissance. No matter their medium or mode of expression, they remind us of the truth that our lives matter, our stories matter, and when we choose to share them, we can change the world. I also hope we can all learn a little something from these brilliant changemakers. Whether it’s putting your own story out there or sharing the work of someone you admire, you can do so much to build empathy and help chart a path forward.
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Black artists have always used their work to express the emotion of a particular moment in history. I wanted to share the work of two artists—Jalen Whitner and Brianna Pippens—who have been doing just that as they highlight the stories of Black activists from all walks of life. #BlackHistoryMonth
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Every part of our stories—no matter how small or fleeting—has meaning and value. While working on Becoming, I was able to reflect on those moments that brought meaning to my journey. So often, the most important parts of my story weren’t the fancy parts, but those small moments that we can sometimes take for granted. The feeling of holding my daughters when they were babies, learning how to swim with my Dad, or even the smell of Pine-Sol that would drift through my family apartment while my Mom did spring cleaning—these were the memories that held everything. We sometimes get caught up in our highest highs and lowest lows, but those little moments are what provide most of the texture and depth of our lives. I hope you can embrace those small parts and think about ways to honor them, whether it's through journaling or video recordings. I guarantee you that, later on in life, those memories will tell you more about who you were than you could ever imagine.
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I’ve always admired the honesty that @SerenaWilliams brings to everything she does. Whether on or off the court, she carries herself with the kind of authenticity you can only tap into if you know exactly who you are and what you deserve. It's clear this next generation of tennis stars, including the sensational @NaomiOsaka, have taken that example to heart. What a joy to see these two powerful women compete on such a grand stage yesterday. And while I know the outcome wasn’t what @SerenaWilliams was hoping for, I just want to say I appreciate her unwavering grace through it all. Our journeys are never a straight line, and I look forward to watching both @NaomiOsaka’s and @SerenaWilliams’ continue to unfold.
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Happy Valentine’s Day, @barackobama! Life is always brighter when I'm by your side.
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Here’s the trailer for @WafflesAndMochiOfficial! I hope you’ll join us on @Netflix on March 16 to meet all my new friends and get inspired to start your own kitchen adventures with your family.
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Tomorrow is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, so I want to lift up the remarkable impact of women scientists around the world, who have been doing so much to help us all through this pandemic. I’m also feeling proud of the organizations in the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance community that work so heroically to empower the next generation of women in #STEM. @WISER_International in Kenya is one of those organizations. They focus on girls’ education with an emphasis on science, math, and technology. Nimon Odeka, one of their students, discovered her love of physics and education technology through their program—now she is studying to become a teacher to pay forward her education to others. Watch her story and click the link in my bio to support organizations like WISER around the world.
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I’ve got some big news for you! This is something I’ve been working on for a while now, and I’m so excited to finally be able to tell you all about it. Allow me to introduce two new friends of mine: Their names are Waffles and Mochi. And on March 16, we’ll be launching a new children’s show on @Netflix called Waffles + Mochi. It’s all about good food: discovering it, cooking it, and of course, eating it. These two will take us on adventures all around the world to explore new ingredients and try out new recipes. Kids will love it, but I know that adults will also get plenty of laughs—and some tips for the kitchen.   In many ways, this show is an extension of my work to support children’s health as First Lady—and to be quite honest, I wish a program like this had been around when my girls were young. I also know that this is a difficult time for so many families, and I’m hopeful that this delightful show can bring a bit of light and laughter to homes around the world. That’s why as part of the show’s commitment to helping families during the pandemic, we’re working with our partners at @PHAnews to get fresh ingredients to families in need across the country so they can cook together at home.   So that’s what #WafflesAndMochi is all about. I can’t wait for you and your children to join us on our adventures on March 16.
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It’s been over two years now since I released my memoir, and one of the highlights of that experience has been hearing from people all over the world who’ve read Becoming, especially young people. So I want to put out a call to every young person who’s either reading Becoming right now or has already finished it. I’d love to hear about any questions you’re having, or any parallels you’re drawing from your life to mine. Go ahead and share your thoughts with me in the comments!
