Watch: First Lady Michelle Obama's Powerful Response to Being Labeled an 'Angry Black Woman'

"Just live your life. Live it out loud."
  • In her final interview as first lady, Michelle Obama sat with Oprah Winfrey and discussed how she handled being labeled an 'angry black woman'

  • The first lady spoke on how to overcome the negativity of the stereotype. She also spoke on where that bias comes from.

    “You think, ‘That is so not me.’ But then you sort of think, ‘Well, this isn’t about me. This is about the person or the people who write it,’” Michelle Obama told Oprah. “That’s just the truth.”

    “You start thinking, ‘Oh, wow, we’re so afraid of each other,’” she said. “Color. Wealth. These things that don’t matter still play too much of a role in how we see one another, and it’s sad because the thing that least defines us as people is the color of our skin. … It’s our values. It’s how we live our lives. And you can’t tell that from somebody’s race, somebody’s religion. People have to act it out. They have to live those lives.


  • And people have celebrated the eloquent words of First Lady Michelle Obama

  • Before the clip ended, she gave some incredible advice to anyone dealing with negative judgement

    “I thought, ‘OK, well, let me live my life out loud so that people can then see and then judge for themselves,’” she said. “And that’s what I want young people to do: Just live your life. Live it out loud.”

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