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Both born on February 18, Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde have changed the American literary canon by creating a space for black women and their narratives. With their riveting novels and sometimes controversial stances, Morrison and Lorde gave quite a few different voices to black women and their struggle from the 60s until today. Born to Caribbean parents, Audre Lorde taught black women to be multi-dimensional in their public and personal lives. Toni Morrison created a space for women to not subscribe to mandatory feminism while still poking at the influence of patriarchy. Celebrating their shared birthday, here are 15 life lessons we have learned from the work of both Morrison and Lorde.
Lesson #1: The Importance of Letting Go
At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens — that letting go — you let go because you can.
– Toni Morrison, Tar Baby
For years, there has been media speculation concerning the sexuality of celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah, Eddie Murphy, Johnny Gill, and more recently, Raven Symone. The trip out of the closet has been a long one for African American celebrities, evident by the fact there aren’t nearly as many out and open black celebrities as there are white. We don’t often see black celebrities walking around, publicly showcasing their love like Sex and the City’s Cythia Nixon and her girlfriend; Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi; or Elton John and David Furnish. That isn’t to say that there aren’t any out African American celebrities though. In fact, we’ve got an entire list of proud gay celebrities.
This comedian has been making people laugh since she began her stand-up career in 1987 at a Coors Light Super Talent Showcase in Washington DC. She got her first big break opening for Chris Rock at Caroline’s Comedy Club, and since then she’s made a career of being an award-winning television and movie actress, stand-up comedian, and writer. Sykes publicly came out on as a lesbian in November 2008 after the passing of Proposition 8 in California.