Jaleel White On ‘People’s Party With Talib Kweli’

Jaleel White On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

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”

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