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School counselors have been such an important support system for our students as they’ve navigated this difficult year. I couldn’t be more grateful for their work—this year and every year. The 2021 @WeAreASCA’s School Counselor of the Year, Olivia Carter, is one of those special counselors—she’s gone above and beyond for her students during this pandemic and I’m so glad she’s getting the recognition she deserves. As the school counselor for Jefferson Elementary in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Olivia begins every day by telling her students: “You are safe. You are loved. And our school is not complete without you.” She dedicates most of her time to meeting with students one-on-one, using data to find better solutions for her students, and coordinating programs to ensure kids have food to eat during breaks from school. She also approaches her work through a trauma-informed, equity-centered lens, making sure her students have everything they need to advocate for themselves. Those kinds of lessons last a lifetime. Congrats again to Olivia for being the 2021 School Counselor of the Year! #ReachHigher
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Like the rest of the country, I was so profoundly moved as I watched @amandascgorman read her poem “The Hill We Climb.” The power of her words blew me away—but it was more than that. It was her presence on stage, the confidence she exuded as a young Black woman helping to turn the page to a more hopeful chapter in American leadership. I have to say I felt proud too, having met her back in 2016 at the White House when she visited for the National Student Poets program, and then again at @BlackGirlsRock in 2018. Over the years, I’ve seen her continue to inspire people with her words. I could not be prouder of the young woman she has become.
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I’m so excited to share that we are releasing new young readers’ and paperback editions of Becoming on March 2! Being honest about who I am and sharing my story in Becoming was one of the most freeing experiences of my life. And one of the highlights of my experience was hearing from so many of you and getting into the kind of deep, honest conversations that leave everyone feeling more connected and nourished. My hope is that the young readers’ edition of Becoming can serve as a conversation starter for you. Maybe it’ll open up new dialogues with your children or grandchildren. Maybe you can use it as an opportunity to begin a book club with the young people you know or use it as an excuse to invite them into your existing book club. I look forward to hearing all about the discussions that these new editions of Becoming spark with your loved ones—and what kind of parallels young people might draw from my story to their own. No matter what, I hope you’ll keep me posted on your experience by sharing your updates and insights by using #IAmBecoming and tagging me in your posts on social media. I want to hear it all! Whether it’s revelatory, a little messy, or even downright uncomfortable, I’m always interested in what kind of new awareness a good conversation can bring. BecomingMichelleObama.com
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So thankful for this beautiful care package from our amazing @FLOTUS! These fresh veggies from the White House Kitchen Garden were such a wonderful — and delicious — surprise. Love you, Jill!
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Ryleigh & Zayden, you nailed it!
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What struck me every time I spent time with Cicely Tyson was not necessarily her star power—though that was evident enough—it was her humanity. Just by walking into a room, she had this way of elevating everyone around her. She was the personification of beauty, grace, wisdom, and strength, carrying forward a flame that not only guided her for 96 pathbreaking years but lit the way for so many of us. I’ll miss her dearly, but I smile knowing how many people she inspired, just like me, to walk a little taller, speak a little more freely, and live a little bit more like God intended. Photo credit: Bennett Raglin / Essence
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For National Mentoring Month, I wanted to share some insights from a conversation I had about mentorship with @ValerieBJarrett and my mentees on The #MichelleObamaPodcast. It's so important to have people in your life that you can lean on for advice throughout your journey. I'd also love to hear from you. What's the best piece of advice that a mentor or mentee shared with you?
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Today is International #EducationDay, so I’m taking some time to celebrate the perseverance of students and teachers around the world. Over the past year, the pandemic has presented so many new obstacles to education—some students have faced school closures, others have had to find a way to set up remote learning through radio or cell services. It’s a sad truth that girls are especially vulnerable during times of crisis: Early studies predict that, around the world, 20 million girls of secondary school age may never return to school because of the pandemic. We can’t let that happen. Thankfully, organizations in the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance community are doing everything they can to keep girls in school. The @TheHarpswellFoundation has provided tech support for girls in Cambodia so they can learn online, while @WomensGlobal has helped deliver food and essential supplies to girls and their families in Kenya. And, now, we have two new projects in Rwanda and Ghana that we’re supporting through our Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund. This work could not be more important, and I hope you’ll show them your support by clicking the link in my bio.
