Michelle Obama has our undivided attention whenever she wants it.
The Forever First Lady has been filming a new Netflix series that opens up the doors to her life a bit so that we commoners can have a look at how she lives her life.
Today we get the first sneak peek what we have to look forward to in the coming weeks. The trailer shows us Mrs. Obama speaking to a group of young women the African American Museum in Philadelphia. When asked about what it’s like to return to “normal life”, Chelly-O gives an insightful and honest answer that makes us long for the time when we regularly received that type of communication from the highest office in the land. It’s incredible to watch her speak.
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Becoming airs beginning May 6 and is the directorial debut of Trouble The Water cinematographer Nadia Hallgren and is produced by the Obama’s company Higher Ground. The docuseries obviously shares the name of Michelle Obama’s 2018 book but also tells the story of her life after the whirlwind 34-city tour. Here’s what she told THR:
“Those months I spent traveling — meeting and connecting with people in cities across the globe — drove home the idea that what we share in common is deep and real and can’t be messed with,” the former first lady said in a statement. “In groups large and small, young and old, unique and united, we came together and shared stories, filling those spaces with our joys, worries and dreams. We processed the past and imagined a better future. In talking about the idea of ‘becoming,’ many of us dared to say our hopes out loud.”
Mrs. Obama also talked about what it means to release this work during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:
“It’s hard these days to feel grounded or hopeful, but I hope that like me, you’ll find joy and a bit of respite in what Nadia has made. Because she’s a rare talent, someone whose intelligence and compassion for others comes through in every frame she shoots. Most importantly, she understands the meaning of community, the power of community, and her work is magically able to depict it.”
She continued, “As many of you know, I’m a hugger. My whole life, I’ve seen it as the most natural and equalizing gesture one human can make toward another — the easiest way of saying, ‘I’m here for you.’ And this is one of the toughest parts of our new reality: Things that once felt simple — going to see a friend, sitting with someone who is hurting, embracing someone new — are now not simple at all.”