You better believe the next door neighbour as keeping an eye on me. We didn't call the police. We policed ourselves. My grandmother hosted a lot of neighbourhood, watch meetings. Uh, we She had weekly poker games at the house where people will come and fellowship and communique and gossip and tell jokes and drink and smoke. And uh, I say we leaned on each other to survive because even though we were a neighborhood made up of many different families, We were almost as if we were one big family. And so that's that's really the the Chicago in the community. I know very well and I know that the community still exists. They. Air, But it's only something you know, if you're if you're if you're born and raised in that city. But if you're a foreigner from outside looking in, you can never have imagined that those stories even exist. So um, you grow up on the south side of Chicago, but when you were twelve, you moved to this Chicago suburb of Evanston. What are your mother want to move schools? Pointblank It also to I think she was ready to move out her mom's house with our two kids. I think that can be quite taxing. So she decided to move and we went to public school there And I attended shoot middle school and then attended Evanston Township high school and those experiences. I really believe other reason why I'm sitting here talking to you today. I think that really had a huge impact on me to be Yes, I was at a suburb but I wasn't by no means was are the only black kid in school? I was a Skokie uh, and. Still was very diverse And I went to school from, with kids from different socio-economic backgrounds, different races, different religions, different ethnicities. And it was like going from, you know, uh, All Black school to save by the bill, but it has a hot boy. I remember hearing intercom than I was like, What is this? What was happening? And it was just great. I really flourished, and I'm grateful that she did that. Uh, because it really helped shape the person I am. When you move, Did you already know you're again? Hm. I know it out was gay since I was young, I think it I mean young Like Young, like five or six I think most gave people or queer people. No, there's something different about them very early, but I didn't know what to call it. I didn't have a a name for it. And I think that's a big part of that is because we'll we live in a very heterosexual society, but also of the living in the house with black people. That's not something they're talking about is not something that was talked about in the media a lot. And I so I just had no name for what I was. I just knew I've tended to stare at girls more than I stared at Boys. That's all I knew. So do you think moving to a diverse neighborhood meted easier in Lome run for you to come out? I don't think anything makes it easier for anyone to come out at big government out is the most difficult bang anyone can do. And there's is nothing easy about it. I think me moving to Los Angeles and being away from our family a little bit, gave me the freedom to explore who I was and to be free to do it without getting caught without somebody seeing me, uh, being myself and reporting back to some one of my family. I think moving to Los Angeles and I do that in two thousand six even though I knew obviously about when I was in college and I I want to Colombia College in Chicago, so I was still I was living at home with my mom. So I wasn't able to have the experiences one has when you go away to college something a bit part of that is because I wasn't really Chicago yet. I just I just wasn't ready to leave. And then when I did finally leave. Asprey mowing Zabit And I had a real sense of freedom for the first time, and I could admit to myself that I was acquitted person you Road and episode for as he's on. Sorry, series master of non in which the character that you play. Um, who is a lesbian comes out to her mother. It's a flashback episode. It's it's the Thanksgiving episode at and that starts with your character And Aziz on Sarah's characters who are best friends. Um, at your house for Thanksgiving 'Cause every thinks giving He comes over to your house and celebrate Thanksgiving with you, your mother, your aunt, and your grandmother. And then as the episode goes on it flash forwards a few years And then a flash forwards a few more years in than a few more years. And within each proud of the episodes set during a Thanksgiving dinner. And in the early episode, the early part of the episode as. Kids you come out to is ease and he's kinda like, Okay. All right has both firms say, Yeah. And then later in the episode, you come out to your mother at like a diner, a restaurant. And, uh, I want to play that scene because this will the episode that you won the Emmy for coal riding with with his his. So here's your character and your mother who's played by Angela Bassett at a restaurant where you're about to tell her. How you this tall And you don't play basketball? I is. Now asserts basketball scholarship would have come a real handy right now. I'm just glad you in college a UN pregnant and own drugs. Again. Pregnant when you got a you I defense as well as Abu ID thing. The IUD. Well, as you know, we're about me and pregnancy. You saved. You don't come to little. Oh one. I don't know why if you ask me.