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" You know, you may not be born in Puerto Rico, but Puerto Rican is definitely born in you. "
" In Broadway, we do love jazz hands. "
" It's disgusting how much I laugh during the day. "
" As an actor, you may do things that aren't politically correct. Unless you're an actor who only does things for political reasons. I believe if we don't do the good, bad, and the ugly, we're not going to progress. "
" I was a ward of the state, initially, and then in the foster care system for quite some time, even though I did live part-time with my aunt in Brooklyn. "
" Hollywood's racist. "
" I didn't appreciate Brooklyn until I left it. "
" Therapy is not a 'white thing.' It's a clinical thing. "
" With 'Soul Train,' it was the first time I was on television. And I just couldn't believe it. "
" I'm a lucky gal. "
" I have great hair because I take a lot of vitamins. "
" People make me out to be this super strong woman, but I have my tough days just like anyone else. "
" I think I just have this need to be a storyteller. That's why I wasn't a great dancer - I couldn't articulate a story. I was a better choreographer. I have the need to to just express myself in that way. I can't explain it. "
" At home, I'm the silliest cornball who talks way too much and wants to be quiet and left alone at the same time. "
" It's sad that arts are not part of the curriculum across the nation. "
" I was very willing to take on controversial roles that people didn't really want to look at. "
" The racism, the sexism, I never let it be my problem. It's their problem. If I see a door comin' my way, I'm knockin' it down. And if I can't knock down the door, I'm sliding through the window. I'll never let it stop me from what I wanna do. "
" Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, and I think that the issue of statehood or independence needs to be addressed and needs to be resolved. "
" I have a picture of all of us going to a club with my friends from 'Soul Train.' All the girls just going out to a nightclub, and we're all dressed like we were dressed on 'Soul Train.' It was the most surreal experience for me because I walk into the club with them, and people started screaming. 'Oh my God! It's the 'Soul Train' dancers.' "
" I am a positive person. I never think of the glass as half empty. I just keep pushing forward. "
" If we can't look at the good, bad and ugly of who we are, we are never going to progress as people - ever. "
" For some reason, I always thought I was special. And for some reason, I always thought that I had a purpose in life: that I was supposed to contribute to the world. "
" I don't call myself Latin, I call myself Puerto Rican. "
" I have this tough exterior, but inside, I'm very mushy and soft. "
" You can learn steps, but you cannot learn how to boogie. "
" I started lying about my age when I was 18 to be older. When I turned 21, I started lying that I was 18. It's a weakness in me. "
" Van Gogh cut off his ear for his art. I'm not tryin' to cut off my ear. I'm not humiliating myself. "
" In movies, you shoot out of sequence, so the issue of reality is really taken out of it. "
" I have a great career, and no matter what I am doing, a big blockbuster movie... or my small documentary, David Letterman will call and say I would like you to sit on my couch. "
" I used to get recognized quite often as being a 'Soul Train' dancer. Quite often, which was great at times but sometimes was not so great. Especially, back at college, it was not so great. It was pretty tough. "
" I see explicit covers on magazines, and they're getting even more explicit, and it's like, Are women being empowered, or is this just what sells magazines? Are they feeling pressured, or have they really come into themselves and are saying, 'I am woman, hear me roar?' "