ASAP Summer Institute

ASAP Summer Institute


– We started off with that
yes, no, opposite game and we went to the walk
stop game we just did. Let’s talk about those two things. How were you feeling? What was happening? – [Student] I was confused. – You were confused. Excellent, that was my plan. (clapping) To confuse you. So you were confused, talk about that. – [Student] I was feeling challenged. – Challenged, challenged, yes? – [Student] Oh, my body was doing what. – Yeah, so will you say
that again nice and loud? – [Student] My body was
trying to do what you were telling but then my brain was like. – Would you stand and
tell the whole audience? (laughter) – [Student] Come on Clarissa! (clapping) (laughter) – Okay, so my body was
doing what he was telling us to do because your body’s used to, but then my brain was trying to do the puzzle ’cause it knew that. – Absolutely. (clapping) Did anybody else feel that as well? – [Audience] Yeah. – [Student] I did, I felt the same thing. – What’s that, you felt the same thing? – [Student] Yeah. – Thank you so much for
endorsing that, like, speaking up and having
her back and supporting her with that. – [Student] I felt like
I was thinking more. I was paying more attention. – You were paying more attention, you were thinking more, right? Exactly, so, what’s that word, when
we hear the word walk, we just automatically walk, what’s that word, that we are, what? What’s that? – [Student] A command. – Command, right, what’s that? (student talking) Listening, concen. – [Student] Habit. – Habit, yeah, habit! What’s another word for habit? – [Student] Routine. – Routine, habit, routine, yeah. (all students talking) Trigger word.
– Honor. – A trigger word. – [Student] Subconscious. – Subconscious! – [Student] Automatic. – Automatic! – [Student] Involuntary. – Involuntary, conditioned, right? All these words. So you hear one thing
and you do another thing. In the Kobe book, he says it’s
stimulus and then response. Stimulus, walk right? Response, you do it. But the part that he’s
saying for us to think about is the part in between,
what you’re saying. That little confusing part, the
part where we have to think, are brain is saying one thing but our body’s doing another thing. It’s that gap between
stimulus and response that Kobe is talking
about that is kinda like the sweet spot for us. And that’s the part where we
can change our old habits. But it’s going to be
confusing and disorienting. Because we’re conditioned. When somebody passes
us a joint we take it, you know what I mean? We don’t think, you know? It’s all this stuff, there’s
all these old patterns. When somebody wants
this from me I go do it. Like, oh, I’m going. (groaning) I get more zombie. And that’s the part, and
then in the book he says, stimulus and response, and
our ability to respond. Or our response-ability. So that’s really I think
what this is all about is we’re now here at ASAP,
and we now have this gap that we can now change
and unbreak old habits. We can break old habits. We can do things differently. And that’s kinda the sweet
spot, and we just felt that. Like in our bodies we felt
it, where we were going, I gotta do something different. And it’s like even I always
take the seven train to the bus. I just automatically do it. Somebody suggested, do you
take the Long Island Railroad? I thought about it it’s
like ooh that’s different. (audience laughing) I’ll do it, alright, but I
did it it’s better, right? So rather than just going
through like the regular motions. Rather than doing the same old thing, know that you have that
ability to react the way. I know you guys talked about it yesterday, people say a certain word to
you, it triggers a reaction. Well it doesn’t have to. Because you know that there’s
that nano second of confusion. There’s that nano second
where we can choose a different response. Let’s get some people up here, I had my I Am From poems. Oh here they are, thank you. Perhaps in the past when you
were called to read something you might be like me,
or, yeah, or like Nikki. And we generally jump up, right? We generally jump up and speak. (audience chuckling) You might also be somebody who
in the past didn’t jump up. But again just like we were talking now, when your name is called
you have that nano second to sort of maybe break an
old habit, and become one of the people that jumps up, right? So there’s gonna be a stimulus
when your name is called, and then your ability to respond to that as a brand new ASAP student,
with a brand new clean slate. You don’t have to behave
the way you used to, you don’t have to say no to
an opportunity that’s healthy. I’m not saying that you do
that, but I’m just saying again, this is again, the
stimulus is going to be your name. And then your ability to respond. Got it, so it’s even with
this, when you hear your name. Susan Stewart, Susan B. from
Trinidad, born in Trinidad. Is Susan here? – [Students] She’s not here. – She’s not here, alright. Is it U-R-W-A, the last
name is yes, come on up. Excellent, very good. – [Woman] How do you say it? – How do you say your name? – It’s Urwa. – Urwa? Urwa. My daughter’s name is Una so it has that sort of similar feeling, Urwa, Una. (audience laughing) Brenda! (audience laughing) Elena. All the ahs, all of the ahs. Leon Lynn. There you go, excellent. Is it, the last name is
Williams, with an S-T-E. – [Woman] Sterling? – Sterling Williams, what a sterling name. And is it Giancarla? – [Woman] Giancarlo. – Giancarlo, Giancarlo. Welcome. And Helena Myam. Am I saying it right? – [Helena] Hel-ena. – Hel-ena, Hel-ena. – [Man] Transparent Helena. – Yes, a Midsummer Night’s
Dream, right, do you know that? Do you know that your name is
in the play by Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream? – No. – You should read that
play, you will love it, you will love it! Two, four, six, seven. Chris Carasalo. Chris Carasalo. (cheering and applauding) (all talking) Edwin. Edwin. Thank you so much. (applause) (all talking) Oh excellent. (applause) Erica shared a poem with you yesterday, wasn’t it crazy good? – [Student] Yep. – It was amazing right? She did it last week and somebody
said, and I was blown away and I came this morning and somebody said, oh Erica did her poem yesterday
and it was even better than last week, I said
impossible, ’cause it’s impossible because it was crazy good last week. (audience laughing) Actually can we start,
can we go left to right? – Sure, I. – The term right to left,
but things have changed. – I am from the Lone Star
State, where bluebonnets line our highways and wide open spaces. Where yellow roses say
yee-haw, where driving across from one of the side of the
state to the other feels like traveling the globe,
and takes about as long. Where we are proud to claim we are Texans, or as I like to say a (speaking
foreign language) with a Harlem heart. I am from Guillermo De La Rosa Jr. Yes like the Apache warrior
who never surrendered. And Anna Maria Rodriguez De La Rosa, (speaking foreign language) Frances, (speaking foreign language) Pablo, (speaking foreign language) Odie. (speaking foreign
language) no longer here. I am from Uno to the death
and imaginary friends and imaginary performance
spaces where I was the star. I am from tortillas that are being made in the wee hours in the
morning because we eat breakfast tacos with
our coffees, not bagels. Or the quicky plate two cheesy enchiladas with spicy meat sauce that you
really can only get at home. Tender beef fajitas
that melt in your mouth upon hitting your tongue. A stack of warm tortillas
(speaking foreign language) where in wintertime you
wanna put it up to your cheek because it’s nice, and warm, and soft. Refried beans, rice, and a
Texas tea as big as your face. I’m from mama and daddy,
(speaking foreign language) Gabriella, and Veronica,
from Gabby and Juana. From Frida Kahlo from Emma
Tenayuca, from Cesar Chavez, from Gandhi, from Bob
