Rising Star Tries Finding Her Voice

Adepero Oduye, who joins A Trip to Bountiful, has something to say, if only her publicist would let her.

Courtesy of A Trip to Bountiful
Courtesy of A Trip to Bountiful

I can honestly say, it’s never a nuisance. I always feel like I’m receiving this gift, and I’m thankful that I got to be a part of something that people have been able to relate to.

TR: On Monday you tweeted President Obama, “Please Pres. @BarackObama do not consider Ray Kelly for DHS. #stopandfrisk.” What inspired that?

AO: I was reading the paper and saw a cartoon with Ray Kelly frisking Obama, and I was like “Wait, what’s happening?” so I Googled it. For everything Obama stands for and the things he’s said in the past in his books, especially with the Trayvon Martin thing — and I’m not sure if he [made his comments on Trayvon] because he was asked a question and he was trying to be diplomatic and neutral — that can’t happen.

I assume Obama knows about stop and frisk, so this is not the person that should be the head of homeland security. I had to say something. Kelly’s nomination would go against who President Obama is.

TR: Speaking of Trayvon Martin, what was your reaction to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial?

AO: To be honest, I wasn’t surprised —

Editor’s note: At this point, Oduye’s publicist interrupted and ended our interview because he didn’t feel that her thoughts about politics were appropriate.

Hillary Crosley is the New York bureau chief at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.