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It’s art imitating life and unfortunately, it’s an emotional roller coaster that’s hard to ride. Shots Fired, the FOX show that takes an all too realistic look at social injustice and racial bias, is a timely piece of work that left actor Mack Wilds unable to perform.

HH spoke to Wilds while at the recent Shots Fired screening and panel discussion, where he opened up about how the controversial and untimely deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling left him in tears and unable to do his job. “I remember just walking into my trailer and seeing my cop uniform and bursting into tears,” Mack, who plays Deputy Joshua Beck, revealed. “I couldn’t even contain myself … but after about two hours of boo-hooing [executive producers] Gina and Reggie came and just let me know we’re doing this for a reason.”

Take a look at our interview below, where Mack’s co-star DeWanda Wise also recounts a difficult time shooting a scene reminiscent of the riots in Ferguson following the death of Mike Brown.

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Exclusive: ‘The Oath’s Cory Hardrict, Kwame Patterson Recall Being Harassed By Cops



If you want to take an emotional, entertaining and dangerous ride through the corrupt land of law enforcement, then we suggest you tune in for The Oath.  

Delivering a unique perspective on what it means to wear the color blue, the show follows a group of police officers and their lives with badges on and off.

“With being a cop in the workforce, especially being an African American cop, when we step out there, we always want to do the right thing,” Cory Hardrict told HipHollywood. “The crazy thing about this show is we have another life as well outside of the cop world where things aren’t so perfect.”

Cory, who is expecting a baby girl very soon with his wife, Tia Mowry, continued, “When the badge comes off and we have on regular civilian clothes, we get treated like every African American harassed person out here in the world.”

Although this is just a television show, the narrative is not exactly a far cry from reality, a reality Cory Hardrict and Kwame Patterson personally know all too well. “I had one incident where he [the officer] took his blade and went to the back seat cut the back seat and sliced it … but you can’t do anything.”

Patterson added, “I’m from Baltimore, so Baltimore is one of the most corrupt police cities in the United States. So I’ve definitely dealt with police brutality, discrimination … it’s always my word against theirs.”

The new show, produced by 50 Cent, is now streaming on Crackle.

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