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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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