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David Makes Man Cast, Characters & General Information (with Spoilers)

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David Makes Man Directory

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Tarell Alvin McCraney

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 10 “3 Sons’ Sky” [Season Finale]What was a dream, what was reality, what does the future hold? David Makes Man leaves you hoping for the best but expecting the worse.
Director(s)Cheryl Dunye
Writer(s)Tarell Alvin McCraney
Air Date10/16/2019
  • Fallout After The Storm: David, Gloria, Tare, Jessica
  • The Exit Plan: Elijah, David, Shinobi, Desmond, Raynan, Gloria, Teo, Dr. Bree, Principal Fallow, Sky
  • It Was All A Dream: David, Tare, Dr. Woods-Trap, JG
Season 1, Episode 9 “Some I Love Who Are Dead”In the penultimate episode of the season, we're introduced to Gloria’s mother and witness many interactions that have to be followed up on in the finale.
Director(s)Cheryl Dunye
Writer(s)Denitria Harris-Lawrence, Allison Davis
Air Date10/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
Gloria’s MotherLela Rochon-Fuqua
  • While Some Escape, Others Hunker Down: Tare, Shinobi, Elijah, Ms. Hertrude, David, Willie
  • An Uneasy Family Dinner: Angie, Raynan, Desmond, Teo
  • At Least My Children Love Me & Know They Loved: Gloria’s Mother, Gloria, David, JG
Season 1, Episode 8 “Bubble House”The reason Sky died is revealed, as appears to have ran away and a death at The Vil forces David to step up in a way a 14-year-old shouldn’t.
Director(s)Cheryl Dunye
Writer(s)John J. Strauss, Jaquén Castellanos
Air Date10/2/2019
Introduced This Episode
Willie DerrickSolomon Valdez
Congressman ReedRaheem Babalola
  • School Daze: David, Congressman Reed, Dr. Woods-Trap
  • Where Is Seren?: Dr. Bree, Principal Fallow, Jessica, Ray, David, Starry, Mx. Elijah
  • Life For A 14 Year Old Shouldn’t Be So Rough: Teo, Raynan, Shinobi, Willie Derrick, David, Desmond
Season 1, Episode 7 “Son of Man”The night Sky died is shown, alongside how the Vil comes together to celebrate Halloween – which Seren gets to experience.
Director(s)Daina Reid
Writer(s)Allison Davis
Air Date9/25/2019
Introduced This Episode
DesmondNick Creegan
  • The Night Of The Murder: Sky, Raynan, Desmond, David
  • Praise The Lord: David, Seren, Jessica, Ray
  • An Open Invitation: Mx. Elijah, Seren, David, Starry, Gloria, Shinobi, Raynan
Season 1, Episode 6 "When It All Falls"Desperation for better, or just stability, leads Gloria and Dave down dark paths. The kind they’ll surely have to pay for later.
Director(s)Daina Reid
Writer(s)John J. Strauss
Air Date9/18/2019
Introduced This Episode
AngieJoselin Reyes
Principal FallowLiza Colón-Zayas
  • Hurston Prep Interviews: Seren, Marissa, David, Dr. Woods-Trap
  • The Struggle To Pay Rent: JG, Gloria, Ms. Hertrude, Starry, Raynan
  • Making Deals With The Devil: Raynan, Dr. Bree, Principal Fallow, Angie, Sky, David
Season 1, Episode 4 “Gloria”We retrack the day David had, but now focus on Gloria and what she deals with to put food on the table and the roof over her kids’ heads.
Director(s)Kiel Adrian Scott
Writer(s)Denitria Harris-Lawrence
Air Date9/4/2019
Introduced This Episode
JayRus Blackwell
Mrs. HartrubJuanita Jennings
EarlKeith Wheeler
  • Trying To Do Right By This Child: Mx. Elijah, Starry
  • Life For Me Ain’t Been No Crystal Stair: Gloria, David, JG, Mrs. Hartrub, Raynan, Jay, Earl
  • It’s Not Alright, But It’ll Be Okay: Mx. Elijah, Gloria
Season 1, Episode 5 “Love or Poetize These Hoes”David goes to his first dance, and it seems a lot of people are heavily invested in his potential love life – beyond his date!
Director(s)Daina Reid
Writer(s)Jaquén Castellanos
Air Date9/11/2019
Introduced This Episode
TareTeshi Thomas
  • Vulnerability & Promises | Dr. Bree, David, Gloria, Tare, Raynan
  • Don’t Embarrass Yourself | Mx Elijah, Gloria, Tare, Marissa, Seren, Ray, Jessica, David
  • All Good Days Come To An End | Tare, David, Sky
Season 1, Episode 3 “MJB”As David sits down with a counselor, and reveals his story to Seren over a sleepover, he unfurls like a flower in the spring.
Director(s)Kiel Adrian Scott
Writer(s)Tarell Alvin McCraney, Lucien Christian Adderley, Richard “Byrd” Wilson
Air Date8/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ray KellyJimel Atkins
Young GloriaLauryn Dennis
SharonCarrie Elizabeth Brown
DariusTimothy Richardson
Jessica KellyGillian Williams
Dr. BreeRuben Santiago-Hudson
  • We Was Wild Wasn’t We?: Miss Elijah, Gloria
  • Talking To Dr. Bree: Dr. Bree, David
  • Seeing How The Other Side Lives & What They Go Through: Marissa, Darius, Sharon, Young Gloria, Jessica, Ray, Seren, David, Dr. Woods-Trap
Season 1, Episode 2 "Dai Out"Brother Dave finds himself engaging with Raynan’s criminal element a bit deeper, as well as meeting some of Ms. Elijah’s associates. Maybe even making a friend.
Director(s)Kiel Adrian Scott
Writer(s)Tarell Alvin McCraney, Lucien Christian Adderley, Richard “Byrd” Wilson
Air Date8/21/2019
Introduced This Episode
SaulDarryl W. Handy
StarryLogan Rozos
FemilaTrace Lysette
Uncle TeoElvis Nolasco
Ms. ElijahTravis Coles
ShinobiJordan Bolger
  • Saul, JG, Gloria, Dave, Raynan | JG Has Options
  • Dave, Raynan, Uncle Teo | Brother Dave Stepping Into The Light Or Shadows?
  • Ms. Elijah, Starry, Femila, Shinobi, Dave | It’s A Starry Night & Dave Could Use Some New Friends
Season 1, Episode 1 “David’s Sky” [Series Premiere]David Meets Man brings a vibe which feels like a small indie made with love into a series format with limitless potential.
Director(s)Michael Francis Williams
Writer(s)Tarell Alvin McCraney
Air Date8/14/2019
Genre(s)Drama, Coming Of Age
Good If You Like
  • Urban Dramas
  • Coming Of Age Stories Featuring Black Boys
  • A Mixture Of The Issues Of The Hood With The Opportunities & Strives To Get Out Of It
Introduced This Episode
DavidAkili McDowell
JG (Jonathan)Cayden K. Williams
SerenNathaniel Logan McIntyre
SkyIsaiah Johnson
Dr. Woods-TrapPhylicia Rashad
GloriaAlana Arenas
MarissaLindsey Blackwell
RaynanAde Chike Torbert

