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Fifteen months after being involved in a horrific car crash, Tracy Morgan made a surprise, yet emotional appearance at the 67th Annual Academy Awards.

Dapper in a burgundy tuxedo, the comedian presented the final award for Outstanding Drama Series and was welcomed with a standing ovation and loud cheer from the audience. “I miss you guys so much,” he said.

Morgan continued, “Last year Jimmy Kimmel stood on the stage and said ‘we will see you back here next year Tracy Morgan.’ Well, Jimmy, thanks to my amazing doctors, the support of my family, my beautiful new wife, I’m here. Standing on my own two feet. And God bless all of you, for your love, your prayers your positive thoughts over the past 15 months.”

The comedian went on to explain that it has “been a long road back. I’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days … I finally regained consciousness” And in classic Tracy fashion, the 46-year-old couldn’t continue without adding in a perfectly timed quip. “I was just ecstatic to learn I wasn’t the one who messed up.”

“Only recently I started to feel like myself again, which means a whole lot of young women are going to get pregnant at the after party,” he said just before announcing that the winner for Outstanding Drama Series was Game of Thrones. 

Morgan was a passenger in a limo van on June 7 2014 when Walmart driver, Kevin Roper slammed into it causing it to overturn. The crash injured several and killed comedian, James McNair.

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‘GQ’ Cover Star LeBron James Has Hard Yet Necessary Convo W/ His Kids About Racism

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It is a conversation that is difficult yet necessary: Racism.

For LeBron James, that conversation was had in depth after someone spray pained the N-word all over his Brentwood home. In a new interview with GQ magazine, the November cover star opened up about the emotional discussion with his sons and daughter.

“It’s heavy when a situation occurs either with myself or with someone in a different city, i.e., Trayvon, Mike Brown. I have to go home and talk to my 13- and 10-year-old sons, even my 2-year-old daughter, about what it means to grow up being an African-American in America,” he said about feeling the “twoness” in America.

He continued, “Because no matter how great you become in life, no matter how wealthy you become, how people worship you, or what you do, if you are an African-American man or African-American woman, you will always be that.”

James explained, “True colors will show, and it showed for me during the playoffs, where my house in Brentwood, California, one of the f*cking best neighborhoods in America, was vandalized with, you know, the N-word. And that shit puts it all back into perspective. So do I use my energy toward that? Or do I now shed a light on how I can use this negative to turn into a positive, because so many people are looking for what I’m going to say.”

That’s when he unveiled, “I had a conversation with my kids. I let them know this is what it is, this is how it’s going to be. When it’s time for y’all to fly, you’ll have to understand that. When y’all go out in public and y’all start driving or y’all start moving around, be respectful to cops, as much as you can. When you get pulled over, call your mom or dad, put it on speakerphone, and put your phone underneath the seat. But be respectful the whole time.”

Earlier this year multiple LAPD units responded to James’ California home when neighbors saw the word scrawled on the outer gate. At the time, James suggested that when it comes to racial inequality, “we have a long way to go.”

Click here to read James’ entire GQ article.

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