Marley, from my students, from Dr. Seuss, from everyday strangers because they are all extensions of me. I am from ♪ Emancipate yourself
from mental slavery ♪ ♪ None but ourselves
can free our own minds ♪ I am from I can create
anything I want or want to be, because I live in that possibly. I am from (speaking foreign language) if I honor you, I honor myself. If I respect you, I respect myself, and if I love you, I love myself. (applause) (snapping) – I am from Ecuador a
small town called Apaneca. I am from my grandparents
Angel and Farja, they were the ones who raised me. I am from a soccer ball
which I used to play with when I was a kid. I am from yellow rice with
beans, vegetables, and chicken. I am from my grandparents,
they are the persons that inspire me to keep going. I am from friendly and I am
from don’t waste your life, and I am from you have a
capacity to accomplish anything as long as you have your right mindset. (snapping) – I am from Queens, I am
from my mom, Adriana Moreno, who raised me by herself
and taught me everything that I know today, how
to be a good person. I am from Spiderman. (audience laughing) I am from rice with chicken, and also black beans with rice, gravy. I am from my grandma who
inspires me, showed me that anything could be possible
she came here with nothing. And then she worked really
hard and then she came here, she brought her family
and then raised all of us. I am from humor, I’m from humor and just, yeah just humor. (audience laughing) And yeah, I didn’t know what
else to say so that’s it. (snapping) (talking) (audience laughing) – I am from Kandahar, Afghanistan,
that’s a beautiful city which is now called the place of death. I am from Rockaway, St. John’s Hospital. I am from my two parents. I am from the game Crash. I am from spicy chicken,
named Kabuli Pulao with topping of nice
sweet carrots and raisins. I am from our Holy Prophet
Mohammad and my father who inspires me to become a better person and to live my life to the fullest. I am from humor, love, humble, I am from Baby You’re a Fly, (talking) I am from nothing is impossible
because the word impossible by itself means I am possible. (snapping) – I am from Flushing
Hospital on a hot summer day. I am from my mom and my dad. I am from Super Mario
World passed down from dad. I am from sandwich with
a glass of lemonade. And from dad, the man responsible for everything in the house. And from humor and understanding. I am from chapter three,
Nostalgia and Mannerisms. And I am from the homeless tribe. (snapping) – I am from North Shore, LIJ Hospital, in Forest Hills, Queens. I am from Woletta Marie
Williams that raised me as a single mother with my
younger sister, in a loving home. I am from Power Rangers toys,
and I am not afraid to say it. (audience laughing) I am from Kanye West, I
mean my mother inspires me, but Kanye West inspires
me musically and music is what’s important me. And I am from ♪ They say for ordinary people ♪ ♪ Don’t compare me to rappers ♪ ♪ I’m trying to be like the Beatles ♪ And that’s it. (snapping) – I am from a providence
located in South Asia of China. And I am from a family raised both by my
parents and grandparents. I am from it was too
young for me to remember what I loved when I was a kid. I am from the water from water fountain. I am from having at the time one of my social studies teacher who inspired me to work to the best of my ability
and from my sense of humor. And from a song named War
and Pain, but I don’t know who sing this. I am from a supportive family. (snapping) – I am from the Former Soviet Union and I was raised in Brooklyn
and moved to Queens. And my childhood games were
hula hoop, jump rope, Barbie, kitchen play sets, stuffed
animals and puzzles, and Snakes and Ladders, it’s a weird game. And my favorite meal
was chicken and broccoli with rice and fruit punch. And sister inspire me,
she became very optimistic and she always has a smile
on that I love from her. And my positive personality
trait is patient, understanding. And my favorite song is from Alicia Keys, Try Sleeping
With A Broken Heart, and Keyshia Cole, Take Me Away. Eminem, Space Bound and Mockingbird. And my teacher once told me
that you’re a good person so keep your chin up. (snapping) – I am from Queens Hospital. I am from Barbie dolls, I
am from mashed potatoes. I am from Martin Luther King. I am from Huma and Ferdelius. I am from being ashamed
to wanna save the world. (snapping) – I am from Queens General Hospital. I am from my mother and my grandmother. I am from childhood
toy Cabbage Patch Kids. I am from fettuccine, chicken
alfredo, extra pepper, touch of parmesan, garlic
bread, and a Coke with lime. I am from my brother who’s a military man who has sacrificed his
own life, put it on hold to give us all freedom and safety. I am from patience, respect, and kindness. I am from Aaron Neville
and Linda Ronstadt, I Don’t Know Much. And I am from everything
happens for a reason. (snapping) – Let’s take a bow everyone,
and then a thunderous applause. (cheering and applauding) And we’ll stand. Nah. (audience laughing) Cut. Thank you yes, I’ll take these back. (chattering) That was beautiful. One of my favorite songs
is Aaron Neville, I love to sing like Aaron Neville. – [Woman] Can you sing like Aaron Neville. – Can I do it? – [Audience] Yes! – I’m not a good singer but
I’m gonna try, you ready. ♪ I don’t know much ♪ ♪ But I know I love you ♪ That’s my Aaron Neville. (applause) What struck you about this and about what you’ve seen before? What strikes you as you listen
to where people are from, the food, everything, what strikes you as you
look and you listen? – [Student] Definitely
just the way you say it. About things. (talking) – Yeah, you can tell by
their face how they feel. And so in order to tell that
you’re looking at their face. It’s a very, very important thing. I’m glad you said that,
’cause it’s something I wasn’t going to say. But looking at their face you can find out how they feel. What else struck you? – [Student] It strikes
me that looking at people without knowing anything
about them is such a blank thing but when they speak to you. – That’s true, yeah. She said it’s just a blank thing if you just look at someone,
but when you listen to them it changes everything
right, is that what you’re? – [Student] Yes. – [Student] It strikes me as so amazing that a group of diversity,
what comes out of one group. And in however many hours or
day see each other as whole. Not a color, not a race, or religion. (applause) – Anybody else, yes? – [Student] What strikes me is
when you seen certain things that really touched people
they would put the paper down and close they eyes and speak, some people that was personal for them. – What a wonderful observation. (applause) What a wonderful observation. Would you stand up and share that with everybody one more time? (applause) (audience laughing) – Some people when they were
saying what they were saying the things that you could
tell were personal, Fresh, where’s Fresh? (audience laughing) Fresh, when he started talking
about his mother he closed his eyes and put the paper
down, so stuff like that you could tell it was personal. – You’re observing another
thing that you notice when people got more
personal the paper came down and they just started to speak. So this was kind of a
prompt but then from there they got deeper into what
they were talking about and that’s a wonderful observation. Very much like Elijah has. This great unbelievable
actress, won the NAACP award for a show that she wrote. But she like you observes
people’s bodies and their voices. And she has that really
cool ability as well. Somebody else, anything, yes? – [Student] And we’re also unique but we have a lot of things in common. – I’m so sorry can you
say that one more time? – [Student] Yes, we’re unique but we have a lot of things in common. – We are so unique but we have