David Young (Akili McDowell)

David (Akili McDowell) with his arm raised.
David (Akili McDowell)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “David’s Sky” [Series Premiere]

David is an 8th grader at Galvin Magnet school, with aspirations to go to Hurston Prep high school next year. However, there are some complications which may prevent him from achieving that goal. First, his mother Gloria is a single parent, a recovering addict, and works multiple shifts so she is either not at home or sleeping. Second, because of his mom’s schedule, David has to step up when it comes to getting his brother ready for school, getting him to school, and also keeping him out of trouble. Add in him trying to get to school on time, deal with being one of the few Black kids, and his magnet classes being challenging, never mind him growing up in the hood with his associate Raynon trying to recruit him and, needless to say, he has a lot going on.

Additional Information About David

  • Family is from Alabama and the reason his grandfather immigrated is due to assaulting a white man.
  • Nicknames: Day Bringer (Given By Raynan), Day (Given by Tare), and DJ (Used by Seren and Marissa)
  • Is 14 as of season 1, episode 8

Quote(s)

JG aka Jonathan Gregg (Cayden K. Williams)

JG aka Jonathan (Cayden K. Williams) talking to David.
JG aka Jonathan (Cayden K. Williams)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “David’s Sky” [Series Premiere]

JG is David’s younger brother who is in elementary school and seems ripe for being recruited into the gang that has taken over the complex JG and David live in. Especially since he has shown himself to be a good fighter, is willing to do the work, and Raynon is a bit jealous of David for having a little brother – someone to protect.

