In this episode of "People's Party With Talib Kweli", Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actor:
His character Steve Urkel took the TV world by storm after joining the cast of "Family Matters"...Here's what they dug into with Jaleel:
- His start doing doing commercials right out of preschool
- Not thinking "Family Matters" was funny when he first watched it
- The problematic history of white people writing for Black shows
- Steve Urkel joining "Family Matters" being a bridge for the white writers
- His issues with the idea of a "Family Matters" reboot
- Harriette Winslow first appearing on the show "Perfect Strangers"
- His parents keeping him grounded during the height of fame
- Addressing Jaleel's public statements regarding Bill Cosby's guilt
- Connecting reasons for the success of "Black Panther" and shows like "Family Matters"
- Not feeling welcomed by the cast of "Family Matters" for the first two seasons
- Fond memories of working with Kellie Williams who played Laura Winslow
- His mother stepping in and ensuring Jaleel received a decent education
- Issues on set when Jaleel was asked to play Myrtle Urkel
- Voice acting for the "Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog" cartoon series
- A blessing in disguise that came from starring in "Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus"
- How much he enjoyed hosting the game show "Total Blackout"
- Why Jaleel decided to jump into the weed biz with his cannabis line ItsPurpl
- Struggles of not being able to shake the Urkel image after leaving "Family Matters"