I mean, you know actors, we always want to do something else, something different.
You either get better, or you don't progress.
You don't see a lot of black rock stars. The music industry tends to be segregated stylistically. It's hard for a black artist to cross over to rock music.
From the time I became an actor my whole approach was to try to do as many different things as possible. It never occurred to me that I might be typecast.
It's funny, because in drama school, my greatest strength was my range. So my early career was like that: I played all kinds of different characters.
Notes are tricky in an audition, because I find, more often than not, my instinct is right.
Nothing will ever top 'The Wire.' It was historical. It was black cinema.
The African American community is so under-served in the entertainment industry.
The Wire' really drew on a lot of real-life situations and real-life organizations - it created fiction to make a social statement about reality.
When you're in a high-stress situation, dynamics between people can change.
If you're going to come at me, come at me respectfully, and I will respond respectfully.
I'm an artist at heart.
I started acting almost on a whim to help my music career.
I grew up studying music. I went to conservatory.
I can only speak as an American, but most journalism here isn't doing its job any more. It's about selling stuff.
Growing up, I never imagined I would be an actor.
Don't be a victim; if you want to make movies, make movies.
Because of the way tech is changing, and becoming cheaper and user-friendly, it's becoming easier to make films cheaply, maintaining quality.
Art is art, and journalism is journalism.
I'm interested not just in projects that I'll be starring in, but producing film and TV that's really quality and great for adults and when I say 'great for adults,' it doesn't mean without humor, because I'm also interested in doing comedy.
As I got further into my career, as a character of color, if I was going to have the types of opportunities I felt I deserved, and continue to have them, I was going to have to start creating those opportunities for myself.
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