Last time 2UrbanGirls spoke with Gerald “Slink” Johnson, we discussed his role in Grand Theft Auto 5, which set 6 world records, including grossing over $1 billion dollars in less than a week. He is now playing the starring role of “Black Jesus” created by Aaron McGruder, most recognizable for his cartoon strip turned TV show, The Boondocks.
Back in the days when you attended Inglewood High School, could you imagine all of the success you are now experiencing?
Back in the days of Inglewood High, I had no idea that my life's path would take would take me to such places. I always was a class clown and the center of attention, but often for the wrong reasons. I'm so proud, yet humbled by it all. After all I've been through in my life; this is truly a milestone for me.
Do you have a message to young men in Inglewood who are also trying to reach their dream?
My message to young men in Inglewood, and everywhere, is to never stop pursuing their dreams and goals. Even when it looks bad, keep on going. It's not the end of the world. Don't let the environment, circumstances or naysayers distract or derail them in their progress. Anything you want to do in this world you can do. ANYTHING.
Finally, as an active father in your kids lives, how do you juggle your career and being a dad?
Being an active father is one of the greatest things in my life. My children are my motivation. Sometimes, I'll have them on set, watching and learning, while my oldest, Justin, is working with me as my assistant. He's also a director and photographer. My aim is to keep it in the family. Teach them to fish.
We thank you again Slink for taking the time to speak to our readers and want to remind everyone to tune in to the premier of Black Jesus on Adult Swim, which airs this Thursday, August 7th at 11pm. The City of Inglewood is proud of you!