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7-06-1943

Nikki Giovanni, the 72-year-old African-American writer who is an ardent fan of the Harry Potter books, once revealed during an interview what inspires her to pen down her thoughts. This peerless educator insists on blending music with poetry, simply because like “strawberries and cream—they go together”. She claimed that of all her poems, ‘Ego-Tripping’ was the most challenging as well as the most popular. When asked why she wrote it, Giovanni admits it was because she wanted it to be a gift for girls all across the globe. She wanted young women of our generation to realize that they are nothing short of the men, despite all prejudices and gender bias displayed through eons. However, the poem proved to be more rewarding than she had expected when she saw how much even boys loved reading it.

Another creation that gave Nikki her fame, was ‘All Eyes on You’, dedicated to the late rap artist Tupac Shakur. Why did she do so? To grieve the death of a man who played a significant role in the evolution of “the art community, the black community, and the American community”. This revered poet, who is also a sought-after human rights activist, insists that her work, ‘The Funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr.’ (unlike ‘All Eyes on You’) was more of a political poem rather than a eulogy.

The third poem that is close to her heart is ‘Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day’, which was written for those who had grown up the old-fashioned way; those who knew the value of things that could not be preserved, just like life itself.

A lot of people refuse to do things because they don't want to go naked, don't want to go without guarantee. But that's what's got to happen. You go naked until you die.

- Nikki Giovanni

Art is not for the cultivated taste. It is to cultivate taste.

- Nikki Giovanni

Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.

- Nikki Giovanni

I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try.

- Nikki Giovanni

I think one of the nicest things that we created as a generation was just the fact that we could say, 'Hey, I don't like white people.'

- Nikki Giovanni

If I could come back as anything - I'd be a bird, first, but definitely the command key is my second choice.

- Nikki Giovanni

If now isn't a good time for the truth I don't see when we'll get to it.

- Nikki Giovanni

If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else.

- Nikki Giovanni

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts.

- Nikki Giovanni

Some say we are responsible for those we love. Others know we are responsible for those who love us.

- Nikki Giovanni

There are two people in the world that are not likable: a master and a slave.

- Nikki Giovanni

We love because it's the only true adventure.

- Nikki Giovanni

You must invent your own games and teach us old ones how to play.

- Nikki Giovanni

White people really deal more with God and black people with Jesus.

- Nikki Giovanni

We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained.

- Nikki Giovanni

We eat up artists like there's going to be a famine at the end.

- Nikki Giovanni

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