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‘What a Dope A— Memory’: Marlon Wayans Shares a Throwback Video of Omar Epps Predicting His Future When They Were In High School

Marlon Wayans is proving there’s power in manifesting your wildest dreams. 

On Thursday, Mary 12, the actor shared a vintage video of himself and actor Omar Epps at their prom at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York. In the brief clip, which likely dates from the early 1990s, both young men were heard discussing their future goals — which they ultimately achieved — well before their acting careers had actually taken off. 

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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Omar Epps (L) and Marlon Wayans attend The Creative Coalition’s 2013 Inaugural Ball on January 21, 2013 in Washington, United States. (Photo by Paul Morigi/FilmMagic)

Epps introduces himself, stating, “I’m gonna be rich, it’s true,” before being interrupted by two female friends and a young Marlon, who was heard cracking jokes.

Epps went on to star in several major films, including the 1992 classic “Juice,” starring the late Tupac, and “Love & Basketball” alongside Sanaa Lathan. Meanwhile, Marlon became a successful comedian and actor starring in critically acclaimed films, including the 2000 psychological drama “Requiem for a Dream,” which saw him make a switch from his usual comedic roles.  

Wayans stressed the importance of speaking your dreams out loud and putting in the work, writing, “We knew in high school we were gonna be something special. Speak your sh-t into existence then manifest by doing the work.” He added, “@omarepps @marlonwayans still dreaming… we ain’t done… we just beginning. #LAG.”

Fans were pleasantly surprised by the archival recording, including one Instagram user who wrote, “What a dope ass memory caught on camera and shared 30+yrs later for the world to see!” “Dope to see dreams come full circle,” echoed another person.

“This is dope! What a throw back,” wrote another. One keen observer quipped, “tell me that ain’t the same type shirt Theo Huxtable had on that classic episode of the Cosby Show lol.”

Wayans has often reflected on his friendship with the “House” star. Last summer, he shared another photo that featured him, Epps, and their friend and writer Mitchell Marchand. Wayans and Epps were wearing vintage suits and high-top fades. “My bros for life,” the “Wayans Brothers” star captioned the post. “We succeed, we fail, we laugh, we cry, we grow. When you broken it’s the people who help you put yourself back together piece by piece.”  

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