The ‘Black Panther’ Actor Who Is An Undocumented ‘Dreamer’ • Channels Television

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Actor Bambadjan Bamba speaks to media at The ACLU Foundation of Southern California Annual Luncheon at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on June 8, 2018, where he received the organization’s Courageous Advocate Award.  Frankie TAGGART / AFP

 

On the hit sitcom “The Good Place,” Bambadjan Bamba plays an eternal being in the afterlife. In reality, the Ivorian actor is living in limbo in the United States as an undocumented immigrant.

The 36-year-old Bamba, who most recently appeared in “Black Panther,” is one of 700,000 “Dreamers” — immigrants brought illegally to America as children who were protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“For a while, I wanted to share my story but I was paralyzed in fear,” he said in an interview with AFP as he picked up a human rights award in Los Angeles from the American Civil Liberties Union.

“I just didn’t want to ruffle any feathers. I didn’t want to put my career…



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