Curtiss Cook Talks About Admiring His Character on "The Chi" and Black Lives Matter

Lena Waithe's The Chi is giving us what we need during the summer quarantine and with each episode, it seems to continue to heat up. Now in its third season, the Showtime original continues to be authentic and relatable to the Black community. One character that many may perceive as the villain is the pizza shop owner, mayoral candidate and drug lord, Otis 'Douda' Perry. Played by the talented Curtiss Cook, Douda is the definition of a strong Black man who knows what he wants and goes full steam ahead to get it.

After last week's episode, our Editor-in-Chief Eric K. Thomas had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Cook about the hit show and his role as the infamous drug lord Douda, Black Lives Matter and the struggles of a single father.

Curtiss believes that The Chi is important to the culture because it is the culture.

The representation. Being able to see a television show and see yourself as Black people, as a young Black man or an old a** Black man. Having that portrayal of yourself be so authentic, be so real, be so honest, be so unapologetically Black. Not skimming around some s***s that we shouldn't be talking about. That whole airing your dirty laundry. I feel like sometimes you have to air the dirty laundry so that it's not hidden anymore so that some people can deal with it.