Artistry Doesn’t Have to End in Your 50s

“Being an artist doesn’t start because you’re 21, and it doesn’t end because you’re 51.
You are who you are until the day you die.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer,
Dancer, Producer & Singer

I Went Merrily to the Bank

“If you can’t ‘Bank’, there’s no need to work.  If I want to do a charity or freebie, I will choose that on my own.
But, basically, I work to see “Okay, the nut is cracked what do I have left to put into the bank?”
Because the bottom line is to capitalize on my health and success, or popularity, at this moment;
because it’s not promised to me in the future (and to prepare for that future).
Even if I become more so, there’s no one to promise that to me.  I’d be a fool to cry later and say,
“I can’t pay my bills; I don’t have anything.”, and whatever.  I don’t want to be one of those people.
I want to say, “Look, when it was time to make hay, I made it.  I’m like a little ant, I went merrily to the bank and put it away.””
~ Lola Falana
Singer, Dancer, Actress, Model, Golden Globe Award Nom. (1970),
Tony Award Nom. (1975), Theater World Award (1975), Founder – Lambs of God.
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CEO, Wife, Mother & or More

“Feminism is being able to have the choice – the choice to be a CEO, to be an executive,
to be a journalist, to be a congresswoman, to be a mother, a stay-at-home mother, to be a wife.”
~ Stacey Dash,
Actress, Talk Show Host & Author

If You Have to Be Extraordinary

“If there are opportunities, seize them and be prepared for them, and be the best, if that’s what it takes.
If you have to be extraordinary, then be extraordinary.”
~ Stacey Dash,
Actress, Talk Show Host & Author

Gifts & Blessings

“If you’re given gifts or blessings in your life, it’s up to you to help the guy coming up behind you.”
~ Jimmy Smits,
Actor, Co-Founder – National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts,
Primetime Emmy Award (1990), Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995),
Golden Globe Awards (1996), Satellite Awards (1998),
ALMA Awards (2006) & Saturn Awards (2009)

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)

Mind on Fire

“I want my children to experience as much creativity as possible;
that’s what sets your mind on fire.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe Award & Black Reel Award

Develop What You Already Have

“You don’t have to go out and get skills and talents, but just
develop what you already have and use them within the family of God.”
~ Roosevelt ‘Rosey’ Grier,
Actor, Singer, Minister &
Football Player (New York Giants (1955–1962), Los Angeles Rams (1963–1966), Master of Ceremonies for the Special Olympics (1970-1983),
IBM Watson Award,  B’nai Birth Champion of Youth, National Football League Humanitarian Award & Penn State Alumnus of the Year.

That Which We are Best Fitted For

“Every one in the world ought to do the things for which he is specially adapted.
It is the part of wisdom to recognize what each one of us is best fitted for,
and it is the part of education to perfect and utilize such predispositions,
because education can direct and aid nature but can never transform her.”
~ Maria Montessori,
Physician, Educator, Author & Founder – Montessori Method

Your Biggest Success in Life

“Failure: Is it a limitation? Bad timing? It’s a lot of things. It’s something you can’t be afraid of, because you’ll stop growing. The next step beyond failure could be your biggest success in life.”
~ Debbie Allen
a.k.a Deborah Kaye Allen
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Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Prime-time Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)