*Without a doubt, the murder of Trayvon Martin and acquittal of its perpetrator, George Zimmerman, continues to rock the African American infrastructure to its core.
EURweb’s Lee Bailey caught up with actor and producer Omari Hardwick, who demonstrated his own rage by taking action in a way that we are all encouraged to do in times of great pain (channel the anger in a value-creating way) and the response has been nothing short of remarkable.
At the moment he is in the midst of a power outage in the Cayman Islands; where he took a short vacay following his work on “LITTLE BLACK BOY WONDER: A Dedication to Trayvon Martin.”
In this exclusive two-part interview, we hear how extraordinarily humble this hardworking actor truly is. How deeply touched he was … is … about the death of this 17-year old young man, and subsequently, the verdict given to Zimmerman, the man who triggered the fatal shot that ended Trayvon’s young life.
A poet by nature, Hardwick’s words penetrate deeply as he speaks of the emotion he felt when he first heard the finished product.
Lee Bailey: Well, congratulations on that PSA. From what I can see, you obviously put in some serious work to make that happen. I can truly say you’ve got a masterpiece here in a number of ways. What were your thoughts when you saw the finished product vs. when you had the idea? I mean, from my perspective it’s incredible. Your thoughts?
Omari Hardwick: That’s really, really cool of you to say first of all; and that was my thought when I saw it as well. I saw it here (The Cayman Islands). In such a relaxed setting, and away from the hustle and bustle of L.A. where it was done and of course just to be able to sit here in my own solitude and really take it in, it was an extremely emotional experience for me man. I cried, and the tears kept rolling, and then they turned into tears of joy and I immediately, just immediately went to Sabrina and Tracy (Martin) and Trayvon’s…brother, and the family and immediately felt just a kindred connection to them in hopes that my response and your response will be the same as their response once they saw it.
LB: So are you saying you haven’t heard from Sabrina and Tracey?
OH: I have, and this is what’s really ironic. About a year ago I was at the NAACP Image Awards and ironically I was…connected to the poet side of myself…“Verses and Flow” was nominated and I was the host and I’m still the host of that show on TV One and so for me it was an interesting introduction to them because I had already committed and dedicated the year to the memory of Trayvon. I put it all over Twitter and let the world know, let my fans know – which always feels weird to me to say fans; that you even have fans is crazy, besides your family, …read more