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" I'm acting! And doing it for income! But it's for something that I love, and that's super rare. "
" There are so many stereotypes of how you have to be as a black man, growing up in the community as a man. "
" It's about being true to my artistry, which I've been doing. It's super important to do smart films. "
" I didn't know that '12 Years a Slave' was being filmed at the same time we were making 'The Retrieval.' "
" I feel like a lot of black men 'put on' because of what they see and because of what people tell them they have to be. "
" It's awesome that my job is to make people have reactions. "
" We're raised to believe that black men have to be one specific way. "
" I don't think things will lead me astray, as long as I'm tapped into myself. "
" Hollywood is showing respect for all different types of art. "
" I was bullied in elementary to middle school. It messed with my self esteem. "
" I want to keep doing projects that speak for people within the community and tell different types of meaningful stories. "
" I'm getting the training I need to progress as an actor. If something comes up and I have to drop, I'll drop. "
" I was skinny and black and didn't play sports. And I was bullied. "
" There's so many strict ideas and rules, whether it's from religion or it's just generations and generations. "
" I bury things in the back of my mind I don't really want to deal with. "
" I like to have fun and be myself and express myself through how I dress. "
" Despite everything that's going on, people need love. "
" A lot of these artists are out here don't stay true to why they started doing this in the first place. "
" For my career, I want to be able to do projects that have serious context to them or that make me grow as a person and an artist after the experience. "
" I definitely wasn't the kid playing sports. I was super different. "