Blacks had a huge role in settling the West, but you'd never know it from Western movies.
Melvin Van Peebles
I do what I want to do.
I didn't even know I had a legacy.
When I was in the Air Force, if I walked into a restaurant, in about eight or nine minutes the M.P.'s would show up and drag me out because someone had called saying that someone was impersonating an officer.
I was getting my Ph.D. in Holland - I speak Dutch - for a number of years before I moved to France because I had one of those offers you couldn't turn down. They offered me to come and do my films.
Over time, you accumulate a lot of life material.
My first feature, I made in France. There's a great respect for the author there - they don't change your stuff.
The key to empowerment is no more complicated than what Jesse Jackson said, 'We are somebody.' But the 'We are somebody' I would like to be in the larger sense: not just the urban African-American but homo sapiens in general - We are somebody.
There's something on Wall Street called PIG - panic, ignorance, and greed. Those are the big sins. I'm not greedy, I knew I was ignorant, and I didn't panic.
Scars are the price you pay for success.
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