Michelle Obama films White House rap video to encourage young people to attend university

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       The First Lady raps about growing up on the South Side of Chicago as she tries to encourage more young people to get degrees.

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Michelle Obama has filmed a rap video at the White House as part of her campaign to get more young people to go to college.

The First Lady danced, sang, and wore oversized sunglasses, in the video as she appeared alongside Jay Pharoah, a comedian known for impersonating her husband.

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Mrs Obama rapped a solo verse that went: “South Side Chicago, we all know, we had to do overtime every night to make it tomorrow. And everyone could really make their dream true. Hey, kid listenin’ in Michigan, that could be you!”

She also joined in the chorus: “If you wanna fly jets, you should go to college. Reach high and cash checks? [sic] Fill your head with knowledge.”

Mrs Obama’s “Better Make Room” campaign targets students aged 14 to 19 and is aimed at improving college graduation rates, which have been falling.

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The First Lady grew up in a working-class family in the South Side of Chicago.

She has previously told students in speeches how she worked hard to secure top grades and ended up with degrees from Princeton and Harvard.

In a statement she said: “I want to honour and empower young people who are working hard in school and pursuing their dreams, and I want to do it in a fresh and fun way.”

Sam Reich, a producer of the rap video, said: “I think the country will join me in saying ‘Mrs. Obama, we think you should cut an album’.”

In a speech to young women at a “Let Girls Learn” event in Harlem in October, Mrs Obama said: “If I had worried about who liked me or who was cute at your age, I wouldn’t be married to the president of the United States.”

However, her remarks were criticised by some who felt she was suggesting young women should pursue education to make themselves more attractive to men.

 

 

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