On His Rape Scene:

It was immaturity on my part. It really did not treat rape with the seriousness that it is.

On His OP-ED In The New York Times:

In Mo Better Blues, there are two characters named Mo and John Flatbush. And they’re Jewish. When the film came out, I was called anti-Semitic. And my lawyer at the time, a great man named Arther Klein, told me if I don’t write a New York Times op-ed peice saying that I am not anti-Semitic, I was never going to work in Holly wood again.

On Having A Opinion:

If you ask my wife, she’d say someimes you should shut up, but anytime I’ve said something, it’s always been my thinking that I am not speaking on behalf of all African-Americans. This is my opinion.

On Black Movies:

There is room for everything. It becomes a problem when one thing is pushed, and it dominates everything else and obscures the other important elements of who we are as a people.

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