Happy Black History Month: 10 Inspiring Quotes from Black Celebrity Activists

February 1, 2018

"We must confront systemic oppression as a doctor would a disease. You identify it, you call it out, you treat it and you defeat it."

— Colin Kaepernick

We as black people are not a monolithic bunch. We are not all the same, and neither are women. Instead, we are all individuals who have these extraordinary stories to tell and share with each other that will enrich all of our lives and help us all become more ourselves and better people.

-Tracee Ellis Ross

 

 

 

“The advantages of black hair are infinite.”

― Issa Rae,

 

 

 

You have two choices, two paths to take as a comedian. You can tackle the difficult subjects and be harsh about it, be brash, be abrasive. But adding hatred to racism is not going to help everybody. So I like to have fun around it. -Trevor Noah

 

 

 

“Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage each and everyone of us to interrogate how we might be an oppressor and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and for each other.”

 

 

 

Watch us walk, watch us move, watch us overcome, listen to our voices, the sway. The resilience. The innovation. The raw, unfiltered and untouched soul we have can not be touched.”

-Solange

 

 

 

As an African-American, we stand on the shoulders of people who fought despite not seeing victories in their lifetime or even in their children's lifetime or even in their grandchildren's lifetime. So fatalism isn't really an option.

 

- Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

 

Black girl magic for me, one, is just a way of expressing how fabulous women of color are." - Yara Shahidi

 

 

I think that black people making art, women making art, and certainly black women making art is a disruptive endeavor - and it's one that I enjoy extremely. -Ava DuVernay

 

"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity."

 

 

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