For me, the healing process starts with graciousness and forgiveness.
I'm not just making rhymes and making melodies. I'm expressing my true life force, energy.
I loved her music and the fact that she was a classically trained pianist and that her voice was so unique, but what made Nina Simone my hero is that I had never seen anyone in the public eye who looked anything like me at all, ever.
Nina Simone sacrificed so much to be as bold as she was about being black and about being female in an era where that could have cost her life.
So many people have been abused. It's not rare; it's a very common human experience, and we survive.
You need to take care of you and fortify yourself and then move out to take care of others.
I want to always be classy and honest, and I always want to have fun with music, and if I can't really express who I am through my music, then it's not really fun anymore.
If we can just focus our attention where it matters, we can effect change.
Listening to 'Songs in the Key of Life' always puts me in a good mood.
To spread love, healing, peace, and joy is my mission in life - and so I speak up.
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