Chadwick Boseman, Tina Lawson, Chance The Rapper Drop Knowledge On College Grads In Commencement Speeches
This is your time.
May 12, 2018 at 7:57 pm
Black celebrities from various industries shared their hopes, fears and gave graduates around the nation advice on how to achieve their dreams.
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey spoke to bright-eyed young people Friday at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communications.
She shared with the graduates how truth is the only way to navigate the world.
“This moment in time, this is your time to rise, even though you can’t go anywhere," Winfrey said. "You can’t stand in line at Starbucks, you can’t go to a party, you can’t go anywhere without everyone talking about how bad things are, how terrible it is. And this is what I know: The problem is everybody is meeting hysteria with more hysteria, and then we just are all becoming hysterical, and it’s getting worse.”
Only the truth can save us and fight against the hyperpartisanship, corruption and trolling, she said.
“I hold you in the light, and I wish you curiosity and confidence, and I wish you ethics and enlightenment. I wish you guts,” she said. “I hope you shake things up, and when the time comes to bet on yourself, I hope you double down.”
Chance the Rapper couldn't contain his happiness for his speech at Saturday's commencement ceremony at Dillard University.
The Acid Rap artist journeyed to Louisiana to give graduates of the historically black college and university (HBCU) encouragement to become greater than their predecessors. He even managed to squeeze in a line about Beyoncé Knowles.
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While speaking to University of Southern California (USC) Baccalaureate graduates Friday, Tina Knowles Lawson shared her the fears prior to agreeing to be the commencement speaker.
Negative thoughts and self-doubt almost held her back, she said, but the love and encouraging words from her husband, Richard Lawson, inspire her to speak.
She said she wants to pay it forward and inspire others to take a leap of faith and do something they are afraid of as well.
"When I told my husband I don’t want to speak there I didn’t even go to college why would they want to hear what I have to say," she wrote in an Instagram post. "My husband said to me, no you don’t have a college degree but you certainly have a doctorates degree in life, or you might just inspire someone who has shared the same challenges as you. So as always when there is something in my life that I am afraid of, and that I feel that I need to conquer, I got along with the business of doing the darn thing."
The one you feed!!!!Which wolf do.you feed ? I faced my fears and spoke at USC . When I told my husband I don’t want to speak there I didn’t even go to college why would they want to hear what I have to say ? My husband said to me , no you don’t have a college degree but you certainly have a doctorates degree in life ,or you might just inspire someone who has shared the same challenges as you. So as always when there is something in my life that I am afraid of , and that I feel that I need to conquer, I got along with the business of doing the darn thing. #faceyourfears ❤️ I thought i must add that i wished i would have experienced College it is one of life’s greatest gifts . I encourage every young person to experience it❤️
Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman echoes many of the sentiments of the aforementioned celebs.
After his breakout year as a bonafide movie star, it was only right that he greeted the graduates and on-lookers with the "Wakanda Forever" salute.
During his speech, Boseman reflected on getting fired from an early role for being a proud Howard University alum and how he questioned some of the unfavorable details of the character he was auditioning to play.
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Congratulations, to all the graduates!