Additional Information About JG

  •  Is 9 years old and his dad died when he was 2.

Quote(s)

Seren (Nathaniel Logan McIntyre)

Seren (Nathaniel Logan McIntyre) as he gets dropped off from school.
Seren (Nathaniel Logan McIntyre)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “David’s Sky” [Series Premiere]

Seren is David’s friend and is a bi-racial young man with a white mom and assumingly a Black dad. One of his aspirations is to be a singer and, from what we’re told and seen, he is being raised in a well-off family. Unfortunately, this comes at a cost since his step-dad is physically and sexually abusing him.

Additional Information About Seren

  • Enjoys singing.
  • Father lives in Tampa and is from Overtown originally.
    • His father’s name is Aaron
  • Nickname is SK.
  • Is 13 as of Season 1, Episode 8

Quote(s)

Sky (Isaiah Johnson)

Sky (Isaiah Johnson) talking to David.
Sky (Isaiah Johnson)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “David’s Sky” [Series Premiere]

Formerly, Sky was the head of the Vil’s gang, or at least a well-respected member of the complex. However, after his death, he now just haunts David and acts as a ghostly motivator.

Additional Information About Sky

  • Real name is Lamar or Scott (Angie calls him Scott but Lamar is the name David knows)
  • Sky was shot in the back of the head after being accused of being a snitch – per Desmond. However, the truth might be that, after disciplining Raynan, for trashing his car, Teo put a hit on him.
  • Wanted to be a singer.

Quote(s)

Ain’t no need to be a lion to a lamb.
— Sky

Dr. Woods-Trap (Phylicia Rashad)

Dr. Woods-Trap (Phylicia Rashad) in David Makes Man
Dr. Woods-Trap (Phylicia Rashad)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “David’s Sky” [Series Premiere]

A teacher at Galvin Magnet school who teaches either History or English and is one of David’s leading advocates. We’re also told she taught Sky back when he was in school.

Additional Information About Dr. Woods-Trap

Quote(s)

Gloria (Alana Arenas/ Lauryn Dennis)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “David’s Sky” [Series Premiere]

Gloria is David and JG’s mother who makes it sound like she was a former addict but has been recovering and been a more consistent provider than she was in the past.

Additional Information About Gloria

  • Worked at a truck-stop for a year and a month.
  • Loves Stephen King novels
  • One of her first friends were Elijah, hence why David’s middle name is Elijah.
  • Had a terrible childhood thanks to her mother and what she enabled.

Quote(s)

Marissa (Lindsey Blackwell)

Marissa (Lindsey Blackwell) in a tree.
Marissa (Lindsey Blackwell)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “David’s Sky” [Series Premiere]

We honestly don’t learn anything about Marissa beyond knowing she is one of David’s classmates at the Magnet school in the episode she is introduced.

Additional Information About Marissa

  • Has a little brother she helps take care of like David does JG.
  • Plans on going to Mast for high school

Quote(s)

Raynan (Ade Cjike Torbert)

Raynan (Ade Cjike Torbert) standing in the complex courtyard.
Raynan (Ade Cjike Torbert)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “David’s Sky” [Series Premiere]

At the complex, Raynan has seem to inherit Sky’s place as leader and this has saved David’s behind many times. Especially since members of Raynan’s gang aren’t fond of David and one, in particular, is ready and willing to pop him in the mouth one time.

Additional Information About Raynan

  • Is messing with a girl named Jenna.
  • Is Sky’s son with a woman named Angie
  • Sky always saw him as more of a little brother than his child.

Quote(s)

Saul (Darryl W. Handy)

Saul (Darryl W. Handy) hanging out his door, talking to Dave.
Saul (Darryl W. Handy)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Dai Out”

An Overtown OG who Raynan references as Reverand Saul. It isn’t 100% clear what allows Saul to maintain a rather lavish lifestyle, filled with young girls, and allowing him to buy his grandson, JG, fancy sneakers, but anything is possible.

Additional Information About Saul

Quote(s)

Starry (Logan Rozos)

Starry (Logan Rozos) introducing themselves.
Starry (Logan Rozos)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Dai Out”

A Tampa native, who now lives with Ms. Elijah for reasons not explained. However, considering their association with Femi and Ms. Elijah, one could assume Starry is a member of the LGTQIA+ community.

