I was very brave at 18, I had lot of confidence, I did not have lot of money, I was having fun. Strong and polite as well as humorous in a silly way. When I'm not working I have to make sure I'm there for my husband and child. Marlon Wayans who has worked with her previously called her 'A Crazy B! As a working woman I have to remind myself constantly to be present when at home. Alvin Ailey Institute: Essence Atkins: Everyone has dysfunctional friends, if you don't have one then it is you. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal Fly is about swag, not based on other people's approval, it is when you are self possessed, it is when you don't have to compare with other people, because you are so happy with what you are I like anything apocalyptic and scares the bejesus out of you.