Roger Guenveur Smith
Yale School of Drama
Created "Rodney King" one-man show
Series regular on HBO's "K Street"
Collaboratesd with Lee on the "Newton" film
Took "Huey P. Newton" to New York
Debuted "A Huey P. Newton Story"
Screen debut in Spike Lee's "School Daze"
Played Smiley in "Do the Right Thing"
Taught English at Hollywood High for a year after graduate school.
Was inspired to write "Juan and John" after seeing the infamous 1965 incident in which Juan Marichel clubbed John Roseboro during a game at Candlestick Park.
In 1972, a friend of Smith's was killed by gang members after attempting to come to the aid of a friend who was wearing a black leather jacker in the style favored by the Black Panthers. The incident would spur an interest in Newton and lead to "A Huey P. Newton Story."