Michelle Obama has been everywhere. After selling almost a million copies of her book in its debut week, she extended her book tour due to the high demand. Continuing her promo tour, the Former First Lady from the South Side of Chicago, dropped by the Questlove Supreme podcast, hosted by the Roots co-founder and drummer, Questlove.

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Throughout the interview, she recounted her love for music, the first concert she attended, and her daughters put her on to SZA. But then she talked about how hard it was to convince Prince to perform at the White House. She recalled, “We went back and forth trying to get Prince because most of our personal parties revolved around birthdays — and Prince didn’t celebrate birthdays,” Obama said of the musician, who was a practicing Jehovah’s Witness. “‘He was like, ‘I can’t come but I want to come.’ We had to figure out how to create something that wasn’t a birthday.”

Explaining why they hosted some many concerts, Obama said, “One of the things I wanted to make sure of is that we got all the greats to perform because I didn’t know if anyone was ever going to ask them to perform at the White House [again].”


Imagine Prince, The Roots, Kendrick Lamar, Common, Patti LaBelle, Mary J. Blige performing at the White House under the current administration?

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