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if you want a surge of feel good, watch Fusion network documentary O Girls. 

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i was a well of tears most of the film. it originally aired earlier this month but with so much going on in the world & my life i waited to catch it on demand.  

i, like millions, watched the Oprah Winfrey show and was in awe of her goal to build a school for girls in south africa.  this wasn’t going to be some run down one step above what the girls could get at home type of school. Mama O was planning to build a state of the art academy better than the best prep schools in the world.   i often wondered how the school (Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls) and the OLAG girls faired.  

O Girls doc answers…it follows up the girls who graduated from the very first OLAG class. some of the girls have even graduated from college and are moving on to their careers!!! as moving as it was to see the great things the girls have accomplished, what inspired me about the film was it showed the struggles they encountered. this despite getting one of the biggest gifts a person could imagine.  

most of us could only dream of having Oprah pick us out of a crowd and providing for our wishes to come true.   in our minds, we would be set for life! what the documentary showed is that regardless of what blessings flow our way, there will always be hurdles to overcome.   the girls had to deal with death of family members, struggles adjusting to life without their families, confidence and guilt issues while still giving their best.  i learned from watching the film that miracles do happen BUT you still have to put in the work after-all.   

the film, We Will Rise, featuring First Lady Michelle Obama is re-airing tomorrow (Dec 11th) at 10pm EST on CNN.  

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it’s so inspiring to watch the work that’s being done to improve education for girls all around the world.  the film showcases efforts in morocco and my family’s country of origin, liberia.  

want to get amped up for your viewing?

here’s a youtube with the first lady talking up this great film.  

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