Michelle Obama

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via essence:

As we get into 2020…Essence had to chance to speak with many powerful woman last year and these are some of their quotes:

Lizzo Performs at Marquee Nightclub Las Vegas

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Lizzo On Being Authentically Herself:

“Sometimes the label ‘unapologetic’ bothers me because it can be loaded, because it means we have to apologize for something in the first place. I’m not ignorant to the fact that we had to have a demeanor of lowering ourselves culturally just to exist. But I’m trying to shake up the narrative about how we’re supposed to act.”

From Blitz To Hits 5th Anniversary Celebration

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Alicia Keys On Motherhood:

“Becoming a wife and a mother, specifically a mother, really taught me so much. I remember clearly wanting to remove the negative energy around me quickly…Doing it for this new soul made sense to me. And then that evolved into realizing that if it’s not really feeling like the right thing for me…if it’s not feeling really good, I’m not going to do that. I used to say yes to everything. I think I started to learn about boundaries for myself and creating space for myself and allowing there to be an ending. I started to understand the difference of, like, if it’s flowing, it’s flowing. If it’s not flowing, go back tomorrow. It’s okay. You don’t have to force it.”

Celebrity Sightings In Los Angeles - February 03, 2016

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Regina King on Finding Allies:

“No one who’s in a position of success has gotten there without someone giving them a shot,” she explained to ESSENCE last October.

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