NYC’s First Lady Remixes ‘Reclaiming My Time’ As a Mental-Health Anthem

The Grapevine | 9/11/2017 | Staff
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Arguably, the only thing better than Maxine Waters’ skewering of White House weasel and Treasury Department Secretary Steve Mnuchin was the song it inspired—a gospel spin on Waters’ infamous remarks, performed by Broadway actor Mykal Kilgore that immediately went viral.

It turns out that New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, is also a fan of the song and its message. This past Sunday, which was World Suicide Prevention Day, McCray used the concept of “reclaiming my time” to urge viewers to take better care of their mental health.

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In the public service announcement, McCray appeared opposite Kilgore, who’s currently starring in Motown: The Musical.

“I have a message to share with New Yorkers and Congresswoman Maxine Waters says you’re the guy!” McCray begins.

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“You know, there’s still too many people out there with misconceptions about mental illness,” she continues. “There’s so much work to be done to change the culture, but there’s so little time.”

“Oh,” Kilgore says. “So, you’re ready to reclaim your time?”

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The back and forth between them is cute, even if McCray sounds a bit flat at times (listen, she’s riffing back and forth with Broadway-level talent,...
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