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" You learn a lot about yourself just by writing it down. "
" Part of an ensemble show is realizing it's a collaboration. It's like a symphony. Everybody takes their turn, but it's really the collective group that matters. "
" With 'Underground,' we see that the wounds that we all, as a nation, inflicted upon our brothers and sisters during slavery have not been healed. "
" The AIDS epidemic began before I was born - I've never known a world without it. And yet, despite its omnipresence in our lives, there remains a pervasive silence around AIDS among young people, particularly young women. "
" I would be ignorant to say colorism doesn't exist; it's gross and disgusting. "
" It's not very exciting to go to work to just have your character's identity being defined by her relationship with her male counterparts. "
" There's something about driving through Texas, and it's hot, your skin is sticking to you. The environment affects your attitude and your swagger. "
" I always told my representatives, 'Look, I come from the 'School of Janet' - that's my mom - she raised me to know that I'm more than just set dressing. "
" Oftentimes, a history book in school will talk about the Underground Railroad as if it's one sentence. But thousands of people decided to run, and they single-handedly changed the trajectory of our nation. By running to the North, they put a face to slavery, which recruited a lot of abolitionists. "
" I walk in a space of gratitude. I'm so grateful to God for blessing me with an amazing family and the opportunity to do what I love. "
" The Underground Railroad, which was the first integrated civil rights movement, is a part of our history that not a lot of us know about. And it's actually a very empowering side of our history. "
" As women, I think we give so much of ourselves. "
" After being a mom, we are now in a different chapter in our womanhood, and instead of trying to be our old selves or get our old body back, we should embrace who we are now. "
" I like the idea of matchmaking; I'm just not very good at it. It's too much pressure! "
" The lullaby my husband puts our son to sleep with is so random. It's 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' by Michael Jackson. "
" They did laugh; they did fall in love. And while they were under incredibly oppressive conditions, they constantly were trying to steal pleasures. When you go back to the slave narratives, and you read books like the 'Bullwhip Days' or 'Incidents in the Life of the Slave Girl,' they will share what life was like, and it's a 365-degree view. "
" How often do you see young actors playing scholars? Or striving to be intellectuals, you know? It's not that often. "
" I wouldn't say I'm a Method actor, but there are times where a role will require you to live in their world. "
" If I have a jump rope and a resistance band, I can work out anywhere. Even without a jump rope. If you do 200 jumping jacks, then drop and do some crunches, and then do some squats, you're good. "
" 'Full House' was the first time I had ever been in front of a live audience. I said a line I had rehearsed with my mom, and they laughed. It was wild. To have that energy of the live audience was like, Whaaat? Feeding off that live audience was, to a 4 or 5 year old, a high. "
" I wouldn't be able to tackle a character like Rosalee on 'Underground' without having tackled the many characters I've played before. "
" Henry Louis Gates is such a wealth of knowledge in himself. "
" The real trendsetters are the ones who rebel. Those are the ones who everyone in fashion eventually follows. "
" Marian Wright Edelman is a mentor and hero of mine. "
" We got spoiled with 'Friday Night Lights.' Not every show is like that, and on other shows, if you try to bring that same truth or that same approach, the system of television doesn't always allow for that level of collaboration, which is unfortunate because the work would be richer. "
" There are obstacles and challenges that my dark-skinned sisters face that I will never know. How they are perceived when they walk in a room of strangers is something I will never truly know. "
" I want to tell human stories not solely based on race. There are so many great actresses and actors that are out there, and I just want to see them do good work. "
" Far too often, I read a script where the girls are the girlfriend or the set dressing. "
" There's something about Jason Katims' writing that just feels like home to me. He gives you so much liberty to play, which you don't find on most TV shows. You just don't. "
" I don't know if I would be doing what I do without 'Eve's Bayou,' and I don't know if I would have the career that I have without working on 'Eve's Bayou.' The love for what I do, I found it in that project. "
" With film, there's a consistency to it, but what I like about the TV shows that I've been fortunate to do, like 'Friday Night Lights' and 'True Blood,' is that it feels like you're doing a film. "