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" The truth is, my life was made infinitely more difficult because I didn't read any books. But I didn't read any books. That's my story. That's my truth. "
" The stories of kids who grew up in communities like mine weren't being written about in many books for kids. "
" If a kid is reading a book about someone who looks like them but doesn't talk like them, we stunt their growth by dissing them. "
" My relationship to comics isn't nearly as strong as some people's. Ha! I mean, I grew up with a comic book fanatic. My older brother was, and still is, obsessed. And I was obsessed with the fact that he was obsessed, because I was obsessed with him. But not necessarily with comics themselves. "
" All the academy will tell you that the language that is familiar to you is not appropriate. and that's not to say that there shouldn't be a standard, but when I come to school with my friends' language, my grandmother's language, the language in my mouth - you're going to tell me that's improper? "
" I read tons of books, listen to music non-stop, watch as many movies as possible, catch a play when I can, art shows, concerts, bar talks - I just try to engage in art, which to me is everywhere, as often as I can because narrative lives in it all. "
" Rappers were my storytellers. "
" All I want kids to know is that I see them for who they are and not who everyone thinks they are. "
" When Black Lives Matter started, it was polarizing. "
" Writing is like any other sort of sport. In order for you to get better at it, you have to exercise the muscle. "
" Having a superpower has nothing to do with the ability to fly or jump, or superhuman strength. The truest superpowers are the ones we all possess: willpower, integrity, and most importantly, courage. "
" The feeling of self-discovery, for me, is perennial. "
" Be not afraid of discomfort. If you can't put yourself in a situation where you are uncomfortable, then you will never grow. You will never change. You'll never learn. "
" I write every single day. "
" Gratitude is one of the greatest gifts we can give. And it's not a gift we often give to children. We expect it of them, but we don't necessarily give it back. "
" When I was a kid, I couldn't see life outside ramen noodles and Kool-Aid. "
" Hip-hop saved me. It gave me permission to use language in a certain way. It validated my community and my friends. It gave our slang a certain elegance. "
" Boston is pretty infamous for race relations. "
" It's hard to be what you can't see. "
" The truth of the matter is that chess is not the game of life because life does not ever happen the way you strategize and plan. "
" I just want young people to read my books and feel cared for, feel safe, feel like there's someone else in the world who understands - or at least acknowledges - your existence. "
" The idea of the mask in any scenario has always fascinated me. Not only does it protect identity, it also allows one to hide. "
" I've been told what I can't do my whole life. "
" The literary world has to compete with YouTube, Instagram, PlayStation, Xbox, Hulu. "
" Rap music was a savior to me. "