She was born Sarah Breedlove on a plantation in Delta, Louisiana, where her parents had been slaves. At 14, she married to get a home of her own, to get away from a cruel brother-in-law with whom she was living. At 17, she had her only child, A'Lelia, who I'm named after.
It's very hard to be a kid, especially in a predominantly white school or white town where other people want to police your body and hair.
I love people who have really long locs. I love how they can go in different directions or pile it up into a big crown on the head.
Madame Walker was mythologized like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but I want to show that she was fabulous on her own.
Madam Walker's name gets thrown out as either the savior of black women's hair or she's the evil devil.
Gordon Brown is a character from a tragic opera, twisted by ambition and a Presbyterian sense of fateful destiny. He has waited 13 years, mostly in Tony Blair's shadow, for this poisoned chalice and has a pessimist's luck.
I'm frightened of my innate vanity. I mean: the suits lined with scarves? Even I know the warning signs. I could quite easily end up in a tiny Playboy mansion, all on my own.
Is 'The Wind in the Willows' a children's book? Is 'Alice in Wonderland?' Is 'Treasure Island?' These are masterpieces which we read with pleasure as children, but with how much more pleasure when we are grown-up.
War is something of man's own fostering, and if all mankind renounces it, then it is no longer there.
Bores can be divided into two classes; those who have their own particular subject, and those who do not need a subject.