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" It's funny, because in drama school, my greatest strength was my range. So my early career was like that: I played all kinds of different characters. "
" When you're in a high-stress situation, dynamics between people can change. "
" I started acting almost on a whim to help my music career. "
" As I got further into my career, as a character of color, if I was going to have the types of opportunities I felt I deserved, and continue to have them, I was going to have to start creating those opportunities for myself. "
" Nothing will ever top 'The Wire.' It was historical. It was black cinema. "
" You either get better, or you don't progress. "
" I can only speak as an American, but most journalism here isn't doing its job any more. It's about selling stuff. "
" Don't be a victim; if you want to make movies, make movies. "
" The African American community is so under-served in the entertainment industry. "
" Art is art, and journalism is journalism. "
" 'Pigeonholed' isn't the right word, because I feel like I've had a very wide range of characters that I've been allowed to play. "
" I'm interested not just in projects that I'll be starring in, but producing film and TV that's really quality and great for adults; and when I say 'great for adults,' it doesn't mean without humor, because I'm also interested in doing comedy. "
" Growing up, I never imagined I would be an actor. "
" I'm an artist at heart. "
" You don't see a lot of black rock stars. The music industry tends to be segregated stylistically. It's hard for a black artist to cross over to rock music. "
" If you're going to come at me, come at me respectfully, and I will respond respectfully. "
" I mean, you know actors, we always want to do something else, something different. "
" When I went to drama school, I knew I was at least as talented as other students, but because I was a black man and I wasn't pretty, I knew I would have to work my butt off to be the best that I would be, and to be noticed. "
" I grew up studying music. I went to conservatory. "
" Because of the way tech is changing, and becoming cheaper and user-friendly, it's becoming easier to make films cheaply, maintaining quality. "