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The youngest daughter of the political powerhouse couple graduated from the University of Southern California as her family, including sister Malia, showed up to support.

By Malaika Jabali, Essence —

It was a First Family affair at the college graduation ceremony for Sasha Obama on Friday, as her supportive parents– former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama– and sister Malia Obama looked on.

Sasha, 21, graduated with a degree in sociology from the University of Southern California (USC). The youngest child of the Obamas transferred to the Los Angeles school after starting her freshman year at the University of Michigan in 2019.


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Since making the cross-country move to USC, Sasha had been seen socializing with her older sister throughout Los Angeles. Last fall, their mom revealed the pair was living together and were “best friends.”

While on tour for her latest book, “The Light We Carry,” the forever first lady disclosed the pains she took to ensure her daughters weren’t subject to discriminatory double standards during Barack Obama’s two terms in the White House.

“It was no accident that our children had to show up right in the world. They carried a burden of making sure they weren’t messy,” Mrs. Obama shared in a podcast for the book tour. “It wouldn’t have been laughed off,” she continued. “It wouldn’t have been [dismissed as] just ‘oh it’s youthful’ whatever. It would have been some bigger statement about the soul of Black folks…That weight is exhausting.”

It’s not clear where the youngest daughter is headed next, but we have no doubt Sasha’s future will continue to be bright!

Source: Essence


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