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Quincy Jones

Music Impresario

Quincy Jones: We were in the heart of the ghetto in Chicago during the Depression, and every block -- it was probably the biggest black ghetto in America -- every block -- it also is the spawning ground probably for every gangster, black and white, in America too. So, we were around all of that. We saw that every day. There was a policeman named Two Gun Pete, a black policeman, who used to shoot teenagers in the back every weekend and everything happened there all the time. A gang on every street: the Vagabonds, the Giles HC, the Scorpions, and just on and on. In each gang they had the dukes and duchesses, junior and senior, which accommodated everybody in the neighborhood. That was the whole idea, for unity, really. Our biggest struggle every day was we were either running from gangs or with gangs. And it was just getting to school and back home. Because if your parents aren't home all day, you know, it's a notorious trek. I still have the medals here from the switchblade through my hand, pinned to a tree. I had an ice pick here in the temple one time. But, when you're young, nothing harms you, nothing scares you or anything. You don't know any better. And in the summertime -- the schools were the roughest schools probably in America. I saw teachers getting hurt and maimed and everything every day, and it was everyday stuff.
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Quincy Jones

Music Impresario

I wanted to get out of that house. I didn't want to be there. Eight kids and a stepmother, and I just wanted to be out of there. So, when I got a scholarship from Boston to the Schillinger House, which is now the Berklee School of Music, I couldn't wait to get out of there. And my aunt sent me a ticket by train to go there. I stopped in Chicago and I went into Boston at night -- the most terrifying thing I've ever seen in my life. Because it was pitch black and you get there and you've got your trumpet and this little bag, your bag of clothes, not much, no place to stay but I had a scholarship and that was sort of a blanket, a security blanket I could hold on to. And, one thing led to another. I walked around the neighborhood to try to find out where I could stay. I got a place for $10.
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Quincy Jones

Music Impresario

Then we hit the road and we'd get to places like Texas. This is when every place had "white" and "colored" to wait in the bus stations and the water fountains, all over America. You couldn't stay in a white hotel anywhere. We played dances in New Orleans and they'd have chairs straight down the middle of the thing with chairs to go both ways, white on this side and that side. Then the places in North Carolina and South Carolina, they'd have $2.50 and $3.50 general admission for the black people, white spectators $1.50. I still have the signs, you know. And they'd sit upstairs and drink and watch the black people dance, you know. It was unbelievable. We played juke joints and people would get shot and we'd go through Texas. We always had a white bus driver because we couldn't stop in the restaurants. And sometimes we'd see effigies -- like black dummies -- hanging by nooses from church steeples in Texas. That's pretty heavy, on the church steeple, and they've got a black dummy, which means "Don't stop. Don't even think about coming here," and the bus kept moving. And then they'd finally get to places where we'd get the driver -- the white driver would go in and get food for the band. And sometimes in Newport News we slept -- I remember Jimmy Scott and I slept in a funeral parlor where the bodies were. There was no hotel so this guy said, "I've got a place. You can stay here these two days." We got $17 a night. You're not thinking about some suite at the Waldorf.
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Quincy Jones

Music Impresario

We got a last-minute call one time from the White House to go immediately from Istanbul to Athens, Greece because the Cypriot students were stoning the embassy. Whenever that happened we got called immediately to go in there, and play for these same kids. That was pretty scary because you could feel the energy and the hostility against whatever policy was going wrong at that time, whether it was Beirut and Israel, or the Cypriots and the Greeks. And after that concert, they rushed the stage -- the kids -- and we thought we were in trouble. Instead, they put Dizzy Gillespie on their shoulders and they were just running around the auditorium singing to him and everything else. It was great!
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Naomi Judd

Country Music Artist and Social Advocate

I look back on that summer and I think, as a mom, I was literally getting out of bed every day going, "Oh, my God, I don't know what I'm doing. I feel ill-equipped. I don't know how to handle these kids. I've just done the best I can from moment to moment, living a paycheck away from the streets." I got tired of being on welfare, so I put myself in college. And trying to give Ashley what she so needed and deserved as far as stability, and trying to give Wynonna something to get us through the day.
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Naomi Judd

Country Music Artist and Social Advocate

But the biggie really was when I was told I had a couple of years. That will get your attention in a major way, especially when it's a sticky wicket because you're an RN and you're a member of the medical community and you see the writing on the wall. You can look at the pathology report laying there on the doctor's desk, and he doesn't even have to open his mouth, and you go "Uh oh!" And once again, I had to step out in total faith, but it was one of the greatest lessons of my life, because I began a voyage of self discovery and what actually became a journey to wholeness for me.
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Hamid Karzai

President of Afghanistan

By the first of October of 2001, just a month and a few days after 9/11, I was one day sitting with four of my colleagues and I told them that Afghanistan cannot have any more of this. Let's move in and the world community might help us. They said, "No, the world will not help us." I said, "They will." They said, "You have been telling us for five or six years. Nobody has helped." I said, "This is a different time. Think of New York. Think of what happened there. The world has woken up. Let's move into Afghanistan. Let's move into the heart of Taliban."
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Hamid Karzai

President of Afghanistan

In the morning before we moved into Afghanistan, I told my colleagues, I said, "Listen, friends, we are moving into Afghanistan. It's taken over by terrorists. It's taken over by Taliban. It's taken over by all sorts of foreign people that have come to Afghanistan that are ruining life for us and for the rest of the world. We might be captured the moment we enter Afghanistan and be killed. Are you willing to face that?" I also said, "We have 60 percent chance of death and 40 percent chance to live and survive." Winning was no consideration. I mean we could not even think of that. They said, "All right, let's do it." We got on two motorbikes. We drove into Afghanistan, straight from the Pakistani border.
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Hamid Karzai

President of Afghanistan

The man came to me, woke me up at about 4:30 in the morning and I was in a tent that was made out of a parachute of the things that came from the sky and he said that, "They are coming." I said, "Who?" He said, "What do you mean 'who?' The Taliban!" This villager is here and he said, "They are coming." I said, "All right. Let's go and stop them." I went back to sleep. Imagine. I never imagined that they would dare come to us 11 hours away and walk all that long. After another half an hour he came by. He said, "I have two prisoners." I said, "What do you mean two prisoners?" He said, "The Taliban. Two Afghans have come and surrendered and they told him that 400 are on their way. They are mostly Arabs and Pakistanis. They are after you. They will kill you, you can be sure."
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Hamid Karzai

President of Afghanistan

We decided to take him (my father) to Afghanistan, to Kandahar. The Taliban were in charge there. And lots of people came to me and said, "Don't do that. You will go into Afghanistan and the Taliban will arrest you." I said, "No. I want to go, and if they have the guts, let them arrest me." So I just went on the -- together with the procession. We were about --I don't know -- a hundred cars or something, and we took my father's body to Kandahar and buried him there and then left Kandahar. People felt at that time that that was a silly move.
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