Congratulations are in order for NCA&T alumnus Terrence Jenkins ’04, better known as 'Terrence J.'
That's because he recently won an Oscar for the short film “Two Distant Strangers,” as an executive producer of the film!
Other producers on the film included actor Jesse Williams and NBA star Kevin Durant. The film was written by Travon Free and directed by Free and Martin Desmond Roe.
It dives into the deaths of Black Americans during encounters with police through the eyes of a character trapped in a time loop that keeps ending in his death.
Terrence graduated in 2004 from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
He first began his career in the diversity office of NASCAR in Daytona Beach, Florida, but his ambition took him to BET, where he became co-host of the network’s long-running, top-rated hip-hop and R&B video program, “106 & Park” in 2006.
Since then, Jenkins has appeared in several films and TV shows, including E! News, the MTV reality series “Are You the One?” and a huge list of other big and small-screen projects. He is also the author of “The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom” and the international ambassador for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.