> Sometimes people say things that they don’t really mean. They just might call you names to lift they self-esteem. But soon enough, they’ll realize that it won’t ever work. Because inside they’re trying to hide how much they really hurt. But as long as you know who you are and what you’re about, nothing they say can shake your pride and make you doubt the beauty you have in you, and when they give attitude, you can tell them like this: >

> Say: “I’m beautiful, and special. And I think it’s about time to tell you this: I’m gonna be the best me that I know how to be.”

Those aren’t my words. They’re Aloe Blacc’s, from his 2006 album “Shine Through,” off of Stones Throw. The song’s called “I’m Beautiful,” and it’s just as important a message today as it was when the song first came out. And it’s your Friday dose of love.

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