Former First Lady Michelle Obama just took to social media to announce that she will be launching her own television series on IGTV.
Fox News reported that Michelle’s new series will be called “A Year of Firsts,” and it will follow students during their first year of college.
“As a first-generation college student myself, I know how intimidating it can be to take that leap and pursue your educational dreams,” Michelle said in a statement.”That’s why I’m so proud of these students. By sharing their stories, they’re helping others see that the ups and downs of the first year of college are something everyone goes through — and they’re creating a supportive community for others facing similar challenges.”
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Thinking back over the past decade is a bit of a whirlwind. It’s not easy to take stock of all the ups and downs that go into a single week, let alone more than 500 of them. Ten years ago at this time, our girls were sixth and third graders. Our family hadn’t been in the White House for even a year yet, and Bo was still pretty much a puppy. And though I felt that our family had adjusted well into a wild new reality, I was still a little uncertain about what all the spotlights and pressure would do to us. So looking back, what I’m most filled with is gratitude. A decade like this one was never a part of my plan—not even close. But I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities, the relationships, and the growth I’ve experienced over these years. I’ve been so lucky to meet so many of you, to hear your stories, and to work together with you on issues that are near and dear to all of our hearts. We’ve got a lot to be proud of. But as I often say, we should be careful not to focus only on our statistics—our biggest accomplishments and best moments—you know, the kinds of things most of us share on social media. Those are important, but we should also be sure to relish the fullness of our stories. That includes the tough moments we persevered through, the messiness that spurred us to make a swerve, and the memories that are still a little bit tender. Though they’re difficult, those moments can be some of the most beautiful parts of our lives. What we often see as a weakness or a failure is often a strength—or a turning point to something better. So today, I’m thankful for all of those moments over the past decade that helped me get to where I am. I’m thankful for the worries and the anxieties, the failures and false starts. And most of all, I’m thankful that after all of it, we came out whole. Now on the other side of this decade, Bo’s got a trusty sidekick named Sunny. We’ve settled into new routines after two terms in the White House. And although the girls are gone away at college now, we’re all back together for the holidays—right where we belong. #DecadeInReview
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Subjects that will be covered on the show include finances, academic stress, physical and mental health and relationships.
The show will be produced by media company ATTN: in partnership with the Reach Higher education initiative. Matthew Segal, the cofounder of ATTN:, explained that the show would like to portray the many challenges students face during their first year of college.
“As Mrs. Obama highlights in each episode, there are many hidden challenges to making it through college,” said ATTN: co-founder, Matthew Segal. “This series will meet many students where they live — on Instagram — and share candid perspectives about how to overcome barriers. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Mrs. Obama and Reach Higher to engage and inspire students to invest in themselves through higher education.”
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I’m still thinking about the inspiring young people I met in Vietnam and Malaysia, and the stories they shared with me. They’re young women like Dzung, who loved to learn but worried she would have to drop out of school to help to earn money for her family. Fortunately, Dzung had support: @RoomtoRead gave her the chance to continue her studies, and today she owns a convenience store and is one of the only women in her community to own a business. But achieving for herself isn’t enough for Dzung—she’s also funding the education of another girl through @RoomtoRead because as she says, “I want to open the door for other girls like me.” Dzung is just one of the extraordinary young women from the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance community, and through our upcoming special with @YouTube, we’ll be shining a light on adolescent girls’ education around the world. Stay tuned in 2020—I can’t wait to share these stories with you.
Since moving out of the White House, both Michelle and her husband Barack Obama have made the entertainment industry a major focus of their’s. In 2018, the couple signed a multimillion dollar deal with Netflix through their production company Higher Ground, and they announced seven projects with the streaming service last year.
“Higher Ground is a reflection of both of us,” Michelle said last year, according to Vanity Fair. “So that means that our platform is gonna look a little bit like everything, just like the world is a little bit of everything.”
“We want people to be able to get outside of themselves, and experience and understand the lives of somebody else, which is what a good story does,” Barack added. “It helps all of us feel some sort of solidarity with each other.”
The Obamas’ first Netflix project, documentary “American Factory,” was released last summer. Politico journalist Ted Johnson called the documentary the Obamas’ “first big anti-Trump statement of 2020.”
“Its message is clear: Trump’s promise to reinvigorate the industrial heartland is going to take a lot more than a campaign slogan. There are no easy solutions. And if some manufacturing jobs do come back, they’re going to look nothing like they used to,” Johnson wrote. “Americans will have to accept a new reality to stay competitive in the global marketplace — one that they might not like, and one that Trump doesn’t acknowledge.”
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