To sweat is to pray, to make an offering of your innermost self. Sweat is holy water, prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past. Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna, or the sweat lodge. I do it on the dance floor. The more you dance, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy.
Dance is the fastest, most direct route to the truth.
Do you have the discipline to be a free spirit?
It’s easier to believe in yourself after someone else has believed in you first.
To live a fulfilling life, we must combine passion with compassion and strength without strife; we must get out of our comfort zone and into our strength zone; and we must work every day with discipline to ensure that our daily agenda reflects our values, our priorities, and the legacy we wish to leave for others.
I myself am mixed race – my mother is Korean, and my father is an American Jew – so I’ve always felt other.
A lot of women seem to think the way to ingratiate themselves is to put down other women or backstab.
Look, my best friend is Xena, Warrior Princess and she is not going to like this forced wedding thing, if you get my drift.
I’ve got to learn to keep my mouth shut.
You have to develop a very thick skin.
There’s an inherent idea that if a Black executive producer and a Black director are going to do a movie based on a Black writer’s book that everybody is going to be Black.
I’m not the type to lay out on the beach, but I do love to work out outside, and that can really take a toll on your skin!
You get so afraid of failure and so afraid of losing and so afraid of not being the best that it’s not a natural drive – it’s born out of fear of failure. Which helps in Hollywood.
I’ve always had an interest in sports across the board.
My friends are very opinionated about the people I date.
In Hollywood, marriages are kind of expected to fail.
I’m not sensitive, I’m not a weepy person.
I like meat and carbohydrates.
People think that celebs make a lot more money than we do. We look for bargains and we do a lot of stuff on our own.
Just like I find men who talk sports who don’t really know sports annoying, I think men might find women who don’t really have a true passion and knowledge of sports maybe not so attractive.
Within a lot of African-American households, I think, there’s an idea that black men don’t want to take an active participation in the lives of their children. That if they do, there has to be some sort of ulterior motive.
I hope I just show women that its OK to inhabit your own body. Im not a rah-rah feminist. But its important to me that people see you can be an athlete and be strong-and also be a girl.
It’s not the gentle part I have a problem with, it’s the dull, stupid part.
You don’t have to be strong all the time, Xena. Sometimes it’s good for the soul to be soft.
Most people think of death as the end, when in fact, death can be the beginning.