Billionaire philanthropist Robert Frederick Smith paid off the student loan debt for the entire 2019 graduating class of Morehouse College.

Smith, who made his billions in the tech sector, announced the generous gift to 400 graduating seniors during the school's 135th commencement ceremonies on Sunday at the all-male college in Atlanta.

"This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans," Smith said. His remarks drew thunderous applause from the students and faculty.

The pledge to pay off the student loans is believed to be worth $40 million. It is the largest single gift in the school's history.

Morehouse was previously beneficiary of a $1.5 million gift from Smith, who was given an honorary doctorate on Sunday.

Actress Angela Bassett joined commencement speaker Smith, left, and President of Morehouse College David A. Thomas, right, at Morehouse College's 135th Commencement in Atlanta on Sunday.

Smith asked the graduates to pay it forward. "Because we are enough to take care of our own community. We are enough to ensure that we have all the opportunities of the American dream," Smith said, according to the Associated Press. "And we will show it to each other through our actions and through our words and through our deeds."

Graduate Aaron Mitchum was shocked by Smith's announcement.

"I don't have to live off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I was shocked. My heart dropped. We all cried. In the moment it was like a burden had been taken off," Mitchum, 22, told the Associated Press. The finance major said he owed $200,000 in student loan debt, which he estimated would've taken him about 25 years to pay off.

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  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Can't help but love these feel good stories. ?????????

  • Navybeans95

    This is beautiful. School should be free to kids who want to further their education. You should not be facing any debt after graduating...

  • Ghost

    What a BLESSING! Yes ....pay it forward! ????????

  • CardiB’sAbs

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • CardiB’sAbs

    $200k for an undergraduate degree?!?! Good lord! That was what kept me from going to Spelman. My guidance counselor warned me when I was applying about their trash financial aid packages for poor students-he didn’t even want me to apply. I applied anyway, was accepted and the financial aid packet was indeed trash. I saw how much debt I was going to be in and chose the full ride at the public university instead. Robert Smith is a hero!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Amen.

    This is amazing!!

  • the guest

    THIS IS BY FAR THE MOST VISIONARY AND KINDEST DEED I’VE EVER HEARD OF IN MY LIFE. GOD BLESS DR. SMITH AND THE 2019 GRADUATING CLASS OF MOREHOUSE!

  • monique

    God bless, continue to bless him.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Jethro

    That's what's up! ??????

  • Topic Influencer

    Some dude earlier posted is it too late to be part of Morehouse class of 2019 lol

    This is just...everything. an awesome blessing to them!

  • Seldomseen

    Outstanding

  • tintin

    Now this is giving back. My goodness God is good. I hope this pushes others to give back in this manner but also pushes that student that has their doubts of finishing to finish. Lovely lovely lovely

  • Dori Day

    Wonderful story. Pray he follows through on his pledge.

  • KneeSee

    No luck. Just grace.

  • JesusSidePEACE

    What a blessing! I hope this man continues to be blessed.

  • hottlanta

    Like l always people with real money dont advertise or name drop 2 prove they r wealthy. They just go about their everyday lives n keep it moving. We never seen him on facebook like these idiots holding stacks of money in his hand or wearing clothes with alphabets on them.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    !!!!!

  • what?why

    This is the behavior of a real billionaire. Take heed people ...

  • xenaD

    I still can’t believe this ? loving all these beautiful deeds I’m seeing!

  • hottlanta

    Did u see where castile mom paid 8000.00 so kids can have school lunches. Have we as a nation gotten so money hungry kids r in debt for one meal a day at school but yet we pay farmers billions not 2 grow anything 2 feed them ???

  • hottlanta

    I am sick of these 3 bedroom 1 and 1/2 bath negroes constantly bragging as if they have arrived n folks gotta catch up with them.

  • Li-Wright

    Editorial comment: the farmers depend on school lunches for part of their earnings.
    Now, as far as the kids not being able to pay and have to eat peanut butter sandwiches....I'm in the minority, but at least the kids were fed. They may have been shamed, but that's on the school to make the other kids not shame them.

    We've become a classist society, unfortunately, the have and the have nots. But it's no different when I was growing up poor. There were the kids that had working parents and money and the rest of us. Was I embarassed and shamed that I didn't have money? Yep, but I punched my way through it.

