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KUDOS: No Honorary Degree Here, Syleena Johnson Actually Graduates from College


KUDOS to singer Syleena Johnson who took that incredible journey to finish what she started in the mid 90s.

“21 years ago I enrolled in college at Drake university as a freshman…that was 1994…I was 18 years old. April 20, 1996 I was chosen and to be a distinguished woman of Zeta Phi Beta sorority iiiiiiiincorporated….transferred to illinois state LE chapter, 1997 dropped out of college to sign a record deal with Jive records, dropped 8 albums, a movie, a reality show, threee kids, two husbands, three more labels, the list goes on and on…. But the greatest gift right after my husband and kids is this diploma! I did it! Straight A’s no B’s, graduating with honors! Suma Cum Laude, ALPHA BETA KAPPA honor society….I did it for my sons to know its never too late! To know to always strive for excellence and leave no stone unturned!! I did it for me! To show myself I can do all things Through Christ who strengthens me!! I did it for all of my fans to know just cause I’m an entertainer doesn’t mean education is NOT important! Be inspired! Be encouraged….I could cry right now! It was so hard in the middle of filming, performing, being a mommy, being a wife…I did it😜…and u can too!👍🏽”

These are the rare stories that really make my day. I love to see black people makes strides and accomplish seemingly impossible tasks. As someone who also went back to college many years later and just graduated myself, I KNOW how hard it is but nothing beats that feeling of accomplishment.  Feeling disgusted when I went to a local college to look for interns and saw so many other races of people taking advantage of all the programs that were essentially created for poor and/or disadvantaged black students decades ago. There was an extremely low ratio of black students at this college and I realized instead of complaining about it, I needed to take advantage of the situation myself and to show my own son that it could be done. I went to school and got a degree after dropping out in the 80s to pursue a career in the radio and music industry.  I got grants and scholarships and didn’t pay one red cent for a degree so that my ancestors efforts were not in vain (and may go back to get the next degree). I don’t respect honorary degrees if the person has not actually finished college. Those degrees have always appeared to be a way for a college to get national publicity by honoring mostly stars. Either you do the work and get a degree or you don’t and to stop what you are doing in mid-life and go BACK to college mostly with people less than half your age and to walk down the aisle and know that you have truly earned it is the best feeling in the world. Love, love, love it. More stories like this please. KUDOS: No Honorary Degree Here, Syleena Johnson Actually Graduates from College


CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.


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