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Meet Ben Schwartz, the Man Behind Jean-Ralphio
How did you get involved with Parks and Rec?
They were looking for a love interest for Amy, and Mike was like, “Well, you’re way too young for this.” But then we had a meeting and he had seen these short films I did interviewing these ESPN guys, and he thought they were funny. So Mike said “Listen, you’re too young for this role and there’s nothing for you yet, but we’ll find a way to get you in this world. What happened was, they wrote Jean-Ralphio, I don’t know if for me or not, but it was literally just one paragraph. I didn’t even have to audition and for me that never happens. And so I went in and read the dialogue, and it was that interview scene with Tom and Swanson. It was just a human being saying the douchiest words that a human being can say, like what the worst version of an interview is.
For Delcy and a small defined group of black men in New York, specifically in Brooklyn, dressing like a gentlemen or a dandy is a way of life. They are defiantly veering from the saturated images of urban black man in the globally recognizable uniform of oversized silhouettes and casual attire. Delcy would never be caught dead swimming in his clothes; “I think the most unattractive thing is a man in ill-fitting clothes,” he says. These polished black gentlemen, which also include not only Americans, but also Africans and Caribbean immigrants, approach wearing bow ties, tailored suits, cuff links, and pockets squares, with an equal amount of zest, meticulousness and self-pride. They possess an enthusiasm and commitment to style that rivals Congo’s dandies, Les Sapeurs.
Dawn of the Dandy: The New Black Gentlemen [BBook]
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