Ellen Degeneres is known for featuring inspiring guests, so it’s no surprise that she tapped Akintunde Ahmad, the 17-year-old Oakland high schooler who made headlines for his a 5.0 GPA and 2100 SAT score, to appear on her show. The teen sat down with Ellen to talk about how he managed to stay focused in school, why he’s the smartest son in his family (according to his parents who were sitting in the front row) and which school he eventually chose out of the many that sent him acceptance letters in the mail. Ellen then surprised him with a $15,000 check to cover a few of those heavy Ivy League expenses!
In case you forgot, Akintunde was accepted into what many of us consider “dream schools” — Yale, Brown, Columbia, Northwestern, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Howard and Chapman (and these were the only ones reported). Akintunde and many Black boys like him — including high schoolers Avery Coffey, Kwasi Enin, and Patrick Peoples who also made headlines for their stellar academic achievements — have reminded the nation that there are always Black boys who’ll put in the work and make their parents proud, in spite of their environment. #TeamBeautiful will continue to spotlight these stories, no matter what the critics say, and we’ll be encouraging them along the way!
Check out the video of Ellen giving a generous gift above and see which school Akintunde decided to attend in the fall.
1. Colorful Language
Black people have a very colorful way of naming things that already have a name. Check out this list of things Black people have renamed.
No, this is not the thing that you cook on at the BBQ. This is the blinging piece of jewelry that goes in your mouth to show the world that you're ballin'.
While sneaker head come in all colors, it's the Black shoe lovers who call their beloved shoes...kicks.
4. The Sugar
Diabetes affects Black people more than any other race. 18.7 percent of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes, but we'd rather call it The Sugar.
When your skin is extremely dry, to the point where your Black skin looks white, that's called being ashy. Black people OWN the word ashy, while many other races just refer to it as what it is--dry skin.
Sharp means a man or woman, but mostly a man is dressed to the nines. Usually said man is in a well-tailored suit. As in, "Oooh, brother you are looking SHARP today!"
What is typically known as a BBQ or grilling out has been renamed by many a Black folk as a cookout. As in, "Girllll, you going to Ray Ray's cookout on Saturday, I'm bringing ice and you know I'm making a to-go plate."
8. The Scripture/The Good Book
The Scripture or the good book refers to none other than the Bible. Yes, there's the Quran and Bhagavad Gita, but the one that matters most to Black people is...The Scripture.
Black women love going to the salon to get their hair laid, but when you get a nice wash & set and the hairstylist sends you on your way with your hair wrapped--that's called a doobie. Thanks for letting the world know, Rihanna.
Hair is a woman's crowning glory and for Black women, it's the love of our lives. We love hair so much, we've got a million and one names for our weaves aka...extensions.
11. Prayer Cloth
Thank you RHOA cast member, Phaedra, for teaching the world what keeps those pesky spirits away. A prayer cloth is a piece of fabric, usually lacy that will cover your exposed knees in case you wear something too short to church or you're caught up in the Holy Spirit and you faint. The usher will kindly lay the prayer cloth across your bare legs.
12. Bourgeois (but we pronounce Boo-gzee)
While the word is French and refers to the middle class, Black people have taken it to mean stuck up, rich and pretty much phony. It's become more of a lifestyle. Ask Jennifer Williams of "Basketball Wives" fame, who's never even seen a food stamp.
13. Sleeping Clothes
I never even knew what pajamas were until I slept over at my White best friend's house in 7th grade. They were and always will be sleeping clothes. It's the clothes you wear to sleep in!
14. Make Groceries
This phrase has roots in the south, specifically New Orleans. This is simply called buying and/or getting groceries. You can't MAKE groceries! LOL!
My grandma never called stockings, stockings. It was always, "Why ain't you wearing any sheers, child?"
LOL at this thug though. But yes...headwraps--the scarves you tie around your freshly done hair before going to bed at night. If you're horrible at tying scarves like I am, you'll usually find it in the bed by morning.
17. Pocket Book
There's so many names for the convenient all-my-things holder you wear on your shoulder. Bags, purses, handbag or whatever--there's nothing like a good old fashioned pocket book.
18. Coin Purse
This is most likely something your grandma says. "Gon' in there and get me my coin purse," as she's pointing to her purse that's beside you in the pew (Yes, you're at church) so that she can pay her tithes and offerings.
What do you mean stories, you ask? These are your favorite soap operas, but instead of trying to say that tongue twister (try saying "soap opera" 5 times fast), just call it what it is, stories.
20. The Stevie Wonder Version Of Happy Birthday
We love a good birthday celebration, but don't try and get us to sing the regular version of "Happy Birthday." Black folks are only here for the Stevie Wonder soul clappin' version.
21. End Of Times/Days
Black people love referring to the end of times, aka the Apocalypse or Armageddon when the weather isn't logical, multiple heart-wrenching crimes
22. Church Clothes
There's a major difference between your street clothes and the clothes you wear to church aka your Sunday's best. These are the clothes that you're only able to wear to church on Sunday.
Want those luxurious curls without the heat? Girl, you better put your hair in some rollers! Or if you do want to use the heat--grab you a pair of curlers and get to curling!