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Statistics for becoming Look-up Popularity. Time Traveler for becoming The first known use of becoming was in the 15th century See more words from the same century. English Language Learners Definition of becoming. They were just as smart as I was. I was just lucky enough to have the opportunity. And it haunts her.

But this happens to all kinds of black people all over the country. You kind of look back at your life and realized that there were a series of strategic interventions that helped course correct you, or helped encourage you on a particular path, that led you to another path, that opened a door, that led to a door. You crawled through a window, you went through a basement, you went around the corner, and then you figured it out. Her mother. She credits her mother over, and over, and over, and over again throughout the book as devoting her life to her and her brother Craig.

Making sure they had dinner, making sure they had clean clothes. Needs to exercise, Marian says, all right, and starts coming over at in the morning to take care of the girls, and get them ready for daycare and for school so Michelle can go exercise. I need an instruction manual. I need to hear—. You and I had similar childhoods in that, also a first-gen college kid, I was wholly unprepared for the experience of leaving home and going away.

I was raised with the idea that being an individual, having character, having a personality— all these things would be enough to carry me into the real world. And I just had to worry about my own personal development in order to just be a functional human in the world. The hard slap of reality really hit me when I got to college and was someone who never really saw themselves as a minority and realized how thoroughly minoritized I was when I got to college.

And so reading this book for me was reading about someone who did do very well in those circumstances. And it was like a lifeline. I was like, yes, I need that life raft so I can try to swim back towards a ship that feels successful, because this is how Michelle Obama did it. I mean, maybe.

Maybe I am. And she wrote a book basically saying, we can wait for the systems to change, or we can be the change we want to be in the system. And a lot of her advice is really encouraging women to set down their feelings of not enough-ness, and show up with more confidence, show up with more energy and enthusiasm, work smarter, not necessarily working harder. And she talks a lot about how she really pushes her partner, her husband, the late Dave Sandberg, to pick up his fair share of the parenting, right? She makes her husband do half of all the workloads.

I mean, Sheryl Sandberg really introduced an entire generation of women, myself included, to the notion of self-advocacy. Not waiting around for someone else to do it for you, that you had to really do it for yourself. And it was deeply instrumental for me to understand how those companies, those men— the people that I had to, to some degree, work alongside. And I was at all these tech conferences and at all these events where I was one of very few women in the room, and definitely one of the only black women— black people in the room, let alone black women.

And it worked to my advantage, because everybody knew who I was, more or less. So that helped me out for years. But I think I did have to kind of embody a sort of confidence that Sheryl Sandberg was talking about. It was helpful for me to understand how she moved in those worlds so that I could move in those worlds. She had to adapt to it in order to try to hope to have some effect on it.

Michelle was never trying to be the First Lady. Michelle was just trying to be her own lady. This is the person who disobeyed Aunt Robbie about the piano. And I think her whole life in her imagination of herself was skipping ahead a bunch of chapters—. He just makes up songs on the piano! Lightly veiled throughout the book is Michelle realizing that she and Barack function by different rulebooks. That he is allowed to be this free-spirited, noncommittal, perpetually late intellectual.

And that continues even when he gets into office, right? You have this whole section of the book where Michelle goes into detail about how important fashion became. I knew a little bit about fashion, but not a lot. It was a thin line to walk. I was supposed to stand out without overshadowing others. To blend in, but not fade away. There start being articles written about what she was wearing, about how ripped her arms are.

I adore have ripped her arms. I mean, I do know why, right? Of course, historically, I know why it made her seem threatening, and too strong, and aggressive. Optics govern more or less everything in the political world, and I factored this into every outfit. It also required careful research by Meredith, particularly on foreign trips. Meredith also shopped for Sasha and Malia ahead of public events, which added to the overall expense. But they, too, had the gaze upon them.

