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Barack Obama gave the commencement speech to the 2016 graduating class of Howard University earlier this week, and was widely received with acclaim. Graduates, attendees and those watching live via streaming sites were uplifted and grateful for the president’s speech, which people said was very paternal and honest.

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Jeff Johnson goes deeper into the speech and explains what exactly it was about his speech that was so magnificent. Namely, he notes how Obama is becoming much more comfortable embracing his blackness in the last few months of his term. Click on the audio player to hear him explain that and more elements of the awesome speech in this edition of 3 Things You Should Know on “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.”

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