President Barack Obama was at the Howard University Graduation and in his commencement speech, he gave an uplifting talk to the graduating students.
He alsoÂ urged the crowd to take political action, â€œempathize with all people are struggling,â€ and â€œcompromise, even when you are 100 percent right.â€ He also said â€œI love you backâ€ to the crowd.
He said, â€œBe confident in your heritage. Be confident in your blackness. One of the great changes thatâ€™s occurred in our country since I was your age is the realization thereâ€™s no one way to be black. Take it from somebody whoâ€™s seen both sides of debate about whether Iâ€™m black enough. In the past couple months, Iâ€™ve had lunch with the Queen of England and hosted Kendrick Lamar in the Oval Office. Thereâ€™s no straitjacket, thereâ€™s no constraints, thereâ€™s no litmus test for authenticity.
â€œWhen I was graduating, the main black hero on TV was Mr. T,â€ Obama said to the graduates. â€œRap and hip hop were counterculture, underground. Now,Â Shonda Rhimes owns Thursday night, and BeyoncÃ© runs the world.â€
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