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And then she writes in the most scathing commentary ever— I love how gossipy this line is. I sighed sometimes, watching Barack pull the same dark suit out of his closet and head off to work without even needing a comb. His biggest fashion consideration for a public moment was whether to have his suit jacket on or off, tie or no tie. It really boggles the mind.

You practically have to think about how to present yourself in order to make it through a day. You are moving into a realm that Michelle Obama, by dint of her position, was shoved into, which is glamor and having to embody a kind of glamor—. But the way I receive it is it is a language. But the labor that Michelle is doing with her appearance, though, is much bigger than she lets on in the book. Because if you think about it, Michelle Obama is the direct product of a generation that fought really hard to end policies and laws that deprioritized black people.

I have been struggling with this very question since I got my first job. It was called The Ritz at the Bourse. You have to figure out a way to get in their line of sight—. We have this sense of who we are, and then we have this sense of who we need to be because of how white people have been conditioned—. This is the double consciousness of our time. It really is. That is the story of this country. The story that has brought me to this stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation.

But who kept on striving, and hoping, and doing what needed to be done. And— and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. Now, on the one hand, this is on page A22 of the newspaper, right?

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This is barely even news. But coming from her, on that stage—. I was like, she is really here for us, though. And that was extremely important to know. When you ask me this question about the awareness that I feel, and the responsibility that I feel, I feel like I represent , years of black Americans just by coming into work everyday. And it is simultaneously a great pleasure, and something I do with immense pride. But I also do it being fully aware that it took a lot of people to do a lot of dying, a lot of not eating, a lot of being locked up, for me to be able to do it.

I come to work everyday. And I feel like that is a crazy thing to bring with you when you move through the world.

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That is the labor of the book, though, for, I think, young black Americans, right? We can handle it. Brittney Cooper. And by that, I just mean they are navigating entirely new circumstances as highly educated women who have a very strong central identity as black women— in particular black feminist women. Some of them are queer women. Nonfiction works about the experience of being a black woman in America. I used to think it looked like Twitter, and it looked like social media. You can share portions of your experience.

You could parcel out your daily lived experience.

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But in terms of having everything collected into almost a manifesto, or a diary, or a memoir— these books are really it for me. Yes, exactly. At the beginning of this country, at the beginning of bringing enslaved Africans to this new continent to work. And that person is Phillis Wheatley. And she was a poet of her experience in this country. And they brought her from Gambia in Western Africa to Boston to be a slave. And lived for 31 years.

She died in and documented her time here as a slave and as a black woman. And there was a dinner that was held for Michelle Obama a little bit before this book came out. So you have Jackie Woodson, the writer. You have Michele Norris, the journalist. Shonda Rhimes is at this dinner. But you also have living in the stacks academics like Erica Dunbar. And the way this book was received by these women at this dinner was as this testimonial of a legacy that really does belong alongside Phillis Wheatley, and the work of Ida B. Wells, the journalist—. It is the rare story in this moment in which we are listening to a woman and believing her.

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And those women, as they become visible, and as they enter into the realm of politics, they are finding themselves under the same kind of attack, vitriolic attack from the media, from their opponents, that Michelle endured. And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is constantly being attacked for how she looks— whether or not she wears red lipstick, and how much money she has in her savings account. And this book effectively is a little bit of a guidebook. I think part of the reason this book works so well too is that Michelle repeats over and over again that she does not like politics.

She has no interest in running. And that apoliticality is useful, you can imagine, for women like Stacey Abrams, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and for all of these women who are going to be dealing with exaggerated versions of what Michelle went through. And I love the structure of this book, but I also love that the structure of this book thinks about what the title of this book is.

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And I think Becoming as a title is just so perfect for Michelle Obama. What is becoming of us as black people, as women, as any kind of person under the gaze of some larger system. And what that larger system says is becoming of you. Our theme music is by Kindness. And you can find all our episodes and other exciting things like that at NYTimes. And as always, if you like what you hear, feel free to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Does this ring any bells?

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