Michael Ok. Williams Is Greater Than Omar From ‘The Twine’

Though he did not identity as gay himself, Mr. Williams relished the sheer liberty of carousing around a space unencumbered.
“They had two nicknames for me: Blackie and Faggot Mike,” Mr. Williams said.
It was a warm Friday afternoon in June, the 15th anniversary of the premiere of “The Wire,” and Mr. Williams was back in East Flatbush to celebrate with some friends.
Starved of opportunities, many in the community took their cues from local gangsters, who exuded a swaggering masculinity that Mr. Williams contorted himself to realize.
Two blocks later: “That’s where I first got robbed.”Born in 1966, Mr. Williams rarely envisioned a life beyond Brooklyn.

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