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" At my core, I'm shy. "
" I have a 'hope for the best, expect the worst' mentality. "
" My kids did not know that Obama was the first black president. I felt like I needed to tell them because I felt like, 'How could you not know that?' But for the ones who didn't know, he was basically the only president they knew. "
" You get a little older, and you start understanding the world in a different way and what you don't have control over and what you do have control over. "
" I consider myself a disciple of Norman Lear. And one of the things he did was topic-driven humor. "
" If Adam Sandler does a bad movie, he doesn't bring down the whole white race. But if Tyler Perry does, it's like, 'See what you guys do?' and that type of thing. "
" The PC way of handling culture has been to not talk about it. But we should be talking about it. "
" The acknowledgement and celebration of Juneteenth as an American and possibly international holiday is something that I would put in the life goals column for me. "
" After the first couple of years of on 'Black-ish,' my wife and I actually broke up. We got back together, and it was this really, really difficult time for me. "
" Actors are magical people. They can take words you wrote and say them in a way that, although you thought the line was good when you wrote it, it's fantastic when it comes out of their mouth. "
" What I did not want to be was a fad, because fads die. I had one of the George Michael Wham! neon-colored sweatshirts, and I thought it would never go out of style. Fads die. "
" I am what I am as a writer because of Norman Lear and Spike Lee. Norman Lear in particular. "
I Am What I Am
" I tried to do Kwanzaa with my family and was like, 'This sucks. What am I doing this for?' For me, I felt like I was doing it because I was trying to live up to someone else's idea of what 'black' was. "
" I love Donald Glover. "
" I have five kids, and people can say 'nature versus nurture,' but it is nature! Nurture has so little to do with it. I have five kids, and there are five totally different people in my house. "
" My father lost a lung in a chemical accident at General Motors, and after a while, he got a settlement that sort of changed all of our lives and moved us from, what we say, 'ashy to classy' in some aspects. "
" There's never really been a true apology for slavery. "
" No civil rights movement has gotten anywhere without the help of white liberals. "
" It's hard to take a stand. You're not going to make everybody happy. "
" I love Meryl Streep. "
" My mom went through civil rights; my dad went through civil rights. My name was Kenya because they wanted to give me an African name. "
" I feel like money is an interesting thing when you don't come from it. "
" We're supposed to be becoming more evolved as a society, and we're actually becoming less evolved. "
" I'm doing another pilot about a black Democratic pundit who's married to a white Republican pundit. And the purpose of me wanting to do that show - and ABC sort of supported me in the way they did - is because I feel like, you know, the political system is like an old married couple. "
" I still believe a little bit that changing gender roles have hurt relationships. "
" Honestly, I regret not having spanked my kids. "
" There has never been a prosecuted case of slavery. There's no criminality to it. So, it was just like, 'It's over,' and thus, because it was over, and it was never considered 'wrong' in the prosecutable, criminal sense of the word, the country doesn't take it as wrong. "
" I would say any creative person has that: you can't just force a topic. Whether you're a painter, you want to do a cartoon. Anything. Something may come up that's not your style or suited to what you are working on at the moment. So you file it away and hopefully find a place for it. "
" For me, it was important to keep my name in 'mainstream Hollywood.' "
" When I was growing up, I never saw couples fight on the family sitcoms I loved to watch. Subsequently, when tough times arose in my own relationship, I wasn't prepared and felt so isolated and alone. Marital issues weren't a part of the narrative that television told me was a 'working relationship.' "
" I hear a creak in my house, and I'm calling the police immediately, but at the same time, I do know that when I call them, I'm going to make sure to say, 'I'm a black guy, and this is my house.' "