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“I vividly remember watching cartoons as a kid and seeing Bugs...

“I vividly remember watching cartoons as a kid and seeing Bugs Bunny standing on a lily pad, playing ‘Hello My Darling,’ with a banjo in his hand and a drum on his back.  I%E2ve always wanted to play music myself.  But it’s so hard to make a living at it.  For awhile I was playing the banjo in restaurants....

“I moved from Texas three years ago.  I was way too nice at...

“I moved from Texas three years ago.  I was way too nice at first.  I was out here in New York trying to exemplify Christ, and people were taking advantage of me.  I was getting run over.  So I had to get more stern.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m the same nice person, just more firm in my actions. Especially in t...

“We started early in school.  Seven guys from my church got...

“We started early in school.  Seven guys from my church got together and started practicing in a basement.  Michael Armstrong on drums.  Robert Burton on lead guitar.  James Cloud on bass.  Charles Easton on the piano.  Then we had our three singers: Wilbur Simmons, Dennis Austin Ray, and me.  At first we just san...

“All of the young people are leaving.  You have to say...

“All of the young people are leaving.  You have to say ‘goodbye,’ over and over again.  One of my best friends went to Chile.  Another went to Spain.  Another went to Argentina to earn money for her mother’s cancer treatment.  My brother left five years ago.  And now I’m gone too.  Before I came to New York, I went ...

“I grew up pretty well honestly.  I didn’t have bad parents, a...

“I grew up pretty well honestly.  I didn’t have bad parents, a little ‘helicoptery’ maybe, but doing the best they could.  I was just a bad kid.  I don’t even remember a lot of my teenage years.  I was always popping pills.  Just a ‘fuck you, parents’ kind of thing.  When I wasn’t alone in my room, I was pick...

“There was this interesting piece in The Times a couple weeks...

“There was this interesting piece in The Times a couple weeks ago about people in solitary confinement.  And one of the guys said the worst thing is having all that time to think.  And that’s my problem too. When I’m alone in my apartment, I just start ruminating.  About my finances.  About my medical conditi...

“Nobody would give us a chance.  We were in our early twenties....

“Nobody would give us a chance.  We were in our early twenties.  We had two young kids.  We were working, but living check to check.  At the time we were staying in the projects with my mother-in-law, but my kids were growing up, so we needed our own place.  But all the rental brokers wanted to see our bank ...

“The scene was different back then.  All the adult clubs were...

“The scene was different back then.  All the adult clubs were mob controlled.  It all flowed up to some guy named Matty The Horse.  Honestly the mob guys never bothered me.  They were cool, and I liked how they dressed.  They wore custom made suits.  And they went to hair stylists, not barbers.  These guys wouldnt ...

“My stripper name was Tanqueray.  Back in the seventies I was...

“My stripper name was Tanqueray.  Back in the seventies I was the only black girl making white girl money.  I danced in so many mob clubs that I learned Italian.  Black girls weren’t even allowed in some of these places.  Nothing but guidos with their pinky rings and the one long fingernail they used for cocain...

“My mom threw me out of the house at seventeen for getting...

“My mom threw me out of the house at seventeen for getting pregnant, then had me arrested when I tried to get my clothes.  Then she fucked the head of parole to try to keep me in jail.  She was some prime pussy back then.  But the warden did some tests on me and found out I was smart, so I got a scholars...

“I’ve got major problems.  My girlfriend got in my Instagram DMs...

“I’ve got major problems.  My girlfriend got in my Instagram DMs and found a message from a girl in my class.  I tried to tell her it was nothing, but the girl kept sending me messages over and over, saying: ‘Where are you?’, ‘Where are you?’  That’s because I owe her money.  Because I asked her to ...

“I’m studying for my PhD.  My husband is supporting me, but my...

“I’m studying for my PhD.  My husband is supporting me, but my parents really opposed me being here.  They’re very traditional.  They think I should let my husband work, and I should be staying home with our child.  They just want me to be comfortable.  They’ve managed my entire life so that I would be comfort...
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