That meant hiring women, men, outsiders, underdogs, people that were overlooked and waiting to be seen.
Many of the best creatives and business people, who are those supremely qualified and talented,
were turned down over and over as executives at major corporations because they were female, or because of racial disparity.
And I've been very proud to provide them with a place at my table.
One of the main purposes of my art for many years has been dedicated to showing the beauty of black people to the world. Our history, our profundity and the value of black lives.
I've tried my best to pull down the veil of appeasement to those who may feel uncomfortable with our excellence.
To the young women, our future leaders, know that you're about to make the world turn. I see you. You are everything the world needs.
Make those power moves. Be excellent. And to the young kings, lean into your vulnerability and redefine masculinity. Lead with heart.
There's so many different ways to be brilliant. I believe you and every human being is born with a masterful gift.
Don't make the world make you feel that you have to look a certain way to be brilliant.
And, no, you don't have to speak a certain way to be brilliant. But you do have to spread your gift around the planet in a way that is authentically you.
To all of those who feel different, if you're a part of a group that's called "Other," a group that does not get the chance to be center stage, build your own stage and make them see you.
Your queerness is beautiful. Your blackness is beautiful.
Your compassion, your understanding, your fight for people who may be different from you is beautiful.
I hope you continue to go into the world and show them that you will never stop being yourself. That it's your time now. Make them see you.
Now, if you've ever been called dumb, unattractive, overweight, unworthy, untalented, well, so have I.
Whatever you do, don't let negativity of people projecting their own self-doubts on you deter you from your focus.
I know those moments are painful, and you're human and it hurts like hell, but now is the time to turn those criticisms into fuel and motivation to become a beautiful beast.
Respect is everything. There's no successful relationship without respect.
Nor a successful movement if the basic principle is not respect. The world will respect you as much as you respect yourself.
I'm often asked, "What's your secret to success?" The shorter answer, "Put in that work."
There may be more failures than victories. Yes, I've been blessed to have GRAMMYs, but I've lost times. That meant rejection times.