Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Tracy Morgan Returns to His Brooklyn Roots to Give Back

(L-R) Tracy Morgan, Megan Wollover and Maven Sonae Morgan (Photo Credit: Getty Images) 
In celebration of the upcoming premiere of Season 2 of TBS’s #1 cable comedy The Last O.G., TBS and GrowNYC gave the Hattie Carthan Community Garden a fresh look. The Last Tracy Morgan returned home to Brooklyn along with his wife and daughter to host a special garden party to bring awareness for the need for community gardens and green spaces in urban communities throughout New York City.

The premise of The Last O.G. is the story of so many millions of black men coming home and not only navigating their rapidly gentrifying communities, but relationships with their children and families, and even technology, after spending a significant amount of time away. It has to resonate for the estimated 25 percent of African American children in this country who have a parent who is currently or formerly incarcerated. 

At the close of the event, Tracy made a touching speech that highlighted his love for pouring back into the community that raised him. “I promise you I’m not going to ever leave you. Be good. I love you, and you heard that from me,” Morgan said to the kids. “When we see each other in the streets, let’s act like we know each other, alright? That’s the problem with my community, we became strangers. Look at all of us in here right now. I cried last year when we did that in Marcy. We haven’t done that in a long time. We have food here, music. The DJ, he’s ready to spin. Let’s do this. I ain’t going nowhere. Let’s have a good time,” Morgan said, with much sincerity.

(L-R) Chef JJ Johnson, Tiffany B Chanel and Tracy Morgan (Photo Credit Getty Images) 

Award-winning Chef JJ. Johnson was on hand to present a cooking demonstration showing how to make coleslaw with a unique fruity twist. Johnson also whipped up two varieties of gumbo, one inspired by Bed Stuy and another a vegan version for attendees to taste along with grilled potato salad, and pork shoulder sandwiches. Also in attendance was a young woman from Brooklyn who created the mural for the community garden, Tiffany B Chanel, who says that the mural is her biggest work to date. “This mural is my first project,” says Chanel, who notes that her mother, who is also a self-taught artist from helped her with the piece. She said “It was great, and a big learning experience.”

Catch Season 2 of The Last OG every Tuesday 10:30/9:30c on TBS 

Photo gallery credit: Getty Images for TBS 

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