Juan: I've been here a long time. Out of Cuba. A lot of black folks are Cuban. You wouldn't know from being here now. I was a wild little shortie, man. Just like you. Running around with no shoes on, the moon was out. This one time, I run by this old... this old lady. I was running, howling. Kinda of a fool, boy. This old lady, she stopped me. She said...

Juan: [imitates old lady voice] "Running around, catching a lot of light". "In moonlight, black boys look blue". "You're blue". "That's what I'm gonna call you: 'Blue'."


Little: Is your name 'Blue'?

Juan: [laughs] Nah.


Juan: At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you're going to 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.

[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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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


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


Black: Yeah.

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?

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.

Chiron: You don't even know.

Black: It is what it is.

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.

Chiron: Thanks for the ride man.

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