A true diva to the core and one of the most influential songstresses to ever pick up a mic, 2017 ESSENCE Festival performer Chaka Khan is the best of the best.
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As we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month and pay tribute to the entertainment icon as she embraces another year of life, here are 17 unfiltered, empowering quotes of hers that will get you through any situation.
Singing legend Chaka Khan, who’s known as the Queen of Funk, has won ten Grammys and sold over 70 million albums worldwide. Khan celebrated her birthday on March 23.
“If I popped everyone who called me a diva, I’d be in prison for the rest of my life.”
”People become chronically preoccupied with competing and don’t know when to stop. It can become unhealthy.”
“You can’t argue with the universe; it’s not about that. It’s more about relaxing and knowing you can handle it and feeling empowered.”
“We also need to learn how to love one another as women. How to appreciate and respect each other.”
“I control my life and I have never let success run away with me. I’ve taken it and ran.”
”The only thing that could threaten my stability is me. I’m my only threat and my own worst enemy.”
”It’s time for those of us who have a voice to speak out for life, for love and for justice using the same media we’ve used throughout our careers.”
“Walking through this life is really walking through fire.”
“My philosophy is familiarity breeds contempt.”
“Your moment of clarity comes when you face your fears.”
“I never thought I’d feel this way but, the older I get, the better I feel.”
“Just be the best you can be. Never settle. Always strive to learn more, do more and be more.”
“As you get older, you realize there are fire extinguishers. You do have an ability to control the flames.”
“I’m a woman and I’m a backbone. Everybody needs one.”
“I can only give what I have. And when I receive, I give it back.”
““People ask me a lot, ‘Do you have any regrets?’ Heeeck naw. If I hadn’t done all the things I’d done, I wouldn’t be the amazing human being I am today.”