Life In East Baltimore After “The Wire”

via The Baltimore Sun.

After hundreds of local and federal police fanned out across Baltimore at dawn yesterday, hauling suspects out of homes and off the streets, authorities announced at day’s end that they had shut down one of the city’s major sources of illicit drugs and violence.

The Wire’s Snoop was one of those people. Snoop was played by Felicia Pearson a Baltimore native born of “two incarcerated drug addicts and raised in an East Baltimore foster home”.

David Simon Weighs in on her arrest in Slate magazine.

“And I would note that a previous, but recent drug arrest that targeted her was later found to be unwarranted and the charges were dropped. Nonetheless, I’m certainly sad at the news today. This young lady has, from her earliest moments, had one of the hardest lives imaginable. And whatever good fortune came from her role in The Wire seems, in retrospect, limited to that project. She worked hard as an actor and was entirely professional, but the entertainment industry as a whole does not offer a great many roles for those who can portray people from the other America. There are, in fact, relatively few stories told about the other America.”

Read the rest of the article at the link, including a two year old essay in Time Magazine by the writers of The Wire.

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