a lot of things in common. We are so unique but we have
a lot of things in common. That’s so true, I love, yes? (audience laughing) (student talking) Exactly I think it gets,
I keep on doing this, bring it back to what the
book is talking about. The power of our language, right? The power of our language can
change the way people feel, you start talking about who, and then all of a sudden she’s
just like melting over there. – [Student] Oh my God. – I know that feeling. (audience laughing) She’s just melting, and
our words can do that. And then that’s an example
of such a wonderful way. And also when people sharing things and we’re making these
connections with them the opposite is true too. That if we are on automatic
pilot, if we stay with habitual language sometimes our
language can do the opposite it can have a bad effect. Or we mix other people’s language on us. So as we can see here that this language is moving us in a very positive way. But just like we started
it can go the other way. So his point is that the
language that we chose, the way we talk about
ourselves, the way we talk to other people we move
other people with words. So they’re very powerful. Very, very powerful. Think about the language
that you want to use. Very powerful stuff, potent. Let’s get just a few more people up. We wanna stay on time. – [Man] We’re at 10 o’clock, we’re good. – 10 o’clock, alright. Carolina. What’s the song? Carolina? (all talking) Briana, Briana Turner, Briana Turner. And Caitlyn. There’s Caitlyn. Roxanna Bravo. Another awesome name. Greg Graham, Greg Graham. And the name is spelled G-U-R-P-R-E-E-T. Gupreet. Jerome, awesome. That’s good, I think we have enough. Is there anybody over here? (talking) Let’s book him, let’s have Patrice go here and Raphael go over here, again. (cheering and applauding) Hey can I ask you to do this? This is crazy, I’ve
never done this before, but could you enter from here? You guys enter in there, take your spot. I’m gonna give you an entrance. – Hi mom. – Like right now I’ll
give you an introduction. Ladies and gentlemen please welcome the Queensborough Community College ASAP, I Am From Poets! (cheering and applauding) – I am from Long Island,
Huntington Hospital, Strong Island. Winehedge, Eastern Long Island. I am from Foster Miller and Dorothy. I am from my skateboard. It was painted yellow,
green, black, red, grip tape on the top, with a shape like a fish and a kick tail in the back. I did an ollie before I knew what it was. And I would ride it down
the mountains down the hills of my mother’s college campus. The trucks crossing the
pavement, crk crk crk crk crk crk with my socks pulled up to
my knees like Michael Cooper. And I would dive towards
the grass and roll because I didn’t know how to stop. (audience laughing) I am from you know, fried
chicken, cooked crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. When you take a bite
it hits you in the eye. I am from (audience laughing) collard greens with
vinegar, little bit of salt, you smell them in the
pot cooking all day long. I am from macaroni and
cheese, elbow number nine. Five kinds of cheese, Havarti, cheddar, and whatever else is on sale. (audience laughing) I am from sweet potato pie
cooked in a graham cracker crust, sprinkled with coconut,
and after a food like this a workout is a must. I am from my mom. You see I rode the skateboard
down the hills while she was at college because
she had to leave school when she was eight to go
pick potatoes on the farm. We’re from Florida, so
at eight she left school. And she returned when I
was 12 to get her degree in criminal justice, I am
from where you are from. I am from whatever it takes in that moment to make someone realize that
I’m a human just like them. I am from it changes
everyday, but today it’s ♪ Brother brother brother ♪ ♪ There’re far too many of you dying ♪ I am from America is safe in the hands
of young people like you. (snapping) – I am from Mount Sinai
Hospital, Manhattan. I am from my mother and father. I am from my childhood toy
game, Pokemon for Game Boy. I am from my favorite meal
macaroni and cheese and steak. I am from my father
keeping in high school. I am from keep a humorous
attitude in tough times. I am from I Believe I Can Fly. I am from keep your
head held at all times. (snapping) – I’m from Elmhurst Hospital. I’m from my parents. I’m from. I’m from pasta with shrimp. I’m from my dad. I’m from understanding, caring. I’m from I believe. I’m from it doesn’t matter
what people think about you, always. (snapping) – I am from North Shore
Hospital, Long Island. I’m from East Elmhurst. I’m from Flushing. I’m from Keisha Hill and Reverend Graham. I am from PlayStation 2,
Mole vs. Campground 2. I am from, let’s see, I’m from lamb chops, macaroni and cheese,
yellow rice with inside. I am from Drake, Kevin Durant, my mom, my grandma, Ulysses S.
Grant, Martin Luther King. A whole lot, I’m a
history guy so my history. I’m from understanding,
kindness, friendship, and I am from ♪ My dreams are more ♪ ♪ But you can see I’m pacing it ♪ ♪ So that I’m always chasing it ♪ And I’m from hard work meets talent but talent doesn’t work hard. (snapping) – I am from Queens General
Hospital and health. I am from Marquesa Brownwyn Mar. I am from a cash register. I am from chicken cutlets,
macaroni and cheese, rice, mash potatoes,
tomatoes with lemon and salt. I am from Gandhi. I am from understanding and patience. I am from take me as I am. I am from don’t ever let
stuff bring you down. (snapping) – I am from LIJ Hospital. I am from Queens. I am from my parents Charles
Booth Jr. and Lisa Booth. I am from my Easy Bake
Oven where I used to make sugar cookies with sprinkles. I am from tilapia baked
with cesar salad dressing and salt and pepper with brown
rice and fresh green beans. I am from my pastor, he
preaches the message of faith, love, and hope, and that
there’s life after death. I am from being passionate and honest. And I believe honesty is the best policy. I am from ♪ Every day is sweeter ♪ ♪ Than the day before ♪ And inspires me to look
forward to better days that I have to come. I am from I am stronger than I was and I am strong enough. (snapping) – I am from Queens, New York Hospital. I am from. – [Teacher] Excuse me. You should carry your voice. – I am from Joann and Anthony, my parents. I am from the dollhouse
that my grandma in Colorado bought me when I was three years old. – Keep going. You can do it, I got you. You can do it. They felt exactly the way
you have at some point. So let me support you. – [Man] Come on Caitlyn. – [Woman] You can do it! (cheering and applauding) – [Student] You’re doing great. (all agreeing) – I cried yesterday, that was hard for me, I hate doing that. (audience laughing) But I did it, now you got to, go. – [Student] We’re here for you. – I’m right here, go. – Lasagna, ’cause I’m
Italian and I love cheese. I am from my grandma and
my mom, ’cause they give me positive thoughts, and
are always there for me. And I am from enthusiasm. (cheering and applauding) – I am from Darnell Army
Hospital, in Ft. Hood, Texas. I am from my father, I am from my rag doll that was bought at a flea market. I am from my grandmother’s oxtail soup. I am from my best friend. I am from patience. And I am from while I
stand next to a mountain and I chopped it down
with the edge of my hand. And I am from just think. (snapping) (audience laughing) – I am from Mount Carmel West Hospital, which is on the west side
but I was from the east side of Columbus, Ohio in the
Buckeye State, O-H-I-O. ♪ Drive drive on down the field ♪ ♪ Men of the Scarlet and Gray ♪ ♪ Don’t let them through that line ♪ ♪ We’ve got to win this game today ♪ ♪ Come on Ohio ♪ (audience laughing) I am from Pastor G. Thomas Turner Sr. and Dr. Roberta F. Turner. I am from Barbie dolls of all colors, with all of the clothes and definitely the Oscar de la Renta line. All of the Barbie’s of both
