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" My self-imposed mandate is to be the voice for the voiceless. "
" I was born into a family of gospel singers. My early ambitions were many. I was going to be a ballerina. I almost had that one come true until I tore a tendon, so I transferred from my toes to my throat and that's where the talent settled. "
" The music for me is paradise. I think it's where God lives. "
" Rural communities in Africa, South Asia and Latin America are where the majority of hungry people are and the inequality that exists between women and men in these communities is holding back progress. These women have a very tough time, so much is expected of them. "
" I treat others exactly the way I want to be treated. "
" I love what I do. I was given the most incredible gift that can be given to anyone. I could never imagine a world without music, and I feel grateful that I've been given the ability to share that. "
" I have bought a lot of beautiful clothes with my money, but I've also earned it. "
" The Civil Rights for Musicians Act is about economic justice for African American artists. It's about what's right. And it's about time. "
" Years ago I learned to be totally responsible for Dionne Warwick. I will not wait for opportunities. I will create them. "
" It is frustrating to be a Black woman in the entertainment industry. "
" Dust does rise, doesn't it? And so can I. "
" My motto in life is 'If you think it, you can do it' and if we all apply that thought we can end hunger the world over. "
You Can Do It
" I still have some very dear friends from school, and we get together whenever possible. "
" I'm not psychic myself. "
" My parents gave me stability and a belief in myself and in all the possibilities life has to offer. I was told the only limitations I would ever face were those I placed upon myself. "
" I often feel the need of a man to take care of me, even though I can certainly take care of myself. "
" Do you know that other than my father, I've never had a man take care of me? "
" I don't think there's anything I can't do. I have no regrets. "
" There was a time in the marriage when I could no longer look at myself in a mirror, couldn't feel I was a nice person. A bad relationship can do that, can make you doubt everything good you ever felt about yourself. "
" Linda Georgian is a wonderful psychic. She can do amazing things. "
" My songs are like my children. I love every single one of them. "
" Man will never understand woman and vice versa. We are oil and water. An equal level can never be maintained, as one will always excel where the other doesn't, and that breeds resentment. "
" I am an outspoken person. I believe in what I say. "
" During the time that my recording career seemed to be in a slump a music called disco came on the scene and literally took over radio stations as well as having radio stations created to play it which sort of negated my music as well as that of some of my peers. "
" Crying is cleansing. There's a reason for tears, happiness or sadness. "