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" My older sister Nikki went to Hampton music school in Virginia, then to another school later in New York. "
" My family is very theatrical. "
" Chick Corea was a great influence on me, musically, as I was growing up. "
" Singing was the big focus and outlet for me. "
" And I used to listen to a lot of jazz. "
" I've played piano and guitar when I was younger. "
" I fit into the quirky, character class type of actor. "
" We always performed for our church, but we also just performed whenever the family got together. "
" I was a shy little girl, nothing like what I am now. "
" My driving force is spirituality. "
" I face every project the same way - do it right and give 110%. 100% isn't good enough. "
" I got an early education from television. "
" This business is all about being seen, and the more people see you the better. "
" Watched Star Wars in 77 and that's when I got into watching films. I was just blown away by it. "
" It's all about humanity, humility, and integrity. "
" There is a class system in acting just like in anything else. Black females fall in a category below black male actors. "
" If you're going to do something, make it right and make it as good as you can. Don't waste anybody's time, especially your own. "
" When I was five years old I knew I wanted to act. "
" People who don't use the tools given to them only injure themselves. "
" I'm not the classic type - fair skin, very beautiful women of a classic type, I'm talking about now. "
" Voice is my instrument. "
" I hated stand-up. "
" I have to approach my life in this way so I can do what I need to do, and do it very well. "