genders, Candyland, and Uno. (audience laughing) I am from fried catfish, shrimp
tempura, salmon teriyaki, sushi, macaroni and cheese, curly rings. Homemade white rolls. My mom’s homemade cornbread,
my homemade cornbread. My mom’s homemade cornbread dressing. My homemade cornbread dressing. Warm, chocolate Texas sheet cake with Bryer’s vanilla bean ice cream topped in all caramel. – [Student] Yeah in caramel yeah. – I am from my poppy who was
in the hospital twice this year and the last time was almost for a month. And is now back traveling,
and pastoring, and preaching, and teaching just like he used to before he went to the hospital. He’s lost a lot of weight
too and looks really good. Then I got a call yesterday that he went back into the hospital,
but he’s coming out today. (audience laughing) He’s coming out today. I am from ♪ I smile ♪ ♪ Even though it hurts then I’m a smile ♪ ♪ I know God is working so I smile ♪ ♪ Even though I’ve been here for a while ♪ ♪ I ♪ ♪ Smile ♪ – I am from dee do dee do dee do, dee do dee do dee. John Coltrane and Duke
Ellington’s In A Sentimental Mood. And I’m also from John Legend’s ♪ Good morning ♪ ♪ Good morning love ♪ ♪ It’s my favorite song ♪ ♪ I waited all night ♪ And I’m from I can do
all things through Christ who strengthens me, and
don’t strive to be equal, but strive to excel,
that’s where I’m from. (snapping) (laughing) – [Man] A thunderous round of applause. (cheering and applauding) (all talking) – [Woman] Just do it. (all talking) – Alright think about it. – 10, 15 minutes. (chattering) – What struck you this time? – [Student] Emotions. – Emotions. – [Student] Got emotional. – Did you get emotional? (student talking) – [Student] We all supported
her, we all were like a team, like a family. – Exactly. There you go. Everybody supported, she’s
in the restroom right now. – [Student] Told her not to give up. – And who told her not to give up? – [Student] Everybody. – Everybody right? So you’re, this is the way,
this empathy that you’re feeling when someone gets up
and shares is beautiful. You’re sitting there and
you’re pulling for someone. Yes? – [Student] Yesterday you
said that we’re supposed to help each other graduate
2013, so that’s the same thing that we did now, we helped her. (student with barret talking) – This is room is a safe
place to try something new, to try something different. In fact this room is
really just a metaphor for your ASAP experience. In ASAP you’ve got people
here to support you, to help you get through,
who are feeling for you. Who want you to succeed. And so know that the ASAP
program is a safe place and there are people here
that are ready to support, they’re ready to go, that’s
what they’re here for. They’re waiting for these
moments where they can jump in and help you out,
so this is a safe place. And right now we’re going to practice the song that we did yesterday. – [Woman] Yes, yes. – What song is it? – I Believe I Can Fly. (all talking) You can pull out your
sheets if you have them. Shh. We have about 10 minutes
okay to prepare this for our sharing on later this afternoon. Yeah which one sounds batter? Ooh and I have a little stand too. Alright. Woo. – [Students] Woo. – Woo. – [Students] Woo. – Woo, woo, woo. – [Students] Woo, woo, woo. – Let’s actually start with the second verse, so let’s go down count, one, two, three, four, go
down to the fourth paragraph. That was the one we were
having trouble with yesterday. That second line. Okay listen first. ♪ See I was on the
verge of breaking down ♪ ♪ Sometimes silence can seem so loud ♪ Sing that from the top, and. ♪ See I was on the
verge of breaking down ♪ ♪ Sometimes silence can seem so loud ♪ – Ooh it sounds better today, somebody went home and practiced. Let’s hear it again, no,
no snapping yet though. It’s not perfect though mommy, okay. Okay sing it again by yourself, ready and. ♪ See I was on the
verge of breaking down ♪ ♪ Sometimes silence can seem so loud ♪ – Keep going. ♪ There ♪ ♪ There are miracles in
life I must achieve ♪ – Oh you’re not showing
me on your faces though, so I’m really sad right now. There you go! ♪ But first I know it
starts inside of me ♪ – Wait right here. ♪ Oh ♪ – No, yeah right, it’s
a R Kelly, now be sure to get your R Kelly has to come out. So right now. ♪ But first I know it
starts inside of me ♪ ♪ Oh oh ♪ You gotta do R Kelly. A lot of ad-libs, who else is out there? Beyonce. Drake tries to sing a little
bit, you can try that. Try it again let’s do it. ♪ There are miracles ♪ Start there, breathe, and. ♪ There are miracles in
life I must achieve ♪ – Keep going. ♪ But first I know it starts inside ♪ – Take it up. ♪ Of me, oh oh ♪ ♪ If I can see it ♪ – You gotta keep going, now wait, hold up. Stop, stop, stop, stop. That was like ♪ Oh, oh ♪ – You gotta keep singing. Y’all was like oh ♪ If I can see it ♪ (audience laughing) I think we got it, you think
you got everything down? Now where did Kim Burrell go? Where’d she go, the girl
that sing, where’d she go? – [Man] Briana. Right here. Briana. – Come on up here Briana, come on. We’re gonna have a solo for you. (cheering and applauding) Briana, okay so her
name is not Kim Burrell, like Fresh Kicks name is not Fresh Kicks, even though he’s probably
gonna have to live with that for the rest of his life, while he’s here, his name is Chris. Kim Burrell is the name of
a singer that sang the song that she sing, so that’s
why I call her Kim Burrell, just had to explain that, okay so Briana. Yes! Yes, let’s do this. Okay so at the end when we do that ♪ If I can spread my wings ♪ I just want you to ad-lib over that. ♪ I can fly ♪ ♪ Yes I can fly ♪ ♪ Oh yeah ♪ I want you to do it like that okay? Got it? (cheering and applauding) ♪ I used to think that I could not go on ♪ ♪ And life was nothing but an awful song ♪ ♪ But now I know the
meaning of true love ♪ ♪ I’m leaning on the everlasting arms ♪ ♪ If I can see it ♪ ♪ Then I can do it ♪ ♪ If I just believe it,
there’s nothing to it ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can touch the sky ♪ ♪ I think about it every night and day ♪ ♪ Spread my wings and fly away ♪ ♪ I believe I can soar ♪ ♪ I see me running
through that open door ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ – Good, stand up hold up your
music just a little higher so I can her you loud, and breathe. ♪ See I was on the verge ♪ – That’s good. ♪ Of breaking down ♪ ♪ Sometimes silence can seem so loud ♪ ♪ There are miracles in
life I must achieve ♪ ♪ But first I know it
starts inside of me, oh oh ♪ ♪ If I can see it, ♪ – You have to keep singing. ♪ Then I can do it ♪ ♪ If I just believe it,
there’s nothing to it ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can touch the sky ♪ ♪ I think about it every night and day ♪ ♪ Spread my wings and fly away ♪ ♪ I believe I can soar ♪ ♪ I see me running
through that open door ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ Hey ♪ ♪ ‘Cause I believe in me ♪ – Big oh. ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ If I can see it ♪ – Get ready to clap. ♪ Then I can do it ♪ ♪ If I just believe it ♪ ♪ There’s nothing to it ♪ – Big clap. ♪ Hey ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can touch the sky ♪ ♪ I think about it every night and day ♪ ♪ Spread my wings and fly away ♪ ♪ I believe I can soar ♪ – Give me a rock. ♪ I see me running
through that open door ♪ – You gotta move, you gotta move. ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ – Okay, I believe. ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ Spread my wings ♪ ♪ I can fly ♪ ♪ Fly ♪ ♪ I can fly ♪ ♪ I can fly ♪ ♪ Spread my wings ♪ ♪ I can fly ♪ ♪ Hey ♪ ♪ If I just spread my wings ♪ ♪ I can fly ♪ ♪ Fly, fly, fly ♪ (cheering and applauding) – Thank you any questions? Awesome right? Thank you. – So we’re going to
begin in just a second. And before I was trying to see
