Uzo Aduba channels many conflicting emotions as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on Netflix's original hit series Orange Is the New Black. The character is at once aggressive, tender, terrifying and vulnerable. That balancing act recently earned Aduba an Emmy nomination.
So it seems fitting that her full name, Uzoamaka, means "the road is good."
But she tells NPR's Michel Martin that she hasn't always been so comfortable with that name.
A very smart person I know, a long time civil rights activist, told me once that "gratitude is overrated."
Now, I know that sounds harsh, but what I think she meant was that some people, especially, in her view, women, are too often too quick to settle for less than they deserve. She was talking about people who are so conditioned to have nothing, that they are just too happy when they get even a little.