  • Topic Influencer

    Farmers in your state of GA and many states are indeed paid to feed them. However...It's not their fault the school systems choose not to. Its a situation of yall purchased my goods. Up to yall how to disperse them. Do grocery stores stipulate how their goods are used after you buy them? You could feed your family or sell them or let them rot for all they care

  • ClaireHuxtable

    WHUT?!!
    That's fantastic!! Thank you, Sir, for stepping up and doing the right thing. I'm thrilled for these young men and their families. I hope more b/millionaires are inspired to do the same.

  • hi-liter

    ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • hi-liter

    All these recent tariffs are turning Alot of farmers against the man they voted for too.

  • Topic Influencer

    And are. To me it's hilarity. Bc black farmers in my state BEEN catching it. NC a huge agricultural state. But NOW y'all care bc it's impacting the white Republican voting Farmers? Really? Was an agriculture fest here this weekend. Got To Be NC. All local NC goods but it's like a mini state fair. Last time we went we only went to the minority farm booths. A black owned dairy had fresh ice cream and goods and the cows that sourced the products were on display. Got my mom a gallon of milk in the old timey glass bottle on our way out. Said it took her back to her childhood.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    I love when I see my people doing great things. AMAZING for these beautiful black men going to school.

  • Renee26

    WOW simply amazing!!

    I got about 7k left... Pay mine off too please ?

  • Renee26

    I was shocked at that high loan amount too ???

  • Shira Harding-James

    Angela....goals
    Wow this is awesome, college really puts you in debt. The graduates can concentrate on interviews versus paying all of this back!

  • IamAllnatural

    I’ve never heard of Mr. Smith but this is a great story about a real gift with a purpose.

    I want to know why the finance major owe $200,000 in student loans?

  • Vonn

    This is amazing!! I love Angela's shoes.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Best gift I EVER heard!. I have a friend that owes a hefty student loan.

  • Yup, I said it

    Games of Thrones got me all messed ?. I cant even focus on what I'm reading.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    He's a billionaire and founder of Vista Equity Partners. Married to Hope Dworaczyk who is a former Playboy Bunny centerfold, model & was on Celebrity Apprentice.

  • PrettyMeka08

    What a Blessing!!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile.....

  • IamAllnatural

    Thanks for the info!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Exactly. $200,000 is way too much in my opinion. A finance degree from a good public college like the University of Georgia would have been way cheaper & a much better value. Morehouse is a quality college, but it's not like it's an Ivy League school.
    I'm glad he got somebody to pay that off though. Student debt can cripple your finances for decades.

  • Queen B

    Where was this niqqa when I graduated from Clark Atlanta in 2008 ?

  • Eileen

    Very generous...a bm giving back in a big way and his wife is white! Yeah a rich bm that married to a ww but didn't forget the black community!

  • Queen B

    Oh so married a white bitch ? These niqqas here I swear

  • JENNYJONES1

    NOW THAT'S WHAT YOU CALL A 'REAL BALLER', 'BALLING', UNLIKE THESE CLOWNS BUYING ROLEXS AND BENTLEY TRUCKS WHILE LIVING IN RENTALS. WOW WHAT A BLESSING!!!........JENNY JONES!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    DANG IT MUST FEEL GREAT TO CHANGE SO MANY LIVES IN ONE SENTENCE, AT THE BLINK OF AN EYE. TOTAL, TOTAL BLESSING...........JENNY JONES!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    THEY ALWAYS DO SO I'M NOT EVEN SHOCKED ANYMORE BUT DOESN'T CHANGE THE GREAT ACT HE DID........JENNY JONES!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING THAT THIS BECOMES A TREND.........JENNY JONES!!!

  • Queen B

    True but still....lol

  • bemetoo

    Yea but he still know where he came from

  • Pamela

    Class of '95 myself. Congratulations on completing your college education. This graduating class is truly blessed. I'm confident they will pay it forward as well. Good luck to them.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    This made my day! It is such a collective step moving forward!

    AWESOME!

  • Joy King

    Such a beautiful blessing. I had heard so many horror stories when it came to student loans, so when I finally started making some real money that was the first thing I paid off. A burden has truly been lifted off those graduates and they will be forever grateful.

