- Filmed a three-minute taped audition for Moonlight on his 18th birthday; a week later, he got the part and was flown to Miami to begin filming.
- While attending Ithaca College, he could not watch the 2016 Oscars because he did not have a TV; one year later, he was at the Oscars as part of the cast of Moonlight.
- Presented a Human Rights Campaign award to Tarell Alvin McCraney, the author whose play inspired Moonlight.
- Won the 2017 MTV Movie Award for "Best Kiss" for his part in Moonlight, his first major film role.
- Is also an accomplished musician, having performed at the Eclectic Café and Vinyl in Charleston, South Carolina, and recorded an EP called Moonwalk.
- 2017, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
- 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- Attends Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, United States
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