On Saturday in New Jersey, standing before a full auditorium at the annual event Black Girls Rock!, Michelle Obama made this declaration about herself and all other black girls around the country: "We rock!"
She actually said it more than once, stirring the crowd into a frenzy.
"No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful," Obama continued. "You are powerful, you are brilliant, you are funny," she added.
Mentioning Barack Obama, Mrs. Obama again whipped up the audience's wild applause:
Let me tell you, I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you. And we have such big hopes and dreams for every single one of you. Now, I know that's not always the message that you get from the world. I know there are voices that tell you that you're not good enough. That you have to look a certain way, act a certain way. That if you speak up, you're too loud. If you step up to lead, you're being bossy.
The rest of Mrs. Obama's speech is scheduled to air on April 5 on the BET network.
On that same night in Los Angeles, actress Angelina Jolie accepted a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Villain for her title role in the film Maleficent. She addressed the screaming droves of children in attendance, telling them being "different is good" without singling out a particular race:
Thank you so much to all the kids who voted. I want to say when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told I was different. And I felt out of place and too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in. And then one day I realized something — something I hope you all realize. Different is good. When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud.
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