Ninety percent of the time, you`re going to hear no. It took me seven years to make `Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored.` Nobody wanted to see the movie made. I got the movie made.
Why would you create a movie for black people if you don`t understand the history and perspective of the people you are doing it for? You need historical perspective to make sound decisions.
When the media defines something, you have to question: Is it the definition that you want applied to your culture? I`m trying to determine who`s leaving the legacy, and if the legacy that is being left is a positive one.
Just having hope ain`t going to cut it. You`ve got to have hope, passion and skills.
Young kids are taking Viagra, ecstasy. They even want instant sex.
A film should be an experience. You should feel something. It should motivate you to feel something.
Black people don`t even question things any more, they simply follow the lead.
The business is so upside down now. It`s not just about the bling-bling.
How did we suddenly become entranced with gangster culture? I saw it this morning on campus. When did the black community say we should all look like criminals?