  • Queen B

    Fvck all that....niqqa need to remember WHO he came from lol

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Believe it or not, many if not most black men who marry white women are some of your most pro black individuals!

    Van Jones, Henry Louis Gates (PBS ANCESTRY PROGRAM), even Frederick Douglas, along with some of my long-time male friends or senior level corporate leaders, I’ve worked with give back, and is there for me or other black women, black people!

    You take black men like Terrence Howard or Kanye West, and there are no winners!

  • GinJen

    the actual degree was probably less than 80-90k w/ expenses and such. the rest was surplus

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Nice!!!!!!!!

  • the guest

    Beautiful truth in this statement!

  • the guest

    You did the wise thing and Dr. Robert Smith would be proud of your financial wisdom and education!

  • Topic Influencer

    Know where you came from is normally reserved for those who have seen a struggle of a socioeconomic nature. He came from money. He was born to two doctors. While this gesture is beyond beautiful that he did for MC c/o 2019, lets not act like he didnt come from privilege.

  • KJBibleOnSlavShips

    Believe it or not, many if not most black men who marry white women are some of your most pro black individuals!

    You cannot be pro black and be married to a white woman!

  • bemetoo

    Yet he still knows the struggle that his sisters and brothers face, even if he has a milk maid on his arm

  • KJBibleOnSlavShips

    Wow! A white woman don't have to be sh!t and still get a black man but A SISTER has to have three degress and a superwoman.

  • KJBibleOnSlavShips

    Beutiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What an amazing gift!

    You cannot be pro black and be married to a white woman!

  • KJBibleOnSlavShips

    Beutiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What an amazing gift!

    You cannot be pro black and be married to a white woman!

  • Topic Influencer

    Said it is beautiful that he sees that. No argument on that front

  • Cricket404

    Trump's golf buddy, he even introduced Smith to his Playboy model wife. Honorable gesture though,doesn't fit into the Republican no hand outs narrative. I keep hearing about how much money people are making under this Administration, must be nice.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Good stuff!
    Hope he holds TRUE to his promise???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Hey Sandra,

    Remember that transgender girl who got beat DOWN in the parking lot of an apt complex in Dallas? Well he was found dead?

    A transgender woman who was brutally beaten in April by a mob in a viral video was found shot dead on Saturday morning.

    Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was found laying face down on the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive at approximately 6.40am.

    Booker was pronounced dead at the scene and Dallas Police Department said at a press conference she was the victim of 'homicidal violence'.

    Police did indicate that the death was not tied to the viral incident in April. It is currently not being investigated as a hate crime, reports.

  • Lucky8

    Hate to admit it but I think you are right. But I think it depends on the woman.

  • TamG

    Totally totally totally totally totally totally awesome! ?

  • tia

    Wow, God is good.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I struggle with seeing how a pro black person can ACTUALLY be pro black while married to a person of another race ESPECIALLY a Caucasian person..
    Some hypocrites are not hypocrites by the words they speak but by the life they live...

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile... Some people go to a college because of the name ?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Lets see once he CUT THE CHECKS! ALL 400 of them ???

  • Stationarity

    I was thinking about that yesterday. I definitely think it depends on the woman. I saw a white lady at an all black church with her mixed son and she was completely comfortable. The husband/boyfriend wasn’t there but she obviously goes out of her way to make sure her son knows his black culture.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    There have been news stories about farmers killing themselves because they cannot maintain their crops due to the unpredictable weather patterns that have almost whipped out the crops that have been producing for decades. I dont think regular farmers have a place in society anymore.

  • deidre martin

    Oh wow that's awesome! Congrats graduates!!!

  • Coco17

    Some people find negativity even in good deeds...smh

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I wish more billionaires and multi-millionaires would do this. A lot of these people have more money than they'll ever spend in their lifetime. Hopefully this will a trend, and we'll see more rich people doing this.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Thats why chicks Strip to pay for college..Or rob a trick or two https://media0.giphy.com/media/shbnxnWXszNNm/giphy.gif

  • Coco17

    This is a blessing for those students. Student loans can be difficult to pay off. And sometimes are never paid off. What a great gift and head start for this young men.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Sorry, that's a very narrow minded way of thinking.Just because you fall in love with someone white or non-black doesn't mean you cant still be pro-black.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Lolololololol

  • CardiB’sAbs

    That’s insane! But private universities are expensive.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Thanks. I still sometimes wonder what it would’ve been like to attend Spelman.

