The Netflix original series Marvel’s “Luke Cage” has inspired a New Yorker to wear his hoodie with pride, confidence and courage.
In a video posted by YouTube user Crispin Booker, the subway rider confesses his newfound confidence in front of a car full of passengers. The 29-year-old tells his audience that he is currently working in hedge funds at a Manhattan firm and that he donated computers to school children in Grenada.
“Just about a month ago, I’d be considered a scary guy with a hoodie,” he proclaims in the video. “But just a month ago on Netflix, ‘Luke Cage’ made it cool… I’m young, I’m Black and I’m beautiful. Sexy, too … So I am that new face of the Black, tall, dark fellow in a hoodie… with a beard.”
In early October, “Luke Cage” actor Michael Colter revealed in an interview with Huffington Post Canada that the title character’s hoodie is a nod to slain 17-year-old Florida teen Trayvon Martin — murdered by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in 2012.
“Trayvon Martin and people like him,” Colter said. “People like Jordan Davis, a kid who was shot because of the perception that he was a danger. When you’re a Black man in a hoodie all of a sudden you’re a criminal.”