Ahmed Best shares a story that discusses the effects of being bullied and harassed as a Black actor. He talks in detail about the racially motivated criticism from Star Wars fans about his portrayal of Jar Jar Binks that brought him to almost ending his life. Trigger Warning! This video discusses suicide, and it will bring you to be full of tears.
We all play a part in suicide prevention. If you are someone you know has suicidal thoughts or needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255 Available 24 hours every day.
Thank you for sharing your story, Ahmed. You’ve just saved more lives than you know.
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Q&A: Kyle Beltran & Kristolyn Lloyd Talk Blue Ridge, Actor Growth, What Makes Them Smile & More!
Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hanson, Paradise Blue) and Kyle Beltran (In The Heights, Head of Passes, The Cherry Orchard) are currently starring in Blue Ridge through Sunday, January 27th, 2019 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company in the Linda Gross Theater .
Get into the gems dropped by the pair in this Q&A below!
Power’s Omari Hardwick On How Denzel Washington Impacted His Life
Power is back in full swing and in its fourth season. Omari Hardwick is still fine as hell. Anika Noni Rose is giving her best praise in her role this season.
It goes without saying that we at Broadway Black are here for Power and we’re tuned in every Sunday. We’re also tuned into the story of generosity and brotherhood between Omari and Broadway Black legend, Denzel Washington.
The struggle is real and for Hardwick, that struggle is no different from anyone else. Before he made it big, he was substitute teaching and coaching football; where coincidentally his coaching John David led to a relationship with Denzel Washington and his wife, Pauletta.
“They gave me shelter when I didn’t have a place to stay or whatever but they sort of allowed me to be close enough to the family so I sort of transitioned into getting an agent…the whole thing…doing all these odd jobs.”
Hardwick was seconds away from signing on to be a firefighter before he booked a role with Spike Lee for “Sucker Free City.” However, things went wrong as they sometimes will, and the deal fell through. Although “The funds were low and the debts were high” the Washington’s gave Hardwick a reason “to smile, when he wanted to sigh.”
Well we’re surely happy Hardwick is giving his best life as “Ghost” on Power. Washington continues to grant gifts as he brings August Wilson’s 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle to HBO, with the exception of Fences.
Check out the full interview between “The Real’s” Loni Love and Omari Hardwick HERE.
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