  • Cricket404

    What's negative? I said his deed was honorable.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Lol

  • Phillybruh

    This is amazing.

  • Phillybruh

    Oh he's married to a white women, stop the check he is about to write for these loans then. Most black people married to blacks aren't pro-black

  • KLove

    AWESOME!!!!!!!! I've never heard of this dude...they say he's richer than Oprah

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Black people need to get out of debt. Save & invest...even a little will help.

  • Shamwow

    I’m so sad to hear this. ? whether the media states that the world is progressive it isn’t. So sad that he isn’t safe for just being himself. Attacked because he was different.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I just saw that!! Transgenders can't be too careful. Men want them eliminated. I guess because they are afraid of being f00led by them.

  • iWasteTime

    What a blessing!! I pray each and everyone of them pay it forward in some way!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    He was the largest single contributor to the AA museum in Washington DC. So although it seems conflicting, he supports Black causes.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I guess it's possible. Sometimes you see a person of another race who knocks you off your feet.

  • Kanyade

    Kudos to him!

    What a way to give back.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    No gold chains and speaking proper English in public.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    AND cant admit that they are attracted to the way they look!

  • I Run New York

    Saw that and was horrified. He put a ring on a young white playboy playmate half his age.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    L0l! Young, skinny & wyte seems to be a man's dream. I don't fit that profile. Guess I'll have to go find me an Eskimo.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Many wealthy men see that type of woman as the completion to their life's strategy & goals.
    Hard to say what's going on in his head.

  • hottlanta

    Please l am 61 years old n still bring peanut butter n jelly sandwiches 2 work. Aint no shame in my game. Still punching thru it n happy as a mofo.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    I need a billionaire to come wipe this 36000 off my credit right fast..LOL!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Im so mad that I went back to the corporate world If I would have stuck it out with the non profit the rest of my debt could have been excused by now.

  • T Willis

    ?????

  • ClaireHuxtable

    L0l! Stawp it!

  • Topic Influencer

    And they got TWO kids.

  • I Run New York

    True, Drake got a baby by a pornstar. Hoe's be winning!

  • Topic Influencer

    Got rid of his beautiful Jamaican educated wife that he met at Cornell and very soon after that divorce was finalized married Susan. But hey. His good deed is good. IDK if one cancels the other out? Not sure at ALL.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Sad. Muhlaysia lived a rough life.

  • Topic Influencer

    Trey Songz now too.

  • I Run New York

    Unless you're getting a medical degree from Harvard I wouldn't pay 200k. You can easily pay the 200k back as a doctor with a Harvard degree. You might struggle to pay 200k back with degrees in other fields.

  • xenaD

    Or actually being fooled and then...

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I know someone who just finally made her last student loan payment... and she's in her forties. Took her almost 20 years to pay it all off. To be able to start your life after college with zero debt is a real blessing.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Robert F....yes sirrrrrrr. Alot of you are probably hearing about him for the first time.

    Mr. Smith is NOT a celebrity. Props to Sandra for bringing him to light. So much focus is put on Black Celebrity, Richest in Hop Hop Bla, Bla,Bla Puffy, Dr Dre,Jay Z and their imagined wealth and so called charitable deeds bailing rappers out Jail.

    Robert F. is the real deal, he is NOT a new Billionaire, he was a Billionaire 10 years ago. Watch some of his interveiws on youtube, brillant BLACK MAN.These types of BUSINESS GIANTS need to brought to the forefront for us young black men our culture is so brainwashed by celebrity media stunts.

    Let me introduce you to another Black male Billionaire, the author of the book,* WHY SHOULD WHITE GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN* - Reginald F. Lewis. I highley recommend you read this book.A cigar man like myself lol lol.

    These guys are my mentors I met Robert when I was struggling through Grad school, quite an impression and inspiration.

    Robert Smiths donation to Moorehouse is a real BOSS move it spotlights the importance of BLACK MEN GETTING AN EDUCATION and being a self made stand up guy, working hard, having principles, and integrity and thinking outside box. Black men do NOT need to glamorize drug dealing, the media rewards that type of ignorance and perception "Prison pipeline culture". TRUE LEADERS CREATE OTHER LEADERS, NOT FOLLOWERS.

