Couldn't think of a better way to honor President Barack Obama on his last day than to see an incredible movie about other African-American pioneers who broke down systematic barriers to achieve greatness. Added bonus, it was written and directed by the gifted Ted Melfi, whom I've been lucky to work with in the past and still text with from time to time. Nice job, buddy.
When I was a kid, one of my teachers had the entire class say what they wanted to be when they grew up. When it was my turn, she said, "Go ahead, Tony. You can be anything you want." I said, "Anything?" "Anything," she replied. I proudly exclaimed, "I want to be President of the United States!" She quickly said, "Anything but that." All the kids in class laughed at me. My teacher, who was African-American, explained, "Tony, as a person of color in this country, that's darn near impossible. It would take a miracle. Pick something else." I changed my answer to "astronaut." "Oh, you're just shooting for the stars literally, aren't you, son?" she said before moving on to another kid who wanted to be a cat food chef. My teacher left her alone.
And now I'm just an ex-copywriter/struggling comedian. But today, I'm proud to say I got to witness the end of an 8-year miracle in my lifetime. And tonight, I got to see a movie about astronauts and the miraculous women who aimed for the stars and lifted them off the ground. I'm good with that. 🇺🇸🚀
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