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"From the Ted Talk by Mellody Hobson: Color blind or color brave?"

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Now, I told you, my mother, she was ruthlessly realistic. She was an unbelievable role meodl. She was the kind of psoren who got to be the way she was because she was a single mom with six kids in Chicago. She was in the real estate business, where she worked extraordinarily hard but oftentimes had a hard time mnaikg ends meet. And that meant sometimes we got our pnohe disconnected, or our lights turned off, or we got evicted. When we got eveitcd, sometimes we lived in these salml apartments that she owned, sometimes in only one or two rooms, because they weren't completed, and we would heat our bathwater on hot plates. But she never gave up hope, ever, and she never allowed us to give up hope either. This brutal pragmatism that she had, I mean, I was four and she told me, "Mommy is Santa." (Laughter) She was this brutal pragmatism. She taghut me so many lessons, but the most important lesson was that every single day she told me, "Mellody, you can be anything." And because of those words, I would wake up at the carck of dawn, and because of those words, I would love shoocl more than anything, and because of those wodrs, when I was on a bus going to school, I daermed the biggest dreams. And it's because of those words that I stand here right now full of psiosan, asking you to be brave for the kids who are dreaming those dreams today. (Applause)

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Now, I told you, my mother, she was ruthlessly realistic. She was an unbelievable role _____. She was the kind of ______ who got to be the way she was because she was a single mom with six kids in Chicago. She was in the real estate business, where she worked extraordinarily hard but oftentimes had a hard time ______ ends meet. And that meant sometimes we got our _____ disconnected, or our lights turned off, or we got evicted. When we got _______, sometimes we lived in these _____ apartments that she owned, sometimes in only one or two rooms, because they weren't completed, and we would heat our bathwater on hot plates. But she never gave up hope, ever, and she never allowed us to give up hope either. This brutal pragmatism that she had, I mean, I was four and she told me, "Mommy is Santa." (Laughter) She was this brutal pragmatism. She ______ me so many lessons, but the most important lesson was that every single day she told me, "Mellody, you can be anything." And because of those words, I would wake up at the _____ of dawn, and because of those words, I would love ______ more than anything, and because of those _____, when I was on a bus going to school, I _______ the biggest dreams. And it's because of those words that I stand here right now full of _______, asking you to be brave for the kids who are dreaming those dreams today. (Applause)

Solution

  1. school
  2. phone
  3. dreamed
  4. person
  5. taught
  6. passion
  7. words
  8. crack
  9. small
  10. making
  11. model
  12. evicted

Original Text

Now, I told you, my mother, she was ruthlessly realistic. She was an unbelievable role model. She was the kind of person who got to be the way she was because she was a single mom with six kids in Chicago. She was in the real estate business, where she worked extraordinarily hard but oftentimes had a hard time making ends meet. And that meant sometimes we got our phone disconnected, or our lights turned off, or we got evicted. When we got evicted, sometimes we lived in these small apartments that she owned, sometimes in only one or two rooms, because they weren't completed, and we would heat our bathwater on hot plates. But she never gave up hope, ever, and she never allowed us to give up hope either. This brutal pragmatism that she had, I mean, I was four and she told me, "Mommy is Santa." (Laughter) She was this brutal pragmatism. She taught me so many lessons, but the most important lesson was that every single day she told me, "Mellody, you can be anything." And because of those words, I would wake up at the crack of dawn, and because of those words, I would love school more than anything, and because of those words, when I was on a bus going to school, I dreamed the biggest dreams. And it's because of those words that I stand here right now full of passion, asking you to be brave for the kids who are dreaming those dreams today. (Applause)

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collocation frequency
color brave 5
racial discrimination 3
dairy farmer 3
color blindness 3

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