    Good morning to you beautiful, wise, intuitive, glowing precious gems. Take a moment today to make some one smile, be an unexpected blessing to someone today.

  • Karen Brady

    I don't agree with alot of what you say but this right here is the TRUTH! "Some hypocrites are not hypocrites by the words they speak but by the life they live.."

  • Karen Brady

    Yippee for her.

  • KJBibleOnSlavShips

    Loool. All she did was twerk n busit wide open

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I guess if you're gonna be a h0...be a good one.

  • KJBibleOnSlavShips

    Love the way some of our people support white supremacy.At this rate we will always be oppressed.

  • KJBibleOnSlavShips

    Name 3 white women that chased rich black men and shop in black own stores,gave back to the black community

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Whut?!! He was married to a Black woman First?!
    Agree 100%. He may need to sit down and explain before he can get his Charcoal Black card back. He's skating right now on a light Brown temporary pass...

  • Yoni7

    Take a moment today to make some one smile, be an unexpected blessing to someone today.
    _______________________
    THIS and always! It's the little things that bring so much joy! https://media3.giphy.com/media/qnOBmH70CGSVa/giphy.gif

  • Dowoop

    Sounds like the finane major made bad financial choices. That's alot of surplus.

  • Yoni7

    Wondeful! Wonderful! WONDERFUL YOU! I just watched his video this morning.

  • KJBibleOnSlavShips

    As long as The Most High is pro black that's all that counts

  • Yoni7

    Daaaammmmnnnn!!!!

  • Dowoop

    I'm going with cancelled. I need to see that same energy towards black women. Black men and black women are not the same, especially since alot of black men (not saying all because the black men in my life are amazing!) seemingly hate black women.

  • Coco17

    Trump's golf buddy, so what!! doesn't have anything to do with the gift he gave these young men. Or who his wife is. Ijs

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    As always Sir, Your comments are informative and a breath of fresh air?. Hope all is well with you and yours!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Touche Philly Bruh.. TOUCHÉ ???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Sensing a tad of Sandra Rose’s seasoning on this comment BUT I may be wrong.. ???

  • MsSapphire9800

    LOVE IT....I wish someone would come along and pay off the balance of my student...it is just 50K.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Mega Millions and Power ball are over $300 million right now ??

  • Kimocha

    Thank you for the introduction... I will be looking into finding that book!.... Good day to you!

  • Shamwow

    This is such a wonderful thing. I couldn’t understand why these stars were giving out scholarships. When this entire world is in debt from loans. This is such a smart and thoughtful way to show you care. Dammit I’m in love.

    https://media0.giphy.com/media/kioCHRADcZWokLQO2X/giphy.gif

  • Kimocha

    This is so generous of him!... I have never heard of him until today... It took me 12 yrs to finally pay off my student loan this past Feb, so I know those students are so thankful and relieved!... May God continue to bless Mr. Smith!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Now THAT is udderly ridiculous!!

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Iyanla, "the great mother" Im blessed baby girl. Im flattered and charmed to be in your presence!

  • Shamwow

    People don’t realize when the attention dims. The world is real out here and street justice is no joke. Someone paid the dude 200 to harm him, and it wasn’t just one person punching him. It was a crowd of fools. The same people who encouraged the men to kick and punch him are the same people who killed him. No victim, no case, so sad.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Thanks Kimocha!, is that your real name. I love exploring the meaning of names.

  • Shamwow

    Thank you for the suggestion. I just purchased this book and if you have any more good book recommendations. Please share. I still enjoy books and I absolutely love that I can get them affordable, new and cheap from amazon and or eBay. ?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    It truly is!

  • Blak

    Can't stop looking at Angel Bassett's shoes!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile... Say it aint so ?

  • Kimocha

    It's actually derived from parts of my full name (first, middle and last)... Kimberly Monique and my last name starts with Cha (I don't wanna put my full last name on here) LOL!... Ki Mo Cha

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Hiding the fact he likes the ANACONDA ? https://media2.giphy.com/media/uzPdj5NDahoI0/giphy.gif

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Wow, that was fast lol lol. Sure I have another recommendation. This one is very personal. I wont go into now but the book was a gift to me.

    It changed my life, I carry this book with me everywhere, every single day.

