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Girls Make Rap Video To Show How Michelle Obama Inspired Them To Learn

Former First Lady Michelle Obama dedicated much of her time over her husband's presidency to helping girls learn. Even after Barack Obama stepped down from the White House, Michelle has continued in her efforts to spread her message and advocate education for women. Two girls from Wisconsin made a rap video to show how they've been inspired.

Students from the Milwaukee Excellence Charter in Wisconsin worked with their teacher, Terrance Sims, and wrote the powerful lyrics for the song, 'Excellence First!" The song is inspired by the former FLOTUS, and will be inspiring to many other girls.

The rap song is set to Tee Grizzley's "First Day Out" music and it's all about self-empowerment through an education. Two unnamed 11-year-old girls take the lead and do a duet in the rap, with classmates backing them up. Some of the lines are just plain gold.

"Michelle Obama showed me how to do it. So I'ma get it, educated, motivated, melan-ated, elevated," sings one of the young girls.

“I am smart, I am strong, my life matters, I’m a blessing. I’m a queen, I’m a king, I can achieve anything,” one girl sings.

Michelle Obama herself responded to the video on Instagram. "Young Queens — Stay focused. Stay motivated. Never quit. I'm with you, and couldn't be prouder," she responded.

Signaling that it was written by Mrs. Obama herself, and not a staff member, it was signed 'mo'.

The video is an important message for girls everywhere, but particularly for girls in the state in which it was made. Wisconsin has the biggest race graduation rate gaps in the country. Only 64 percent of black students graduate high school within four years in the country, compared to 93 percent of white students. Black kids are somehow falling through the cracks in the state, and it needs to stop.

The girls starring in the video are not going to be a statistic, though. "In the year 2028, from a college I will graduate," they sing proudly. The video ends with the words, "To be continued."

Obama has repeatedly appeared to talk about how an education is a woman's key to a happy, safe life. In many countries, girls are discouraged from going to school, or denied the opportunity. They will often grow up being treated like property, at the hands of their own family, their husband and their in-laws, and usually they'll learn to live with it because there is no way out.

Michelle Obama's 'Let Girls Learn' initiative explains, "Girls and young women who are educated have greater awareness of their rights, and greater confidence and freedom to make decisions that affect their lives, improve their own and their children’s health and chances of survival, and boost their work prospects."

Girls who have an education are less likely to have children or get married at a young age, and are better equipped to care for themselves and their future children.

Source: Glamour
Photo: YouTube

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