"why is there special resistance to reparations for black people?" -Dr. Darity got the answers.
— tell em why you mad, Tutu.
November 10, 1958
We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.
First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.
Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.
You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.
But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.
Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.
The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.
If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.
Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.
It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.
Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.
We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.
And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
”it’s like you guys are fighting for something without using any violence or guns or anything, and it’s a part of hip-hop culture.’ [Yasiin Bey]
"…we’re born and raised in the Bronx, so it’s just a different facet of urban culture and all this mixing and amalgamation of different things.
…with Black Ivy and Street Etiquette in general, what we always wanted to do is create a whole new narrative from what we grew up with, hip-hop culture in the Bronx…at first it was really hard to get it going, it was just three years of working hard. we didn’t really do it for a paycheck. we did it because we wanted to express what we were feeling at the time, and next thing you know, all these big companies like Nike, Adidas, Jordan Brand then they hit us up like, ‘we want the same exact vision for our brand.’ so it really happened organically.”
Does that kind of mockery feel like an effort to de-fang you?
But also, there’s no fangs. I don’t have fangs. I’m a porcupine. I’m a blowfish. Like, I’m a—what’s the fish that blows up?
Yeah. I’m a blowfish. I’m not a shark, I’m a blowfish. So that perfect example about me hitting my head, it’s like a blowfish. I wasn’t coming out of my house going to a paparazzi’s house to attack them. I’m defending my family in front of my own house. I’m defending my name as someone’s screaming something negative at me. That’s a blowfish. People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that. I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people.
— Maya Angelou
— Kanye West
"Now, I have this thought experiment that I play with myself, when I say imagine if I walked you into a room and it was of a major corporation, like ExxonMobil, and every single person around the boardroom were black, you would think that were weird. But if I walked you into a Fortune 500 company and everyone around the table is a white male, when will it be that we think that’s weird, too?
"…We cannot afford to be colorblind; we have to be colorbrave. We have to be willing as teachers, parents and entrepreneurs and scientists. We have to be willing to have proactive conversations about race with honesty and understanding, and courage—not because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s the smart thing to do, because our businesses, and our products, and our science, our research, all of that will be better with greater diversity.”
"We can alter the path of our future and present right now, every day. Someone thought up a state with no Black people. No Black children. No Black women. No Black men. Can you believe that? And they first used their thought to make it so.
"What are we going to think up?
What are we going to create in this time? What story are we going to tell that the future will feel.
How powerful is your imagination RIGHT NOW to create it?
How powerful is our action?”