WHY DON’T YOU...?
BY M A DONNA
… REBEL? A rebel is someone who asks questions. You know that Shakespearean line “[the lady] doth protest too much”? A rebel is someone who protests too much … or maybe not enough, who questions convention, who thinks outside the box, who doesn’t take the road most travelled. . . . MAKE YOUR MARK? Its people like Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Bob Marley who have changed the world. They went against the grain, took the road less travelled, and that’s what made all the difference. … EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS? I think spirituality, religion, and sex are all subjects that beg to be challenged and dissected. I’m constantly trying to come to terms with their ideals. These are topics that are very prevalent in society, taken out of context, misrepresented, used to help people grow and feel self-empowered. They are also used to keep people down and imprison them. … LIBERATE YOURSELF? It gives me a lot of satisfaction to know that I was somehow involved with liberating people – making somebody feel proud of who they are or feel good about what they stand for. … HAVE AN OPINION? What else can you do if you’re an artist? We’re living in the age where popular figures or pop icons or pop culture are not nurturing people to have opinions. It’s about being a brand, playing it safe, being familiar, and not offending anyone ... I’ll never be comfortable with that. … REALLY LISTEN TO MUSIC AND LYRICS? I write