It’s such a Bore Being always Poor.
Jazz, to me, is one of the inherent expressions of Negro life in America: the eternal tom-tom beating in the Negro soul – the tom-tom of revolt against weariness in a white world, a world of subway trains, and work, work, work; the tom-tom of joy and laughter, and pain swallowed in a smile.
I swear to the Lord, I still can’t see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.
My writing has been largely concerned with the depicting of Negro life in America.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
I will not take ‘but’ for an answer.
My chief literary influences have been Paul Laurence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman. My favorite public figures include Jimmy Durante, Marlene Dietrich, Mary McLeod Bethune, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Marian Anderson, and Henry Armstrong.
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or does it explode?