Lala Anthony stunned in a smart pink blazer as she posed next to former first lady Michelle Obama after speaking to future college students as part of the #BeatingTheOdds summit. The actress gave a heartfelt message to Obama after the event.
She started out in the entertainment industry as a VJ on MTV, and Lala Anthony has escalated her way to the top, working tirelessly and opening doors into the acting world thanks to her charisma, nerve, and talent. But she admitted on Thursday, in front of an audience of future college students, that life would have been better if she had finished her college experience.
The 38-years-old “Power” actress joined Michelle Obama and “Hamilton” actor Daveed Diggs in a panel for the #BeatingTheOdds summit, organized by Better Make Room, the organization that supports the Reach Higher initiative started by the first lady while she was in the White House.
Lala stunned in a bright pink blazer worn over a simple white t-shirt, jeans, and her new blonde hair as she sat alongside the rest of the panelists for half an hour discussing college and more.
The objective of the panel was to answer questions from students that are graduating from high school this year and don’t know what to expect from college. Obama focused especially on first-gen students that don’t have the reassurance from a family member that can guide them through the process.
Lala, who studied at Howard University only for a semester, confessed that her problem was rushing through the experience. She wanted to get over college quickly in order to get out to “the real world,” and explained:
“And then I got into the real world, and I got smacked in the face a lot of times because I didn’t take my time and go through the college experience and learned so many amazing things that college has to offer. I had one semester when I learned a little bit about independence and got to live on campus, but I had I saw all the way through a lot of things could have been different for me.”
“And yes, I became really successful but there was a lot of trials and tribulations in doing that because I was always in a rush.”
Even though Lala has enjoyed success in her career, she recently faced one failure after it was reported that she was fired from an upcoming movie headlined by Taraji P. Henson. “What Men Want” is the remake of the 2000 romantic comedy “What Women Want,” starred by Mel Gibson.
But as a resilient woman, Anthony is still moving forward, always open to learning from new experiences and be inspired by so many great women like Michelle Obama, to whom she dedicated some heartfelt words in an Instagram post after their panel:
“I’m constantly reminded why there will never be another like you‼ You have opened up your heart and your guidance to me and a million others. Never in my lifetime would I have imagined having this type of relationship with The First Lady (mine forever) Thank you for your advice, listening to my crazy stories, opening up your world & your resources to me, ALL OF IT. Love you from the bottom of my heart. I left today feeling fulfilled and with purpose. Forever thankful to you for that.”
If you want to hear more of what Lala Anthony and Michelle Obama had to say about college check the video below: