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.
Follow your intuition, listening to your dreams, your inner voice to guide you.
Don't let others put thoughts into your mind that takes away your self-confidence.
I'm very opinionated, very intelligent and not afraid to show that.
I feel the feminist movement has excluded black women. You cannot talk about being black and a woman within traditional feminist dialogue.
I grew up playing with kids from Hurt Village, playing with kids from other housing projects, Lamar Terrace, because my grandmother lived in that particular area. So, I always wondered how I would have turned out if I would have lived in that particular given circumstance.
We expect our leaders to be godlike. But I feel that when people try to sanctify leadership, it puts it out of the realm of regular people. And that's where the greatest leaders come from - from the people.
Serendipity always rewards the prepared.
Theatre is an exclusive place that tends to be dominated by white men, or dying white men.
In order to be great, you just have to care. You have to care about your world, community, and equality.
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.
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.
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.
Become your dream, and not be told what you are supposed to do.
Cultivating relationships with people who've achieved what you want to achieve makes the path fuller and more fun.
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.
I'll never be August Wilson - but what I can be is more of myself.
Playwrights are the most gregarious writers - to get our work done, we need actors, directors, set designers.
Unlike films, which can be easily disseminated worldwide via DVDs and the Internet, plays struggle to find an international audience.
'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.'