“I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.”
-Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Relax. You will become an adult. You will figure out your career. You will find someone who loves you. You have a whole lifetime; time takes time. The only way to fail at life is to abstain.
Washington Heights in the 1970s. I didn’t know the double decker buses went that far north.
American racism has many moving parts, and has had enough centuries in which to evolve impressive camouflage.
You cannot pray for an A on a test and study for a B. You cannot pray for a celestial marriage and live a telestial life. You cannot pray for something and act less.
Please don’t call me, baby, cause I’ll call you.
Don’t mean to hurt your feelings, got a lot to do.
FUN FACT: This was supposed to be the original ‘Independent Women’. Columbia thought its sound was too ‘hard’ and urban’ to be released as a single at the time. Part I, which was originally a remix, was later chosen as the lead single.