Thought is more important than art. To revere art and have no understanding of the process that forces it into existence, is finally not even to understand what art is.
'R.I.P. to playwright, poet, critic, activist, and one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters, Amiri Baraka.' —Afropunk
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
"(Nelson Mandela) was a man who broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world.’ - Idris Elba
Mother to Son -
Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
By Langston Hughes