• “It came in the form of a high school play and the discovery that Othello was black and, like Stroud, struggled with race and identity. Stroud auditioned and got the role. He dived into it, taking the script home and going over it again and again. There were words he didn’t get, meanings he couldn’t comprehend. But it still spoke to him.

      An acting coach helped him after school. “We just kept doing it over and over,” said Stroud. “I was yelling. And then I stopped the rehearsals, and I said ‘Yo! I love this!'” ”

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