A lot has happened since Tom, Amandla and I took this picture at the Democratic National Convention in Denver twelve years ago! I thought about that heady, soul-stirring experience while watching DNC 2020's opening night coverage. Michelle Obama's widely lauded speech framed life in America today in a bold, truth-searing fashion. She made it quite clear: We've got to vote as if our very life depends on it. Because it does. In 2008, there was so much jubilance and promise—of hope, of change. Watch this television news story to see how excited I was (I appear one-minute in.)
Ecstatic, I boarded the metaphorical Love Train with the Agape International Choir to sing with John Legend. I have a vivid memory of looking out from the stage during rehearsal and seeing John's girlfriend, now wife, Chrissy Teigen playing with her tresses as she watched from the floor. I recall passing by a smiling Caroline Kennedy as the choir entered the arena, radiant in our intention and brightly colored tees.
I also remember the sensations I felt at the end of this spectacular day—riding back to the hotel in the dark, knowing that we and the country were embracing the light of a new day in America.
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