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  • I am from the South Side of Chicago.

  • That tells you as much about me as you need to know.

  • It was a typical working-class community.

  • Some good music, some good barbecue,

  • some good times.

  • So little of who I am

  • happened in those eight years.

  • So much more of who I was happened before.

  • In high school, your guidance counselor

  • didn't see in you what you saw in yourself.

  • Yeah. She decided I was reaching too high.

  • How did you, as a black woman, persevere?

  • We can't afford to wait for the world to be equal

  • to start feeling seen.

  • I feel like I got to share with you all

  • that the energy that's out there

  • is much better than what we see.

  • How's everybody doing?

  • As my mother would say,

  • Michelle and Barack Obama aren't special.

  • There are millions of Michelle and Barack Obamas

  • all over the world.

  • If we can open up a little bit more to each other

  • and share our stories,

  • that's what breaks down barriers.

  • Wow.

  • I am becoming a strong, confident

  • fierce girl who realizes

  • that I have the power to change the world.

  • This is totally me,

  • unplugged for the first time.

I am from the South Side of Chicago.

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