(photo from Brooklyn Circus Blog|Darius Vick)
When HBO's critically-acclaimed drama The Wire took its bow two years ago, you could hear the collective sighs from TV watchers across the nation, including myself. I have never been addicted to one television drama in my life until The Wire. One of the many actors I enjoyed watching on the series was Nigeria native Gbenga Akinnagbe, who played the fictional character Chris Partlow, Marlo Stanfield's drug partner and ruthless assassin.
Since the series ended, Gbenga (pronounced "banga") has cut his hair, appeared on a few television shows and, most recently, he starred in the remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 with Denzel Washington and John Travolta. Also, Hip-Hop Fact: Gbenga is the cousin of D.C. rapper Wale.
Gbebga also is dabbling in writing.
He penned a travelogue article of his personal adventure in Thorong Phedi, Nepal for the New York Times newspaper. The actor fought back pain during his 17,769 feet trek up into the Himalayan Mountains. He also discovered another world where people have never seen a black person before. After enduring dehydration and altitude sickness, he finally reached the summit. Afterward, Gbenga felt rejuvenated and inspired. It's a fascinating read.
Also, check out Gbenga's radio interview with Angela Yee where he discusses his trip to Nepal and two new movie projects: The Edge of Darkness (with Mel Gibson) and The Lottery Ticket (with Ice Cube and Bow Wow).
Props to Angela Yee and her Team -- they have an awesome rap blog!