I could float in the pool for hours, just letting the water carry me.
I’m going to do as much as I can with this life, and then I’m going to make sure to take some time off and be simple and ride my bike and hang out with friends.
I truly have a village supporting me. My son has godmothers, godfathers, grandparents and so many others in his life who love him as much as I do. They’re there for both of us. I may not have a mate or husband, but I’m definitely not a single parent.
Soul music is about longevity and reaching and touching people on a human level – and that’s never going to get lost.
You owe it to yourself to live beautifully. And I am.
A nutritionist has told me to have very little butter and very little spices, but I can’t live like that.
I love foods that start in my
cheeks and then vibrate up.
I think every individual has his or her own power, and it’s a matter of working, taking time and defining what that power is.
I just think it’s silly to be stingy with compliments. If you see someone and they strike you as beautiful in any way, why not let them know?
My grill is intended to be discreet. It’s there because I enjoy jewelry.
If I feel really ugly or unhappy, sometimes I’ll choose bright colors so they’ll make me feel good. Yellows, pinks, light blues and orange. I just want to feel good all the time if I can. And colors and hairstyles and all that kind of helps out.
People is, I think, it’s their nature – some people’s nature, in a way, to be angry or jealous or just spiteful about somebody else’s blessings.
Being a mom, it feels like I did something so powerful and amazing. It’s such a gigantic blessing, and a confirmation that the Creator exists. And all of that has made me feel sexier and stronger. I call it ‘lava in my spine.’
I truly loved being pregnant and feeling what was going on inside my body and watching it change. It’s difficult to recoup, but still amazing nonetheless. I would have another one.
Seriously, in America there are more big, curvy girls than there are little girls, and men love us, too.
I always wanted to be a renaissance woman, do as many things as I possibly can and hopefully do them well or don’t do them at all.
Anytime you share life stories with other people, you know, you are acknowledging their humanity and kind of accessing some things about yourself, and other people start to expect things about themselves. It’s kind of like a fellowship.
Sometimes I feel like a Buddhist and I need to chant; sometimes a Baptist and I need to holler and shout; and sometimes I need to be a Catholic and need to purge my sins and confess. It just depends on where I am.
I was backstage at the House of Blues in L.A where I was about to perform, and Stevie Wonder and Prince turned up at my dressing room together! Stevie started beat boxing and Prince started singing one of my songs, all of a sudden it was like I was in a cypher with these incredible artists.
I’m a secret interior decorator. There’s a mural on my dining room wall of the railroad tracks at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. I love having my hometo
All I have to do is be me on stage. But acting, I have to be someone else, and walk how they would walk and blink how they would blink. I used to talk about it bad like, ‘Aw man, that person made $10 million a movie?’ But now I understand why they do. I get it now.
My son has godmothers, godfathers, grandparents and so many others in his life who love him as much as I do. They’re there for both of us. I may not have a mate or husband, but I’m definitely not a single parent.
That’s what I enjoy most about my music – that it heals in its own time and makes us look at ourselves in its own time.
The highs, the lows, the peaks, the valleys, whatever, it’s all going to go into the art, whether I’m singing or acting or whatever.
I’m going to keep it real gully with you; the first two months, I wanted to give him back. I expected someone to come and save me because after you have the baby, nobody cares about you anymore. Nobody cares if you sleep, nobody cares if you eat. It’s just you and this all-consuming thingy!
One of the reasons my ex-husband and I broke up is that he stopped eating my food.
The artists who stand out to me have a passion for what they do. There are a lot of people who can sing. It’s just like when you go to church and people are singing because it sounds good, not because it feels good. There’s a difference.
I’ll say it chose me, and it was an absolute blessing, for the experience of being in Africa for seven months and learning so many different things, from languages to foods to greetings. On so many levels, it was an incredible experience.
There are repercussions to everything, even advancement and success. And I think that the repercussions to my success was the loss of my marriage.
I see myself being a great-grandmother at my great-grandson’s graduation from a school that has my name on it.
At my aunt’s funeral, I promised myself that I wouldn’t be bound by the belief that I’m supposed to stay in anything – whether it’s a relationship, a job, a house, or a circumstance – if it makes me miserable. She gave me the courage to find my own happiness.
There are a lot of difficulties with people trying to conceive.
I believe the relationship you have with your government is not so different to a love relationship.
I’ve been enjoying playing with fashion – gold grills and diamond grills have just become a part of that.
I’m a girl who enjoys a great meal with great friends, so I’m not really that concerned about weight loss.
I panicked when my son, Jett, stopped eating baby food. He’s only two, but his food vocabulary is fantastic. He likes my baked tilapia and string beans with chopped garlic. But he really likes pizza. Sometimes every inanimate object to him is pizza.
Once I started looking for a record deal, I had a trainer. And the trainer told me that I would never sell a record if I didn’t lose weight.
When I sing, I have to live in that moment, so my audience can feel that. That is my reason for doing art.
Everybody’s looking for love, and you want to love somebody and be loved in return.