This year marks the 10th anniversary of the debut of “The Wire”, still one of HBO’s most-popular original series’, and an iconic part of the Black on-screen lexicon. Yet, the critically-acclaimed show never won an Emmy. Still, it was a show that brothers and sisters of all colors watched and fell in love with – its realness and imagery of ‘hood life in Baltimore depicted the city’s plight, which still has not changed much since the show went off the air.
So, why was it great? Well, there are few Black actors who are so integrated into Hip-Hop culture that their characters seem to take on a life of their own beyond the show. But, if you’re counting, one of those actors would have to be Wood Harris, and “The Wire’s” incomparable “Avon Barksdale.”
Harris, in his role as the drug kingpin, was not unknown to Hip-Hop audiences, he…
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