"We all have our imperfections. But I’m human and you know, it’s important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty. We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead."
"And sometimes in class I might pause the intellectual-sounding flow to ask, ‘Yo! Why dese books neva be about my peoples?’ Yes, I have decided to treat all three of my languages as equals because I’m ‘articulate.’"
Jamila Lyiscott responds to the pseudo-compliment that she is “articulate” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English” from a recent TEDSalon in New York City.