if we can fit into a circle, now I know we can fit into a
circle, so leave your stuff. Keep your I Am Froms with you. Come on up into an outer circle again. So we’re going to in just a
couple of minutes we’re going to have a celebration, a sharing
of all that you have created this day and a half, these few hours that we’ve been together,
that you’ve been together. And when I was reading the book, The Seven Habits, there
was a quote that begins the chapter of To Be Proactive. And this is the quote, it’s
from Henry David Thoreau, and this is the quote. ” I know of no more encouraging fact” “than the unquestionable
ability of a person” “to elevate their life
by conscious endeavor.” I’ll read it one more time. ” I know of no more encouraging fact” “than the unquestionable
ability of a person” “to elevate their life
by conscious endeavor.” What do you think that means to you? What does it mean? (student talking) Yeah, that’s one of the
things that can slow you up. Is that voice in the back of your head. And what this is saying is
that if you consciously try you can make things better, right? Anybody else? Yeah? – [Student] Can you read it one more? – Sure one more time here it comes, ready? Make sure you catch it,
and if you don’t, alright. ” I know of no more encouraging fact” “than the unquestionable
ability of a person” “to elevate their life
by conscious endeavor.” – [Student] Everybody is unlimited, there’s no limit to
nothing, to your knowledge. – Alright, anybody else? – [Student] I got it. What it is to me is that
if you put your mind, make an effort to consider
how you’re moving forward in your life and what you’re doing, that all things are possible, you move to another level of existence. So you’re putting your mind to. – [Student] Yeah. – Anybody else? – [Student] You’re in
control, just know that you can do it and more. – Exactly you’re in control,
know what you can do. And what was the last part? – [Student] And do more. – And do more. Know what you can do and do more. These past two days this
is just a great metaphor for your ASAP experience. And what we’re about to do is
a very, very important part to these two days, and
a very important part to your ASAP experience. We’ve come this far, so many
times in life you see people, you’ve seen it where
people get all the way up to the finish line and for some
reason they allow something to derail them, they allow something to knock them off course
and they don’t put the period on the end of the sentence. They don’t finish, they don’t
blow through the finish line. So we’re approaching the finish line to what you’ve been working on. It’s now time to pick up speed and blow through the finish
line, and absolutely put closure and a period on the end of this. And think of this as a metaphor
for your ASAP experience. You are gonna go through these
years here at Queensborough and you’re going to move through. And whenever it gets
difficult think back to this, this moment right here,
we’re not done yet. We’re still in the middle of
it, but we have to complete it. We have to put closure on this. And this is a metaphor for
your experience coming up. You gotta hang in there,
you gotta do the thing. You gotta collaborate. You have to make these
conscious decisions, and in the end you’ve got
to put closure on ’em. You gotta close the deal. – [Woman] Do your best work. Do your best work. – Do your best work. Do your best work, absolutely. Does anybody have anything else that they would like to share before
we light this candle? Anybody? (cell phone alerting) – [Woman] Silence all cell phones. – Thank you very much. Silence all cell phones. – It’s on shock. – It’s on shock. – It’s on shock. – Put it on stun? – [Woman] Stun, stun! – [All] Stun. – My bad, I’m sorry. – [Woman] That’s alright,
you had the right sentiment, we with you. – So let’s all put a hand out and let’s all come in the
middle, everybody come on in. (excited chatter) (all clamoring) – [Student] Stampede! – Keep focused, stay focused. On three we’ll say QCC ASAP, ready? One, two, three. – [All] QCC ASAP. (cheering) – Have a seat, have a seat. (dramatic piano music) (cheering and applauding) – I have ladies and gentlemen,
thank you I love you too. Thank you ladies and gentlemen
I have a very, very special, special guest, to introduce to you. Please give a warm QCC ASAP welcome to Raphael Peacock! (upbeat piano music) (cheering and applauding) ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ Oh wait, not yet, right? And can we have a big round of applause for our ASAP student managers? (upbeat piano music) (cheering and applauding) And our teaching artists. (upbeat piano music) (cheering and applauding) And Mr. Atkins. (cheering and applauding) (upbeat piano music) Melissa. (cheering and applauding) (upbeat piano music) Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Bobbi Broward. (cheering and applauding) (upbeat piano music) May we please have the number
ones, the I Am From poets come on up. (cheering and applauding) (upbeat piano music) – [Student] Where you from? – [Man] Should we start down here? – I am from Elmer Hospital. I am from my mother Carmen
Solea, my father Jose Medrano. I am from Monopoly, Lego, and Play-doh. I am from papusas, tamales,
enchiladas, empanadas. I am from listening,
understanding, and empathizing. I am from My Way, Frank Sinatra. I am from don’t settle for misery because you’re afraid of change. (snapping) – I am from Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan. Islamabad is the national hospital. I am from my parents. I am from cricket, I am from
fried chicken plus rice. I am from my parents,
I am from forgiveness. And I am from You Are Not
Alone by Michael Jackson. And I am from do hard work
until you get your success, and until you get what you want. (snapping) ♪ I was born in Flushing
Hospital in little ol’ Queens ♪ ♪ Yeah that’s where I’m from ♪ ♪ And my mama was my daddy ♪ ♪ Yeah that’s where I’m from ♪ ♪ The little ♪ Awe shucks. (cheering and applauding) – [Man] Go girl. ♪ The sit and spin was my favorite toy ♪ ♪ Yeah that’s where I’m from ♪ ♪ I shook the snot at
my nose with that toy ♪ ♪ That’s where I’m from ♪ ♪ Crab legs and shrimp scampi ♪ ♪ Yeah that’s where I’m from ♪ ♪ Preferably from Red Lobster ♪ ♪ Yeah that’s where I go ♪ ♪ Grandma’s ability to
teach and hold my grounds ♪ ♪ Yeah that’s where I’m from ♪ ♪ I’m a no nonsense woman ♪ ♪ Yeah that’s where I’m from ♪ ♪ Look deep into their
eyes and hypnotize ♪ ♪ Yeah that’s where I’m from ♪ ♪ I’ll Be Missing You because
that’s from my favorite movie ♪ ♪ Set It Off, yeah
that’s where I’m from. ♪ Keep in mind that today
will show tomorrow. Yeah, that’s where I’m from. (cheering and applauding) (snapping) – I’m from Queens and I was
born in Elmhurst Hospital. I’m from my mother Isabel
Tarantino and was raised by her and my step-dad Vladimir
Voldero and my three sisters, Ashley, Valerie, and Zyga. I am from Game Boy, Pokemon. I am from sushi, I am
from shrimp, lobster, any type of seafood that’s where I’m from. I’m from it is what it
is ’cause like sometimes you need to learn to accept things. And I’m from you’re smart, you can do it, don’t give up because
you feel like you don’t have it in you, that’s where I’m from. (snapping) – I am from Trinidad. Where the Caribbean Sea
and the Atlantic Ocean and cultures from the
east and from the west meet, and mix, and combine,
and all become one, and one become all, and all become me. I am from my grandmother, Calusa Calari, who was dancing from
since before I was born, who will probably die dancing,
because that’s what she does. And I am from a
grandmother who still tells childhood stories that
start with my pa said. I am from a mother who thought
she was born into misfortune and who I naively
thought that all she had, or all she didn’t have was love not money, until I realized that
all she had was love, and her greatest achievement
