I think the traditional stereotypes are loaded in institutional racism.
I'm dark-skinned. When I'm around black people, I'm made to feel 'other' because I'm dark-skinned. I've had to wrestle with that, with people going, 'You're too black.' Then I come to America, and they say, 'You're not black enough.'
Whenever I'm in a film that's from a perspective that is dominant within western culture... I'm always trying to prove myself. When it's from a black perspective, I don't have to - they get it.
What I find really exciting is stories from a different viewpoint.
Nas is such a touchstone in my world.
I like three-dimensional characters - it's just more interesting when you get on set.