Chalky's troubles began early this season. Was Dunn Purnsley just waiting for his chance?
Dunn never really got over what went down in the jail. I think he was always waiting in the wings for his opportunity to pounce. When Narcisse came to town, that was his chance.
What does it mean for Chalky to call him Sweetback?
It means you're really good with the ladies. But Dunn being so good with the ladies is what got us into this trouble. So it's definitely a dig at him, a real backhanded compliment.
After Episode 408, when Dunn goes after Chalky, you retweeted a comment with an Omar Little reference: "You come at the King (of the Onyx club), you best not miss."
I had to retweet that!
Having come at him twice—and missed—Erik LaRay Harvey [Dunn Purnsley] thinks Chalky has an angel over his shoulder. Do you agree?
Chalky definitely has a survivor instinct. He loves and he can be with people, but by the same token, he is always watching to see where things are going. This is a man that watched his father hang from a tree. He grew up not trusting anybody.
This past Sunday, Chalky escaped death again. How do the two scenes—Dunn's attack and the ambush in the car—compare for you?
They both were physically demanding, but there was something very subtle about the scene in the car. The fact that Chalky choked this white man who was trying to kill him, with the American flag—I thought was just insane. In 1924, you have a a black man choking a white man to death with the flag.
And he kills the other deputy by turning his own gun on him.
It's a dose of your own medicine, if you will. Those subtle things speak to the history of what my ancestors have gone through.
Chalky and Narcisse are at each other's throats the moment Narcisse arrives in town. What is it about Narcisse that upsets Chalky so much?
The fact that they would not see eye to eye was very likely. And that Dunn did something to mess up the business didn't help matters at all. Narcisse and Chalky are dealing with something that really plagues the black community: It's the house negro and field negro. It's the light skin vs. the dark skin. It's the academically educated vs. the street educated. Those are things that plague the black community to this day and the writers wrote to that.
So when Chalky attacks the UNIA office, is he taking the fight to the streets?
Chalky's just making a statement anyway he can: "Not in my house. You are not going to disrespect me in my house. Take that shit somewhere else."