is not hanging on a wall but is standing in QCC
talking to you today. I am from my mom and my
grandmother’s hot sour roti straight off the tower. With country house mustard
and a big, thick, hunk of Trinidad cheese, the
greasy, cheesy one that will probably give me a heart
attack but I don’t care. (audience laughing) I am from the wisdom of Buddha, I am from the ways of Gandhi. I am from the dream of
Martin Luther King Jr. I am from the experiences
of all the people before me. And I am from the strength
of all the parents like mine who gave up
for children who are here trying to make their dreams come true. I am from country music
songs that talk about life, and they talk about whiskey
two o’clock in the morning. I am from ♪ Sari sari sari ♪ and anything from Super Junior,
because they’re awesome. I am from my grandmother always telling me to do my best and forget the rest. From my mom always reminding
me that put your trust in Jesus Christ and
you can never go wrong. I am from Dory from Finding Nemo. Always singing just keep
swimming, just keep swimming. Anytime she didn’t know
where she was going ’cause I will find where I’m going. I am from Forest Gump saying life is like a box of chocolates you never know which one you’re gonna get. I am from Master Oogway
from Kung Fu Panda. Saying that there are no
such things as accidents ’cause everything happens for a reason, and that is why I’m here today. (snapping) – I am from Guyana, South America
the hospital was Hospital. I am from my parents. I am from fried rice and fried chicken. I am from never give up and do your best. (snapping) – I am from Punjab, India. I am from parents, my mom Gora Japoor, and my father Gopal Singh. I am from Super Mario
Brothers ’cause me and my mom used to play it together. I am from India style chicken
called chicken tikka masala with roti, I am from my mom’s find me, ’cause she always finds the
light in the darkest times. I am from making people laugh at times. And always finding the good in people. I am from a Punjabi song
called K-I-N-G by RDB. And I’m At Home by Drake. And I am from everything
happens for a reason. (snapping) – I am from Brooklyn,
New York, moved to Queens when I was about 11. I am from Hannah El Victory,
my mother, single parent. I am from the Hercules
figurine with the sword. I am from the Hercules
figurine with the sword and the shield, with the blue costume on. And I am from the grape
leaves that my mom makes and then for after you’re
gonna have some baklava. I am from my business
partner Dennis Matthew and Vinny Papagardo, my mentors. I am from using my wits,
and I am from One Day by Matisyahu, and I am from
success in life is not judged by how much money you
make or your stature, it’s how many people are
better off because you lived? (snapping) – Can we have a ♪ Ooh that’s where I’m from ♪ ♪ Ooh that’s where I’m from ♪ (cheering and applauding) – Spoken word, I’ll get
these from you later. (“New York, by Alicia Keys”) ♪ New York ♪ – [All] August 23, 2011. – Louis Jose Hernandez,
Elmhurst, Queens, Dominican. – Gabriel Mark Corba,
Queens, New York, Ecuadorian. – Rafina Alisha Mohammad,
Queens, New York, Guyanese and Trini. – Kayla Jimenez, Queens,
New York, Dominican. – Giancarlo Vorcasia,
Buenos Aires, Argentina. – Janice from Brooklyn,
New York, American. – Sterling Williams,
South Jamaica, Queens. (talking) – And I am from South China. – Jessica Pamela Moreno. – Marjorie Diaz, Columbia, Medellin. – [Catherine] Catherine
Navarez, Brooklyn, New York, Puerto Rico. (talking) – Daniella Garcia, Colombia. – [Andrea] Andrea Sanchez,
Jamaica, Queens, Dominican. – [Adam] Adam Jose Sosa,
East Hollis, New York. (talking) – [Susan] Susan Stewart,
Trinidad, Port of Spain. – Cadia Versehgeshy Shergones,
Trinidad and Tobago. – Helena Mara Farouk, Afghani. – Me being proactive is finding a job. – Taking charge. – Going to sleep early. – Finishing things. – [Woman] Not holding grudges. – Organizing my life. (talking) – [Woman] Making better choices. – [Woman] Finishing school. (talking) – Be on time. (talking) – [Man] Staying focused and dedicated. – Choices. – Study hard. – Growing up. – [Woman] Exercise more. – Cutting down on Korean
study time so I can get sleep. – Getting my license. – Being great for me is
setting up for my family. – Moving to New York. (talking) – Attending college and finding friends. – [Woman] Went to orientation Bible study. – Sacrifices. – Helping my mom. – Finished high school. – Performing in my high
school basketball game half time show. – Performing at Madison Square Garden. – Talking to my half brother
for the first time in my life. – Going against my mother. – Studying through lunch. – [Woman] Finding and trusting friends. (talking) – Taking care of a nine year old. – Coming to New York. – Not giving up in high school. – My sister holding my back. – All the dreams my mother gave
up so I could keep my dream. – My parents coming to this
country to have a better life. – Sacrificing for my opportunity. – My mother giving up everything
so I can live my dream. – [Woman] Great grandmother
getting married at 12 so she could have a better life. – [Woman] My mother
giving up her life for me. – Converting my best friend. – [Woman] My mom brought me here for a better opportunity in life. (talking) – My mom. – [Woman] My mom helping me
pay tuition to come here. – My father sleeping on the couch. – My mother raising me
in a single parent home along with me and my
sister, working two jobs. – Parents leaving it all
to give me and my brother a better life. – [Man] Me, my mother,
and my sister leaving my father for a better life. – [All] August 23, 2011. August 23, 2011. August 23, 2011. August 23, 2011. August 23, 2011. – [Woman] You’re gonna
state your name again, where you’re from and today’s
date, and I know I switched it but that’s okay. And say it loud. – Jessica Carmillo Moreno,
from El Salvador, San Salvador August 23, 2011. – Aslan Virchilene Glenn from. What? August 23, 2011. – Helena Mayan Falka, August 23, 2011. – David Covall, Queens,
New York, August 23, 2011. – Susan Stewart Trinidad, August 23, 2011. – Jasmine, August 23, 2011. – I come from South
China, August 23, 2011. (talking) – [Woman] August 23, 2011. – Catia Richard Sagoyesh,
Trinidad and Tobago, August 23, 2011. (talking) – August 23, 2011. – Sterling Williams, South
Jamaica, Queens, August 23, 2011. – Rafina Alicia Mohammad,
Hollis, Queens, August 23, 2011. – [Catarina] Catarina
Vard, Brooklyn, New York, August 23, 2011. – Giancarlo Vorcasia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 23, 2011. – Luis Jose Hernandez, Elmhurst,
Queens, August 23, 2011. – Kira Jimenez, Queens,
New York, Dominican. – Marjorie Diaz, Medellin,
Colombia, August 23, 2011. – Jose Sosa, Queens August 23, 2011. – Amelia Sanchez, Jamaica,
Queens, August 23, 2011. (applause) (“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”) – The I Am From, number
two group of poets. I Am From number two, at
the corner of your paper. (applause) – I am from University
of New York Hospital. I am from the birthparents of
Mary Flood, South Carolina. And Bryan Watson, North
Cackalacky, as they would say North Carolina. I am from not the girly
stuff as they would say, I’m from Sega Genesis on
to PS3, PlayStation 3. My favorite meal down
to fried chicken, ribs, pig feet, I know y’all not a fan of that. (audience laughing) Chicken cutlets, collard greens,
potatoes, black eyed peas, all that southern hospitality. I live with my mom the person who left out at the age of 17 from South
Carolina to move to New York to start a life for me, and
had me at the age of 42. My positive personality,
where I’m from I’m funny. Very funny. Also understanding with a beautiful heart. I am from (clears throat) ♪ I can live without money ♪ ♪ I can live without the fame ♪ ♪ And if everyday was sunny I could live ♪ ♪ Without the rain ♪ Chris Brown. (audience laughing) I am from keep hope alive. Everything happens for a
