Hola What’s Hot Fam,
If you haven’t heard, Michelle Obama is gracing Netflix with a documentary based on her memoir “Becoming.” Ahead of the project’s release, which shares the same title as the book, the former first lady shared a teaser on her Instagram Monday.
Today, I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peek of BECOMING before it premieres on Netflix this Wednesday, May 6. This movie tells my story, from my childhood on the South Side of Chicago to my life today—and it celebrates the stories of so many people I met along the way. My journey has taught me that if we stay open—if we share what’s important to us and listen carefully to what others share about their own lives—we find our strength, and we find our community. I am so grateful to everyone who has shared their story with me over the years. They have inspired me, given me strength, and helped me find my way. I hope you enjoy the film and that it reminds you of the power and importance of your own story. #IAmBecoming“
Her caption pretty much parallels the overview for the book, which was published in November 2018.
“In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era,” the summary reads. “As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world…In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address…”
Furthermore, the memoir won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album in 2019, a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto-biography in 2019, and an Audie Award for Autobiography/Memoir in 2020.
In a previous Instagram post, Obama also revealed that viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the 34-city tour she embarked on following her book’s release. Additionally, she shouted out the visual’s director Nadia Hallgren.
“@Netflix will release BECOMING, a documentary film directed by @nadiahallgren that looks at my life and the experiences I had while touring following the release of my memoir.Those months I spent traveling—meeting and connecting with people in cities across the globe—drove home the idea that what we share in common is deep and real and can’t be messed with. In groups large and small, young and old, unique and united, we came together and shared stories, filling those spaces with our joys, worries, and dreams. We processed the past and imagined a better future. In talking about the idea of ‘becoming,’ many of us dared to say our hopes out loud,” she wrote.
The author went on to discuss how the coronavirus outbreak has led her to reflect on those occurrences.
“I treasure the memories and that sense of connection now more than ever, as we struggle together to weather this pandemic, as we care for our loved ones, and cope with loss, confusion, and uncertainty.
It’s hard these days to feel grounded or hopeful, but I hope that like me, you’ll find joy and a bit of respite in what Nadia has made. Because she’s a rare talent, someone whose intelligence and compassion for others comes through in every frame she shoots. Most importantly, she understands the meaning of community, the power of community, and her work is magically able to depict it….
Even in hard times, our stories help cement our values and strengthen our connections. Sharing them shows us the way forward. I love and miss you all. #IAmBecoming.”
Furthermore, those who make appearances in the production, include her husband Barack Obama, their daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama, and journalist Gayle King. “Becoming” will be available to stream on Netflix on Wednesday.
With Sizzling Love,
P.S. Comment below if you plan to check it out. If so, what do you hope to get from watching the documentary?