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Collected Podcast Quotes: Never Before with Janet Mock

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My motto in life has always been: If somebody says “No,” you’re talking to the wrong person.
“Episode 10: Kris Jenner” Never Before with Janet Mock

When you’re a fairly friendless child, […] you develop really intense relationships with media.
— “Episode 5: Lena Dunham.” Never Before with Janet Mock

“I had already been versed in code-switching [and] people would say to me, literally, ‘Oh, you’re not like the rest of them.’ […] ‘You’re smart, you know how to say words with ings, you know how to put Ts at the ends of your consonants, you can say ‘would.’ You know, those things set you apart.’ And what they really did was isolate me further from my community. They were really teaching me ‘Hey, these things make you more closer to whiteness’ and in truth, they don’t at all. They make me just speaking so I can be understood to […] supremacy. And then what will happen is, you’ll find yourself up in those white spaces and look around and realize, ‘Ah, I have not been extended a seat at the table, or at least I have not [been] extended the same meat at the table. I’m just near. At no point am I being allowed access. I’m just here to witness’ and once you realize that you go ‘Oh, it’s a trick! It’s a further trick to make you think or feel a way the very place that gave you life.’
— “Episode 6: Tarell Alvin McCraney.” Never Before with Janet Mock

I’ve had the curse of self-awareness since [I was] very young. It was a birth defect.
“Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock

I’ve always had a push and pull between who they want me to be, who they think I am and who I actually am. And who I prefer to be.
“Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock

All they know of me is what they saw. […] As a woman, and as a Black person, you know what they see of us and what we actually are is very different. They’ll see an example, they’ll see a cartoon of us and assume that’s all of us.
“Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock

There is so much time wasted in being quiet. It’s detrimental, it is dangerous, it is dangerous to lie and it is dangerous to be silent.
“Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock

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Collected Quotes: From The Breakfast Club Interviews

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They want you to have an Instagram and not a twitter. They want to see you, not hear you.
“Amerie (5/19/2016) – Spoke by Charlamagne tha God.” The Breakfast Club

Here is the interesting thing […] no matter what, when you have a male and a female in a relationship, it’s either that he is the svengali or the one’s that like […] pulling the strings or it’s the other way around. ‘Oh he is just ruining everything!’ A woman can never just stand on her own and do her thing it’s always either she is being controlled or she’s being ruined. It’s just sexist.
“Amerie (5/19/2016).” The Breakfast Club

[In response to those who say slavery was a long time ago, you need to get over it, etc] This is what I say to those people, ‘To argue that is to say effects don’t matter. To say that effects don’t compound. Everything that happens in the world has an effect. […] So if you have a system that promotes your well-being, you are going to grow in that world. So if your great grandfather could have some money, a house, and a piece of land, and then his child and then his child, […] it’s going to get to you in some shape or form. Even if it is just in the way of knowledge. Knowing how to own a place, knowing how to get credit, knowing how to live in a different world, these are benefits that you have.’ So when you say […] ‘Well I started from nothing.’ I’m like, ‘No, but you didn’t start from nothing though. That’s the thing you don’t understand. You started from nothing in your world, but it’s not nothing, nothing.’
— “Trevor Noah – 12/7/2016.” Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

I believe we should treat racism like a disease and not as a choice. I believe racism is heredity, it is passed down generation to generation just like alcoholism. […] The problem I have is, when you shun racist, when you cut them out of society, where do they go to? […] If you look at it, as a disease, if you have somebody who has this disease of racism you would treat them as someone else who has a disease. So if I go ‘Hey Charlemagne, you friends with that racist girl Tomi?’ Now people feel the need [to be defensive] because now it is inferred that because you are friends with a racist, you are now racist or you are complacent to their racism. But if I said that about someone in your family who was an alcoholic, I say ‘Yo, you are friends with an alcoholic?’ You’d be like ‘Yeah, I’m trying to help them. This person has a problem and I think I can be a positive influence on their life.’
— “Trevor Noah – 12/7/2016.” The Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

I see life like a video game. I don’t know all the moves. I know the moves that I know, I know which moves of mine work so I’m gonna do those moves. Sometimes I’m gonna meet someone who teaches me a new move, I’m gonna use that move in the game and sometimes when you’re playing, I’m gonna be like ‘Hey man, I don’t know if this will work for you, but whenever I’m up against this boss I use this move.’ I’m not telling you how to do it, I’m just telling you this has worked for me in my world.
— “Trevor Noah – 12/7/2016.” The Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

