I was one of the first three black students to go to an all-white school in Tennessee.
Every show that sells out is like a hero’s welcome for me.
If you aren’t having no fun, die, because you’re running a worthless program, far as I’m concerned.
Your life has to consist of more than ‘Black people should unite.’ You hope they do, but not twenty-four hours a day.
You know what has made me the happiest I’ve ever been? Seeing my son and daughter graduate from college. More than wanting them to be educated, I wanted them to be nice people. To see that they have become both is just a wonderful thing.
I am honestly not sure how capable I am of love. And I’m not sure why.
You have to learn and keep learning.
You see, revolution sounds like something that happens, like turning on the light switch, but actually it’s moving a large obstacle, and a lot of folks’ efforts to push it in one direction or the other have to combine.
Colour is not the issue in America; class is.
My songs were always about the tone of voice rather than the words.