"People want to [put] you into a box. But it's your decision if you want to go along with the molding or not."
"When I think about my relationship to the academy, part of the struggle was I don't want to talk in academic prose…. Because who's gonna see it? And who's it gonna benefit?"
"I definitely paved the way for every reality star… I had my eye on the prize from the minute I got in there."
“I think it's really important if you have a door open [to you], keep it propped open."
"I want to diversify [ballet]. I want people to see and know that a Black girl can be a ballerina in a mainstream White company."
"I literally came into the hospital without thinking about [founding my business] and left the hospital on a mission."
"I have self worth. And I’m expensive."
“You have to have this crazy, almost irrational, belief in your own ability to get something done.”