What Michelle Obama taught me at the White House United State of Women Summit

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| June 16 2016,

10:30 am


“But, did you witness the kiki that just happened on stage?” asked a former colleague and fellow woman of color as we all walked away feeling empowered and enlightened after witnessing a live interview between media maven Oprah and FLOTUS Michelle Obama

A kiki, as defined by unofficial slang guide Urban Dictionary, is a “party including good music and good friends, held for the express purpose of calming nerves, reducing anxiety and stress and generally fighting ennui. May involve locked doors, tea and salacious gossip.” A kiki is the best description of what 5,000 powerful, diverse women from across the world witnessed onstage this week. You see FLOTUS donning a black maxi dress, soft summery curls and gold hoops, sitting across from Oprah, clad in a royal blue midi, slick ponytail and black-rimmed glasses. With the wisdom of grandmothers, aunties, and mothers that us women of color learn so much from, these two black women in power were here to provide nothing more than words of empowerment and wisdom like our grandmothers, some critical and crucial criticism like our mothers, and, well, some funny tea/joke inducing black-girl cackles here and there

Not to trivialize – or racialize – the important messages that FLOTUS and Oprah shared with each other and the audience, but their conversation reflected many of FLOTUS’ key points throughout the conversation – women must take the time to learn and love themselves, and in-turn authentically be themselves. And, well, that’s exactly what Michelle Obama does best
finally*Adds new BFF girl crush to growing list.*
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Here are the top five gems that FLOTUS dropped on us June 14:

1. Know and love yourself.

2. Own and protect your time.

3. Look at life in phases.

4. The best revenge is success and good work.

5. Do things you care about. It only makes you more committed. 

Here’s the full video. Enjoy!

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