As a child, I always wanted to be the last one to take a bath because I knew I could close the door and spend hours just having my bath and singing.
Francois Truffaut was my godfather on 'Sugar Cane Alley.' He believed in me and in that story, and told everyone that it should be made.
I believe that the American audience is not so dumb that they wouldn't be interested in a black story.
I wanted to make a black story about South Africa. Unfortunately, no producer in the United States would put one penny into a black story.
I've been to Cuba many times.
When African-Americans come to France, the French show them more consideration than they would show an African or a Black Caribbean. When African-Americans come to France, the French people are like, 'Oh, wow. Oh my God.' But if it's an African, they're like, 'Whatever.' It's all because of the past, because of our history.