There are two sides of the Velvet Rope. Those who want to be on the other side and those who are on the other side.
I'm convinced that we black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but the get up, to get through, and to get over.
You can never be happy until you understand why you're doing what you're doing.
To be given permission to be confused -- and remain confused -- for as long as it takes would have been a huge gift.
To cut off the confusion and accept an answer just because it's too scary not to have an answer is a good way to get the wrong answer.
All those songs reflect all the people that live within me.
People do see me as sweet and innocent. Not to say that I am not those things. But I have other sides to me.
Another side to me is this very sexual being. When I look back on my life, it's always been there. It's been there since I was 10 years old, having the imagination that I had.
I wanted to talk about my life. There is so much. I was 18 when I made the record, and I had a lot to say.
You can tell someone who doesn't have love in their life, then someone who is in love.
Big sisters and brothers... I am telling you, it never changes.
There's other things I'd like to do. I probably won't tour for a very, very long time. It's something that you feel inside and that's the way I've been looking at everything.
You get used to working with one choreographer. You kind of get stuck in that vein and you work your way out of it, picking up someone else's style, their flavor. It takes a bit of time.
I think it's been a little difficult at times for the audience, because they've told me they see me as a family member. So to see your little sister sing about sex... I think they are pretty used to it now.
I am the baby in the family, and I always will be. I am actually very happy to have that position. But I still get teased. I don't mind that.