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A lot of people look at jazz and they think it's just kind of unfettered randomness, when actually there's a process going on. Each one of these musicians is both a leader and a follower.
Justice is a process, it's not necessarily an outcome...becoming sensitive of things we don't know about and we haven't experienced.
Go where the music takes you.
Learn to play with others and not just people who think like you.
Miles Davis said that it takes a long time to learn how to play like yourself.
The instrument is you. Developing your own voice, developing your own sense of the world, interrogating what you experienced and what you think.
Going to the dictionary for words is a little like getting nutrition advice from the FDA... Words come from the community, they come from experience, they come from emotion.
Words...is not just language. This is part of being conscious, human, and whole.
Words are like these little ecosystems.
The truth is most people are not racist but our system is. Our media 100% is. They blam race to disconnect us, blame on religion to separate us and politics to divide us and on wealth to classify us.
Our media tries to make me feel shame of being a Muslim, I am very proud of being a Muslim.
It's hard to go over this again and again, but I am happy to do it for you, to help you understand.
Mother next visit, bring me logic with no lies, smuggled me freedom in your eyes, mother next visit bring me hope..."
My weapon is my pen and at the end, I mark myself as victorious.
To survive psychologically is different... They can imprison me but they cannot imprison my thoughts.
Today I am here in front of you, standing on the ground, pretending that I am alive so as to avoid your attention.
I have been lost twenty-one times but the positive is that I have been reborn twenty-one times
Jazz is the legacy of the African-American community.
Jazz is a process
When you watch [Muhammed] Ali you learn more than just boxing...you learn about America.
It’s about standing up and fighting for what’s right and making this place better for your neighbor.
Justice to me means that we take a step outside of ourselves and try to have some empathy for one another, and not just rely on the systems all the time.
We have to check our privilege. We have to look in the mirror and be like, how am I contributing to all these problems? Because all of us are.
These are marathon cooking stations, but practice staying grounded and for what it is, these are skills that are easily transferable.
Hütet euch vor Menschen, die zu viele Abkürzungen benutzen – das ist immer ein bisschen geizig. Auch bei Straße und bei Adresse: schreibt’s lieber aus! Außerdem vermisst ihr sonst die Gelegenheit für ein schönes ß.