“Wanna be a writer? Find a different way to say “I’m going to the store” every single time you say it. Come up with nicknames for all of your friends. Ask people questions, welcome conversation from an outside perspective, do not drop a topic until you are satisfied. For every different room in which you find yourself on every single day, point out at least one thing that is there, but shouldn’t be there, and why it shouldn’t be there. Then take maybe ten minutes a week to get it down on the page. Writing only takes a long time when the only time you think about writing is when you are writing.”—Toni Morrison (via tinysorceress)
“I learned how to listen. Don’t try to out-talk everybody around you. Keep your mouth closed and let them talk. They’ll tell you what they want you to know, and if you can get them to keep on talking they’ll tell you things they don’t want you to know. That’s one way you conduct your intelligence gathering: You want to make people talk. And you have to be quiet and listen. And the more you do it the better you become at it.”—
A friend of Malcolm who worked closely with him, who is also known as the archivist of Malcolm X, who recorded many of his speeches.
Did you know Frida Kahlo actually went the extra mile and used makeup to make her natural mustache even darker. She gave no fucks about racist beauty standards and was trying to make you uncomfortable so fuck everyone who’s ever said she would have been prettier if she just did something about her facial hair.