Country’s favorite First Lady represents at the Grammy Awards
By Jessica Rieder
If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last twelve years, you know who Michelle Obama is. The woman, the myth, the legend was First Lady of the United States from January of 2009 to January of 2017. While in the White House, she attacked issues of healthy eating and lifestyles, education, assisting other countries with their development, and lending support to military veterans and families. She was the first-ever African American First Lady alongside her husband, the 44th president of the United States.
Outside of her duties as a First Lady, Obama is an author. Her first book, ‘Michelle Obama in Her Own Words”, was published in November of 2008, soon after her husband was elected into the presidential office. She continued her writing during her time in the White House, as well as after, and has published a total of ten books, her latest book being “Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice”. It was released in November of 2019, one year after her original “Becoming”, which recently won her a Grammy Award.
“Becoming”, the 2020 Grammy Award winner for Best Spoken Word Album, was a personal memoir about Obama’s life. She divided the memoir into three distinct parts entitled “Becoming Me”, “Becoming Us”, and “Becoming More”. The first section of her memoir was dedicated to her early life up through her college education. Next, she wrote about her relationship and marriage with her husband, Barack Obama, as well as the start of his political career. Finally, she dove into life as a part of the First Family, and what that title carried with it.
The book reached immediate success, selling 1.4 million copies in the first week. After 15 days, it was named the best-selling book in the US for 2018. It was also one of twelve books ever selected for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, the famous book club focused on digital media run by Oprah Winfrey herself.
Michelle Obama’s Grammy Award win is not the first of her family; her husband has also won two Grammy Awards, one in 2006 and the other in 2008. His 2006 Grammy victory was for the audiobook of his memoir, “Dreams of my Father”, and his 2008 victory was for another memoir audiobook of his, “The Audacity of Hope”.
Beyond her Grammy win and success as an author, she’s a role model for everybody for many different reasons. “[Obama has been a role model] in so many ways, obviously being the first black First Lady, as well as just her demeanor and education level. Her speeches, her work with childhood obesity, and oddly enough her fashion, which sounds weird, but they likened her to Jackie Kennedy and her grace and elegance. Her advocacy for girls and for black girls, in particular, make her a huge role model,” Michelle Roe, La Follette’s women’s studies teacher, said. “Being a very educated black woman who’s a lawyer, who’s a mother, who’s a wife, who’s a daughter, all of that impacts society because she’s bringing new thoughts and new ideas,” she continued. If you’re looking for a book to read, Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” is a great option. Her voice is a very powerful and relevant one in today’s society, especially for women and people of color. Check out the 2020 Best Spoken Word Grammy winner and don’t forget to bow down to the queen herself!