    It will help you with your walk in this life, realizing your dreams and purpose and how to spiritually claim , and bring into fruition, speak into existance what you desire.

    This book is pure magic "THE GAME OF LIFE AND HOW TO PLAY IT".

    - Florence Scovel Shinn.

  • Evillene

    Black dudes love trannies...on the low. But in a group, mob mentality prevails and these sickening acts of violence occur. Someone wanted to silence her.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    They just hit THAT SPOT sometimes and there aint NO denying that?

  • EasyBreezy

    Hmmm..... the school's president.... nevermind! Morning, Roses. PS~ What generosity! Praise God! I hope the bros REALLY get it.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • EasyBreezy

    Step up, rich yt folks!

  • Jussjess25

    Wow!! Now thats amazing!

  • Logan Roberts

    I love an unexpected feel good story. A generous man is so attractive to me!!! Call me big daddy 777-9311.

  • Judi Jupiter

    Playing both this week...

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Alextra Ballard

    Applauding Mr. Smith...what a generous gesture and the perfect graduation gift. The only thing he is asking in return is that they pay it forward. I hope something will be done tew benefit the black community

  • EasyBreezy

    Thank you for making me smart. I appreciate you. Keep those wisdom tidbits coming, please. Best!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lmaoooo....trust me yew are not alone.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lol

  • jwoo250

    I know I'm going to get stoned to death but don't care. I appreciate everything Mr. Smith has done. But I can't get over the fact that he left his black wife of many years for a damn white woman who show boats her surgically enhanced body and his money all over Instgram.

    His first wife was a black woman who was low key and didn't care about his money at all. But you know when our men get rich they leave the woman they are with because they can afford a better looking artificial one with their money. I just had to bring that to light.

    Because it really bothers me. Like Michael Jordan, Eddie Murphy, Chris Bosh, DeWayne Wade and the other men. They leave the strong ones that stand behind them. They need to watch a Diary of A Mad Black Woman. There's an important message within that movie. That money going to fade and all them new b#$^hes ain't sticking around. And lets not forget Neyo and Swiss Beats.

    Any ways thanks Mr. Smith for what you did for your community. Just wish you kept it all within the community though. I'm just saying.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Sorry but his Playboy centerfold wife is used to fighting! She was on The Apprentice.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    You got it baby girl! It feels good to told you are appreciated. That really made me smile.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Many of us feel torn but are still appreciative for what he's done for the community.

  • EMILY POST

    He did a great thing for the Graduates. ... No loan debt is extremely helpful.
    I noticed he said his family has been in country 8 generations so he made sure it was known of his lineage.

    Well you might as well get over it cause thats the African American male way for a lot of the super wealthy ones do exactly that if they ever marry a black woman in the first place.

  • jwoo250

    I do appreciate what he did though. And wish more people can do it would. Because the government ain't going to do it for us. I just had to throw that in there because I am noticing a trend.

  • jwoo250

    Yeah I know I just wanted to get that off of my chest. I think that's the reason a lot of black woman are trying so hard to change their looks. Its sad. But again its definitely the American way.

  • EMILY POST

    African American women have a PR Nightmare problem when it comes to image and their sons have a lot of media role modeling of money and success = white . No matter what type of white just white.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    A Black woman is just fine until the $$$ starts rolling in. It speaks to how money reveals a person's true character. They're ready to buy Suzi diamonds & furs and don't even want to pay Tonya her court ordered Child support.

  • jwoo250

    OMG you are so right. I try my best to raise mine the right way. Sometimes all it takes is teaching them how to love themselves first.

  • EMILY POST

    I understand the struggle of trying to teach your sons to value people and things that everything in society tells them the not too especially if it comes with Melanin included.

  • Wile E. Coli

    Quite generous. And AOC condemned it.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Yeah, I have to admit the majority of the black men I know personally have white or hispanic wives or girl friends. Im gonna be honest I have asked them about it, I have asked why? Once black men reach a certain level of money this happens - its been that way at least since the 1970s.

    One thing I noticed is these women are super agressive when it comes to a man they know is successful. 100 times more so than the typical black woman. A black woman may flirt, but shes not following you home. Shes not going to figure out a way to get your weekly schedule and pop up on you every where you go. Another thing men love porn, slutty porn, these women use that slutty porn star behavior to get the wrong head thinking and paying attention fast. Usually, these relationships die off, and they take a loss, and start all over again. Look Im human, I get excited like the next man. Ive dealt with these types of chicks but I move a little different. I love my sistas.

