Stars of "David Makes Man" Talk About Season Two and Black Men and Their Mental Health


Kwame Patterson and Akili McDowell, both as David, in 'David Makes Man.'

In August 2019, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney made the leap from the movie screen to television with his first series David Makes Man, which premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network.



McCraney joined forces with executive producers Michael B. Jordan, Dee-Harris Lawrence, and Oprah Winfrey to bring the story of a 14-year-old Black boy named David as he strived to make a way out of a tough neighborhood in Florida while dealing with the death of his mentor. Now nearly two years after the series debuted, it is making its return on Tuesday, June 22 on OWN. This time, however, keying in on a "boys to men" transformative story arc following David and his family and friends two decades after where season one left off, introducing the grown-up David. But ultimately the question becomes has David really grown up and has he learned to embrace and move forward from the past or is he still stuck mentally at 14.


While in season one rising teen actor Akili McDowell took viewers on David's journey. This time around, McDowell is joined by Kwame Patterson who steps into the shoes of thirty-something-year-old David. Patterson who is best known for his roles in the FX television series Snowfall, The Wire, and The Oath, spoke about the importance of taking on the role of showing a vulnerable Black male protagonist. "It was an honor to be a part of this cast for the season. After the first season was done so beautifully, and I think Akili McDowell played an amazing foundation, the way he structured the character was so beautifully done, so coming into the season as this older David, there were little nerves in the beginning, and a little bit of excitement at the same time, because you want to make sure you do the series proud because it already had such a great foundation."