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Joy Keys chats with Actor Roger Guenveur Smith about Mooz-lum

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Roger Guenveur Smith is an actor, writer, and director whose work has illuminated the international stage and screen. He adapted his Obie Award-winning solo performance of A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm. His most recent play, RODNEY KING, has already been lauded by the Los Angeles Times and the LA Weekly as among the season's best, and is currently featured in the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater, where he has frequently presented his history-infused work. 

For Spike Lee's classic DO THE RIGHT THING, Mr. Smith created the stuttering hero Smiley, as well as a gallery of memorable characters in Mr. Lee's MALCOLM X, GET ON THE BUS, and HE GOT GAME. His eclectic range of screen credits also includes EVE'S BAYOU, DEEP COVER, HAMLET, ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS, and the HBO series K STREET and OZ. He was nominated for the Screen Actors' Guild Award for his work in AMERICAN GANGSTER and recently starred in the acclaimed indie films MOOZ-LUM and BETTER MUS' COME, as the Prime Minister of Jamaica. 

FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW is Smith's signature solo, played on countless stages from the Kennedy Center to London's ICA. INSIDE THE CREOLE MAFIA, a "not-too-dark comedy" is his award-winning duet with Mark Broyard. 

Roger studied at Yale University and Occidental College, and has taught at both institutions; as well as Cal Arts. Website: http://guenveur.com/

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