What do you see in the young generation today that makes you happy?
"I admire the sense of community that our youth have. They move in groups. Their boundaries are very different than ours, and they have a desire, as well as the drive, to break from the status quo. I also love how curious they are."
Do you think there are expectations of being a black woman?
"An interesting question! I think that there are expectations of black women within our community, and different expectations outside of it. Within the black community the expectations are to really have a sisterhood where we stand with each other and recognize the passion, strength and creativity in each other (and I love that). Outside of our community sometimes the expectation is that we tamper down who we are to make others feel more comfortable. That passion and fire is often mistaken for attitude."
What advice would you give your 12 year old self?
"I would flip that. Sometimes I ask my 12 year old self what to do and how to view things. Being 12 is probably one of the last moments where you believe that you can be anyone you want, or do anything you want to do. I would tell my 12 year old self to not lose those feelings, because it's that childlike wonder that makes me want to have a boatload of new experiences at 53."