Here you'll find little-known quotes on performing made by inimitable black performing artists.

I am particular about the seating of the audience-also about how much money they pay-but most of all where they are seated. If I am going to sing something intimate, who am I going to sing it to?
Nina Simone, Nina Simone Interview

I love performing. I shall perform until the day I die.
Josephine Baker

I need that on stage. I need a burst of life. That's entertainment for me.
Tina Turner, Tina Turner Bids Farewell

I'm perfectly fine now if I never went on stage again.
Tina Turner, Tina Turner Bids Farewell

Once you get on stage, everything is right. I feel the most beautiful, complete, fulfilled. I think that's why, in the case of non-compromising career women, parts of our personal lives don't work out. One person can't give you the feeling that thousands of people give you.
Leontyne Price

Since I personified the savage on the stage, I tried to be as civilized as possible in daily life.
Josephine Baker

When I hit the stage it?s all of a sudden a magic from somewhere that comes and the spirit just hits you, and you lose control of yourself.
Michael Jackson