In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actor, comedian, writer, producer and activist Orlando Jones.
This interview highlights some great moments in the career of a guy that defines versatility in Hollywood. Topics include his ‘Homeboy’s Productions’ Ad company he created while he was in college, he gives his take on diversity in ‘Star Wars’, and speaks on gaining commercial appeal as the 7UP spokesman. He also talks about his work on the comedy sketch show ‘MADtv’ and explains why he decided to leave, he talks about becoming friends with Mike Judge and getting a role in the cult classic ‘Office Space’, his role in Biker Boyz, as well as his role as Dr. James Lee in ‘DrumLine’.
Later they discuss his character Anansi (Mr. Nancy) on ‘American Gods,’ his writing for the show, and he gives his full take on all the drama that unfolded around his firing. Orlando goes on to speak about more people of color in writer’s rooms, his focus on seeking out projects that will help his daughters see a brighter day, his activism work within his city of Wilmington, North Carolina, and tells why Talib was one of the first ones he reached out to when he started his music project ‘Reverse The Hate’. He also talks about his love of Comic Con, as well as his work in the Prime series ‘Good Lord Bird’.