Juan: [to Little] Let me tell you something, man. There are black people everywhere. You remember that, okay? No place you can go in the world ain't got no black people, we was the first on this planet.

[Slight pause]

Juan: I've been here a long time. I'm from Cuba. Lotta black folks in Cuba. You wouldn't know that from being here, though. I was a wild little shorty, man. Just like you. Running around with no shoes on, when the moon was out. This one time, I ran by this old... this old lady. I was runnin' and hollerin', and cuttin' a fool, boy. This old lady, she stopped me. She said...

[He pauses]

Juan: [Imitating an old lady's voice] "Runnin' around, catching up all that light. In moonlight, black boys look blue. You blue, that's what I'm gon' call you. 'Blue'."

Little: So your name 'Blue'?

Juan: [Chuckles] Nah.

[Another pause]

Juan: [to Little] At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you gonna be. Can't let nobody make that decision for you.

Little: [innocently] What's a faggot?

Juan: A faggot is... a word used to make gay people feel bad.


Little: Am I a faggot?

Juan: No. You're not a faggot. You can be gay, but you don't have to let nobody call you a faggot.

Juan: Ok. Let your head rest in my hand. Relax. I got you. I promise. I won't let you go. Hey man. I got you. There you go. Ten Seconds. Right there. You in the middle of the world.

Juan: I saw your mama last night.

Little: I hate her.

Juan: I bet you do.


Juan: Hated mine too.


Juan: Miss her like hell now. All I'm gonna say about that.

Paula: You ain't got to love me, but you gonna know that I love you.

[last lines]

Black: [to Kevin] You the only man that's ever touched me.

[long pause]

Black: You're the only one.

[long pause]

Black: I haven't really touched anyone since.

Kevin: I wasn't never worth shit. Never did anything I actually wanted to do, was all I could do to do what other folks thought I should do. I wasn't never myself.

Black: So you're Cuban now?

Kevin: Only in the kitchen, Papi.

Kevin: Who is you man?

Black: Who, me?

Kevin: Yeah nigga. You. Them fronts? That car? Who is you Chiron?

Black: I'm me man. Ain't trying to be nothing else.

Kevin: So you hard now?

Black: I ain't say that.

Kevin: Then what?


Kevin: Look. I'm not trying hem you up. Just... I ain't seen you in a minute. Not what I expected, none of it. Not good or bad. Just not what I expected.

Black: Well, what did you expect?


Kevin: You remember the last time I saw you?


Black: For a long time, tried not to remember. Tried to forget all those times.


Kevin: Yeah. I know.

Paula: You're my only. I'm your only.

Kevin: Hey, these grandma rules, man. You know the deal. Your ass eat, your ass speak.

Kevin (16): What you cry about?

Chiron: I should have cried too much sometimes I feel like I'm just gonna turn into drops.

Kevin (16): Just roll out into the water, right? Roll out into the water just like all these other muthafuckers around here trying to drown their sorrow.

Little: My name is Chiron, people call me little.

Juan: At some point you've got to decide who wanna be.

Juan: Can't let nobody make that decision for you.

Kevin: I ain't see you in like, a decade... It's not what I expected.

Chiron: What did you expect?

Teresa: Aright. Water for me, and a little gin for you.

Teresa: [chuckles] Boy please. I know Juan used to give you that gin, but we ain't doing that up in here Chiron.


Teresa: You don't think my joke was funny?


Teresa: What's wrong?

Chiron: Nothing. I'm good.

Teresa: No. I done seen good, and you ain't it.

Teresa: Stop putting yo' head down in my house! You know my rule. It's all love and all pride in this house! Do you feel me?

[Chiron nods]

Teresa: [scoffs] I can't hear you. Do you feel me?

Chiron: [quietly] Yeah.

Teresa: Okay.

Chiron: [firmly] I feel you.

Teresa: Aright.

Black: Why'd you call me?

Kevin: What?

Black: Why did you call me?

Kevin: I told you, this dude came in, he played this song.

Kevin: So Chiron...

Black: [chuckles] What... Why are you lookin' me like that for?

Kevin: What man? Come on, you just drove down here?


Black: Yeah.

Kevin: Like you was just, you was just on one, and you hit the highway?

Black: [quietly] Yeah.


Kevin: So where you gonna stay tonight man?

Paula: [to Juan] You ever see the way he walk? You're gonna tell him why the other boys kick his ass all the time?

Little: Do you sell drugs?

Juan: Yeah.

Little: And my mama... she do drugs, right?

Juan: Yeah.

[Little gets up from the table and leaves. He never sees him again]

Teresa: You live with your mama?

Little: Yes.

Kevin: Yeah. We here, Chiron.

Kevin (16): [to Chiron] Stay down!

Kevin: [laughs] Always with that damn nodding, man! You haven't changed a damn bit.


Kevin (16): Man, you don't smoke. Why you pretending'? You puttin' on a show for me Black?

Chiron: Why you keep calling me that?

Kevin (16): Black? That's my nickname for you. You don't like it?

Kevin: It's Kevin. You do remember me, right?


Black: Yeah.

Chiron: You don't even know.

Paula: I need some money.

Chiron: For what?

Paula: That's my business! Don't you ask me no shit like that!

Chiron: [mumbling] I don't have any money.

Paula: No, no, don't lie to me boy! I'm your mama! That bitch over there ain't no kin yeah? I'm your blood! Remember?


Paula: I ain't feeling good. I need something to help me out.

Paula: [sobbing] Come on baby. Come on baby.

[First Lines]

Juan: Business good?

Terrence: Business good. Everybody cleaned out, it's in the cut if you want it.

Black: It is what it is.

Chiron: Thanks for the ride man.

Kevin (16): No problem Black. I'll see you around.

Paula: Where did you go last night?

Chiron: Why?

Paula: Well, I'm your mama ain't I?

Kevin: Who is you, Chiron?

Chiron: I'm me man. I ain't trying to be nothing else.

Juan: I got you a promise. Never let you go.