If people can see others stories’ being told, they can start to understand them. Understanding leads to empathy and empathy leads to change.
Got my hands up while you got a bulletproof vest./From the way you were shooting, I’d think I’d had an X on my chest.
America the free, land of the brave./Built up and carried by the legions of slaves.
Victoria Schwab’s book deals with humans and monsters, and sometimes they’re interchangeable, depending on the character. The power of music was a good theme to approach, so I did. “I’ve always found people who play an instrument to be vaguely supernatural. Music is how August nourishes himself, but for Kate, it represents a fear of silence.”
The way rhythms and good vibes coincide through the bass in your headphones is all for you./
Guitar riffs and lyricists, sneakers and ballet slippers. How great — it’s all up to you.
This year we have been challenged by acts of hatred and revenge. As a country, we have yet to see the beauty in our diversity nor recognize the sacrifices we have made to get to where we are now. As an African-American female, I am a minority within a minority.
All I know is that last weekend I was pulled over/
For walking too fast down the sidewalk.
“Where you going, black Muslim girl?/Ain’t nothing here for you.”
As everyone is hopping onto the “Hamilton” bandwagon, people must not forget the magnificence of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first notable work, “In the Heights,” which won four Tony Awards in 2008 and was actually the first hip-hop style musical introduced to the Broadway stage.
You will graduate from college. You will find a balance between being young and a parent to your siblings. I love you. You are truly resilient, boo. Never let someone else make you feel as if you do not belong. Always remember where you come from and the power of giving back.
On “Blond,” Frank Ocean succeeds in addressing important topics, including racial profiling, police brutality and Black Lives Matter. By comparing himself to Trayvon Martin, Ocean makes the issue personal.
I am girl/and girl does not mean/“Sexualize me”/“Pry me apart”/“Look me up and down.”