“What do I have to do?” I asked.

“So you’re gonna play a cop and you have to shoot my little brother,” my friend responded.

Three years ago, I was asked to play a cop on stage for the 35th annual African American Homecoming Pageant at Ohio State. The scene was easy to memorize and didn’t involve a lot of choreography. Just be a suspicious cop. Ask what these two black kids are doing. Then shoot…