1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress and activist:
"Jussie Smollett wrote the $10,000 check that put me over the line to have that show. This is a difficult time for him but at his core, he is a good human being, who has made a bad choice, poor choice, and I don't know who helped him make that poor choice but I'm not going to drag him. I'm not going to give up on him. I'm still going to love him because I remember the good he did for me."
"I mean, if it's a situation he brought on himself I would really hate that. But sometimes people do stupid things and it's like, I don't even know what to say. You know when you have a love for a person, it's like you don't want to believe that anything like that but even if, I still have love for him."
4. Billy Porter being interviewed
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Billy Porter, actor:
"I have promised myself, since the election, that I would not have knee-jerk reactions to anything. You know, I'm waiting, I'm waiting to see, it breaks my heart, either way it breaks my heart."
6. KiKi Layne being interviewed
7. SOUNDBITE (English) KiKi Layne, actress and honoree:
"I mean I'm just waiting for all the information to come out. I feel like there's still just some missing pieces and until those fall into place, like I'm like just one of the people, I'm like what is the situation actually? Until that's defined, I don't know, I don't think I have anything to say until all of that comes to light."