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View Poll Results: Southernmost northeastern state
New Jersey 29 23.58%
Pennsylvania 14 11.38%
Delaware 7 5.69%
Maryland 45 36.59%
West Virginia 11 8.94%
Virginia 17 13.82%
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:41 PM
 
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What about Robert F. Chew (Prop Joe) and Felicia Pearson (Snoop) from the Wire? They were two of the native Baltimoreans on the show.
John Waters presents Baltimore as Southern, but The Wire presents it in a more "northeastern" way (i.e. Irish cops, Polish dockworkers, etc.)
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:51 PM
 
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John Waters presents Baltimore as Southern, but The Wire presents it in a more "northeastern" way (i.e. Irish cops, Polish dockworkers, etc.)
The hardest character on the show imo, Marlo (played by Jamie Hector), is from Brooklyn. Julito McCullum, who played Namond Brice, is also from Brooklyn. Hassan Johnson, who played "Wee Bey," is from Staten Island. J.D. Williams, who played Bodie, is from Newark. Michael B. Jordan ("Wallace") is also from Newark. Al Brown, who played Commissioner Valchek, is an actor from Philadelphia. Wood Harris, who played Avon Barksdale, is from Chicago. Maestro Harrell ("Randy") is also from Chicago. Gbenga Akinnagbe, who played Chris Partlow, is the child of Nigerian immigrants and was raised in Silver Spring, MD. Tristan Wilds ("Michael") is from Staten Island. Jermaine Crawford ("Dukie") is from Mitchellville, MD, an affluent, largely AA suburb of Washington, DC. Jim Frost ("Mr. Prezbo") is from Greenwich, CT. Aidan Gillen ("Tommy Carcetti") is from Dublin, Ireland. Brandy Burre ("Theresa D'Agostino") is from Sandusky, OH. Chris Bauer ("Frank Sobotka") is from Los Angeles. Paolo Schreider ("Nick Sobotka") is from Canada.

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Old 09-10-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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John Waters presents Baltimore as Southern, but The Wire presents it in a more "northeastern" way (i.e. Irish cops, Polish dockworkers, etc.)
That's Baltimore for you. Irish police, Polish dock workers, Greeks, White kids hanging out on the corners....That's southeast Baltimore for you.
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:10 PM
 
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The hardest character on the show imo, Marlo (played by Jamie Hector), is from Brooklyn. Julito McCullum, who played Namond Brice, is also from Brooklyn. Hassan Johnson, who played "Wee Bey," is from Staten Island. J.D. Williams, who played Bodie, is from Newark. Al Brown, who played Commissioner Valchek, is an actor from Philadelphia. Wood Harris, who played Avon Barksdale, is from Chicago. Maestro Harrell ("Randy") is also from Chicago. Gbenga Akinnagbe, who played Chris Partlow, is the child of Nigerian immigrants and was raised in Silver Spring, MD. Tristan Wilds ("Michael") is from Staten Island. Jermaine Crawford ("Dukie") is from Mitchellville, MD, an affluent, largely AA suburb of Washington, DC. Jim Frost ("Mr. Prezbo") is from Greenwich, CT. Aidan Gillen ("Tommy Carcetti") is from Dublin, Ireland. Brandy Burre ("Theresa D'Agostino") is from Sandusky, OH. Chris Bauer ("Frank Sobotka") is from Los Angeles. Paolo Schreider ("Nick Sobotka") is from Canada.
Slim Charles is from DC
Omar is from Brooklyn
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:23 PM
 
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All real Philadelphians. No actors.


**** Real In Philly: Billy Benjamin explains why he ran from cops - YouTube
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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True. I've never really heard an accent as strong as Snoop's. She's a rare case and I couldn't categorize as northern or southern, just Baltimore.
You really think she's that rare?

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Mr. Williams loved what he saw. “If you meet her and you talk to her, she is unmistakably Baltimore.” he said. “And the city of Baltimore is the lead star of ‘The Wire.’ ”

There’s nothing more Baltimore than Snoop’s accent, which at times is so hard to decipher that a fan on the Internet Movie Database said she watched her scenes with closed captioning so she could read her words. “It’s basically a Baltimore thing,” Ms. Pearson said. “I say everything that’s in the script, but I put a little twist on it, like the way we would say it in Baltimore.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/21/ar...wire.html?_r=0

She even discusses her accent in her autobiography, "Grace After Midnight."

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"How bout my look?" I asked.
"We like your look," they said.
"How bout the way I talk. I talk with this heavy Baltimore accent."
"We like the way you talk."
Grace After Midnight: A Memoir - Felicia Pearson - Google Books

Here are a couple of comments from the Baltimore Sun on the Wire.

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Snoop Pearson is a glaring example of what I consider to be "black" bawlmerese, and as someone mentioned above, the actress portraying Marcia Donnelly was a total Hon.
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This is surprising since I hardly heard any Baltimore accents during a recent viewing of the first season of "The Wire" on DVD. Mainly New York patois. It was hard to take this show seriously with such a glaring defect.
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I also didn't notice any true Bawlimer accents when I watched The Wire, and found that to be a little disheartening.
Jay Hancock's blog: Baltimore on The Wire, translated for the Brits - Business news: Stock markets, banks and economic observations with columnist Jay Hancock - baltimoresun.com
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:46 PM
 
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Snoop on Larry King Live - YouTube
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:13 PM
 
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I'll take back what I said. She could be the norm where she's from. I haven't spent hardly any time in the neighborhood she grew up in. Take Melo for example, his accent isn't as strong. I have 2 brothers that grew up in a project in Melo's neighborhood and their accent isn't as strong as snoops. Mugsy Bogues grew up in a project in Melo's neighborhood as well and his accent isn't as heavy. Her and Prop Joe would probably be the heaviest you'd find. Hell, I'm from Baltimore and I couldn't understand some of her lines in The Wire..lol
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:20 PM
 
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I'll take back what I said. She could be the norm where she's from. I haven't spent hardly any time in the neighborhood she grew up in. Take Melo for example, his accent isn't as strong. I have 2 brothers that grew up in a project in Melo's neighborhood and their accent isn't as strong as snoops.
Didn't Carmelo Anthony spend his early childhood years in Brooklyn? He's also Puerto Rican, which is not typical Baltimore.

Obviously, not everyone in Baltimore will talk like Prop Joe or Snoop. But I don't think their speech is rare either.
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:27 PM
 
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And honestly, the Wire didn't too Baltimore too many favors. Omar sounded totally ridiculous ("You besta be where you be, otherwise you be steppin tew, and I gotsa a little bird on my shoulda sayin the sun don't be shine"). He sounded like a WPA slave narrative. They made it seem like all of the Black people spoke in some type of slave code to disguise their true intentions from "Massa."

Slim Charles has a very strong DC accent.

Idris Elba didn't even attempt a Baltimore accent, which was probably wise on his part.
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