This August will mark 10 years since we first did "A Real Nigga Show." My Godbrother reached out to Chew to talk about our idea of bringing the cast back together and reworking the script. He said he was shocked at his response, "You all don't need me in the play." Today, I wonder if he knew he wouldn't be here. Through the years I've had the opportunity to share many laughs with my unofficial teacher, including ones about me taking a gay role one day. His death has put a hole in our hearts. We lost an amazing teacher, a priceless human being and a powerful Thespian. Most only knew him as Prop Joe from The Wire
but the beautiful thing about Robert Chew is that he trained so many young actors from Baltimore. If you pay close attention in the coming years, you'll see it. Some people leave money and possessions behind, some leave having been given their flowers well before their time, and some leave us quietly in the middle of the night with an arsenal of lessons, technique, and words of wisdom to carry us through for the rest of our lives. I am just one person who learned from him. There are many more, far more talented than I am. Watch. Robert F. Chew will be living for many, many years. R.I.P. Mr. Chew. Baltimore loves you and thanks you.