He Went from Yale to Food Stamps to Being Paper Boi on "Atlanta"

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He came out of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Or, as he calls it: Fayette-nam. He went to Yale School of Drama. But he was also on food stamps in New York City. He found success, but he also lost the person he most wanted to make proud.

In our continuing series of Money Diaries (you can see Errol Morris star in his own video here), the remarkable young actor Brian Tyree Henry has a frank conversation about the long, strange trip that took him to a starring role on the show “Atlanta.” Check out the video below.

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