O, The Oprah Magazine | From the January 2002 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
A few years ago I started wearing things that pleased me. I didn't think, 'Can you see my butt?' I just stopped having those kinds of unhealthy thoughts. I met my husband and we had a baby. That was the best thing for me. Having others (including my dog) to be responsible for made me feel free: I wasn't focused on only me, me, me.
I was once looking for whatever it was that would make me okay for everyone else and realized that there is no such thing. As an actress I felt constantly evaluated, but I realize that I've been in a position to challenge the perceptions of what being black is. When there is no road, you make a road.