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" My parents wanted me to go to school. "
" Reading makes me so sleepy. Honestly, I'm a visual learner. "
" Oh, Instagram stresses me out on a very deep level! "
" I wasn't one of those girls who sang at church. "
" I try to think of myself as a chic fishing grandpa aesthetically. "
" You can take care of your body, and it will low-key show you respect in turn. "
" 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. "
" I definitely get inspiration from the 'gram. I mean, Instagram is Google, essentially. I love looking at pictures of beautiful women. "
" 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 don't enjoy being interviewed. I feel like it exhausts a lot of my energy. I feel empty after. "
" My parents are really conservative. My dad is Muslim, and my mom is the most conservative woman you've ever met. They're very aristocratic in the most quaint suburban way. "
" I was quiet in high school and relatively unpopular, so being noticed is not something that I'm used to. "
" I live in my imagination, so sometimes movies help me get lost. I feel like I'm in it. "
" When I sing full voice, I get nervous because I get nasal and abrasive and a little scratchy. "
" I used to be very figurative and also just kind of scared to talk about the way I felt in a literal way. "
" I love food, so having a lot of food allergies now and just having a really sensitive body, it forces me to be very mindful and conscious and eat when I'm hungry, not just when I'm bored, and just really slow down. Everything in moderation. "
" 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. "
" I feel like when you say 'activist,' you have to have so much clarity, and I don't always necessarily have so much clarity on how I want to help others, I just have this weird, deep urge to help other people. I'm trying to let God guide my body and use it as whatever kind of vehicle or vessel it needs to be. "
" I think we all do: I think we wonder if we're supposed to be here, if we're doing the right thing, if we even want to be here. At least, I do all the time. "
Doing The Right Thing
" I definitely want to get into environmental science and environmental politics, learning a lot more and preserving what's left of the world. That's such a sacred circle to be in. I'd love to contribute to that. "
" The album that defined my childhood was probably Ella Fitzgerald's 'Greatest Hits,' whereas my half-sister, who didn't have the same conservative upbringing, was listening to Cash Money and crunk. "
" As long as you're being honest and there's intention in what you're doing, then I think that energy permeates your field and becomes like a homing signal for other people with like energies. "
" 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. "
" My mom is a Pan-Africanist. My dad is still Orthodox Sunni Muslim, but he's super fun. He worked in television for years. He was a Black Panther. "
" I feel good being a black woman; I've always felt good. "
" Listening to Alabama Shakes made me less self-conscious about my voice. "
" My mom didn't let me eat sugar or candy until I was older. "
" How many thick black women are there singing whatever I'm singing, surrounded by rappers, but also from the suburbs? I can't really judge someone else for judging me! "
" Wearing a hijab never made me feel any more conservative - it made me feel safe. Then, after 9/11, I became the butt of a joke on the playground, so I stopped wearing it. Kids can be really cruel when you're the only black girl in your Girl Scout troop. "
" I went through this phase of Spandex, high heels, and fur coats when I was my late teens and early twenties; before then, I lived in overalls and baggy T-shirts. "
" I love when things that I'm involved in really matter and when people like me back and don't just think I'm corny. "