Nikki Giovanni

(Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni, Jr.)

Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni
  • Born: June 7, 1943
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Poet









Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni, Jr. is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world's most well-known African-American poets, her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children's literature. She has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal and the NAACP Image Award. She has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her poetry album, The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection. Additionally, she has been named as one of Oprah Winfrey's 25 "Living Legends".

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A white face goes with a white mind. Occasionally a black face goes with a white mind. Very seldom a white face will have a black mind. Miscellaneous
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.
A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you're in and take advantage of it.
Art is not for the cultivated taste. It is to cultivate taste. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.
Favorite poems are like favorite children. We definitely have them but we never tell as the others would have their feelings hurt.
Follow your image as far as you can no matter how useless you think it is. Push yourself.
For most of my life, I've thought of myself as pretty cool. Life
Hip-hop is a cultural expression - it's embracing.
I am proud of the hip hop generation. They are good business people and, actually, good people. Business, Commerce & Finance
I am totally fascinated by people and our history as I understand and continue to explore it. People have so much to give and so far to go and yet we have given and gone a great distance. It's really just interesting to ask: why not? And see where that takes me. History
I appreciate and enjoy my age.
I had a really nice childhood; I had great parents. I earned my allowance by washing dishes, and in the summer I earned my allowance by working in daddy's garden.
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. Life ;Failure
I spend a lot of time learning about bird watching. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time
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.'
If everybody became a poet the world would be much better. We would all read to each other.
If I could come back as anything - I'd be a bird, first, but definitely the command key is my second choice.
If now isn't a good time for the truth I don't see when we'll get to it. Truth ;Time
If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else.
If you know what you're talking about, or if you feel that you do, the reader will believe you.
I'm just totally fascinated by people.
Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts. Life
Now, everything I do, I do because I want to. And I believe the best is yet to come.
Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream - they go together. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Literature, Writers & Writing
Sacred cows make very poor gladiators.
Some say we are responsible for those we love. Others know we are responsible for those who love us. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The catchword I use with my classes is: The authority of the writer always overcomes the skepticism of the reader.
The poet Melvin B. Tolson once said, 'A civilization is judged only in its decline.' That made sense to me. I would imagine the same is true for poets and tennis players.
There are things you stand up for because it's right.
There're two people in the world that are not likeable: a master and a slave.
We believe 'Peter Rabbit' because Beatrix Potter believes it. You have to.
We eat up artists like there's going to be a famine at the end.
We love because it's the only true adventure. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained.
When you are skinning your customers, you should leave some skin on to grow again so that you can skin them again.
White people really deal more with God and black people with Jesus. Religion & God
You must invent your own games and teach us old ones how to play.

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