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"From the Ted Talk by Lemon Andersen: Please don't take my Air Jordans"

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And I said to him, "Listen, punk fool, you're a failed actor who became an agent, and you know why you feiald as an aotcr? Because people like me took your job. I've traveled all the way from cnlevlead and Essex in East New York, took the local 6 line up to the hoerkos of Hunt's piont who were in my way on my way to master the art of space, and the one-to-infinite amount of man, woman and child you can fit in there only so I can push them to the back of the wall with my experience. plepoe have bought tickets to my experience and used them as rarotefegrir magnets to let them know that the revolution is near, so stock up. I'm so experienced that when you went to a pgevliired school to learn a Shakespearean sonnet, I was getting those beats kicked and shoved into me. I can mtaesr sohck of "The Crying Game" with the awe of a child being called an AIDS vicitm by a bully who didn't know that it was his father who gave it to my mhteor, and that's a double entendre. I'm so experienced that when you went to the Fell soohcl and all the rich little fairy boys decided to sponsor a chlid in it, that was me, but kicked me out when I was caught teaching the fairy boys how to rob the PATS off a pair of Lee Jeans and bring them to VIM. Let me see Chekhov pull that off. Sanford Meisner was my Uncle arite yelling silently to himself, "Something's always wrong when nothing's always right." Method acting is nothing but a mixture of multiple personalities, bivnelieg your own lies are reality, like in high school cool Kenny telling me he wanted to be a cop. Dude, you go to Riker's Island Academy. I could make David Mamet psychoanalyze my attack on dialogue, Stanislavski be as if he were Bruce Lee kicking your roster of talentless students up and down Crenshaw. So what, your aorcts studied guerrilla theater at the London Rep? Let me tell you an aicennt Chinese stdauary afternoon kung fu secret. Boards don't hit back. You think black entertainers have it hard fnnidig work in this business? I'm a suspicious mulatto, which means I'm too black to be whtie and too white to be doing it right. Forget the American ghetto. I've cckread stages in Soweto, buried abortion babies in potter's field and still maegand to keep a smile on my face, so whatever you crsue at me to your caddyshack go-for-this, go-for-that assistant when I walk out that door, whatever slander you send my way, your mother. Thank you. (Applause)

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And I said to him, "Listen, punk fool, you're a failed actor who became an agent, and you know why you ______ as an _____? Because people like me took your job. I've traveled all the way from _________ and Essex in East New York, took the local 6 line up to the _______ of Hunt's _____ who were in my way on my way to master the art of space, and the one-to-infinite amount of man, woman and child you can fit in there only so I can push them to the back of the wall with my experience. ______ have bought tickets to my experience and used them as ____________ magnets to let them know that the revolution is near, so stock up. I'm so experienced that when you went to a __________ school to learn a Shakespearean sonnet, I was getting those beats kicked and shoved into me. I can ______ _____ of "The Crying Game" with the awe of a child being called an AIDS ______ by a bully who didn't know that it was his father who gave it to my ______, and that's a double entendre. I'm so experienced that when you went to the Fell ______ and all the rich little fairy boys decided to sponsor a _____ in it, that was me, but kicked me out when I was caught teaching the fairy boys how to rob the PATS off a pair of Lee Jeans and bring them to VIM. Let me see Chekhov pull that off. Sanford Meisner was my Uncle _____ yelling silently to himself, "Something's always wrong when nothing's always right." Method acting is nothing but a mixture of multiple personalities, _________ your own lies are reality, like in high school cool Kenny telling me he wanted to be a cop. Dude, you go to Riker's Island Academy. I could make David Mamet psychoanalyze my attack on dialogue, Stanislavski be as if he were Bruce Lee kicking your roster of talentless students up and down Crenshaw. So what, your ______ studied guerrilla theater at the London Rep? Let me tell you an _______ Chinese ________ afternoon kung fu secret. Boards don't hit back. You think black entertainers have it hard _______ work in this business? I'm a suspicious mulatto, which means I'm too black to be _____ and too white to be doing it right. Forget the American ghetto. I've _______ stages in Soweto, buried abortion babies in potter's field and still _______ to keep a smile on my face, so whatever you _____ at me to your caddyshack go-for-this, go-for-that assistant when I walk out that door, whatever slander you send my way, your mother. Thank you. (Applause)

Solution

  1. managed
  2. people
  3. victim
  4. cleveland
  5. saturday
  6. ancient
  7. point
  8. actor
  9. failed
  10. believing
  11. finding
  12. master
  13. white
  14. privileged
  15. hookers
  16. curse
  17. artie
  18. child
  19. actors
  20. refrigerator
  21. school
  22. shock
  23. mother
  24. cracked

Original Text

And I said to him, "Listen, punk fool, you're a failed actor who became an agent, and you know why you failed as an actor? Because people like me took your job. I've traveled all the way from Cleveland and Essex in East New York, took the local 6 line up to the hookers of Hunt's Point who were in my way on my way to master the art of space, and the one-to-infinite amount of man, woman and child you can fit in there only so I can push them to the back of the wall with my experience. People have bought tickets to my experience and used them as refrigerator magnets to let them know that the revolution is near, so stock up. I'm so experienced that when you went to a privileged school to learn a Shakespearean sonnet, I was getting those beats kicked and shoved into me. I can master shock of "The Crying Game" with the awe of a child being called an AIDS victim by a bully who didn't know that it was his father who gave it to my mother, and that's a double entendre. I'm so experienced that when you went to the Fell School and all the rich little fairy boys decided to sponsor a child in it, that was me, but kicked me out when I was caught teaching the fairy boys how to rob the PATS off a pair of Lee Jeans and bring them to VIM. Let me see Chekhov pull that off. Sanford Meisner was my Uncle Artie yelling silently to himself, "Something's always wrong when nothing's always right." Method acting is nothing but a mixture of multiple personalities, believing your own lies are reality, like in high school cool Kenny telling me he wanted to be a cop. Dude, you go to Riker's Island Academy. I could make David Mamet psychoanalyze my attack on dialogue, Stanislavski be as if he were Bruce Lee kicking your roster of talentless students up and down Crenshaw. So what, your actors studied guerrilla theater at the London Rep? Let me tell you an ancient Chinese Saturday afternoon kung fu secret. Boards don't hit back. You think black entertainers have it hard finding work in this business? I'm a suspicious mulatto, which means I'm too black to be white and too white to be doing it right. Forget the American ghetto. I've cracked stages in Soweto, buried abortion babies in potter's field and still managed to keep a smile on my face, so whatever you curse at me to your caddyshack go-for-this, go-for-that assistant when I walk out that door, whatever slander you send my way, your mother. Thank you. (Applause)

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air jordans 5
etheridge knight 3

Important Words

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