Michelle Lavaughn Robinson is born in Chicago, Illinois to Fraser Robinson III and Marian Shields Robinson. Michelle is the second child to brother, Craig Robinson.
Her early education includes Bryn Mawr Elementary School and Whitney Young Magnet High School. As a high school student, Michelle is the Student Council Treasurer and a member of the National Honor Society. Her father dies of multiple sclerosis in 1990, leaving her mom to raise her and her brother in their South Side home.