    I move different because I was well traveled before I hit my teens I had been to africa and europe several times. Ive seen international beauty and experienced culture all over the world. Im not easily impressed. I learned to be a thinking man as a boy.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Yeah, I have to admit the majority of the black men I know personally have white or hispanic wives or girl friends. Im gonna be honest I have asked them about it, I have asked why? Once black men reach a certain level of money this happens - its been that way at least since the 1970s.

    One thing I noticed is these women are super agressive when it comes to a man they know is successful. 100 times more so than the typical black woman. A black woman may flirt, but shes not following you home. Shes not going to figure out a way to get your weekly schedule and pop up on you every where you go. Another thing men love porn, slutty porn, these women use that slutty porn star behavior to get the wrong head thinking and paying attention fast. Usually, these relationships die off, and they take a loss, and start all over again. Look Im human, I get excited like the next man. Ive dealt with these types of chicks but I move a little different. I love my sistas.

    I move different because I was well traveled before I hit my teens I had been to africa and europe several times. Ive seen international beauty and experienced culture all over the world. Im not easily impressed. I learned to be a thinking man as a boy.

  • Logan Roberts

    And??? ?

  • Logan Roberts

    And??? ?

  • Lady_Elle

    One of the BEST gifts you can provide a College Graduate!
    Thank you Mr. Smith.

  • Lady_Elle

    One of the BEST gifts you can provide a College Graduate!
    Thank you Mr. Smith.

  • Shamwow

    Thank you

  • ClaireHuxtable

    OK! I didn't know you had a Black belt in Karate!

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    My mom was good making sure I was very aware of our history PRE SLAVERY. I was in awe of ancient black queens and kings. She made me read black history books. Not american history, African history. I think this helped me with pride in our culture our women.

  • Queen B

    Lmao ?

  • Marlika

    I was gonna say something about this, didn’t feel like cursing no one out this morning. I’m glad you said it! I seen the pic of his cave demon.?????

  • Queen B

    Wtf?! Now im really pissed

  • MsSapphire9800

    LMAO...I need to play it...

  • kennedy220

    hmmm maybe a certain kind of black woman..or maybe just a certain kind of woman in general. I've def been in the spaces where black women are checking up on their man...is he at his job? let me go see, is he at his mom's like he said he was? let me go see, Call up there to his job, etc. but again that's a certain type of woman that I was exposed to as I got older

  • Nunya Business

    Question: I do not know a lot about him but from what I have seen on his IG he promotes black and brown causes. The only white person I've ever seen on there is the wife. Should we throw him away because he married a white woman when he used his weath and access to support black people? I'm asking because I get irritated when I see black men with white women too (I don't hate them or anything I'm just like oh, ok). Just a question is all.

  • Zeta Aggie

    Yep. But those are his insecurities and it’s sad. With all his accomplishments he still thinks Becky gets him cred.

  • NewNew

    When I first heard of this I was hoping that he had blessed an HBCU. I was overjoyed when I found out that the gift was for Morehouse graduates! While i did not enjoy my time matriculating at an HBCU I recognize that they do great work for many of our black youth and I applaud when they get it right. Congratulations young men! I'm so happy that you aren't saddled with the debt that I was/am upon graduation. ???

  • Zeta Aggie

    I’m amazed at all the comments from wypipo on news articles. All mad talk bout why they go to an expensive school and how he “took away an opportunity and a privilege to pay that for themselves” smdh these racist people ate so pathetic. If it was a caucasian school there would be compliments galore.

  • Paula

    TAKE THAT MS. OPRAH WINFREY!!

  • red

    Very nice of him. I love a give back story.

  • Raquel

    Eh, f*ck em. lol

    Why do people go to Yale and Babsom when they can't truly afford it?? FOH white folk!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    They rather press their luck ?????

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I BELIEVE Guru is referring to the type of woman Pursuing said man even though they know the man is in a relationship. Then they get them with slutty behavior and get their juices working moreso than his wife of X amount of yrs is doing and then it all goes down the drain from there!
    I dont believe he means for woman to be checking up on their man in insecure ways..

