Effie Melody White: Tell me something, Curtis. Do you think it's right to promote an amateur performer over a professional?
Curtis Taylor Jr.: I'm not sure what this is about.
Effie Melody White: It's about fairness, Curtis. It's about people paying their dues. Isn't that what you keep telling me?"Get in line, Effie. Wait your turn." So why am I sitting here without so much as a B-side on a 45, when an amateur like Martin Luther King Jr. gets his own freaking album? I mean, can he even sing?
Curtis Taylor Jr.: Deena, you know why I chose you to sing lead? Because your voice... has no personality. No depth. Except for what I put in there.
C.C. White: Isn't music supposed to express what people are feeling?
Curtis Taylor Jr.: Music is supposed to sell.
Case Worker: Have you considered asking the girl's father for help?
Effie Melody White: Magic don't have a father.
Lorrell Robinson: What Does R&B stand for?
James 'Thunder' Early: Rough and Black.
Deena Jones: Maybe you just don't see me for who I am.