On Friday, funny man Mike Epps graduated from Arsenal Tech High School, in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. He is now 45-years-old, and the successful comedian and actor has now accomplished a life goal.
He celebrated on social media with the hashtag #nevergiveup.
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) May 20, 2016
Epps, who taught himself to read and doesn’t always spell correctly, shared with his fellow graduates that he’s always felt a lack of confidence as he hadn’t graduated high school.
He also shared that he was overwhelmed at being able to participate in the ceremony.
“This is so emotional to me because I didn’t get a chance to graduate like this. Now I’m 45 years old and just to be amongst you guys is such an honor and a blessing.”
Mike also told the young people that high school shouldn’t be the last stop for them, and Epps‘ advice to them was to seek higher education and “get as many degrees as you can,” noted Vibe.
His daughter, Bria Epps, attended the graduation, but his other girls, Mikey, Madison, and Moriah were unable to be there. Mike has four daughters. Bria posted a pic of her and dad, calling him “My true hero.”
— Bria Epps (@_Briyonceee_) May 20, 2016
Another supporter at the graduation was Epps’ granddaughter, who looked like she might be a bit tired of posing for pictures.
— UPTOWN Magazine (@UPTOWNmagazine) May 21, 2016
Along with finishing high school, Epps has been busy working on a 2016 TV sitcom revamp of the classic 1980s film Uncle Buck, which starred John Candy, according to the RTV6 ABC News.
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The TV adaptation will be an expansion of the film about a bachelor who loves to have fun and the drama surrounding babysitting three of his brother’s children.
Mike is hoping to make his mark on the TV world along with fellow actor Andre Johnson, who stars as Andre “Dre” Johnson on the hit sitcom, Black-ish. Epps hopes that his character will become a favorite, too.
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) May 15, 2016
Ran up in the Valet like what????? Yo retweet and get ready we bringin that funny TV to ABC June 14th 9/8c!!#unclebuck pic.twitter.com/TDDianwtAx
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) May 18, 2016
Epps is also known as an actor, rapper, writer, actor, and film producer. He has appeared in Next Friday and its sequel, Friday After Next. He also served as executive producer on a documentary, Napoleon: Life of an Outlaw, about the life of Mutah Beale, who was known as Napoleon. He was a member of Tupac Shakur’s rap group, the Outlaws.
He also starred alongside Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks in the 2012 remake of Sparkle. He portrayed a non-comedic role of a character named Satin, an evil, abusive drug lord.
Mike Epps and Mechelle McCain have been married since 2005, and the couple has two young children. They met while filming The Fighting Temptations, along with Beyonce and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Epps filed for divorced in January and has requested joint custody of the girls.
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