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Born: 1985-01-03
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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Everything about us black people is complicated, us being here, being a minority, being a woman, all those things are complicated.

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I was the jokester, the one who made the family laugh.

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I was kind of a bully, even though I'm tiny, 5' 2". As a child, I'd boss other kids around and dress my little brother up, just putting on shows, singing and dressing up.

Tags: Brother, Child, Kids

I went to Juilliard in New York and used to do cabarets just for fun. Occasionally, I would get together with a jazz musician and play at a restaurant for cash. And I've done some background vocals for recording artists.

Tags: Done, Fun, Together

I've been fortunate to work with Alfre Woodard and Jeffrey Wright; people who are artists, have careers, longevity and full lives. That looks good to me.

Tags: Good, Lives, Work

My mom has an English accent, so we always referred to the trunk as the 'boot.' And then, suddenly, we moved to Georgia and I would say things like 'open the boot' with a bit of an accent, and I quickly realized I had to adapt; that kind of thing will get you beat up!

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Stone Mountain, Georgia, still had Ku Klux Klan marches, and I had a wild and courageous mother who'd put us in the car to watch them. She wanted us to know those things existed.

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There are expectations in how you play your character as a black woman, to be sassy and the same kind of feel, as if there are no quirky black women. I struggle with those things constantly, trying to add dimension to my work, and that's the goal, too.

Tags: Character, Women, Work

When I was younger, my father was in the Foreign Service and we lived in Nigeria, Panama, and London, but for the most part I grew up in the South and D.C. I got the travel bug as a little person and I've bounced around a lot.

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Throughout history there have been many other examples, similar to that of Haeckel, Huxley and the cell, where a key piece of a particular scientific puzzle was beyond the understanding of the age.

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In Darwin's time all of biology was a black box: not only the cell, or the eye, or digestion, or immunity, but every biological structure and function because, ultimately, no one could explain how biological processes occurred.

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As can be seen even by this limited number of examples proteins carry out amazingly diverse functions.

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In many biological structures proteins are simply components of larger molecular machines.

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In order to say that some function is understood, every relevant step in the process must be elucidated.

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It is often said that science must avoid any conclusions which smack of the supernatural.

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It was only about sixty years ago that the expansion of the universe was first observed.

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Proteins are the machinery of living tissue that builds the structures and carries out the chemical reactions necessary for life.

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Science is not a game in which arbitrary rules are used to decide what explanations are to be permitted.

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Skin is made in large measure of a protein called collagen.

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The basic structure of proteins is quite simple: they are formed by hooking together in a chain discrete subunits called amino acids.

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The point here is that physics followed the data where it seemed to lead, even though some thought the model gave aid and comfort to religion.

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The theory of undirected evolution is already dead, but the work of science continues.

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Thus it seemed to Haeckel that such simple life could easily be produced from inanimate material.

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We are not inferring design to account for a black box, but to account for an open box.

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A man from a primitive culture who sees an automobile might guess that it was powered by the wind or by an antelope hidden under the car, but when he opens up the hood and sees the engine he immediately realizes that it was designed.

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Although Darwin was able to persuade much of the world that a modern eye could be produced gradually from a much simpler structure, he did not even attempt to explain how the simple light sensitive spot that was his starting point actually worked.

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Biology has progressed tremendously due to the model that Darwin put forth. But the black boxes Darwin accepted are now being opened, and our view of the world is again being shaken.

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But sequence comparisons simply can't account for the development of complex biochemical systems any more than Darwin's comparison of simple and complex eyes told him how vision worked.

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By irreducibly complex I mean a single system composed of several well-matched, interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning.

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In the 19th century the anatomy of the eye was known in great detail and the sophisticated mechanisms it employs to deliver an accurate picture of the outside world astounded everyone who was familiar with them.

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It is a shock to us in the twentieth century to discover, from observations science has made, that the fundamental mechanisms of life cannot be ascribed to natural selection, and therefore were designed. But we must deal with our shock as best we can and go on.

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It was a shock to people of the nineteenth century when they discovered, from observations science had made, that many features of the biological world could be ascribed to the elegant principle of natural selection.

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Since natural selection requires a function to select, an irreducibly complex biological system, if there is such a thing, would have to arise as an integrated unit for natural selection to have anything to act on.

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The question of how the eye works - that is, what happens when a photon of light first impinges on the retina - simply could not be answered at that time.

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This fact immediately suggested a singular event - that at some time in the distant past the universe began expanding from an extremely small size. To many people this inference was loaded with overtones of a supernatural event - the creation, the beginning of the universe.

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