Wendell Pierce Gets Down in the 'Treme'

Just last month, Wendell Pierce embarked on HBO's "Treme," a project that's very close to his heart. Already a fan favorite (and greenlit for a second season), the series is set in his beloved hometown of New Orleans, three months after Hurricane Katrina put a serious hurting on the city. It's a time and place he knows well. Pierce rang ESSENCE.com from the set of "Treme" to discuss (and defend!) his new character, why he felt it absolutely necessary to study the trombone and why culture is so important to his fellow townsmen...

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