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Namond Brice
Namond Brice
Portrayed by Julito McCullum
First appearance "Boys of Summer"
Final appearance "Late Editions"
Biographical Information
Gender Male
Birth 1992
Age 14
Occupation Middle school student
Drug dealer
Residence Baltimore, Maryland
Relationship De'Londa Brice mother
Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice father
Affilations Bodie's crew
Accompliances Michael
Randy
Dukie
Bodie

Namond Brice, played by Julito McCullum, is a middle school pupil and the son of Wee-Bey Brice and De'Londa Brice.[1] He is friends with Michael Lee and Randy Wagstaff and often bullies Duquan "Dukie" Weems. Namond (which rhymes with "Raymond") lives with his mother and the two are well looked after by the Barksdale Organization that his father was a part of. Wee-Bey is serving consecutive life sentences for multiple homicides committed on behalf of the Barksdales, having even confessed to crimes he did not commit. Grateful for shielding the rest of the organization by taking the prison sentence on himself, the Barksdales provide for Namond and De'Londa. Even after the organization is shattered by the arrest of Avon Barksdale, his sister Brianna Barksdale continues to pay them. This steady income means that Namond is much better off than his peers.

BiographyEdit

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Namond often accompanies Michael to a community gym run by Dennis "Cutty" Wise but does not usually box himself. Namond works for onetime Barksdale lieutenant Bodie Broadus as a drug runner. Bodie gave Namond the job out of respect for Wee-Bey who he'd worked with before his arrest. He is not interested in his work and often reads while working and is seen leaving early to catch pigeons with his friends. He becomes impatient with Randy while waiting to catch a potential homing pigeon but is quieted when Michael tells him his voice may be scaring away the birds. Namond is enraged when Dukie scares the birds away by smashing a bottle nearby. He taunts Dukie until he attacks him and Michael breaks up the fight.

When Dukie is beaten up by a rival gang, Namond expresses a desire for revenge. He suggests using guns but Randy has the idea of an ambush using water balloons filled with their own urine. The plan backfires on Namond who bursts his balloon over himself. The terrace boys chase after Namond and his friends. Many of his friends including Michael is caught and are viciously beating, Namond hides nearby and watches Michael beaten by two terrace kids. Namond later buys ice cream for all of his friends to make amends, but refuses to buy Dukie ice cream, until Michael urges him.

Namond and De'Londa visit Wee-Bey regularly at the prison. Wee-Bey relies on them to keep his beloved pet fish and Namond follows his fathers instructions. Wee-Bey is glad that Namond is working with Bodie and gives him advice on succeeding as a drug dealer including getting a less distinctive haircut. De'Londa is unimpressed with Namond's attitude towards his work and threatens to withhold money for new clothes until he applies himself. Namond swaps the job with Michael so that his friend can make money for a time. Despite her threats and Namond giving up his job, De'Londa buys him new clothes for school.

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When school begins Namond proves to be disruptive in class and to have a general disregard for school rules. He quickly runs afoul of Assistant Principal Marcia Donnelly for wearing non-uniform clothing. He is in Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski's math class along with Michael, Dukie and his friend Kareem Williams. Also in the class are Chiquan, Laetitia and Zenobia. Namond often disrupts the class and eventually is suspended for three days because of his actions. He apologises to Prez of his own volition afterwards. Namond keeps a knife hidden in a bush at school, but this is confiscated by Donnelly on a random sweep.

De'Londa takes Namond to visit his father during his suspension. Wee-Bey continues to take more interest in the street than Namond's school.

Namond and De'Londa suffer a major change in circumstances when Brianna decides to cut them off. De'Londa is outraged but powerless to argue. Brianna tells Namond that she wanted them both to be there so that De’Londa could not lie to him about what happened.

De'Londa sets Namond up dealing narcotics to support them and still refuses to let him drop out of school. She insists that she will personally convince Bodie to give him a package. Namond asks about what Brianna meant about them already having enough money and De'Londa tells him that Brianna was lying. She visits Bodie and convinces him to give Namond a package to work.

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When Namond returns to school he is placed in a special class under the supervision of Howard "Bunny" Colvin. He acts out, trying to be expelled from the class to begin selling his package but learns that in his new class there will be no further suspensions. He also is unable to faze Colvin as Colvin is a former Western district police commander who has himself grown up in West Baltimore. Consequently, Colvin is not as scared as the academic types in the classroom as he has dealt with several people much worse than Namond during his 30 year tenure with the Baltimore Police Department. Namond recruits Donut, Little Kenard and Byron to help him move the package he has been given. Despite his best efforts, he cannot convince Michael to get involved. Namond is driven away from his first choice of territory by a rival crew. Another young dealer called Sherrod attacks him as he leaves Cutty's gym to warn him off. Cutty breaks up the fight rescuing Namond from a beating. His young dealers are not impressed with his second choice of territory and their trade slows down.

Namond begins to enjoy the Special Class when the teacher gives him a chance to talk about his ambitions and his views on what makes a successful "corner boy." Namond says he believes that he will be dead in ten years time but still claims to have the ambition of becoming a kingpin in the drug trade. He also reveals something of a motive for his disruptive behaviour when he tells the class that he does not believe he should obey the rules when there are so many examples of others profiting from wrongdoing - he states steroids, liquor, cigarettes and Enron as examples.

Namond's shrewd descriptions of life on the corner in the classroom do not translate into success in his business. He fails to move the package as fast as De'Londa expects him to and upsets her by transferring the narcotics into vials in their home. She tells him to recruit a lieutenant to handle that aspect of the business and she visits Bodie once more to demand better territory for Namond. Namond makes Kenard his lieutenant and entrusts him with the package. Namond seems to not have the stomach his father had in the drug game. Namond talks and acts tough around his friends to enhance his corner boy image, but they all eventually see through his charade. His boasting reaches a pivotal point when Namond berates Dukie verbally resulting in a short beating from Michael. Namond breaks out in tears and as Seargent Ellis Carver tries to explain the situation over the phone to his mother, she assumes the police are calling about a charge and then tells the officers to throw him into "baby booking" to teach him a lesson. De'londa then throws Namond out of their house gaining the attention of Howard Colvin.

Colvin then talks Wee-Bey into letting him adopt Namond so he can have a better chance of life than on the streets. Wee-Bey agrees and tells De'Londa to give up the boy even though she still wants him to become a drug dealer. She is given no choice but to give in though as everything good she has is due to Wee-Bey's place in the Barksdale organization. Namond ends up being adopted by Howard "Bunny" Colvin and his wife.[2]

Critical responseEdit

Entertainment weekly named Namond one of the five most interesting characters in season four.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Back To School The Wire's Fourth Season Is For the Children. Baltimore City Paper (2006). Retrieved on 2006-08-30.
  2. Character profile - Namond Brice. HBO (2004). Retrieved on 2006-09-16.
  3. Neil Drumming. High Wire Act. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2006-09-27.

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