"My work ethic came from my parents and my fear of failure. I came from a small, predominantly black school and I didn't want to let them down."
"I love being black in America, and especially being black in Hollywood."
"People would say you look weak if you're not cursing the opposition and driving around in a big black car while always wearing a tie. Above all, to be 'strong' you're always supposed to be giving orders."
"I decided blacks should not have to experience the difficulties I had faced, so I decided to open a flying school and teach other black women to fly."
"I was in California when this journalist made a blanket statement about the fact that she did not think that black men and women had the kind of love relationship that Rebecca and Nathan had in Sounder."
"For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!"
"I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family it says they're looting, if you see a white family it says they're looking for food."
"Now, if we look at the way in which the labor movement itself has evolved over the last couple of decades, we see increasing numbers of black people who are in the leadership of the labor movement and this is true today."
"I did a book in 1996, an overview of black history. In that process I became more aware of a lot of the black inventors of the 19th century."
"I remember when I came home from the hospital after having my son, I wore a Narciso Rodriguez black coat. Then, I was using this fragrance that I had created. I walk by that coat, and it still smells like that fragrance. It takes you right there."