  • kennedy220

    ahh..you're probably right. I didn't look at it from that perspective.

  • TamG

    What did she say about it?

  • Karen Brady

    LOL

  • Karen Brady

    No stones over this way.

  • Karen Brady

    " Should we throw him away because he married a white woman when he used his weath and access to support black people? " YES, I mean NO I mean HELL YEAH... LOL... I hear you though.

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    awesome!!

  • Applebootay

    A TRUE SERVANT.....NOW IF Only other 1 % PER-CENTERS would follow suit.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I get what you’re saying (a seeming contradiction), but being pro-black can’t just have one-meaning, in my opinion!

    What Mr. Smith did wasn’t pro-black, especially given how HBCUs have been struggling financially, and calling upon alumni to pay it forward?

    Or, the likes of a Quincy Jones, who greatly impacted Black artists, music, and culture?

    Or...Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who loved and wanted to marry a white woman before marrying Coretta Scott, and his father encouraged him no to do so!

    Well, that would be the same for Serena, Alfred Woodard, Zoe Saldana and ALL black men and women who marry white!

  • Karen Brady

    You almost laid me out with this comment Ms. Huxtable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Karen Brady

    me too

  • RealATLPeach36

    What a blessing! Favored!!

  • Renee

    I won't rejoice until more than half of graduates are forgiven of their total debts. I see what's really going on!

  • cristalle1

    Now THIS is a good news story!

  • Hazel

    His wife pulled a thot move. They had a baby that looks to be about 8 months in their wedding pic.

  • cristalle1

    She is listed as a Playboy model. I think its wonderful what he did but guaranteed it was his Black wife that helped him build. Congrats to Morehousr grads!

  • abby500

    Why? Just why? They both help.

  • abby500

    I stand with you on this. He probably treated the ex like GARBAGE for the ex playboy slut.

  • Nunya Business

    Lol!!

  • abby500

    No don’t throw him away. Let’s take all the help he gives and just keep it moving. When I read the story I immediately thought of him trying to cover up the fact that he dropped the black woman for a playboy slut, and I was ashamed of my thought. Whatever... gimme the loot and phûçk him ?????

  • abby500

    But here’s the messed up thing: If a black woman was doing all the things you just stated, those same black men would totally reject us or treat us like trash for being that way. Whereas a white chick gets rewarded for being a slût and a blatant gold digger.

  • Luv R

    Not only is it good that he donated to an HBCU but the fact that he is a Black male giving to all Black males is a beautiful thing to hear about. Constantly there are a plethora of stories of Black on Black crime, a black man's greatest threat being someone like himself. How refreshing it is to read about a strong, successful Black man extending a hand (and not a gun) to help strengthen (not destroy) other Black men! With the advancements we have made as African Americans, Robert Smith is correct when he said we are enough to take care of our own community. That doesn't mean we don't need other people but we definitely shouldn't be dependent on Y'tes and other races to diversify their situation to make room for us. We can make room for ourselves. Sandra, I definitely encourage you to report on more stories like this one. #Kudos

  • Karen Brady

    What's really going on?

  • Karen Brady

    Oh no.. this comment was for KJBible, not you Sis!

  • Karen Brady

    You sensed all the way RIGHT! :-):-):-)

  • GinJen

    agreed!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Gurrrl! You know we catch it harder.

  • blazewon22

    Just stop. we have no idea what happened in that marriage. He rolls in billionaire circles so the pool of single women is almost all white. Dude kept it real and did 2 big deeds for his community in spreading that bread at Morehouse. Most successful men wind up divorced from their first wives because it is a grind to get to the top.

    Criticize the dope dealers with the baby mama's and bastard children who make it rain at Magic City instead of helping kids go to school.

  • Janice Collins

    To get the degree that says Yale and the job connections. The same reason black men go to Morehouse and not Langston

  • yvette46

    Now this is a black man we need t9 be looking up to not gangbangers j.s.

  • Renee

    ”DC”-Damage Control

  • Raquel

    I get that sis. I was being facetious. lol In this context, I was saying why are white people making comments about whether or not they could afford the school before attending simply because he paid off debt. There are plenty of white folks who attend well-to-do schools and can't afford it, either.

    They're just big mad that they privilege skipped them this time. lol