“I am an endangered species.
But I sing no victim song.
I am a woman.
I am an artist.
And I know where my voice belongs…
To anyone who has ever, ever had a dream and thought your dream, wasn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t come true.
I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like.
This is what striving looks like and don’t you ever, ever, give up on you…”
I was blown away by these words sang and spoken by the great Sheryl Lee Ralph at the Emmy’s yesterday. I met her once, in person in undergrad when I attended a leadership program in Philadelphia and I was mesmerized. Anyone that has come in contact with her, ultimately feels like you are in the presence of royalty, a queen. Watching her acceptance sang and spoken yesterday brought great joy to my soul. This is one deserved award for a very brilliant and powerful woman and I hope her words will inspire you as it did for me.