reason, and things will come to those who wait. (snapping) – I am from Cali, Colombia. I am from my mom and my dad. I am from Barbies. I am from salad cut in with rice. I am from empanadas. I am from my mother
that gave up everything to give me a better future. I am from (speaking foreign language) I am from (speaking foreign language) (snapping) – I am from my mom and
dad, Santiago and Maria. I am from El Salvador,
I am from my favorite rag doll as a child. I am from my mom’s
homemade chicken and rice. I am from Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson. I am from patience is always key. (snapping) – I am from in Taka Medical
Hospital in Taka, Bangladesh. I am from a lovely family
with my mom and dad, and three elder sister, siblings. I am from hide and seek, hide
and seek, and hide and seek. I am from (speaking foreign
language) and rice pudding. I am from my brother Tondi
Hussein who always inspired me. I am from honesty, love and smiles, I am from human is always
bigger than experience. (snapping) – I am from China. I am from my parents. I am from hide and seek, I am from wok. I am from Asian salad and white rice. I am from one of my best friends in China who taught me how to learn to be a better person through reading. I am from understanding, honest. I am from responsible,
diligent, kind hearted. I am from wants more. (snapping) – I am from St. John’s Hospital in Queens. I am from Najeem and Chisa. I am from Nintendo 64 Mario. I am from my aunt’s lasagna. I am from my grandfather. I am from telling a joke. And I am from Unknown Soldier. (snapping) – I am from Poland raised in Brooklyn. I am from my mother and
father Isabella and Teddy. I am from PlayStation 1. I am from bacon, egg, and cheeses. I am from my aunt who always inspired me to do good in school. I am from being funny
and making people laugh. I am from Lupe Fiasco, I
am from be all you can be. (snapping) – [Man] Everybody join hands. (audience laughing) (applause) (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”) ♪ Ain’t no mountain high enough ♪ ♪ Ain’t no valley low enough ♪ ♪ Ain’t no river wide enough ♪ ♪ To keep me from getting to you baby ♪ ♪ If you need me call me ♪ ♪ No matter where you are ♪ ♪ No matter how far ♪ ♪ Don’t worry baby ♪ ♪ I’ll be there in a hurry ♪ ♪ You don’t have to worry ♪ ♪ ‘Cause baby there ain’t
no mountain high enough ♪ ♪ Ain’t no valley low enough ♪ ♪ Ain’t no river wide enough ♪ ♪ To keep me from getting to you babe ♪ ♪ I know that I can always count on you ♪ – Ladies and gentlemen the acting class. (applause) (excited chatter) – I choose to be legendary. – I choose to achieve what I chose. – I choose to graduate. – I choose to an engineer. – I choose to be a teacher. – I choose to be happy. – I choose to get true love. – I choose to graduate. – I choose to smile. – I choose to be secure without
having to depend on anybody. – I choose to be successful in life. – I choose to do good in college. – I choose to be a minor archeologist. – I choose my own future. – I choose to be a social
worker for children. – I choose to prosper. – [Woman] I chose to become an officer. – I choose to be positive. – [Woman] I choose to follow my dreams. – I choose to make money. – [All] I choose. (cheering and applauding) – Got to use the bathroom. Open the door. Oh you locked the door. – I did not lock the door. – You did lock the door. (talking) – No I didn’t. – Don’t let him talk to you like that. – I don’t care. – Yeah you tell him. – Guys listen I did not lock the door. – There is no way we believe you. – I didn’t do it. – Hey what are you guys doing? – [Tall Student] Oh hi, you have the keys. – What’s going on? – [Man] I’m sorry. – It’s okay it was all good. (applause) – Excuse you. – I know she see me, I know she see me. – That was really rude
wasn’t it, I’m sorry guys. – It’s alright. – I guess, since you
apologized it’s alright. (applause) – So I’ve had a great
time in the ASAP program. – You know what, I’ve had enough of this. Every single month it’s always $200. (all talking) – Friend, hi, how are you? – Hi. – What’s your name? – My name’s Queenie. – Queenie, nice to meet you. – Would you like to drink
anything, eat anything? – Have a glass of orange juice anything? – Oh no, no thank you. – Why’d you bring your friend inside? You know nothing is inside so what? – Why do you care? Are you kidding me? (all arguing) (cell phone ringing) – Hi there, it’s the Ronji Show. Speak up, what’s your name? – Hi my name is Bridget. – Bridget, yeah you called on the episode of Dysfunctional Families. – Yeah I mean I just got
home from a program at school where they reach us how to
be proactive and positive but I walk into my house with my friend and my whole entire
family is just screaming. – Hold on, hold on, let me
put this on speaker, hold on. Okay we’re on speaker. – Seriously like you
need to listen to this. – [Man] I’ve had enough of this! (all yelling) I have told you too many times. – It’s crazy. – Well you called on
the right episode today. ‘Cause this is crazy, this
is crazy you know what I usually do because when I’m at home with my husband and my little five year old, they’re always having some
problem but as long as my name isn’t in it, I don’t care. I’m usually I’m in the house. And yeah topics of the day,
because dysfunctional families and everything but you
know I only had to find out which wig I was gonna
put on today but today I don’t wanna even wanna wear a wig. – You know what I mean
your show’s cool and all I guess you gave the best
advice you could, but, it’s just not really
gonna help me in this one. – Excuse me? – I’m sorry I need to go. – She just turned me off on my own show. – [Man] What I say goes! – Oh my God. Dad stop, dad, guys like
really we’re a family here and this is how you’re acting? It’s disgusting there’s so
much negative activity going on we should be positive, trying to be. This is not family. – You know what Virginia? I agree.
– I agree. (audience laughing) (applauding) (cheering and applauding) (upbeat music) – The threes, the I Am Froms, the threes. (applause) ♪ Brother brother brother ♪ ♪ There’s too many of you dying ♪ – I was born in Jamaica,
Queens at Jamaica Hospital where my mother was
driven by my grandmother. I am from a village of
parents lead by the strongest, Dolores Pack. I am Baby Born and she was my baby. I was her mother who
loved her unconditionally and gave her everything she ever wanted, until the next Christmas. My favorite meal is on
every holiday table for me. Ham, mac and cheese, cow
peas and rice, et cetera. But on any other day I’ll go for brisket and cheese potatoes. My grandmother inspires
me to become better because she’s overcome so
much that doesn’t bother her, and she always overcomes
obstacles in her way. I am from my soft manner, and listening skills, and understanding. I am from the revolution
will not be televised. I am from What Do They
Call Me, Nina Simone. I am from could of, should
of, would of, but didn’t, so get over it. (snapping) – I am from Regal Park, Queens. I am also from Puerto Rico. (speaking foreign language) I am from my two loving parents
who have always been there who have made me to be
successful this day. I am from Crash Bandit Coup,
and Spiral Of The Dragon. I am from (speaking foreign
language) with goya beans. (speaking foreign language)
made from Spanish hands of my grandmother. I am from the most amazing
person I have ever known, Jesus Christ, he is the only
one who truly inspires me. He strengthens me to do
my best at all times. He is the way, the truth, and the light. I am from humbleness and understanding. I am from respect and love. I am from make a wish or make it happen. I am from better can always be better. (snapping) – I am from Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn. I am from my grandmother Carmen Perez. I am from hide and seek where
