All I need is one mic. Nas' words pounded in my head. One beat. One stage. Excellence. Is my presence. Never hesitant. Biggie. I felt hip-hop in the room last night. It was a pulse and a rhythm to the energy of the people inside the Time Warner Cable Arena that electrified Charlotte, North Carolina on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. It was America. White people. Black people. Latinos. And Asians. Native Americans. Sikhs. Jews. Christians. Muslims. Hindus. And non-believers. Gay. Straight. Young. And old. The energy was unimaginable. All I need is one mic. One beat. One stage.
She entered to Stevie. Signed. Sealed. Delivered. She moved in her stunning dress with grace and ease. She spoke from the heart. I have witnessed greatness. Jordan. Jackson. Savion. I have been blessed to be in rooms where history happened. I have seen people have their moments. Last night, the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, had her moment. With Barack, Sasha and Malia huddled on a couch at home, they watched the Mom-In-Chief deliver words of comfort and compassion, guided by a moral compass that will inspire our nation for many years to come. It was apolitical, yet wove in politics seamlessly. She spoke of success and dreams, of wounded warriors and heartache, of mothers and fathers, of the struggles of the poor and the responsibility of the rich. She spoke of an America that sounded like the America that we yearn for. An America where you are not defined by how much money you have, but defined by how much difference you make in people's lives. This is the America she spoke of. An America where you don't slam the door behind you after you have climbed up the social ladder. An America that praises how hard you work, not how much money you make. This is the America she spoke of. An America that believes in the impossible.
Impossible to forget last night. Impossible to forget the section, the seat number I occupied to witness greatness. Impossible to forget that hip-hop was in the room last night. Impossible to forget that all Michelle Obama needed was one mic. On to the next one...
Michael Skolnik is the Editor-In-Chief of GlobalGrind.com and the political director to Russell Simmons. Prior to this, Michael was an award-winning filmmaker. Follow him on twitter @MichaelSkolnik