We’re not all going to play the same role. There’s agitators, there’s advocates, and then there are implementors and we all have a certain role that we play.
— “1/23/2017 – Angela Rye” The Breakfast Club

When you have been told that ‘You need to get over it’ and you don’t have the means to get over it, you literally don’t have the economic means to get over it, you don’t have any viable solutions, that doesn’t work.
– Angela Rye – The Breakfast Club (1/5/2017)

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“I think it’s how your parents raise you that kind of gives you the courage to either go the path of being who you want to be, or who you think you should be.”
— “Tracee Elliss Ross – 9/25/14” The Breakfast Club

“What Black people need more than anything is the chance to fail.”
— Childish Gambino citing Jaden Smith (9/10/2014) – The Breakfast Club

“As a Black person, I constantly have to know what a person is assuming about me.”
— Childish Gambino (9/10/2014) – The Breakfast Club

“Whiteness is blankness. It’s because they look at it as a blank slate. Like. when you come in you can be anything. Like when I walk in, even if I have a bow tie, they might be like ‘is he Muslim?’ They’re not going to do that with a white guy. White people are a blank slate, we are not.”
— Childish Gambino (9/10/2014) – The Breakfast Club

“It used to be where a bully would have to say something to you, and he’d have to take in the look on your face too a little bit, even if he was still going to mess with you. You don’t have that anymore, like somebody could call me the worst thing like ‘I’m glad your parents are dead’ and they don’t have to see the after-effects. They’re just like, ‘that felt good.’”
— Childish Gambino – The Breakfast Club Power 105.1

“Your diet isn’t only what you eat: It’s what you watch, it’s what you read, it’s what you listen to, and so I’m mindful of what I ingest.”
— Saul Williams – The Breakfast Club

“You need to be one with the people to be a revolutionary, you need to speak directly to the people and understand you don’t need money to win. You need a heart, you need a soul, you need to feel connected to the universe in order to win, and that’s what winning is.”
— Saul Williams (The Breakfast Club – 7/19/14)

“Adversity man is something that most people run away from. But the thing is man, if you are able to endure adversity it will turn you into a person that you probably wouldn’t even believe yourself you could become.”
— T.I. Interview With The Breakfast Club Power 105.1

“God said to me ‘I never changed what I told you to do. I said leave, it was time to go, but obviously I got to push you out.’”
— Sherri Shepherd – The Breakfast Club (12/19/2014)

“There should be no permanent friends, or enemies, when it comes to business.”
— Charlemagne the God – The Breakfast Club (12/10/2014)

Sometimes there isn’t a penny worth the bullshit.
— Marsha Ambrosius (Breakfast Club Interview – Posted 5/4/2017)

People ask me if you get nervous when you go on stage? It’s like asking a pilot if he gets nervous before a flight. I might hit some weather, but I feel like we normally land the plane.
— Dave Chappelle – 6.30.2017 (The Breakfast Club)

It’s not necessarily you feel like you have something to prove, I’m sure you guys feel the same way, it’s like quality control. You want to make sure whatever you offer, you put your best foot forward. It doesn’t mean you don’t want to prove anything, it just means you respect the people that respect you and you wanna reciprocate their respect with a good product.
— Dave Chappelle – 6.30.2017 (The Breakfast Club)

I think I’m just a big personality and I think that gets misread. I mean, even coming up in college, it’s like ‘You’re just like —You’re too much! You’re too much!’ You know what I mean? […] So it’s like growing into your looks. I kind of had to grow into my personality.
Amanda Seales (The Breakfast Club – 8/9/2017)

Sometimes you do have to hit people with an extreme example for them to even see a modicum of what you are trying to say.
Amanda Seales (The Breakfast Club – 8/9/2017)

No, you’re not a diva, you’re not difficult, you’re just difficult to fuck over. […] You’re not difficult, you’re just particular. You’re not demanding, […] you just hold people accountable. […] You get these things misconstrued and people will manipulate you to feel like these things that are actually positive are negative.
Amanda Seales (The Breakfast Club – 8/9/2017)

If you’re not living in your truth, you’re not going to be able to be where you’re supposed to be, and I consider your truth to be your compass to your purpose. And if you’re not living in that truth, then you are being steered by other worldly things that don’t necessarily have your best interest at heart.
Amanda Seales (The Breakfast Club – 8/9/2017)

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