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From the 17th century onwards, "scandalous memoirs" by supposed libertines , serving a public taste for titillation, have been frequently published. Typically pseudonymous , they were (and are) largely works of fiction written by ghostwriters . So-called "autobiographies" of modern professional athletes and media celebrities—and to a lesser extent about politicians, generally written by a ghostwriter , are routinely published. Some celebrities, such as Naomi Campbell , admit to not having read their "autobiographies". [ citation needed ] . Some sensationalist autobiographies such as James Frey's A Million Little Pieces have been publicly exposed as having embellished or fictionalized significant details of the authors' lives.
I ask myself the same thing. Oftentimes I feel like I can, through the music, paint a picture of something that I can't look anywhere and see in my real life. And Assata Shakur says, "You're asking me about freedom — I've never been free. I can only share with you my visions of freedom," or something to that effect. But I think it's very possible, just with empathy — I really can't stress that word enough. Because very often, we generalize people as being one thing. "He's Republican, he's bad. He's a Democrat, he's bad." When honestly, we're all bad, good, aggressive, sympathetic — there's so many different emotions and characteristics to every human being. And if we can start to recognize that and acknowledge that, then I think we can be closer to freedom.