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From the 1962 essay titled “The Creative Process,” found in the anthology The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction.

“It goes without saying, I believe, that if we understood ourselves better, we would damage ourselves less. But the barrier between oneself and one’s knowledge of oneself is high indeed. There are so many things one would rather not know! We become social creatures because we cannot live any other way. But in order to become social, there are a great many other things that we must not become, and we are frightened, all of us, of these forces within us that perpetually menace our precarious security. Yet the forces are there: we cannot will them away. All we can do is learn to live with them. And we cannot learn this unless we are willing to tell the truth about ourselves, and the truth about us is always at variance with what we wish to be. The human effort is to bring these two realities into a relationship resembling reconciliation.”  James Baldwin

 

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“There is a problem in America. An Irish or Polish American can write a story and it’s an American story. When a Black American writes a story, it’s called a Black story. I take exception to that. Every artist has articulated to his own experience. The problem is that some people do not see Blacks as Americans.”
Gloria Naylor

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“My responsibility as a poet, as an artist, is to not look away.”
Nikky Finney

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“Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.”  

“You must invent your own games and teach us old ones how to play.”

Nikki Giovanni

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“Misery won’t touch you gentle. It always leaves its thumb prints on you; sometimes it leaves them for others to see, sometimes for nobody but you to know of.”

― Edwidge Danticat, The Farming of Bones

 

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“Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.” – Carol Moseley-Braun

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I lit a sage when you walked in
Cuz I have no idea where you’ve been
What kind of energy you’re conjuring
What kind of spells you’ve been casting
I lit a sage.

From the song “Sage” by be steadwell. It’s on the Album Breakup Songs.

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