Actor Malik Yoba speaks with News 12
As part of Bronx Week, those who have succeeded and made a difference in the borough are recognized by being inducted into Bronx Walk of Fame, and one of the inductees took a walk down memory lane with News 12.
Actor Malik Yoba is among this year's inductees. The Bronx native has not been down to his home at 1571 Undercliff Ave. in several years. He now calls Brooklyn home.
Yoba's numerous film and TV credits include "Cool Runnings," "New York Undercover" and season one of Fox's "Empire."
The 47-year-old says his interest in acting goes back to his youth in the Bronx.
"It started in the Bronx, absolutely," Yoba said of his acting roots. "Actually my building over there, we used to do plays in the living room, used to make series and make up stories and charge our parents a quarter to come see us."
While making his name in movies and TV, Yoba initially wanted to be on Broadway. He says the dream came after seeing an off-Broadway production of "Alice in Wonderland."
Yoba and his mother, who is also his assistant, are using their time in the Bronx to walk their old neighborhood. They will return later this month for the Bronx Walk of Fame induction ceremony. Yoba compared the honor to winning an Oscar or an Emmy.
The Bronx Walk of Fame induction ceremony will be held May 17.