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" You owe it to yourself to live beautifully. And I am. "
" I'm a secret interior decorator. There's a mural on my dining room wall of the railroad tracks at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. I love having my hometown with me out here in California. "
" Our minds do understand that people of all races find genuine love in many places. We dig that the world is full of amazing options. "
" The highs, the lows, the peaks, the valleys, whatever, it's all going to go into the art, whether I'm singing or acting or whatever. "
" In order to grow emotionally and mentally, sometimes you have to grow physically as well. I'm just trying to grow, man, and always I just want to be the best and most confident me I can be. "
" I think every individual has his or her own power, and it's a matter of working, taking time and defining what that power is. "
" I've always been a firm believer that soul music never dies. The artists we still listen to today, years after their music was first heard are mostly soul artists; Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan. We still sing along to all of them with our hearts. "
" We all get angry and jealous sometimes, none of us is perfect, but we should not try to be different. "
" My heart and prayers go out to all single moms because it's tough, and I can't imagine any teenager dealing with a baby and all those hormones raging. "
" I truly loved being pregnant and feeling what was going on inside my body and watching it change. It's difficult to recoup, but still amazing nonetheless. I would have another one. "
" Soul music is about longevity and reaching and touching people on a human level - and that's never going to get lost. "
" You have to be humble when you're dealing with God. "
" For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It's an accessory. "
" I think the first time I really heard poetry was in the schoolyard. Just the little limericks that kids say when they're jumping rope and playing games. I think that's the first time I heard rhyming words - I don't know if I'd call that the definitive poetry, but that's when I heard rhyming words said and not necessarily sung. "
" If I feel really ugly or unhappy, sometimes I'll choose bright colors so they'll make me feel good. Yellows, pinks, light blues and orange. I just want to feel good all the time if I can. And colors and hairstyles and all that kind of helps out. "
" I could float in the pool for hours, just letting the water carry me. "
" I'm a girl who enjoys a great meal with great friends, so I'm not really that concerned about weight loss. "
" I have been training since 8th grade, but it has to do with listening, more than practice. "
" I think, as an artist, you have to have experienced some deep turmoil, some kind of pain, because that's what connects you with the world. That's what makes it juicy! "
" I truly have a village supporting me. My son has godmothers, godfathers, grandparents and so many others in his life who love him as much as I do. They're there for both of us. I may not have a mate or husband, but I'm definitely not a single parent. "
" People is, I think, it's their nature - some people's nature, in a way, to be angry or jealous or just spiteful about somebody else's blessings. "
" I never expected the White House to be warm, and the artwork on the walls was extraordinary. I am a fan of the Louvre, but being there it was almost just as good. "
" I love foods that start in my cheeks and then vibrate up. "
" I just think it's silly to be stingy with compliments. If you see someone and they strike you as beautiful in any way, why not let them know? "
" Heartbreak was the impetus to me writing poems and music in the first place. Over the years, I had my heart broken so badly that if I didn't find a way to get all the pain out, I was going to lose my mind. I was crazy! Like, wanting to slash tires and smash car windows. Crazy! I was so hurt that I had to write. "