Additional Information About Starry

  • Was born 2/21/1996
    • Actually, per Season 1, Episode 7, Starry is under 18.

Quote(s)

Femila (Trace Lysette)

Femila (Trace Lysette), aka Femi, when Dave meets her.
Femila (Trace Lysette)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Dai Out”

A possible leader of the local sex workers, who also seems to look out for, alongside Ms. Elijah, local queer people.

Additional Information About Femila

  • Often goes by Femi

Quote(s)

Uncle Teo (Elvis Nolasco)

Uncle Teo (Elvis Nolasco) trying to convince Dave to be one of his workers.
Uncle Teo (Elvis Nolasco)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Dai Out”

Sky’s brother in law who is a major drug supplier. Also, he is someone who attempts to recruit Dave and is someone Raynan is trying to earn the trust of so he can take things to the next level.

Additional Information About Uncle Teo

  • Growing up, Teo was the darkest member of his family and was constantly abused because of it. Making it so, when Raynan was born, he sword no one would touch him so that he wouldn’t suffer the trauma he did.

Quote(s)

Mx. Elijah (Travis Coles)

Ms Elijah (Travis Coles) greeting Starry and David.
Mx. Elijah (Travis Coles)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Dai Out”

A notable figure in the Vil, though not for drug distribution or anything like that. Mx. Elijah watches out for people in the community, both the LGBTQIA+ and those they are asked to look after. Which includes Dave and JG.

Additional Information About Mx. Elijah

  • Gloria hints that Mx. Elijah is part of the reason she developed a pill addiction.
  • Was born 10/23/1979

Quote(s)

You can’t save everyone. Sometimes you got to give people they problems right back to them.
— Mx. Elijah

Shinobi (Jordan Bolger)

Shinobi (Jordan Bolger) talking to Mx. Elijah.
Shinobi (Jordan Bolger)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Dai Out”

One of Raynan’s soldiers who has an issue with Dave.

Additional Information About Shinobi

  • His family is from West Palm and like David, he had a close relationship with Sky
    • The way Shinobi talks, his family doesn’t seem to care for him much.
  • We learn in season 1, episode 10, his sister died approximately a week before Sky.

Quote(s)

Ray Kelly (Jimel Atkins)

Ray (Jimel Atkins) and Jessica (Gillian Williams) cuddled up.
Ray (Jimel Atkins) and Jessica (Gillian Williams)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 3 “MJB”

Seren’s stepfather who assaults him at night, but appears to be far kinder than his mother.

Additional Information About Ray

Sharon (Carrie Elizabeth Brown)

Sharon (Carrie Elizabeth Brown) learning of her husband's affair.
Sharon (Carrie Elizabeth Brown)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 3 “MJB”

The wife of David’s dad, Darius.

Additional Information About Sharon

Darius (Timothy Richardson)

Darius (Timothy Richardson) threatening Gloria.
Darius (Timothy Richardson)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 3 “MJB”

Gloria’s college professor, who is the father of David.

Additional Information About Darius

Jessica Kelly (Gillian Williams)

Jessica Kelly (Gillian Williams) chastising Seren.
Jessica Kelly (Gillian Williams)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 3 “MJB”

Seren’s mother who is verbally, physically, and emotionally abusive.

Additional Information About Jessica

  • Works as a piano teacher

Dr. Bree (Ruben Santiago-Hudson)

Dr. Bree (Ruben Santiago-Hudson) while talking to David.
Dr. Bree (Ruben Santiago-Hudson)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 3 “MJB”

A psychologist assigned to speak to David who asks him about his relationships and life.

Additional Information About Dr. Bree

Jay (Rus Blackwell)

Jay (Rus Blackwell) in Gloria's dream, giving her a job.

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 4 “Gloria”

Jay is Gloria’s former boss at the truck stop. Someone who fires her for being too sassy, giving away food, to make up for the lack of customer service the place has, and because she didn’t appreciate a pass he made on her.

Additional Information About Jay

Ms. Hertrude (Juanita Jennings)

Mrs. Hartrub (Juanita Jennings) not reacting well to Mx. Elijah clapping back.
Ms. Hertrude (Juanita Jennings)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 4 “Gloria”

The building manager of The Vil who isn’t the fondest of children, Mx. Elijah, and may not like most of the people who live in the complex.

