Actor Aubrey Joseph hasn’t been acting on tv for a very long time, but some may recall he played the role of young Simba in The Lion King on Broadway. The handsome, thoughtful young man came down to The Shadow League headquarters last week to discuss everything about his new role as Tyrone Johnson in the critically-acclaimed new Freeform series Cloak & Dagger, a second career choice he feels he’s pretty good at and much more.
Watch the video to find out why this 20-year-old from Brooklyn has the personality to become one of Hollywood’s latest “overnight” sensations.
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“Chris Rock said that Hip-Hop is the first thing a free black man had control over. But it goes back to before Hip-Hop. How Jazz was so important to us, and percussion,” Aubrey told The Shadow League.
For the uninitiated, Cloak & Dagger is based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name and follows two teenagers who realize they’ve had a connection to one another for far longer than they initially knew. Singer Olivia Holt plays Tandy Bowen aka Dagger.
Read our profile on Cloak from the TSL Comic Book Convo Presents The Top-20 Illest Black Superheroes of All-Time:
Cloak, aka Tyrone Johnson, is one half of the super-powered crime-fighting duo Cloak and Dagger created by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan and made their first appearance in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64 in March 1982. Tyrone and Dagger, aka Tandy Bowen, were runaways who lived on the streets of New York.
We return with the final installment of our recent series of the Top 20 Illest Black Superheroes of All-Time with the final ten choices (in case you missed it, here are 16-20 and 10-15), as well as a list of heroes who just missed the cut and several heroes you may not have heard of but are on the come up.
Ty runs away from home because he feels guilty that his speech impediment prevented him from preventing a friend from getting run over by a car. (Not supposed to be funny, but I laughed anyway). On the other hand, Tandys angst comes from being the child of a supermodel mother too busy to give her attention. Wow, talk about White people problems, huh? Initially, their powers were the result of being injected with a synthetic heroin by Silvermane and the Maggia but it was later retconned that they were actually mutants and that the concoction awakened their mutant gene.
They were engulfed in a two-man war on drugs for most of their early career. Tyrone has the ability to create an opening into the dimension of darkness and place people and objects into it. He also uses it as a form of transportation, with the drawback being that the cloak causes him constant hunger via light consumed from his victims or through Daggers light. Though the duo was limited to involvement with Spider-Man and his world early on, they have since been utilized throughout the Marvel Universe. Cloak is yet another Black hero known to lose his marbles from time to time. Oftentimes, he’s lost without Dagger, and vice versa.