All posts tagged: words of wisdom

Malcolm X

If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there’s no progress. If you pull it all the way out, that’s not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made. And they haven’t pulled the knife out, much less healed the wound. They won’t even admit the knife is there. –Malcolm X

I got to meet Ntozake Shange!

That woman is FLLLLYYYY!!! She just looked so beautiful and so stylish and had this gaze that just penetrated your soul. The event wasn’t about her per se as she was there to interview Marc Bamuthi Joseph, but the whole thing was just so….loss for words. I wasn’t familiar with Bamuthi’s work, but he was PHENOMENAL. He started with one of his pieces, spoken word I guess—poetry infused with movement and tap dancing. I wish I could get a transcript of his words because there was just SO much he said in a way that is only pure artistry talking about how racism married capitalism and she (capitalism) told racism that before they’d hook, she was gonna pretend that he didn’t exist! So on point, and I can’t even start to do justice to his art because his movements just made it the more powerful. But one other really great line of his was when he was talking about how through his tap dancing he was making jazz, that he was jazz and that he …