I… don’t even know where to start with Felicia Pearson. I mean, holy shit, this woman has been through, like, I… I guess I’ll start at the beginning.
Her parents with both incarcerated drug addicts and when she was born (premature, which is unsurprising considering her mother did crack while pregnant) she weighed three fucking pounds and wasn’t really expected to live in the first place.
Instead of going to school she worked as a drug dealer. No, not instead of going to college. Not instead of going to high school. Instead of going to middle school, Pearson worked as a drug dealer. When she was 14 a gunfight lead to her shooting and killing another teenage girl who Pearson didn’t even fucking know. She was sentenced to 8 years and served 6.5 of them.
At the age of 18, while she was still in prison, she received word that a drug dealer named Arnold Loney had been killed. Arnold had looked out for her and was the closest thing to family she had. Finally deciding to wake the fuck up, Pearson went on to earn her GED while in prison, and when she got out she actually found a legit job making car bumpers, but was fired when her boss found out she’d been incarcerated. Somehow, out of shear fucking coincidence, she happened to meet Michael K. Williams in a club and he invited her to tour the set of The Wire. When she arrived he introduced her to the writers and producers, and she went through one audition before they went “This woman is fucking terrifying. We need her on the show.”
Her character on the show, who is just straight up named Felicia Pearson (aka Snoop, which was Pearson’s actual nickname on the street), is scary as shit. She took her pain and suffering and her mistakes and bared it all for TV audiences, giving them an uncensored look into the reality of gang life. Stephen King, fucking Stephen King, is afraid of her, calling her character “the most terrifying female villain to ever be on TV.”
Did I mention Pearson is a whopping 5’2”?
And since acting was the only thing that ever gave her life meaning, she founded a youth drama organization called Moving Mountains that teaches performing arts to inner city kids. That way they, unlike Pearson, don’t have to fucking sell drugs at 12 to survive.