Darryl Jenifer

“When we started out, we rarely played in our recordings what we played in practice. We had a song chemistry, but what you’re hearing is the juxtaposition of us struggling, not necessarily being tight on the bass or tight on the drums or tight on the instruments. It’s about the minds getting together and trying to get on the same track to push a thought of music and energy.”

— Darryl Jenifer

Iceberg Slim

“Son, there is no reason except a stupid one for anybody to project on that screen anything that will worry him or dull that vital edge. After all, we are the absolute bosses of that whole theatre and show in our minds. We even write the script. So always write positive, dynamic scripts and show only the best movies for you on that screen whether you are pimp or priest.”

— Iceberg Slim

Ralph Ellison

“So why do I write, torturing myself to put it down? Because in spite of myself I’ve learned some things. Without the possibility of action, all knowledge comes to one labeled “file and forget,” and I can neither file nor forget. Nor will certain ideas forget me; they keep filing away at my lethargy, my complacency. Why should I be the one to dream this nightmare?”

— Ralph Ellison

Amiri Baraka

“The word “art” is something the West has never understood. Art is supposed to be a part of a community. Like, scholars are supposed to be a part of a community… Art is to decorate people’s houses, their skin, their clothes, to make them expand their minds, and it’s supposed to be right in the community, where they can have it when they want it… It’s supposed to be as essential as a grocery store… that’s the only way art can function naturally.”

— Amiri Baraka