North Carolina A&T alumni Terrence Jenkins wins Oscar Award
North Carolina A&T alumnus Terrence Jenkins, also known as Terrance J, won an Oscar as an Executive Producer for the Netflix film Two Distant Strangers.
Jenkins produced the film alongside NBA Superstar Kevin Durant, and actor Jesse Williams. The film was written and directed by Trevon Free and Martin Desmond Roe. Roe has produced a number of films and shows including Kobe Bryant’s Muse, and The tv series documentary Shut Up and Dribble. Trevon Free played Division I college basketball at California State Long Beach. As a result of injury, he fell back to comedy, appearing on the Comedy Central show Tosh.0, and writing for HBO series Any Given Wednesday.
The film is about a black man trapped in a time loop, repeatedly reliving his own death at the hands of the police.
Terrance Jenkins graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He started his career in the diversity office at NASCAR in Daytona, Florida. He quickly took his talents to BET, becoming a co-host on the hit Hip Hop and R&B video program 106 & Park.
Jenkins has since appeared in multiple television shows and films including the Think Like a Man series. He is now the international ambassador for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.