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Barry Shabaka Henley

Actor

“Mingus, because of the kind of combinations of what he put together in music, and the magnitude of his personality, represents America for me. Ethnically. Racially. Mother half-Chinese, half-black. Father half-Swedish, half-black. He grew up in all-black Watts, not treated very well by the community. He became an outsider. And music became a sanctuary for him.”
Barry Shabaka Henley