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July 23rd, 2009
04:17 PM ET

"I was this close to never making it"

Before the premiere of  Black in America 2, Soledad O’Brien interviewed D.L. Hughley and his 5th grade teacher, Mr. Lang Boston, in New York’s Times Square.

During the segment, D.L. got very emotional when Mr. Boston described him as a child and how proud he was of his accomplishments.  When Soledad asked why he was crying, this was his response:

Because I was this close to never making it, to never being nothing. So when I see people, when I see people who don’t believe they can do it, that just one person can say one thing. Nobody believed in me, ever. To have a dude say you can be what you want, I remember we had a fair and I wanted to win my mother an apple. I won the apple and I got it to my mother and she bit the apple and she said this apple’s rotten just like you are. And I laughed and I told him that story.  He said, you’re not rotten, you gunna be something.  And I’ll never forget that and I hope he’s as proud of me as I am of him.

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  1. Lana Simpson

    I grew up in a small college town that was all black and I can thankfully say I am the product of a caring village of educators, relatives and friends. My mother and father nurtured, guided and supported all 7 of their children. We all graduated from college and
    are living productive lives. My mother was in the first class to graduate from Grambling State University. She walked two miles every day to and from college and washed clothes to defray the cost of attending college. I was taught an early age to get as much education I could I liked to read. My daddy gave me an encyclopedia for light reading and my older brother made me read scientific manuals to him.Every little girl wants to be a model or a princess or a housewife. I grew up watching Father Knows Best. I had 16 years of school to complete before I could stay home and wear pearls. Mamma taught me to read . Dr Wright taught me chemistry. Mrs. Williams taught me to dance. Dr Ennis taught me Dante's "Divine Comedy" and Mr Alexander taught me to sing german operas. Thank God for my Village

    July 23, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  2. Harish Vaishnav

    a) Cambrige Police officer who arreted the rightful owner is not only a rogue cop but also an arrogant and questionalbly rasicst, because he could not get his way to show his authority he handcuffed a far decent and educatedman than he is (the rogue cop), so was his boss to defend him, one rogue defend s the other rogue. Had it been a white man this certainly would not have happened. Same on you.
    b) President is righ on helath care and his opponents are selfish, mean and greedy.

    July 23, 2009 at 7:37 pm |
  3. Sydney Chambliss

    I am disappointed in the response that I have been hearing about DL Hughley sensitive expressions on the Black in America 2 television show, It was a spiritual thing going on there. Aso , it wasn't anything to be embarrassed about. That obviously was something very important to his becoming successful. As an individual everyone has their own story, and he told his story, and people actually talked about him and laughed as though he did something wrong. I think that is embarrassing to know that our own people won't support sensitivity. I think he was the bigger man to express himself that way.

    July 24, 2009 at 9:25 am |

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