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” Whenever this issue of compensatory or preferential treatment for the Negro is raised, some of our friends recoil in horror. The Negro should be granted equality, they agree, but should ask for nothing more. On the surface, this appears reasonable, but it is not realistic. For it is obvious that if a man enters the starting line of a race 300 years after another man, the first would have to perform some incredible feat in order to catch up.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
My Mom and I were chatting about our favorite autobiographies and we both agreed that one of our faves was Richard Pryor’s Pryor Convictions…addictive, sucked me in raw, made me laugh, made me tear up, made me think, made me so so mad when it was done because more than that, it made me realize how much more true living I still have not, well….lived.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
I am a hardcore advocate for getting paid to do what you love and for those who believe the same (or desire to) this book is a MUST READ!! Jonathan Mead, the author, says he can no longer tell whether he’s working or playing…DOPE!! Click here to read this free e-book and be inspired!
Vocalist. Songstress. Bassist…I got put on to this jazz wonder 3 years ago and no joke…she’s a straight up BEAST! On top of being a prodigy (she mastered the acoustic double bass within months of first touching the instrument at 15 years old), she went to college at age 16 then upon graduating, was immediately hired as a professor at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. And of top of being ridiculously talented and brilliant, she has the audacity to have the kind of DOPE hair & style that -well- makes her a force to be reckoned with: Esperanza Spalding. If at this point you still have no idea who she is- get familiar….for more info & clips of her music click here…p.s. – her new album, Chambers of Society, comes out Tuesday 8/17/10.