"Becoming Myself"

Dwyane Wade’s daughter, Zaya Wade, is getting a seat at the table in Michelle Obama’s latest Becoming project. The teen will be one of several young people to sit down and have a conversation with the former first lady.


“Life is a beautiful process of becoming myself,” Zaya told her social media fans. “Who better to talk about Becoming than with Michelle Obama,” Wade asked her supporters.

Becoming began as Michelle Obama’s memoir and has since evolved into a sort of movement. Many were inspired after reading about the former first lady’s life story, which has included both triumphs and challenges. Becoming has especially turned out to be an inspiration for young readers. Such is the reason why Mrs. Obama decided to expand the brand to the youth.

“You can now find the young readers’ edition and paperback edition of Becoming wherever books are sold,” Michelle told her social media fans on Tuesday (Mar. 2). “I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to widen our community, and I’m especially excited to welcome more young people into the fold as they begin their journeys of becoming. I hope you’ll check them out!”

Zaya’s conversation with Mrs. Obama will partially revolve around the new edition of the former first lady’s memoir. “Being honest about who I am and sharing my story in Becoming was one of the most freeing experiences of my life,” Michelle shared in a recent Instagram post. “And one of the highlights of my experience was hearing from so many of you and getting into the kind of deep, honest conversations that leave everyone feeling more connected and nourished,” the former first lady said.

Zaya Wade has blazed her own path these past few years with her story of becoming. The youngster came out as transgender nearly three years ago with the full support of her family. Some have chosen to criticize Zaya for being comfortable in her skin. Others, however, have come to the teen’s rescue with support for her life’s choices.

You can pick up a copy of Becoming for young readers today!

Photo: Ayanna McKnight



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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