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" My music is touching people in whatever spaces they need to be touched in. "
" I don't have a primary doctor, a primary hairstylist, a primary anything. I don't even have a primary address! Everything is just whenever I can find one. "
" I did some work on Beyonce and Nick Minaj's 'Feeling Myself.' "
" It's so hard for me to focus on things for a long time that I'm not incredibly passionate about. "
" I don't want to speak negativity into existence. "
" Music is my form of cleansing and introspection, so I have to grow in order to accomplish it. "
" I learned everything the hard way - like, literally, everything. I know that God does that to people that he has lessons for. I just wish that I had learned less extreme lessons. "
" I wasn't one of those girls who sang at church. "
" I love Obama, and I just want to reiterate it again to everyone from every hilltop and every mountain: I love him! "
" I want to excel at something, to follow through, to not be afraid. "
" I was a gymnast for 13 years, so I was heavy into sports. "
" In the real world, I kind of, like, thrived a little bit. The things that were awkward about me at school, like being hyper passionate... I realized, 'Oh I'm my own person, and I have my own idiosyncrasies and nuances that I don't mind.' "
" I was raised orthodox Muslim. Very sheltered, very conservative. "
I Was Raised
" I've always loved playing with hair. I used to want dreads like Lauryn Hill, but my mom wouldn't let me. "
" It's interesting to all of a sudden be considered valuable. "
" I just make music however I feel and pray that it connects, and if it does, I'm super thankful. I think genres are more for other people, not for yourself. "
" I wasn't popular in high school; I had no friends. "
" I love empowering women. I think it's crazy: if you ever try to belittle women, you're playing yourself - I ride with whoever rides with me. "
" Reading makes me so sleepy. Honestly, I'm a visual learner. "
" On Halloween, because we don't celebrate it, my dad would drive me somewhere, anywhere different. Like Little Italy in New York to walk around and teach me all about the food and culture. "
" I love classical jazz. "
" Especially when I'm nervous, my mind is running a mile a minute. My ADHD speaks for me before I can speak for me. "
" I was born in St. Louis, but I'm from Maplewood, New Jersey. Maplewood is completely different than the rest of New Jersey. It's very small. It's quietly affluent but more low-key. Lauryn Hill is from my town, though. "
" I've been known to wear pajamas onstage for the sole reason of wanting to make sure I'm free enough to execute new things vocally onstage and give my best performance possible. "
" I always used to be like, 'I don't need to meditate.' And it's not true. "
" I feel good being a black woman; I've always felt good. "
" I used to be very revenge-motivated, but that's just because I'm a Scorpio. Now I'm more so, like, practice honesty just because it makes you feel better. "
" Don't get discouraged with your skin when it doesn't do what you want it to do... Give it some time. That's the only way to get to know yourself. "
" I do a lot of strange things. "
" When I sing full voice, I get nervous because I get nasal and abrasive and a little scratchy. "
" I don't have any control over what actually happens except for that I have full control over my will for myself, my intention, and why I'm there. That's all that matters. "