Mrs. Gordon: (after plotting to steal Penny away from Wilona by setting her up as an unfit mother) Come on now, Mrs. Woods, can't we talk this thing out woman-to-woman? Willona: That depends... what woman is going to talk to YOU? Mrs. Gordon: Did you see the look in that kid's eyes? She WANTS to come home with me! It was all those gifts I gave her, that tape recorder and that $2500 brass bed! Now what could you POSSIBLY give her to top that? Willona: (triumphantly) Love. Can you do that? Mrs. Gordon: I'm here, ain't I? Willona: So is the garbage.
J.J.: Jesus may have your soul, but mama gonna have your behind.
Florida: (after discovering J.J's illegal gambling) J.J, there are two roads out of the ghetto. So far, we've managed to stay on the right road. J.J.: That's what's taking us so long to get out of here! Look, Ma, tell me one dude in the projects who's got a future that ain't in the rackets. Florida: You, because you just resigned. J.J.: Oh, no, Ma. It's MY way out and I'm going to take it. Florida: Then you can start by getting out of here. J.J.: Oh, come one, Ma... (moves forward to hug Florida) Florida: (pulls away and begins gathering his belongings) J.J.: Now, Ma! Let's be reasonable... Florida: (shoving his belongings into his hands) And take these things with you! J.J.: Ma, you haven't even... Florida: (angrily) J.J, get the HELL out of my house!
James: Those could have been Sweet Daddy's draws!
J.J.: (J.J. phones home after a police raid on his "friend's" apartment) Ma? I'm ready to come home. Florida: It's your home.
James: You know what I'm gonna leave the world when I go, Florida? A tombstone that reads "Here lies James Evans. Back in the hole again".
J.J: Only the best for mama now... Kool-Aid.
J.J.: (demonstrating to Florida how to do a TV commercial) Hi, y'all out there in TV land. This is Florida Evans - star of stage, screen, and the ghetto - here to tell you about Vita-Brite Health Tonic. My husband James used to have slow blood. He would cut himself shaving on Monday and wouldn't start bleedin' till Thursday. But *now*... James: ...now, thanks to Vita-Brite Health Tonic, my blood is fast, fast, *fast*! Now I bleed all the time!
Florida Evans: (Florida is shocked when she sees the young boy who delivers drugs to people, like J.J's girlfriend) But James, he's still a baby! James: Well, this ain't his talcum powder!
J.J.: Thelma, I think I got VD! Thelma: VD! The only way you can get that is by... JJ!... well who is it? (JJ looks at her) Thelma: ... Mariaane Thomas? Sweet little Marianne Thomas? ooooooWOOO! Michael: (Michael comes out of the room with his text book) JJ what you say you got? J.J.: VD Michael: (looking up VD) It says here you can only get VD by... ooooooWooo!
James: (to Bookman) We otta biscuits balloon belly.
Michael: (as the TV is being taken away) Goodbye John-Boy.
Thelma: J.J where'd you get stamps to mail a letter? JJ: I don't need no money for stamps! The last six letters I painted em on!
Thelma: Mama might be in a tv commercial! JJ: Hey! That'd be groovy, bein' the son of a famous movie star, I'd have my own Cadillac to drive down and get my food stamps!
James Sr: Junior, get your Mother a glass of water. Water? She aint drinkin' nothin' but the best from now on... Kool aid!
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