Denzel Washington

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Roshawn Been
Ethics 300-02
Denzel Washington
“I'm very proud to be black, but black is not all I am. That's my cultural historical background, my genetic makeup, but it's not all of who I am nor is it the basis from which I answer every question.” – Denzel Washington. Some may say he is intelligent, while others may say he is courageous. Big words are just insufficient to describe this actor/director/screen-writer/producer. This two-time Oscar winner and nominee of numerous awards, has proven that Hollywood is not just a money making workshop, but it offers well profound characters that deserve the attention of connoisseurs. More importantly, his efforts have done much too dramatically expand the range of dramatic roles given to African-American actors and actresses. In most every aspect of his appearance and activities, Mr. Washington is perfectly decent and very sophisticated; thus, it came as no surprise when he was named Best Actor. Denzel Hayes Washington Jr., Nicknamed “D”, was born around midnight on December 28th 1954 (Capricorn). He was born in Mount Vernon, at the north end of the Bronx in New York City. He was the son of Denzel Washington Sr. (named after the doctor Denzel who delivered him), a Pentecostal minister with the Church of God in Christ who is from Buckingham County VA, and Lennis “Lynne” Washington, a beautician and former gospel singer from Georgia. Other children born to the Washingtons were David Washington and Lorice Washington. He was the brother-in-law of actress Rita Pearson and the cousin of CBS anchorman Ukee Washington. Denzel married actress Pauletta Pearson Washington (61 years old) on June 25th 1983; He met her when he was filming his first onscreen role on the TV movie set named “Wilma”. One year after their wedding, they had their first child, John David Washington (born July 28th, 1984) – Attended Morehouse College and was drafted in 2006 by the NFL’s St. Louis Rams. They then began to start a family, having three other children; Katia Washington (born November 27th, 1987), who attends Yale University, and the twins Malcolm (Named in honor of “Malcolm X”) and Olivia Washington (born April 10th, 1991). In 1995, the couple renewed their wedding vows in South Africa with Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiating. Denzel attended grammar school at Pennington-Grimes Elementary School in Mount Vernon until 1968. As a child he broke the pinky finger of his right hand during a childhood basketball accident and never had it set correctly, resulting in the finger healing in a crooked position. The finger is still crooked to this day, bent at the bottom knuckle a full 45 degrees outward from his other fingers. At age 6, he joined the local Boys & Girls Club of America in Mount Vernon, NY, a middle-class, primarily African-American suburb of New York City. Growing up within his father’s ministry, Denzel observed the ways he would capture the audience. In addition to this, his mother would allow him to tag along in the shop where gossip and storytelling filled the air. These two worlds would soon create a desire in Denzel to act. One day he was at his mother's beauty parlor, when a woman getting her hair done saw him and told someone to get her a piece of paper and she wrote at the top "Prophecy" and then wrote that Denzel would grow up and one day speak to millions. Denzel kept the piece of paper in his wallet. The woman was known as a prophetess in their church and community. Unfortunately, when he was 14, his parent’s marriage took a turn for the worse and his mother sent him and his sister Lorice to a boarding school (Oakland Military Academy, in New Windsor, N.Y) so they could escape the family problems, and so Denzel could get his act together. After Oakland, he next attended Mainland High School, a public high school in Daytona Beach, FL. Mr. Washington later attended Fordham University where...
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