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Muhammad Ali is one of my heroes because when he was saying, ‘I’m pretty,’ he was saying that to all of us, he made all of
us feel like we were pretty. 'I’m pretty, I’m a bad man, I’m pretty.’ You gotta figure this was a time when we were considered ugly, so he wasn’t just saying that as a boast to walk inside the ring, he was saying that as a boast for all of us.
—  Jay-Z, speaking about one of his heroes, Muhammad Ali, during a  conversation with Dr. Cornel West and Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library in 2010.