A Michigan judge celebrated her 69th birthday busting a move to Megan Thee Stallion’s hit single “Thot S**t.”
In a viral video, Magistrate Deborah Geraldine Bledsoe Ford showed off her dancing and baton twirling skills to commemorate her second consecutive birthday during the pandemic. The accomplished dancer, certified florist, mother and artist posted the video to her Instagram on November 1.
Donning a black sleeveless dress and a horse broach, the 36th District court judge gave an impressive show and captioned her video, “Celebrating my birthday remotely again this year due to the p*ndemic—however, for my birthday, I made a video combining my own roots of #motownmusic and dance moves with my love of current pop and rap music by @theestallion !!!”
“Choreographed this dance and baton work based on moves James Brown and Michael Jackson. Don’t let age stop you from doing YOU! As I always say, IT’S NOT OVER UNTIL IT’S OVER,” she added.
The 69-year-old woman even put her hands on her knees and did a split.
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FOX 2 reported that Ford was a Cass Tech alumna and a cheerleader and majorette at the Detroit high school. When asked about what drew her to the Houston rapper, Ford told the news outlet that Megan’s goals and age inspired her.
“What spoke to me about her, number one – she’s my daughter’s age – born in ’95,” she said. “She wanted to make sure she finished college, and her mother was a rapper – that spoke to me.”
Ford comes from a long line of civil servants, and the 69-year-old woman followed in her mother’s footsteps. The judge is a second-generation magistrate. Her mother, Geraldine Bledsoe Ford, was the first Black woman in the United States to hold a position as a judge. She died in 2003. Her grandfather, Harold E. Bledsoe, was a prominent Black attorney in Detroit.
The youthful magistrate also graduated from the University of Michigan, Spelman College and the Boston College of Law.
She prides herself on being a judge with her finger on the pulse of the youth.
“I learn so many things that’s going on in the lives of young people, things that are bothering them, things that they’re aspiring to – stumbling blocks,” the 69-year-old judge told FOX 2.
“To the young people, I would like to say – there are older people that care about you, that are trying to reach out to you, and trying to understand you,” Ford added. “Keep steppin,’ keep steppin’ – it’s not over until it’s over – and it’s not.”
In her Youtube video (which has garnered almost 31,000 views), she revealed a painting dedicated to the 26-year-old emcee. Ford also tried to connect the generations by encouraging millennials to appreciate the wisdom of elders and embrace them.
Ford has tickets to see the “Savage” rapper when she performs in Detroit on December 17.