Don't let others put thoughts into your mind that takes away your self-confidence.
Follow your intuition, listening to your dreams, your inner voice to guide you.
I'm very Southern in the way I walk in the world. I love to laugh. I love to eat. I love to hug people. But if somebody makes me mad, my neck may roll. I can be aggressive with a Southern twang.
I'm very opinionated, very intelligent and not afraid to show that.
Serendipity always rewards the prepared.
In order to be great, you just have to care. You have to care about your world, community, and equality.
Many theaters are tackling the multifaceted work of black writers - established and emerging. Now the next step is for them to bring in audiences of color and continue to go out to our community and create a continuous connection that extends beyond the one black show in the season.
I can only speak for myself, but when I was growing up in Memphis - and having the Martin Luther King holiday and the moment of pause on April 4th - he was just a statue to me. I wanted to make him a little bit more real to me as a human being.
I always felt like Broadway was not for me - in terms of ticket price, in terms of what was on there. I never saw myself reflected in the mirror of the Great White Way.
Cultivating relationships with people who've achieved what you want to achieve makes the path fuller and more fun.
Playwrights are the most gregarious writers - to get our work done, we need actors, directors, set designers.
'Hurt Village' is based on a real housing project in Memphis, about three minutes away from the Lorraine Hotel where Dr. King was assassinated, so in my work I'm focusing on a very specific area in Memphis. I see 'Hurt Village' as a natural extension of 'The Mountaintop.'
Become your dream, and not be told what you are supposed to do.
I feel the feminist movement has excluded black women. You cannot talk about being black and a woman within traditional feminist dialogue.
I used to think people above me might get jealous because I wanted to do what they did. But no, people are much nicer than that.
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