“Obviously the country has gone through a tough stretch. Since I took office when I was sworn in … the last 20 months have been a nonstop effort to restart the economy, to stabilize the financial system, to make sure we are creating jobs and not losing them … As much as you’ve been saying it’s tough for me, the truth is, it’s not tough for me. You know, I’ve got pundits on the news who might say things, but what the American people have gone through—losing jobs, seeing their home values go down, their 401ks declining—those are the people that I draw inspiration from because I get letters every night from them and I read them.”—President Barack Obama, July 29 2010 (via thesmithian)
“I understand that this issue has struck an emotional chord with our audience … however I selected Ellianna, who has been contributing to the magazine on a freelance basis for the last six months, because of her creativity, vision, the positive reader response to her work and her enthusiasm and respect for the audience and our brand. We remain committed to celebrating the unique beauty and style of African-American women in Essence.”—
Angela Burt-Murray, Editor-in-Chief, Essence. This in regard to hiring Ellianna Placas as the media company’s fashion director. Ms. Placas is apparently white.
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“When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: either there will be ground to stand on, or you will be given wings to fly.”—The Summer King, O.R. Melling (via fuckyeahliteraryquotes)
“Over all, I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and senses in the universe… That’s what I would like to do. I think that’s one of the greatest things you can do in life and we all try to do it in some way. The musician’s is through his music.”
“Sometimes I wish I could walk up to my music for the first time, as if I had never heard it before. Being so inescapably a part of it, I’ll never know what the listener gets, what the listener feels, and that’s too bad.”