“We do not have to smile for you. Our smiles are our own. Our lips are our own, and our smiles are a celebration of our happiness. We do not have to smile on command. We are not pretty, little, Black dolls whose smiles were painted on with red paint and a plastic brush. Sometimes, we’re busy. We’re busy thinking about geo-political trends, the next 10-mile run, or the latest cricket match. We’re too busy to be the smiling decoration that we, as women, are expected to be. Our faces can be thoughtful, angry, sad, peaceful, meditative, or bored." — Patrice Daniel, An Open Letter to Caribbean Men, From Caribbean Women”—http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2013/03/12/an-open-letter-to-caribbean-men-from-caribbean-women/
“When you think of people who are truly great and who have improved the world, you can see that they are people who have realized they didn’t need popularity because they knew they had something special to offer the world, no matter how small that offering seemed. And they offered it and it was accepted with peace and love. It’s all in having the patience to find out what you yourself have to offer the world that’s really uniquely yours.” — Leonard Nimoy
9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, correcting the AP Reporter who said, “I’m calling you Annie now.”
(for context: Quvenzhane will be playing the title role of Annie in the upcoming film)
edit: Host Michelle Marie didn’t say she was “just going to call her Annie” like I quoted in the original post. And Quvenzhane said the above, and not what I had mistakenly paraphrased—(“My name is not Annie. It’s Quvenzhane.”) I thought I had better re-watch the interview for the exact quote after all the reblogs, so sorry!