The Roots MC, Black Thought, is teaming up with Academy Award-winning writer, John Ridley, for an off-Broadway musical adaption of George S. Schuyler’s Harlem Renaissance novel, Black No More.

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Black Thought, whose real name is Tarik Trotter, is starring in the show as well as composing the music and lyrics for the show. Trotter is set to star alongside Hamilton‘s Brandon Victor Dixon, Next to Normal actress Jennifer Damiano, Tamika Lawrence, and Theo Stockman.

Black No More follows the story of Howard University graduate Dr. Junius Crookman as he sets out to solve the American race problem by using a machine that takes a person of any race and turns them white.


Trotter told the Daily News that “It’s always rewarding for me to work in a new medium. What excites me is the opportunity to tell a traditional love story, be it, unconventional. At its core, this show is about the transformative power of love.”

Questlove took to Twitter to show some love following the announcement.

This won’t be the first time Black Thought has flexed his acting abilities. He has also been in the TV series The Duece and has appeared in the films Brown Sugar, Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, Brooklyn Babylon, Night Catches Us and the James Brown biopic Get On Up.

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