Disney sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage of these events, which included an exclusive interview with Bernard D. Jones and Marcel Spears from ABC’s ‘The Mayor’. All opinions are my own.
If you are like me lately, you are drained by politics.
We can’t escape the gloom and doom of political despair.
It feels like everyone is arguing about anything and everything.
However, there is definitely one thing we can agree on:
ABC’s ‘The Mayor’ shows us that political issues can be displayed in an entertaining manner with room for discussion and ways to find common ground.
This is partly due to clever writing and a talented cast that is funny yet serious when they need to be.
Meet Bernard D. Jones as Jermaine Leforge and Marcel Spears as T.K Clifton from ABC’s new breakout hit ‘The Mayor’. Jermaine Leforge is the smooth operator who, along with T.K., serves as Courtney’s unconventional political aide.
You can’t help but smile and laugh when you are these two. They light up the room the way they light up the screen. Beaming with excitement some could argue they were just as excited to see us!
What you see is what you get with ABC’s newest breakout stars. Our time together did not feel like an interview, but rather a gathering of friends. Here’s what they had to share with us.
Catching up with Bernard D. Jones and Marcel Spears from ABC’s ‘The Mayor’
Q: How do you feel about taking on a politically flavored show at this time in our country’s climate?
As artists, it’s our duty, our job to be able to hold a mirror up to our country, our world and say, this is what’s going on. How do we fix it? What can we do to fix it? And I think our show is an awesome representation of what happens when somebody that has a heart for people, that understands community and unity, leads with love.
It’s an opportunity for us as artists to provoke change and to inspire people. It’s about is taking care of the people around you and taking care of your community. Whether you disagree on how to go about doing that, the end goal is always the betterment of the community.
Q: Is this going to stay a family friendly show?
I think that’s what’s important about our show and is special is that you can gather the family together, sit down and watch a show. Then, discuss some of the issues that are happening. Having a safe space for children in our episodes is amazing…and it has been very family oriented, but we also don’t shy away from the real stuff.
This is one of those shows that you can sit down as a family and watch. It’s one of those shows that your kids can grow into like, they watch an episode now, they don’t catch everything. They watch it again when they’re a little older and, and they see things that they never understood or didn’t comprehend. It’s something that can reach everybody in some kind of way.
I love that Jeremy (Bronson) created these characters that kids can look up to. They can aspire to be the Mayor or the Director of Communications. Some kids may not know what that is until they Google it.
Q: What it’s like on set?
Oh, it’s amazing. We have Yvette Nicole Brown who plays Dina Rose. People always say, “Yvette, we love you.”
And I always say, “Yvette, I hope that people love me the way that they love you and respect you.”
She replied, “Just be yourself and have a heart for people.”
You can’t walk anywhere with Yvette. People love her. (Both laugh)
We are blessed to have a leader in Brandon (Courtney Rose). He’s wise beyond his years, a great actor and friend.
I am watching this young man (Brandon) grow into himself and taking on the position of being the number one and being the star of the show. He really is learning as he goes and makes sure that we’re all okay and taken care of. I’m proud. I’ve only known him three years, but I feel like I’ve known him forever.
And Lea’s (Valentina) is like the sister of the group. She got three new brothers that she loves, but also doesn’t know if she wanted.
Q: What does this show say for you to your younger selves?
That your dreams can be actualized. You can actually have a dream, whatever that dream may be, if you work hard and you’re persistent, and you stay focused, it can come true. The world is available to you. Marcel came from the hood and here I am all the way in Hollywood. Dreamed of it, wanted it, pursued it and God said, “There you go!”
Amen, Bernard D. Jones. I feel the same way.
As I write this article, my own dreams have been actualized.
If you are looking for a lighthearted, family-friendly show to watch that tackles real life issues ‘The Mayor’ is for you. Watch the screen light up with this amazing cast of talented stars like Bernard D. Jones and Marcel Spears living out their dreams.
‘The Mayor’ – Extended Look
About ABC’s ‘The Mayor’
Young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) needs his big break. For years, he’s toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for opportunity, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century: Running for mayor of his hometown in California to generate buzz for his music career. Unfortunately for Courtney, his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: An election victory. With the help of his mother (Yvette Nicole Brown, “Community”) and friends, including Valentina (“Glee’s” Lea Michele), Courtney will have to overcome his hubris if he wants to transform the struggling city he loves.