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Exclusive Interview with Brett Gray

Now is The Time: On My Block’s Brett Gray talks

Brett Gray serves as the comedic relief to a familiar yet, entertainingly unique teen drama, “On My Block.” The show centers four inner city LA teens transitioning into adulthood.

The young actor spoke with Pentagon Mag about his role and branching out into the music world. Gray is from the great city of Philadelphia, PA. The hometown of his acting idol, Will Smith. We shared a few laughs about being from the same city and chatted about his first rehearsal for “On My Block.” Co-Star Peggy Blow, noted his timing was spot on of a young Will Smith. She starred in an episode of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

The whimsical star began his career in Musical Theater, having his first role be in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Brett has been a very busy bee. While wrapping up filming for ​On My Block, ​he’s also simultaneously filming the ​Secret Life of Bees (musical)​ and​ ​another Netflix original; “​When They See Us​.” The series was written and produced by Ava DuVernay. It exposes the U.S. criminal justice system during the ‘​Central Park Five’​ case. Gray makes it a point to play roles that tell stories that are encouraging to young black men. He plans to release an inspiring single “Our Day” for the series.

What’s your favorite characteristic of Jamal?

“​He is hungry, driven, and determined​.” Jamal would not give up the Rollerworld money hunt until he found the fortune, no matter who believed him.

When did you learn you could sing?

Gray says he could always sing since a child. His roots in Musical theater have helped the advancement of his vocal range. Brett says he went to the studio last year and then decided to drop some music of his own. “…​After On My Block, I focused and went to the studio and made my first project.​ ”

We began speaking about the rich musical history of Philadelphia. Home to artists such as: Gamble and Huff, Jazmine Sullivan, Patti Labelle, Jill Scott, Meek Mill, The Roots, and so many other greats. Gray will be apart of the greats our city has produced. His most recent releases include a debut EP, Easy Haze. Along with the video release for single S.O.S. Brett is very much so in-tune with the current wave of music. “I love Tierra Whack and Bri Steves,” he says. Both are fellow rising artists from Philadelphia.

How do you get into character?

To my surprise he answered, “I’m an over-thinker I try not to think about it at all. I just try to remember lines…I really lose myself.” An actor true to his craft, Gray submerges himself into any role.

What’s your dream role and if you don’t have one create one.

I have so many. Comedy, drama, avatar movies, I want to do everything. More live plays; My dream role is The Joker.” Which I could totally see, Gray has the chops to teeter the line of intense drama with a faint hint of humor. He declares he will do an amazing job and I agree. Look out for this promising young actor. He’s setting his own trail ablaze.

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Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are 'Bad Boys for Life'

Over the past few years, we’ve heard rumors of a Bad Boys sequel. This time things are looking a bit more concrete.
While wishing his long time cast mate a happy birthday, Will Smith publicly asked Martin Lawrence to do a sequel to the hit film franchise. To which he replied “Let’s do it again for sure.”
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Bad Boys for life will follow Lawrence (Marcus Burnett) and Smith (Mike Lowery) in their separation. We find Lowery, known for his smooth, player ways, in the middle of a midlife crisis. He wants to hang up his jersey and settle down. While Burnett serves as a private investigator. The two are brought back together when a hit is put on their heads for the murder of a criminal’s brother. In order to take the Albanian mercenary down, they must rejoin forces.
Sony pictures has confirmed that Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Snowfall) would be directing. Originally set to release in 2017, Bad Boys for Life should hit theaters January of 2020.
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Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are ‘Bad Boys for Life’

Over the past few years, we’ve heard rumors of a Bad Boys sequel. This time things are looking a bit more concrete.

While wishing his long time cast mate a happy birthday, Will Smith publicly asked Martin Lawrence to do a sequel to the hit film franchise. To which he replied “Let’s do it again for sure.”

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Bad Boys for life will follow Lawrence (Marcus Burnett) and Smith (Mike Lowery) in their separation. We find Lowery, known for his smooth, player ways, in the middle of a midlife crisis. He wants to hang up his jersey and settle down. While Burnett serves as a private investigator. The two are brought back together when a hit is put on their heads for the murder of a criminal’s brother. In order to take the Albanian mercenary down, they must rejoin forces.

Sony pictures has confirmed that Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Snowfall) would be directing. Originally set to release in 2017, Bad Boys for Life should hit theaters January of 2020.

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Jaden Smith and Pharrell Williams Partner for a Sustainable Denim Line

After recently launching his Just Water company with father Will Smith, Jaden is continuing his efforts to make the world green again. Just Water has a paper-based bottle and the cap is made from sugarcane among other Eco-Friendly features. This time he has partnered with fashion icon and music extraordinaire, Pharrell Williams.

 
 
 
Earlier today, Williams shared a picture of the two on Instagram announcing the partnership with G-Star Raw.
 
 
 
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Expect Smith’s sustainable denim collection with G-Star Raw to hit select retailers later this year. Until then, catch Jaden on his Vision Tour starting April 4th in San Diego.

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Why do WE Care so Much About the Grammys?

After major backlash from the 59th Grammy awards, it seems as if the Academy has had a change of heart in just a year’s time. The Nominees for the 60th Annual Grammy awards have surfaced and artists are finally in the categories they belong in. But why? Why did it take the complaints of millions of viewers for the Academy to correctly place artists where they deserve to be.
More importantly, why do we equate the Grammys to a musical pinnacle? Why don’t people who feel they are left out create a lane of their own? One notion that I cannot understand is why a BET award is not as deeply revered as a Grammy.  Artists usually use the BET awards as a stepping stone and then move on to the MTV and VH1 awards and subsequently the Grammys. This is the ladder of importance to artists.  One that doesn’t make much sense. We care too much about being accepted by people that can hardly understand our art.
 

J. Cole said it best in Fire Squad:
“History repeats itself and that’s just how it goes
Same way that these rappers always bite each others flows
Same thing that my n*gga Elvis did with Rock n Roll
Justin Timberlake, Eminem and then Macklemore
While silly n*ggas argue over who gon’ snatch the crown
Look around, my n*gga, white people have snatched the sound This year I’ll prolly go to the awards dappered down
Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile.
Pictured above, some of Hip-Hop’s most influential artists decided not to attend the 1989 Grammy Awards. In 1988 Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance. However, the win was not televised. We can only imagine why. No matter the reason, these instances of unfair treatment continue to transform and resurface. So now the question is no longer, “Why are we not included?” It has become “Why do we want to be included?”
 
Stop seeking acceptance and stop accepting marginalization.