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I was too readable to be academic, too deep to be popular, too country black to be literary, and too naive to show the rigor of my thinking in the complexity of my prose. I had wanted to create something meaningful that sounded not only ...more
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Toni Morrison
“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
Toni Morrison, Beloved

Nikki Giovanni
“There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don't expect you to save the world I do think it's not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect.”
Nikki Giovanni

Bell Hooks
“Think of all the women you know who will not allow themselves to be seen without makeup. I often wonder how they feel about themselves at night when they are climbing into bed with intimate partners. Are they overwhelmed with secret shame that someone sees them as they really are? Or do they sleep with rage that who they really are can be celebrated or cared for only in secret?”
bell hooks, Communion: The Female Search for Love

Maya Angelou
“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”
Maya Angelou

Alice Walker
“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.”
alice walker, The Color Purple

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