The worst thing about that kind of prejudice... is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it, it feeds you self-doubt. You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough.
Slavery has never been abolished from America's way of thinking.
Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.
I would like a man now who is rich, and who can give me a boat - a sailboat. I want to own it and let him pay for it. My first love is the sea and water, not music. Music is second.
I'm a real rebel with a cause.
There's no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.
I think the rich will eventually have to cave in too, because the economic situation around the world is not gonna tolerate the United States being on top forever.
I try to swim every damn day I can, and I've learned to scuba dive and snorkel.
I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about... Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.
I don't like rap music at all. I don't think it's music. It's just a beat and rapping.
To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music.
Once I understood Bach's music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world.
This may be a dream, but I'll say it anyway: I was supposed to be married last year, and I bought a gown. When I meet Nelson Mandela, I shall put on this gown and have the train of it removed and put aside, and kiss the ground that he walks on and then kiss his feet.
Greed has driven the world crazy. And I think I'm lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home.
Desegregation is a joke.
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