Terrence J: Hollywood's Next Leading Man?

The Sparkle actor talks Whitney's last role and his dream of becoming Tinseltown's newest big star.

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Future plans are to become a leading man in Hollywood. Not a black leading man, but a leading man period. And, to hopefully get the good roles that I've dreamt of my whole life. That's the ambition, and it's just going to take a lot of hard work to get there.

TR: What are some of your best memories from 106 & Park? And, why do you think it's so critical for 106 to cover news important to the black youth community, such as the Trayvon Martin case?

TJ: Being there to deliver the stories that change people's lives -- like [the earthquake in] Haiti. When the situation happened in Haiti, people were using 106 & Park to deliver their messages to loved ones that were displaced. Things like that really mean a lot to me.

It's imperative because we're really the only ones that can speak on Trayvon Martin. I am Trayvon Martin, just a couple years older, an African-American male. I know the challenges that he faced. It [was] truly an honor to be able to use the show as an outlet for his family to express their feelings. And, for his supporters, [supporters] of the movement that's taken place, to express themselves.

Joshua Weaver is The Root's editorial assistant.

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