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Jermaine Crawford on his R&B music, playing Dukie on 'The Wire' and the difficulty separating the two

Jermaine Crawford on his R&B music, playing Dukie on 'The Wire' and the difficulty separating the two

Like plenty of 22-year-olds, Jermaine Crawford is no longer interested in being seen as a teenager.

The problem for the Bowie native is he played a famous one on TV named Duquan “Dukie” Weems, one of the main students “The Wire” focused on in its acclaimed fourth season in 2006.

“People are so used to seeing me so innocent, so young, so baby-faced,” Crawford said on the phone Tuesday. “But in 10 years, a lot of growth happened. A lot of life happened.”

These days, Crawford is concentrating on the passion he discovered before acting: singing. In 2013, he...

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