Michelle Obama in 'Black Girls Rock' Speech: Don't Let the B-Word Hold You Back (VIDEO)

Michelle ObamaAs much progress as we've made on social issues, there are still too many messages out there promoting hate, insecurity, sexism, and racism. That's why it's nice to be reminded that, well, we have an awesome First Lady, and she happens to be African-American, and that makes her one of the best people to remind young black women what's important -- and that they "rock." Our FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, gave an inspiring speech at the Black Girls Rock annual event, which honors women of color. Last night, the event honored Jada Pinkett Smith, Erykah Badu, Cicely Tyson and other women.


Obama told the diverse crowd:

No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful, you are powerful, you are brilliant, you are funny ... I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you. We have so much hope and dreams for you.

She got huge applause when she declared "Black girls rock!"

You'd think this was an obvious message but then you remember that even the First Lady gets compared to an ape?!

But probably the most touching part of her speech came when she said:

I know there are voices that tell you are not good enough ... that if you speak up, you are too loud, if you step up to lead, you are being bossy ... Each of those doubts was like a test that I either shrink away from or rise to meet. And I decided to rise.

It's refreshing to remember that even someone as poised, fierce, and seemingly perfect as The First Lady has voices in her head that tell her she's not good enough. It's a great messages to girls of all colors to remember that they can rise up over those voices -- and accomplish everything they want to.

And this is a message that all girls -- even adult women! -- could stand to hear. Yes, we all get told we're too bossy, too opinionated, too something, from time to time, just because we choose to speak up and not be fluttering our eyelashes in a corner somewhere. Ugh!!

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Obama also pressed the issue of education for girls, saying it was most important:

There is nothing more important than being serious about your education. That's why I am able to stand here tonight. ... I want every one of our black girls do to the same, and our black boys.

Yes, I think it is very safe to say that Obama would not be the FLOTUS she is without being a very well-educated woman. There are girls all over the world who are given no opportunity to advance in life, no education. These words are a great reminder that education is something that can elevate young women and give them the life they want and deserve.

And be bossy!!

The event will air April 5 on BET.

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