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Update: So, THIS is Why Dick Gregory is Trending

In addition to an upcoming production about the life and activism of legendary comedian Dick Gregory, the witty comic was also trending due to his appearance on The Breakfast Club with Charlamagne The God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy.

His appearance on the hip-hop and entertainment platform significantly introduces his prominence to a new, youthful generation. Check out the full interview below!

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Whew! We can all breathe easy now.

When Dick Gregory’s name popped up as a trending topic on Twitter, immediate thoughts went to something unfortunate. Luckily,it’s all in the name of good news and celebration.

In association with Get Lifted Film Company, John Legend and Mike Jackson announced last week, that they will present Turn Me Loose Off-Broadway. The new comedic production will cover the life of civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory. Gretchen Law will pen the script.

Turn Me Loose is said to explore, “how the overwhelming power of activism enticed Gregory from one of the most successful show business careers of the postwar era into a life of sacrifice and danger alongside Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and other civil rights leaders,” according to production notes. “Weilding razor-sharp wit Gregory hacked away at myths about race, poverty, war and politics.”

Raw and gritty in his comedic spiels, Dick Gregory is considered to be the first successful Black comedian to mock bigotry. His uncanny demeanor and legacy remain daring and impactful.

And the lucky guy to take on such a prominent figure is none other than Emmy award-winning, Joe Morton. These days, best known as “Papa Pope.”

In an interview with Playbill, Morton stated, “It’s a beautiful piece of work. The conflict, basically, is watching this man who broke the color line on television in terms of being a comedian, morph into becoming the activist he eventually became.”

Turn Me Loose marks John Legend’s second production, the first being 3 Mics. With the upcoming project, Legend expressed his interest, stating, “People like Dick Gregory, Paul Robeson, Harry Belafonte and Nina Simone show me what the definition of an artist is – it isn’t just to make art but to speak truth to what’s happening, speak beauty into the world, speak love into the world and also… get involved.”

The production makes it debut at the Westside Theatre on May 3. Official opening is set for May 19.