Poet Amanda Gorman lands the cover of TIME magazine and interviews Michelle Obama

Amanda Gorman made history as the youngest known poet to ever speak at an inauguration in the United States. His original poem, “The Hill We Climb,” captivated the world and immediately sparked hope.

Now the 22-year-old Harvard graduate is on the cover of Time Black Renaissance special issue. The impact of this moment is further amplified through a special interview with former first lady Michelle Obama.

“What’s been exciting for me is that I can absorb and live in this creation that I see from other African American artists that I look up to,” Gorman said during his interview. “In all forms of expression of human life, we see that art is informed by the black experience. I can’t imagine anything more exciting than that.

From inaugural poet to symbol of hope

Gorman’s words have touched millions, and that’s exactly what America needs right now.

His inaugural poem was filled with deep emotions that highlighted the realities of today and the hope of tomorrow. “In my poem, I am in no way going to gloss over what we have seen over the past few weeks and, dare I say, years. But what I really aspire to do in the poem is to be able to use my words to imagine a way that our country can still come together and can still heal,” Gorman shared with the New York Times. “He does it in a way that neither erases nor overlooks the hard truths that I think America needs to come to terms with.”

Since reciting her poem at Biden’s inauguration, Gorman has received countless opportunities that will allow her to continue her impact. Morgan State University President David Wilson immediately granted him a job offer by Twitter. Even leading international talent and model management, IMG models, wanted to add Gorman to its talent roster. According to The Hollywood Reporterthe modeling agency will help secure editorial and branding opportunities that will build the profile of the young poet.

The poet shares it all in an interview with Michelle Obama

The National Young Poets winner was photographed by Awol Erizku and interviewed remotely by Michelle Obama for the TIME magazine function.

This Black Renaissance edition was assembled through a collaboration with activist and scholar Ibram X Kendi. The magazine shines a light on black culture and the arts, and captures a captivating conversation between Gorman and Obama. These two historians become aware of activism, of being a black woman and of the power of poetry.

“I’m still grappling with the fact that I broke into the all-time high,” Gorman said during his interview. “I don’t think I always knew I was going to be the inaugural poet, but every time I wrote a public poem, before I started writing it, I was like, write a poem worthy of a presidential inauguration. ”

Feature of the Black Renaissance Special Edition

This week has led to even more exciting news for the young star. TIME Magazine published the special issue of Black Renaissance on Friday, February 5. Gorman adorns the cover of the magazine with a yellow dress designed by Greta Constantine. During her interview with TIME magazine, she shared many words of wisdom that can help anyone take bold and inspired action.

“You really have to crown yourself with the belief that who I am and what I’m here for is way beyond this moment,” Gorman shared. “I am learning that I am not a lightning bolt that strikes once. I am the hurricane that comes every year, and you can expect to see me again soon.

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