Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
The male singers who had the same range I did, when I was growing up, didn't do much for me. But put on Nina Simone, Carmen McRae or Nancy Wilson, and I'd be in seventh heaven. Female vocalists just did more with their voices, and that's why I paid more attention to them.
I think that most minorities have experienced some form of racial abuse.
When I meet someone from the army background, there is an instant connection. We live in the best five-star hotels of the world, but outside my home I will be equally comfortable in any army cantonment or army guest house. Telling my friends that my father was in the army was like telling them that he is the second-richest man in the world.
If you've ever been to Harlem, there's always something playing on the street, and there's this energy that feels different to anywhere else in New York.
Once you are a model, you do have to fly a million red-eye flights, and you do have to entertain a different client every single day.