Where Are They Now? Kids From a Few of Our Favorite Black TV Shows

June 7, 2012  |  
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The Wire

Tristan Wilds

Though Wilds’ character of Michael Lee started of soft-spoken and somewhat shy (when it came to adults, and we all know why that was…) in the end, we watched the very loyal character turn into a cold blooded hitman. Wilds was so good in the role, it was crazy. But surprise, surprise, he left the gritty streets of Baltimore for Beverly Hills as star on the revamped version of “90210.” Along with being the lone black face on that show, the cutie was in the movie The Secret Life of Bees, Red Tails, and is working on two new movies: Fruitvales and Indelible. And did I mention that he’s still a cutie?

 

Julito McCullum

Yikes! Who could forget the wannabe hood that was Namond Brice? The son of fan-favorite character Wee-Bey, Brice was pushed into the drug game thanks to his crazy mother, but just didn’t have the heart for it. He was meant to be a good kid…even if he had a big mouth. After the show, McCullum did a lot of short films, and guest starred on “Law & Order” and Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit.” He recently did a movie called You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You and is working on a movie called 59 Seconds.

 

Maestro Harrell

*Shakes head* Randy Wagstaff’s story literally had me in tears near the end of season four of “The Wire.” As sweet, smart and innocent as he was, the young man didn’t know how to say no, and because of that, he kept finding himself in a sea of trouble on the regular. *sighs*

Oh well. But things have been all good for Harrell since the show ended. Also a music producer, he did the music for Rihanna’s Rebelle Fleur perfume commercial. But he still acts on the regular. He most recently had a role on the show “Suburgatory,”  and was in the movies Polish Bar and The Promotion. He’s also had many a guest role on shows like “Meet the Browns,” “Lie to Me” and “CSI: NY.”

Jermaine Crawford

Geez, the more I talk about these characters, the more sad I get! Duquan “Dukie” Weems was another one with a lot of potential, but he just came from the roughest of beginnings. The son of drug addicts, though a smart kid, his parents were always selling his stuff and left “Dukie” in a state of poverty. That is until he started rolling with Michael all the time. *another sigh* If only he had went on to high school…

But there’s pretty good news in real life for Crawford. He’s kept up the work since his time on “The Wire” ended, showing up in the movies An American Affair, Twelve, Damsels in Distress, and he just finished the movie, Maladies. He also had guest starring roles on popular shows like “Person of Interest.” Why Dukie, you’ve come SUCH a long way…

 

 

Thuliso Dingwall

I couldn’t stand Kenard! We all know what the obvious reason for that is, but for the most part, from jump, this kid was just too grown. He walked around calling people “gumps,” was starting stuff with Dukie and getting him beat up. Aside from that, he thought he was so big and bad when he clearly wasn’t. But in real life, Thuliso Dingwall played more than just the “ignant” characters. Since the show ended, he was in a movie I love called Toe to Toe, on “Law & Order,” and recently made appearances on the shows “Unforgettable” and “Person of Interest.” But I’ll never be able to see him as more than crazy a** Kenard…

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