“I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.”
“All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.”
“As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.”
“I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right."