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Born: 1967-04-21
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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To sit back and say, 'Oh, we're going to let the government do whatever they want, right or wrong,' is giving up.

Tags: Giving, Government, Wrong

When I first started out, I thought it was enough to make an angry song that pointed out the problems of the world.

Tags: Angry, Enough, Thought

When you're in Jamaica, unless you're in a tourist spot, you don't hear Bob Marley; you mostly hear dance hall music.

Tags: Dance, Hear, Music

After a show, I'll get the 16-year-old white kid whose lip is pierced, his head is shaved and his parents hate him, and the young gangster from the screwed-up 'hood, and they say that now they realize there's someone out there who thinks like they do.

Tags: Hate, Parents, Someone

Bonnaroo has kind of become the granddaddy of all American festivals. The thing I love about it most is that it wasn't born out of picking the top ten bands off the Billboard chart and creating a festival around it.

Tags: American, Become, Love

Collectively, we activists are essential to advancing U.S. policy to help empower marginalized people to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty for good.

Tags: Good, Help, Poverty

I went to Iraq because I wanted to see what one year of occupation had done to Iraqi society, and I went to the West Bank and Gaza Strip because I wanted to see what three generations of occupation had done to Palestinian society. I found a lot more hopelessness and despair in Palestine.

Tags: Done, Society, Wanted

I went to the University of San Francisco on an athletic scholarship. I didn't study in high school. I was just there to get by and to play basketball. But a funny thing happened to me when I got to college. I got challenged by the work and the professors.

Tags: Funny, School, Work

I'm not an idealist. I know we're not going to be living in a world that's peace and love all the time. But we can live in a world where we kill each other a lot less.

Tags: Love, Peace, Time

If we do not change our negative habits toward climate change, we can count on worldwide disruptions in food production, resulting in mass migration, refugee crises and increased conflict over scarce natural resources like water and farm land. This is a recipe for major security problems.

Tags: Change, Food, Negative

Jamaica's a country of great dichotomy. On the one hand you have a tourist industry with great beaches and resorts, but on the other you have such great poverty and the violence that goes along with that.

Tags: Country, Great, Poverty

Johnny Cash was a rebel, not only just in the musical sense, but he was somebody who was for the people, and an advocate for labor, for workers, for prisoners, people who have been trapped by the criminal justice system.

Tags: Justice, Sense, Somebody

Music is sunshine. Like sunshine, music is a powerful force that can instantly and almost chemically change your entire mood. Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.

Tags: Change, Music, Powerful

My mother birthed three children and she adopted myself and another African-American son. My adoptive parents were Finnish. I grew up in a white picket neighborhood.

Tags: Children, Mother, Parents

My parents said sticks and stones will break your bones but names will never hurt you. But I always felt a sense of exhilaration after a fight; it was the names that really hurt me.

Tags: Fight, Hurt, Parents

Not all artists have a responsibility to be socially or politically aware, but they do have a responsibility to make great art. They have to find some truth and put that in their music.

Tags: Great, Music, Truth

Playing on the streets of Iraq, or in Israel or the Gaza strip, I'd sing angry protest songs against war. People would say, 'Make us clap, make us dance, and laugh and sing.' It really made me think about the importance of happy music.

Tags: Happy, Music, War

The corporate media is there to push the agenda of the sponsors, and many of those sponsors are weapons manufacturers. So it stands to reason that you won't get a diversity of opinions on television.

Tags: Opinions, Reason, Won

The rap community has been singled out as more homophobic than other groups, but I don't think that's right. It's homophobic, all right, but no more so than the heavy-metal community or the Hollywood community or any other community.

Tags: Community, Hollywood, Rap

There are so many things to be worried about, and I wanted to make a record that people could put on, and it would lift them up the way the sun did for me each day.

Tags: Put, Sun, Wanted

Through music I either tame my demons or unleash them and allow them to be what they are. I don't want the music to be about provocation, I want the music to bring you to a place where you feel at home.

Tags: Home, Music, Place

All the freaky people make the beauty of the world.

Tags: Beauty, Freaky

Every single soul is a poem.

Tags: Poetry, Single, Soul

We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can't bomb it into peace.

Tags: Bomb, Peace, Pieces

Power to the peaceful!

Tags: Peace, Peaceful, Power

During my travels in Iraq, Israel, Gaza, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, Europe and all over the United States, I have seen and heard the voices of people who want change. They want the stabilization of the economy, education and healthcare for all, renewable energy and an environmental vision with an eye on generations to come.

Tags: Change, Education, Energy
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Everyone deserves music.

Tags: Deserves, Everyone, Music

Music has the power to bring people together like no other art form.

Tags: Art, Music, Power

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is just to stay human.

Tags: Human, Sometimes, Stay

Today we are in a war against war - music is our power.

Tags: Music, Power, War

History shows that Americans believe in doing the right thing.

Tags: History, Shows

I don't know if music can change the world overnight but I know that music can help someone make it through a difficult night.

Tags: Change, Help, Music

I drive a hybrid. It's a Ford Escape. That's my only car.

Tags: Car, Drive, Escape

I think my soul is intact, but my methods of reaching people are completely different.

Tags: Methods, Reaching, Soul

I'm a news junkie who's constantly reading newspapers and magazines. I look around and see what's happening in the world.

Tags: Happening, News, Reading

I'm always trying to find optimistic ways to express myself.

Tags: Express, Trying, Ways

I've always found that the poorer the places that I go, the more smiles I see, and the more happiness I see.

Tags: Found, Happiness, Places

In the '80s, Ronald Reagan inspired me to become politicized, because I grew up in that era when everything I cared about was under attack.

Tags: Attack, Become, Inspired

Investing now in safe-guarding people by helping them to adapt to climate change, will help save money and lives while building resilience.

Tags: Change, Help, Money

It really is a strange time we're living in, when saying 'Don't kill people' is considered a radical point of view.

Tags: Living, Saying, Time

No life's worth more than any other, no sister worth less than any brother.

Tags: Brother, Life, Worth

People underestimate the hip-hop audience and the capacity to understand politics when it's part of music.

Tags: Music, Politics, Understand

San Francisco has always been a haven for misfits and weirdos. I'm both of those, which is why I came here.

Tags: Both, Here, Why

The music industry has been hijacked by corporate interests, but the way music affects people and resonates with them hasn't changed.

Tags: Changed, Industry, Music

The U.S. has historically been the world's largest contributor to climate change.

Tags: Change, Climate, Largest

The world can't have a global solution to climate change with U.S. action alone; and the world can't have a global solution without U.S. action.

Tags: Action, Alone, Change
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