Additional Information About Ms. Hertrude

  • Has HIV or AIDS, and wears Depends.
  • Has three kids.

Earl (Keith Wheeler)

Earl (Keith Wheeler) stopping Gloria from killing Jay.
Earl (Keith Wheeler)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 4 “Gloria”

Earl is Gloria’s former co-worker who looks out for her. Be it making some food for her to take to her kids or making sure she doesn’t kill Jay.

Additional Information About Earl

Tare (Teshi Thomas)

Tare (Teshi Thomas) on the bus with David, after a rather crappy dance experience.
Tare (Teshi Thomas)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 5 “Love or Poetize These Hoes”

Tare is one of the girls of the Vil, and helps make it clear there are some with an interest in David, or Day, as she calls him. But, for her specifically, what she is drawn to is how cool his mom is, the fact he saved her from harassment from the other boys, and he usually is nice Awkward, but nice.

Additional Information About Tare

  • Has a strong interest in dance, and is applying for New World for Dance.

Angie (Joselin Reyes)

Angie (Joselin Reyes), Raynan's mom, within their rather expensive looking home.
Angie (Joselin Reyes)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 6 “When It All Falls”

Angie is Raynan’s father and, based on how she is dressed, assumingly a nurse. Things between her and Sky didn’t work out, but it isn’t clear what the deciding factor was.

Noteworthy Events

Additional Information About Angie

Principal Fallow (Liza Colón-Zayas)

Principal Fallow (Liza Colon-Zayas) checking in on David.
Principal Fallow (Liza Colon-Zayas)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1/ Episode 6 “When It All Falls”

The principal at Galvin Magnet who is well aware of David’s situation at home and wonders if the school work might be a bit much for him. However, between Dr. Bree and Woods-Trap, they push the idea David is capable if he presses himself.

Noteworthy Events

Additional Information About Principal Fallow

Desmond (Nick Creegan)

Desmond (Nick Creegan) talking to Raynan, planting the seed for viewers that he killed Sky.
Desmond (Nick Creegan)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 7 “Son of Man”

One of Teo’s soldiers, possibly the person who killed Sky, Desmond watches over the operation Raynan now runs.

Additional Information About Desmond

Willie Derrick (Solomon Valdez)

Shinobi holding Willie Derrick (Solomon Valdez)
Shinobi and Willie Derrick (Solomon Valdez)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 8 “Bubble House”

Willie Derrick was one of the kids of the neighborhood, one that JG used to always play and tussle with, until he died in season 1, episode 8.

Additional Information About Willie Derrick

Congressman Reed (Raheem Babalola)

Congressman Reed (Raheem Babalola) speaking to the students of Galvin Middle School.
Congressman Reed (Raheem Babalola)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 8 “Bubble House”

One of Dr. Woods-Trap’s former students who is now a congressman. However, she notes massive disappointment in him since he may walk the walk, but he doesn’t talk the talk. In fact, he exploits his former state of poverty, which is detestable to her, and he seems to only care about community when it is election time.

Additional Information About Congressman Reed

Niyama (Lela Rochon-Fuqua)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 9 “Some I Love Who Are Dead”

Gloria’s mother is a Christian, who raised her conservatively, and with a short leash, but wasn’t the best mother. She allowed Gloria to be raped by her father, Gloria’s dad, multiple times, advocated for the abortion of David, notes she wishes she had an abortion, and when Gloria was pregnant, believes Gloria should have found a way to marry Darius.

So, to put it simply, she is trash.

Additional Information About Gloria’s Mother

  • In episode 10 of season 1, Mx. Elijah says her name is Niyama.

General Information

  •  The show takes place in Miami-Dade county.

Notable Locations & Events

Galvin Magnet School

The school David, Marissa, and Serena go to, and Dr. Woods-Trap works at, which began as an all-Black school in 1939 for the local Black farmers.

Hurston Prep School

A renowned local prep school David has an interest in that is all boys and a sleepaway school.

Homestead Village/ The Vil

Where David, Gloria, Ms. Elijah, and JG live. Also, it is where Raynan deals drugs with the assistance of Shinobi.

South Homestead

The high school kids go to if they don’t find an alternative.

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