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With her strong and poignant words, @amandascgorman reminds us of the power we each hold in upholding our democracy. Keep shining, Amanda! I can't wait to see what you do next. #BlackGirlMagic Photo credit: Rob Carr
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Today is the day. After a disturbing era of chaos and division, we are entering the next chapter of American leadership with the inauguration of @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Right now, I’m feeling more than just relief at putting the past four years behind us. I’m feeling genuinely hopeful for what’s to come. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the kind of leaders our nation deserves—decent, hardworking people who reflect the best of our values. Most of all, they’re guided by empathy, honesty, and a willingness to put the needs of our country before their own. They’re determined to make life better for all Americans, and I know they will bring us back the stability that has been sorely lacking through what has been a devastating pandemic. Not to mention, we’ll have terrific examples of leadership in @DrBiden and @DouglasEmhoff, as our new First Lady and Second Gentleman. It’s no secret that the work ahead will be challenging. And no one person, even a president, is capable of waving a magic wand and fixing the problems that persist in this country. But this past year I’ve seen folks from all over America step up like never before, whether it was peacefully protesting against racial injustice, registering first-time voters, or simply making sure a neighbor could safely get their groceries. It feels like we might finally be getting some momentum. And with @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris in the White House, we can once again start thinking about building the future we want for ourselves and our children.
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With so much going on, Dr. King’s leadership is as steadying a force as it’s ever been. I’ve been reflecting a lot on his example, and how it might help us move forward after these last four years. #MLKDay
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Thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes! I know this past year has been difficult for us all on so many levels, so I just hope you all are taking care of yourselves and finding joy in the smallest moments. Love you all.
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With everything happening so quickly, it can be easy to lose sight of all those who act every day to strengthen and carry forward our democracy. Just last week, the state of Georgia showed the country what can happen when you organize, and strategize, and do the hard and thankless work of progress—when you identify, contact, and re-register voters who’d been illegally purged; when you focus on communities that have been marginalized and ignored; and when you rightly call out a new Jim Crow of voter suppression—when you do all that, you can deliver a Black pastor and a young Jewish man to represent Georgia in the United States Senate. So much of the credit here goes to someone whose name I hope you know by now—@StaceyAbrams. Just two years ago, Stacey lost a close election for governor that included her opponent working to purge voter rolls and deny new voter registrations. What inspires me so much is that she could have become bitter or lost faith in our democracy—but she did just the opposite. She doubled down. She put more of her energy into this imperfect system of ours, making voting more accessible to the people our system had historically left behind. And she was by no means alone—the folks at The New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter, Mijente, Pro Georgia, and so many others were all leading the charge right alongside her. While many of the events of the past week have left us shaken and bruised, we cannot allow the deeply patriotic example of the Black women who drove Georgia’s record-breaking voter turnout to fade into the background. So let’s celebrate their triumph. And let’s follow their lead in our own communities and our own neighborhoods. This work of strengthening our country takes profound hope, unwavering vigilance—especially when an election is a long way off. But most of all, it takes every single one of us.
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Like all of you, I’ve been feeling so many emotions since yesterday. I tried to put my thoughts down here:
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Your vote is your voice. It’s your power. And right now, from the President of the United States on down, we’re seeing and hearing just how desperate some are to take that power away. They want us to believe that their titles, their offices, and their egos are more important than our democracy—more important than our voices. And this is just unconscionable at a time when a staggering number of Americans are dying every day from a virus that was downplayed for far too long. It’s unconscionable to focus on overturning an election rather than helping struggling families or distributing a vaccine. This is why we can’t just vote for President and think that our job is done. Tomorrow’s runoffs in Georgia will decide whether the U.S. Senate is run by those who’ve shown their willingness to tear down our democracy—or whether it’ll be run by those who will actually get to work on the monumental challenges before us. These runoffs will decide whether President-Elect Biden has a Senate that will work with him rather than just obstruct him at every turn. So if Georgians elect @RaphaelWarnock and @JonOssoff, we’ll take another step toward cleaning up the mess of the past four years. And we’ll send a message to any politician who puts themselves and their ambition above our system of self-government. If you live in Georgia, make sure you vote for @RaphaelWarnock and @JonOssoff in tomorrow’s U.S. Senate runoffs—and make sure everybody you know does the same. If you’ve already received a mail-in ballot, take it to a drop-box or vote in person at your polling place tomorrow. Because in America, everyone’s voice matters. And that’s still the truth, no matter what some folks want you to believe.
