Her Very Existence on Earth

“A woman who doesn’t apologize for her very existence on Earth is rare, and that’s what I wanted for myself.”
~ Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Director, Author,
Women Film Critics Circle Awards (2009), Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards (2009),
National Board of Review (2009), Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Florida Film Critics Circle Awards (2009),
Hollywood Film Festival (2009), Detroit Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Chicago International Film Festival (2009),
Satellite Awards (2010), NAACP Image Awards (2010), Iowa Film Critics Awards (2010), Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2010),
Independent Spirit Awards (2010), Black Reel Awards (2010) & Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (2012)

Difficulties Equal Opportunities

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchilll,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

Be Unbreakable

“If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented,
and if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny.
If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty,
and if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable.”
~ Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Director, Author,
Women Film Critics Circle Awards (2009), Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards (2009),
National Board of Review (2009), Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Florida Film Critics Circle Awards (2009),
Hollywood Film Festival (2009), Detroit Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Chicago International Film Festival (2009),
Satellite Awards (2010), NAACP Image Awards (2010), Iowa Film Critics Awards (2010), Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2010),
Independent Spirit Awards (2010), Black Reel Awards (2010) & Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (2012)

An Appreciation for the Downs & the Ups

“I’ve had 60 years of ups and downs, and all of the downs that I’ve had, I’m happy that I’ve had them because it’s taught me to appreciate all the ups.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, & Actress
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Courageous

“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid.
Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”
~ Bethany Hamilton,
Professional Surfer, Author, Courage Teen Choice Award,
ESPY Award (2004), NSSA National Helping Kids Champion (2005),
ASP World Junior Championships (2008)

Doing Away with Fear

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear;
knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
~ Rosa Parks,
Activist

If We Do Not Stop to Help

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’
But… the good Samaritan reversed the question:
‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”

~ Dr Martin Luther King,
Dreamer, Pastor, Activist, Humanitarian
& Leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement

Don’t Walk Around with FEAR

“I don’t walk around with fear.
I walk around with strength. I believe in cause and effect.”
~ Melanie Griffith,
Actress & Philanthropist