Beyoncé Celebrates Michelle Obama in Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ List
Today is a big day for Beyoncé. Her Netflix special, “Homecoming,” premiered and she dropped a surprise album with the same name. Additionally, the piece she wrote about Michelle Obama for Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list also went live. As if there was ever a shadow of a doubt as to who
“Loving Michelle Obama wasn’t much of a choice. It was something that came naturally, because of how she carried herself. Because she resembled us and was moving in spaces where, as black Americans, we weren’t exactly meant to be, she seemed so powerful,” Beyoncé began her tribute to Obama.
Beyoncé and the Obamas are long-time friends
She goes on to write about their first meeting, how welcoming Obama was, and how the evening was such an important moment in history.
“When I first met her, I was embraced by a warm, regal, confident woman who possessed a reassuring calm, on the eve of President Obama’s historic first Inauguration.
The way she looked, walked and spoke, in that warm but authoritative tone, we saw our mothers and sisters. She was strong and ambitious and spoke her mind without sacrificing honesty or empathy. That takes a lot of courage and discipline.”
Beyoncé has known the Obamas for quite some time. Being fans of hers, the Obamas invited her to perform at President Barack’s Inaugural Ball back in 2009. She performed again at his inauguration in 2013.
What Michelle Obama has done for America
Beyoncé also writes about the impact Obama’s had. Not only was she the first African-American First Lady, but “she also used her position of power to improve the world around her.”
Beyoncé sites Obama’s Reach Higher project, an initiative that encourages young people to pursue higher education.
“In today’s economy, a high school diploma just isn’t enough. Students have to reach higher, which is why the First Lady is working to rally the country around the President’s “North Star” goal — that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world,” states the Obama White House website.
Education is a subject that is near and dear to Beyoncé’s heart. In honor of her performance at Coachella last year, the artist created the Homecoming Scholarships Award Program, which donated $100,000 to historically black colleges.
“I’m honored to know such a brilliant black woman who’s spoken about the sacrifice it takes to balance her passions while remaining a supportive partner and mother, and now a best-selling author with Becoming. She has continued to open herself up, even if it meant being criticized. She has continued to be a portrait of grace,” she wraps up the piece. “I am so grateful that my daughters and my son live in a world where Michelle Obama shines as a beacon of hope who inspires all of us to do better and to be better.”
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