World Before Page: A Conversation With National Book Award Finalist Jamel Brinkley, The Adroit Journal
"And even if my work doesn’t shy away from sadness, tragedy, and flawed humanity, ultimately I write out of love for my community. That’s why it’s equally important for me to try to get pleasure, humor, joy, strength, and striving onto the page. Telling the entirety of the story, out of love and a desire to tell the truth, is sustaining for me."
"My motivation was to really bring to the screen the kinds of black women I had known my whole life."