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What’s the one thing ALL children from minority families can say they’ve heard at least once? “You have to work twice as hard to earn half as much.”

We all know what that means. It’s all over the news how people of color are always blocked from access and opportunity to a real solid education or a chance to make a decent living. It’s no wonder this country is already in hell’s hand basket. But every once in a while there comes a story that makes us smile. In today’s case there are three.

Munira Khalif, a senior at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. Also several other universities who are up there in reputation. The big name schools are Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania. Khalif was also accepted to Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Minnesota. Let’s hope she knows about Stanford offering free tuition to families who make under $125,000 a year.

Meanwhile in Utica, New York, Vietnamese immigrant Trinh Truong was accepted to all 13 schools she applied to — including 5 Ivy League schools.

Not to be forgotten, Harold Ekeh, 17, another New York state teen and immigrant was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools.

These kids and their parents had a goal and a plan then busted it out until they made it. That’s to be applauded. It definitely couldn’t have been easy. That’s what one has to do today. Set a goal, make a plan and then work until it gets done and gets you there. Too many liars out there telling you there’s an easy way to make it. That in itself is the worst lie anyone can ever believe. So congrats to these three and to all the others busting out those grades to get to the next level. You go and get your hustle on! We know you’re gonna make that paper right.

For more details on the two ladies: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/minnesota-teen-munira-khalif-accepted-all-eight-ivy-league-schools-n338661

For details on Harold and his choices: http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/harold-ekeh-17-long-island-gets-accepted-all-eight-ivy-n337506