Emmy Award-Winning Actor, Tyler James Williams Discusses The Importance Of Validating The Black Male Experience

Emmy Award-Winning Actor, Tyler James Williams Discusses The Importance Of Validating The Black Male Experience

July 16, 2022 0

Appearing on Tiffany Cross earlier today, Emmy Award-Winning – Tyler James Williams sat with Tiffany to discuss his acting history, as well as his Emmy win for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a comedy series, Abbot Elementary. Tyler James plays Gregory Eddie, a wary substitute teacher in Philadelphia, who is going through the twist and turns of the educational administration and develops a spark with his co-worker. 

His goal his role as well as Quinta (Quinta Brunson – Creator of Abbot Elementary) was simple, highlighting black male educators and amplifying their stories as role models. 

“I saw an opportunity in Gregory Eddie to show Black male teachers in a way that I don’t think we’ve really seen before, with a vast emotional spectrum, a deep care for his kids and getting sucked into this crazy world that is the public school system — regardless of if this is what he planned for his life or not,” Williams said. “I want to be able to use my face and notoriety from the past to amplify voices who are really good. That was something that I wanted to do with Quinta as well.”

Tyler James Williams, Actor

Arriving on “Abbot Elementary,” his focus as well as Quinta, to showcase the importance of validating the black male experience and rearing the next generation. 

In a conversation with Stephen ‘Twitch’ Boss, Tyler mentions:

“Representation is immensely important me, It was the reason why i became a part of this show. Teaching is one of the most important jobs one can take on and it is admirable work”

Tyler James William, Actor

Tyler wants this role to only influence encourage more black educators in the conversation of not only Hollywood, but across the world, highlighting their value and inspiring black boys to see themselves in a positive light.

“By including Black male educators in all conversations, we can shape a better future for ourselves”

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