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Wishing you light, love, and wonder during this holiday season. May the coming year bring us all joy and peace.
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For me, the holidays have always been a chance to slow down and reflect. We’ve endured so much this past year, from the devastation of the pandemic to the ups and downs of a hard-won election. But what has perhaps stayed with me most is the passionate message of justice and empathy that has defined the Black Lives Matter protests around the world. Take the example of Patrick Hutchinson, whose humanity is on full display in this clip, as he carries another man—a stranger—to safety. I want to highlight this story because it’s hard to see so many people distort the unity and righteousness of these protests. They’ve been sowing seeds of division, misrepresenting those crying out for justice as troublemakers or criminals. The truth is the millions around the world who showed up with their homemade signs were marching with the same kind of compassion that Mr. Hutchinson shows here. They’re folks who face discrimination on a daily basis because of the color of their skin. And they’re just asking to be shown the same level of humanity that our consciences demand we show anyone else in need. I hope more people can find it in their hearts to meet these cries for decency not with mistrust, but with love and a willingness to listen. Because as the COVID-19 crisis has made clear, our fates are inextricably bound. If the least of us struggles, we all in some way feel that pain. And, unless we keep speaking out and marching for equality, none of us will ever truly be free. We can’t watch a man choked to death in the light of day and assume that all our children can be safe. We can’t tell people they can use their voices, but then say, “Yes, but not right now” or “That’s not the right way.” I pray that in 2021, more of us will reach out to understand the experiences of those who don’t look, or vote, or think like we do. I pray that we learn to pause when we're tempted to react in anger or suspicion. And I pray that we choose generosity and kindness over our worst impulses. That isn’t always easy. But it’s a place to start. And we have so many terrific examples in all of the folks who marched for what’s right this year. Thanks to you all. I’m so proud of you.
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There’s no doubt it’s been a trying year for all of us. But as I think about the moments that have given me hope, I think of all the ways we’ve seen people step up to help their communities this year. From checking in on neighbors to volunteering at food banks, these are just some of the many ways people have given back. Join the @ObamaFoundation’s #OFCareChallenge and share how you’re helping out in your community. Every act of kindness makes a difference.
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Tuesday, January 5th, is the last day to vote in the U.S. Senate runoffs, and your vote could make all the difference in this election. Go to weall.vote/GA to get the information you need to request your ballot, vote early in-person, or vote on Election Day.
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For eight years, I saw Dr. Jill Biden do what a lot of professional women do—successfully manage more than one responsibility at a time, from her teaching duties to her official obligations in the White House to her roles as a mother, wife, and friend. And right now, we’re all seeing what also happens to so many professional women, whether their titles are Dr., Ms., Mrs., or even First Lady: All too often, our accomplishments are met with skepticism, even derision. We’re doubted by those who choose the weakness of ridicule over the strength of respect. And yet somehow, their words can stick—after decades of work, we’re forced to prove ourselves all over again. Is this really the example we want to set for the next generation? Dr. Biden gives us a better example. And this is why I feel so strongly that we could not ask for a better First Lady. She will be a terrific role model not just for young girls but for all of us, wearing her accomplishments with grace, good humor, and yes, pride. I’m thrilled that the world will see what I have come to know—a brilliant woman who has distinguished herself in her profession and with the life she lives every day, always seeking to lift others up, rather than tearing them down.
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Georgia, let’s do this one more time! The runoff elections for the U.S. Senate are on Tuesday, January 5th, and early voting starts this Monday, December 14th. Go to the link in my bio to get the information you need to make your plan to vote.
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I know for many high school seniors and college students, it’s a lot to start thinking about the next school year—especially now, when there’s still so much uncertainty over this one. But trust me, filling out your FAFSA—the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—every year that you are enrolled in college is the best thing you can do to pay for school. It’s the key that can help unlock free money for your education. Make sure to complete the FAFSA soon at StudentAid.gov. @bettermakeroom