“BET HER PRESENTS…BECOMING: MICHELLE OBAMA IN CONVERSATION” PREMIERES ON MONDAY, JANUARY 17 ON BET AND BET HER AT 7 PM ET/PT

01/06/22

“BET HER PRESENTS…BECOMING: MICHELLE OBAMA IN CONVERSATION” PREMIERES ON MONDAY, JANUARY 17
ON BET AND BET HER AT 7 PM ET/PT

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A SPECIAL EDITION CONVERSATION WITH MICHELLE OBAMA MODERATED BY YARA SHAHIDI, FEATURING AN INTIMATE Q&A WITH COLLEGE STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY

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NEW YORK, NY (January 5, 2022) – Today, BET Her and BET announced the exclusive special edition “BET Her Presents…Becoming: Michelle Obama In Conversation” premiering Monday, January 17, on BET and BET Her at 7:00 PM ET/PT.  Moderated by Yara Shahidi and joined on stage by students from 22 participating colleges from across the country, Mrs. Obama discusses with students the themes from her acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, Becoming(published by Crown/Penguin Random House), and what it’s like to navigate young adulthood in the current climate. Mrs. Obama opens the floor to the students to discuss with them topics such as their mental wellness, diversity and inclusion on college campuses, and asks thought-provoking questions about shaping their future and becoming change agents in their communities. The one-hour special was filmed at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, MD.

“I have had the privilege of seeing Mrs. Obama on her Becoming book tour, alongside my mother and grandmother, and it is so clearly evident that Becoming has had an intergenerational impact,” said Yara Shahidi.  “I am grateful to have joined Mrs. Obama in bringing forward the themes of her book that resonate with myself and so many of my peers at this moment in our academic careers and life paths!"

“We are honored to continue our long-standing relationship with former First Lady Michelle Obama and this timely conversation will inspire viewers to reflect on their own stories and pursue their dreams in 2022,” said Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. “Becoming is an ever-evolving process, and we are proud to create a platform that fosters a community of empowerment and encourages dialogue for young women and men across the nation to thrive.”

About Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, now available in paperback and as a Young Readers edition, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

For more information on “BET Her Presents…Becoming: Michelle Obama In Conversation” visit BET.com.Follow the social conversation using #BecomingOnBET.

“BET Her Presents…Becoming: Michelle Obama In Conversation” is a part of BET and ViacomCBS Inc. “Content for Change” initiative, which is anchored in the principle that media—storytelling, news, information and commercials—plays a pivotal role in shaping and driving individuals’ and communities’ values, perceptions and actions.

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