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'The Wire' actor Jermaine Crawford talks about singing career, being Duquan

Singer/actor Jermaine Crawford
Claudette Trixie / Photo courtesy of Jermaine Crawford, used with permission

Some kids are dealt a bad hand, but Duquan "Dukie" Weems on "The Wire" was dealt the kind of hand that would make some people give up completely. His parents sold his clothes. He didn't have a safe place to bathe. He was always getting evicted. He wasn't a good fighter. He was scared of shooting. And he definitely wasn't equipped to stand on a corner and flex if somebody questioned him about drug money.

Some classmates and even the mothers of some classmates looked at him with disgust. But he managed to have loyal friends: Michael Lee and Randy Wagstaff. Unlike sometimey Namond Brice, they didn't tease him. They actually enjoyed his company, and Michael bent over backwards to make sure Dukie was taken care of.

But it wasn't just children that tried to lend him a hand during Seasons 4 and 5 of "The Wire." Former Detective Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski, who became a teacher in Season 4, was another one that looked past Dukie's circumstances and realized how intelligent this kid was.

In this interview with The Wire Examiner, Jermaine Crawford -- the actor behind Duquan -- reflects on how he felt about his character, how that made him start a youth homeless charity called Code Blue, his R&B mixtape, his love for Janet Jackson and his current acting goals.

Click here to read the interview.

Shamontiel is also The Wire Examiner, and for the gladiators, she's the Scandal Examiner, too.

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