“ To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets. ”


— Barack Obama

“ You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There's another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity. ”


— Bill Gates

“ I don't stand for the black man's side, I don' t stand for the white man's side. I stand for God's side. ”


— Bob Marley

“ When I was writing pretty poor poetry, this girl with midnight black hair told me to go on. ”


— Carl Sandburg

“ There was certainly, like, a rebellious, like, youthful rage in me. And there was also the fact of no getting away from fact that I am white, and you know, this is predominantly black music, you know. ”


— Eminem

“ I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress. ”


— Frederick Douglass

“ The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery. ”


— Frederick Douglass

“ Clearly no one knows what leadership has gone undiscovered in women of all races, and in black and other minority men. ”


— Gloria Steinem

“ Most Americans are very cool people. ”


— Henry Rollins

“ I wonder what it's like to be from a state that is spread across a few islands way out in the Pacific Ocean, only added to the United States in 1959. Not only that but to be the birthplace of America's first black president? Pretty cool, I bet. ”


— Henry Rollins

“ I once asked Ozzy Osbourne, truly one of my favorite people in the world, if he was cool with singing Black Sabbath songs year after year, whether he was performing with Black Sabbath or out on a solo tour. He said it was great. ”


— Henry Rollins

“ Death metal uses a lot of white face paint and black hair dye to make its point. I quite enjoy this genre for its intensity, extremism and underlying irony: You have to be alive to play it and listen to it. ”


— Henry Rollins

“ Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black. ”


— James A. Baldwin

“ The only thing that white people have that black people need, or should want, is power-and no one holds power forever. ”


— James A. Baldwin

“ The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world's definitions. ”


— James A. Baldwin

“ Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is. ”


— Mae West

“ When I cook for my family on Christmas, I make feijoada, a South American dish of roasted and smoked meats like ham, pork, beef, lamb, and bacon - all served with black beans and rice. It's festive but different. ”


— Maya Angelou

“ I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition. ”


— Maya Angelou

“ Won't it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history. ”


— Maya Angelou

“ I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do. ”


— Maya Angelou

“ The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you - black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight. ”


— Maya Angelou

“ At one time, you could sit on the Rue de la Paix in Paris or at the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv or in Medina and you could see a person come in, black, white, it didn't matter. You said, 'That's an American' because there's a readiness to smile and to talk to people. ”


— Maya Angelou

“ I've still not written as well as I want to. I want to write so that the reader in Des Moines, Iowa, in Kowloon, China, in Cape Town, South Africa, can say, 'You know, that's the truth. I wasn't there, and I wasn't a six-foot black girl, but that's the truth.' ”


— Maya Angelou

“ The black market was a way of getting around government controls. It was a way of enabling the free market to work. It was a way of opening up, enabling people. ”


— Milton Friedman

“ Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up. ”


— Muhammad Ali


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