Being black affected one’s life span, insurance rates, blood pressure, lovers, children, every dangerous hour of every dangerous day. There was absolutely no way not to be black without ceasing to exist. But it frequently seemed that there was no way to be black, either, without ceasing to exist.
“I’d just signed this girl called Kelis, and back then all I wore was Ralph Lauren’s Polo, because that was the thing. And Kelis turned to me and said, ‘You’ve got to get out of this box,’ he laughed to UK Vogue magazine. ‘She introduced me to fashion, Prada, Gucci etc. It was thanks to Kelis I discovered a life outside of monograms’.”
— Pharrell Williams (via uzowuru)