six kids played everyday. I am from Domino’s pizza,
spaghetti, butter and herb, anything Italian. I am from my son who inspires
me everyday I see his face. I am from patience. I am from Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO. And I am life is what
you make it so you better make the best of it. (snapping) – I am from Guyana, with
my Asian Thailand heritage. I am Julie’s daughter a
single mother who struggled. And Eddie her loving
mother who took care of me. I am from playing double dutch
on Brooklyn sidewalk streets. And listening to carnival
music and dancing. Playing with my stuffed
animals from Sesame Street. I am from homemade Thai
style sweet and sour chicken with vegetable fried rice
and a tall glass of ice tea. I am from my grandfather who took the gap of what a father was supposed to be. And from each and one of my
family members who stood strong to fight for our country. I am from keeping my head
up tall and making it work, that’s by Gabriel Antonio. This is who I am if you’re
gonna love me and accept me you better love me for how I am. (snapping) (applause) – Musical theater. (chattering) (“Reach Out And Touch Somebody’s Hand”) – I just wanna make an announcement. This is a wonderful, wonderful song with a beautiful, positive message. And whenever we do musical
theater it’s such a challenge to dance and sing at the same time. So they’ve done the
work to learn how to put these two things together,
and it’s a real challenge. And I just wanna make sure that
you hear the words expressed and so the first time you
do it you’re just gonna stand still, tall, proud, singing joyfully so you can really get the
words, and then the second go around we’re gonna put it all together. (snapping) ♪ Don’t matter what you look like ♪ ♪ Don’t matter what you wear ♪ ♪ How many rings you have on your finger ♪ ♪ We don’t care ♪ ♪ No, we don’t care ♪ ♪ Don’t matter where you come from ♪ ♪ Don’t even matter what you are ♪ ♪ A dog, a pig, a cow, a goat ♪ ♪ Got em’ all in here ♪ ♪ We got em’ all in here ♪ ♪ If they all knew what they wanted ♪ ♪ What they wanted, need to do ♪ ♪ I told ’em what they needed ♪ ♪ Just like I been telling you ♪ ♪ You gotta dig a little deeper ♪ ♪ Find out who you are ♪ ♪ You gotta dig a little deeper ♪ ♪ It really ain’t that far ♪ ♪ When you found out who you are ♪ ♪ You find out what you need ♪ ♪ Blue skies and sun shine ♪ ♪ Guaranteed ♪ ♪ You gotta dig ♪ ♪ Dig ♪ ♪ You gotta dig ♪ ♪ Dig ♪ ♪ Prince Froggy was a little boy ♪ ♪ You wanna be rich again ♪ ♪ That ain’t gonna make you happy now ♪ ♪ No Money ain’t got no soul ♪ ♪ Money ain’t got no heart ♪ ♪ All you need is some self-control ♪ ♪ Make yourself a brand new start ♪ ♪ You gotta dig a little deeper ♪ ♪ Find out who you are ♪ ♪ You gotta dig a little deeper ♪ ♪ It really ain’t that far ♪ ♪ When you find out who you are ♪ ♪ You find out what you need ♪ ♪ Blue skies and sunshine ♪ ♪ Guaranteed ♪ ♪ What you find then
you’ll have peace of mind ♪ ♪ Blue skies and sunshine ♪ ♪ Guaranteed ♪ ♪ Blue skies and sunshine ♪ ♪ Blue skies and sunshine ♪ ♪ Blue skies and sunshine ♪ ♪ Guaranteed ♪ (cheering and applauding) (excited chatter) – So now you’re gonna see it full. ♪ Don’t matter what you look like ♪ ♪ Don’t matter what you wear ♪ ♪ How many rings you got on your finger ♪ ♪ We don’t care ♪ ♪ No, we don’t care ♪ ♪ Don’t matter where you come from ♪ ♪ Don’t even matter what you are ♪ ♪ A dog, a pig, a cow, a goat ♪ ♪ Got em’ all in here ♪ ♪ We got em’ all in here ♪ ♪ If they all knew what they wanted ♪ ♪ What they wanted, need to do ♪ ♪ I told ’em what they needed ♪ ♪ Just like I been telling you ♪ ♪ You gotta dig a little deeper ♪ ♪ Find out who you are ♪ ♪ You gotta dig a little deeper ♪ ♪ It really ain’t that far ♪ ♪ When you found out who you are ♪ ♪ You find out what you need ♪ ♪ Blue skies and sun shine ♪ ♪ Guaranteed ♪ ♪ You gotta dig ♪ ♪ Dig ♪ ♪ You gotta dig ♪ ♪ Dig ♪ ♪ Prince Froggy is a little rich boy ♪ ♪ You wanna be rich again ♪ ♪ That ain’t gonna make you happy now ♪ ♪ No ♪ ♪ Money ain’t got no soul ♪ ♪ Money ain’t got no heart ♪ ♪ All you need is some self-control ♪ ♪ Make yourself a brand new start ♪ ♪ You gotta dig a little deeper ♪ ♪ Find out who you are ♪ ♪ You gotta dig a little deeper ♪ ♪ It really ain’t that far ♪ ♪ If you find out who you are ♪ ♪ You’ll found out what you need ♪ ♪ Blue skies and sunshine ♪ ♪ Guaranteed ♪ ♪ Peace of mind ♪ (rhythmic clapping) ♪ Dig a little deeper ♪ ♪ Find out who you are ♪ ♪ You gotta dig a little deeper ♪ ♪ It really ain’t that far ♪ ♪ If you find out who you are ♪ ♪ Find out what you need ♪ ♪ Blue skies and sunshine ♪ ♪ Guaranteed ♪ ♪ Dig down deep inside your soul ♪ ♪ Find out what you need ♪ ♪ Blue skies and sunshine ♪ ♪ Blue skies and sunshine ♪ ♪ Blue skies and sunshine ♪ ♪ Guaranteed ♪ (cheering and applauding) (cheering and applauding) – Stay here, stay here. – Is there a mic down here, a microphone. Where’s Briana, Briana? Briana, you here? Kim Burrell, she’s supposed to come up. You gotta come up. Hallelujah. ♪ I used to think that I could not go on ♪ ♪ And life was nothing but an awful song ♪ ♪ But now I know the
meaning of true love ♪ ♪ I’m leaning on the everlasting arms ♪ ♪ If I can see it ♪ ♪ Then I can do it ♪ ♪ If I just believe it,
there’s nothing to it ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can touch the sky ♪ ♪ I think about it every night and day ♪ ♪ I spread my wings and fly away ♪ ♪ I believe I can soar ♪ ♪ I see me running
through that open door ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ See I was on the
verge of breaking down ♪ ♪ Sometimes silence can seem so loud ♪ ♪ There are miracles in
life I must achieve ♪ ♪ But first I know it
starts inside of me, oh oh ♪ ♪ If I can see it ♪ ♪ Then I can do it ♪ ♪ If I just believe it,
there’s nothing to it ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can touch the sky ♪ ♪ I think about it every night and day ♪ ♪ Spread my wings and fly away ♪ ♪ I believe I can soar ♪ ♪ I see me running
through that open door ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ ‘Cause I believe in me ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ If I can see it ♪ ♪ Then I can do it ♪ ♪ If I just believe it ♪ ♪ There’s nothing to it ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can touch the sky ♪ ♪ I think about it every night and day ♪ ♪ Spread my wings and fly away ♪ ♪ I believe I can soar ♪ ♪ I see me running
through that open door ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ I believe I can fly ♪ ♪ Hey ♪ ♪ And spread my wings ♪ ♪ I can fly ♪ ♪ I can fly ♪ ♪ I can fly ♪ ♪ I can spread my wings ♪ ♪ I can fly ♪ ♪ Fly, fly, fly ♪ (cheering and applauding) – I just wanted to give you. We’ve done this a lot, we’ve done it now with the ASAP program since it began at Queensborough Community College and I am so moved by the
level to which you committed yourselves to go on this journey and do it with dignity, and
do it with authenticity, and honesty, and be who you are,
and push yourselves further. I am so very, very impressed
with every single one of you. And I’d like to come
back in two years time to your graduation and see
every single one of you get that diploma with a plan
to go on because as I think Matt said it before we
need you to be the leaders of this country, and
I’m very proud of you. Thank you very, very much. On behalf of this incredible,
incredible team of people. Mikary Rodriguez. (cheering and applauding) Raphael Peacock. (cheering and applauding) Matt Higgins. (cheering and applauding) Dr. Patrice Turner. (cheering and applauding) Stephanie Mann. (cheering and applauding) And Angelica De La Rosa. (cheering and applauding) We thank you very much,
we’re very proud of you. Have a wonderful, wonderful,
wonderful ASAP two year program and knock ’em dead, knock ’em dead. Thank you.

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