What Alicia Keys’ book ‘More Myself’ teaches us about inclusion

The publication is full of powerful sentences, I picked a few to explain the lessons journalism can learn from the popular singer.

“It’s hard to pinpoint the precise moment when we internalize others’ assessments; it’s usually not just a single experience but rather a series of moments that bruise the spirit and lead us to distrust ourselves and those around us.”

“Death is a gift meant to wake up the living, to nudge us toward a life of purpose and intention”.

“Better — that is what Prince and all others who achieve excellence are always pushing toward. They rise. They insist upon meticulousness and in so doing, they alter the very space they inhabit.”

Journalists tend to first focus on the world

“It starts with ourselves, and then our families, and then our communities, and then the world. I am here for you. Where are you here for? What is your gift to the world?”.

“Music is one of the most potent forms of protest, the gateway to connection. I may have become fluent in the language of social justice, but music will always be my mother tongue. My native language.”

“So much of history we’ve been taught is told through a single lens — usually not an African one”.

Journalists look at the world through a single lens

“In a world overrun with images and stories that portray Black people as victims rather than victors (…) we stand taller when we hear our story in its glorious entirety. (…) And we understand the importance of defining ourselves, rather than allowing others to ever do that for us.”

“What people like Dr. Ben were saying was ‘history is not this objective thing that exists outside of politics. It exists well within politics and part of its job has been to position Black people in a place of use for white people’. And that notion of scepticism goes with me in all of my work. It runs through everything I do.”

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