Kumail Nanjiani Tells Grads To ‘Have Sex With An Immigrant’

Immigrants may feel a little tense about what?s happening in American these days, but comedian Kumail Nanjiani has a plan to make things feel a little more relaxing for everyone.

?Have sex with an immigrant,? Nanjiani told the graduates of Grinnell College in Iowa during a commencement speech. ?We?re going through a tough time right now, and it would just be really great for morale.?

Nanjiani graduated from the liberal arts school in 2001. Grinnell invited him back this week to deliver the commencement address to the graduating class of 2017. During the ceremony, the school awarded Nanjiani an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

The star of HBO?s ?Silicon Valley? opened up to the graduates about his experience moving from Pakistan to Iowa for college and how it shaped the way he moved through the world. 

?When I came to Grinnell I was a devout Muslim who had never romantically touched a girl and I was going to get a degree that guaranteed me a job,? Nanjiani said. ?By the time I graduated I was basically a Rastafarian with a white American girlfriend and a philosophy degree. College changes you, is my point.?

He also offered advice on how to take on bigotry, even if it is uncomfortable.

?We cannot expect others to understand our point of view if we don?t understand theirs,? he said. ?It?s uncomfortable and awkward and infuriating and it hurts your brain, but with that pain can come growth and real change.?

?Being a fish out of water is tough, but that?s how you evolve,? he added. ?I think that?s scientifically accurate ? I don?t know, I had a liberal arts education.?

Nanjiani advised the graduates to live with intention and not fear failure ? unless, he joked, you?re the person who created the exploding Samsung Galaxy phones.

?I never thought big picture,? Nanjiani said. ?That would have overwhelming. So what I?m saying is, you can go slow. Allow your dreams and goals to change, but live an intentional life.?

He continued: ?Here?s the big secret I?ve learned in the last few years: Nobody knows what they?re doing … Everybody?s winging it out there. Some people are just better at pretending to be confident because nobody?s done ? nobody?s cooked.?

Watch Nanjiani?s full commencement speech below.

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Father’s Emotional Letter To Ariana Grande Goes Viral: ‘Take Care Of You First’

In the days following the deadly terror attack in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert, many have reached out to the pop star with well wishes and heartfelt notes on social media.  

One such tribute from Patrick Millsaps, a father of three living in Georgia, has gone viral after he was struck by Grande?s response to the tragedy

The ?Dangerous Woman? singer tweeted that she was ?broken? and ?so so sorry? after 22 people, including seven children, were killed when suicide bomber Salman Abedi exploded a device at Manchester Arena. Grande later left England, and returned to her home town of Boca Raton, Florida, where she was greeted by her boyfriend Mac Miller and family. 

As the father of three daughters, Millsaps felt particularly connected to Grande and her music, so he decided to write an open letter, encouraging her to never blame herself and ?take care of you first.?

?I am the father of three daughters ? ages 13, 12 & 12. So, you have been a part of our family for years,? Millsaps wrote. ?After reading a tweet you posted on Twitter the other night; I?m afraid I need to set to straight girl. So listen up and receive some redneck love from a daddy of daughters.?

?You don?t have a dadgum thing to apologize for. If some jackass had gotten drunk and killed someone with his car next to your hotel in Manchester, would you feel responsible? If the night before your concert, a tornado hit Manchester and tragically killed several people who were going to your concert; would you feel the need to apologize?? he continued. 

?You see, you are no more responsible for the actions of an insane coward who committed an act in your proximity than you would be for a devastating natural disaster or acts of morons near your hotel.?

Millsaps, who is an American film producer, also shared some advice with Grande on how to heal during this difficult time. In the wake of the attack, the singer canceled all dates of her Dangerous Woman tour until June 5, while the fate of the last legs of the tour remain in limbo. 

?Spend time with your God, your family and your friends who will give you space and support when you need it. Hell, go lick as many freaking donuts as you want. Girl, you deserve it!? he wrote. ?When and only when you are ready, on behalf of all dads who love your ? um ? whose daughters? love your music SING AGAIN. Music is the international language of peace. Every time you open your mouth and share that incredible God-given gift to the world, you make this crappy world a little less crappy.?

To read Millsaps? full letter, head over to his Twitter account

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