We are the Curators of Our Own Lives Pt6


The Very Best of the Voices in My Head Side 3

tumblr_oocwg2wobg1rzatpfo1_12801. “Dream Boogie” by Langston Hughes

Good morning, daddy!
Ain’t you heard
The boogie-woogie rumble
Of a dream deferred?

Listen closely:
You’ll hear their feet
Beating out and beating out a –

You think
It’s a happy beat?

Listen to it closely:
Ain’t you heard
something underneath
like a –

What did I say?

I’m happy!
Take it away!

Hey, pop!


2. “Indifference is expensive. Hostility is unaffordable. Trust is priceless. It’s all about Relationships.”
– Ted Rubin

3. “Nothing so charmes the American people as personal bravery. [Blacks] would have ten times the number [of white friends than] they now have were they but half as much in earnest to secure their dearest rights as they are to ape the follies and extravagances of their white neighbors, and to indulge in idle show, in ease, and in luxury.”
– John Brown

4. “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
-Vincent Van Gogh

5. “There is nothing permanent except change.”

6. “It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That’s the only thing that can save this country. Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society. The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the oppressed people.”
-Malcolm X

7. “Until Lions have Historians, Hunters will continue to be Heroes. ”
– Afrikan Proverb

8. “Sometimes you just have to jump and grow your wings on the way down.”
– Les Brown

9. “The true poet has no choice of material. The material plainly chooses him, not he it.”
~ J. D. Salinger

The Very Best of the Voices in My Head Side 2

1. “Bad Morning” by Langston Hughes

Here I sit
With my shoes mismated.
I’s frustrated!


From the publication of his first book in 1926, Langston Hughes was hailed as the poet laureate of Black America. The first to commemorate the experience of African-Americans in a voice that no reader, black or white, could fail to hear, lyrical and pungent, passionate and polemical.

2. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
-Albert Einstein

3. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
– Jim Rohn

4. “There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”
–Thomas Chalkley, in his “Works” (1713)

5. “No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life. “
~ Nietzsche

6. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
— J.K. Rowling

7. “God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.” -Voltaire

8. “I have nature and art and poetry,
and if that is not enough,
what is enough?”
– Vincent Van Gogh

9. Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not their own:
they will be enslaved and mistreated 400 Years.”
– Genesis 15:13

11. “What you cannot see during the day, you will not see at night.”
~ African Proverb

12. On Classism in Black America:

“Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga
Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga
Still nigga…still nigga!”
– Jay Z

“History Lesson (according to Dion Steele): Nigga is the Black pronunciation of the word Nigger which derived from the Southern White Racists mispronunciation of the Portuguese and Spanish word Negro which connotes Black or Darkness from its Latin form Necro which was associated with Death which during ancient times was associated with Darkness because symbolically the Light of the Sun would go out in West which is why the Ancient Africans of Kemet (which means Black Land or Land of the Black) buried their dead in the west where the sun set to be with their God who was depicted as Black representing the Darkness of the Universe the Blackness of the Fertile Ground and in whose image and from whose soil we were made…Black!”

13. “We do not know until the shell breaks what kind of egg we have been sitting on.”
~ T. S. Eliot

14. “As I expected, the bourgeoning revolutionary standing in front of me failed to see the wisdom in ignoring one’s opponents and dedicating oneself to a proactive regimen. Like so many others, he failed to comprehend what the agreed upon statement that “no one is coming to save Black America” really means. He didn’t comprehend that this assertion means that the onus was on modern-day race men and race women to build independent black educational institutions, develop an entrepreneurial class whose goals are undergirded by a philosophy of socially responsible individualism, and work to establish a cultural framework that served Black America’s best interests.”
– James Jones

We are the Curators of Our Own Lives Pt5

The Very Best of the Voices in My Head Side 1

1. “When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.”
—Thomas Szasz

2. “That was the thing about the world: it wasn’t that things were harder than you thought they were going to be. It was that they were hard in ways that you didn’t expect. ”
-Lev Grossman

3. “To feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know … widens out the boundaries of our being, and unites all living things.”
-Pablo Neruda

4. William S. Burroughs on Love:

“Love? What is It? Most natural painkiller what there is. LOVE.”

5. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

6. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
– Henry David Thoreau

7. Politically Incorrect Advice to the Young from William S. Burroughs:

“Any old soul is worth saving at least to a priest, but not every soul is worth buying.”

8. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
– Abraham Lincoln

9. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”
-Vince Lombardi

10. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”
-Rosa Parks

11. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
-Florence Nightingale

12. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
-Herman Melville

13. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
– Charles Darwin