A Monday night subway ride turned into a proclamation of self-love for Brooklyn resident Crispin Booker.
Booker was prompted to speak his mind when a commuter asked his fellow train passengers to share their stories and accomplishments. Booker discussed his race and the way he is perceived, saying “just about a month ago I’d be considered a scary guy with a hoodie.” Thanks to Netflix’s new series “Luke Cage” for making his physical appearance more accepted and respected.
“Luke Cage” is based on Marvel’s comic book character of the same name. Cage is an indestructible African-American superhero who fights crime in New York, and Booker sees himself in the character. “I’m young, I’m black and I’m beautiful,” said Booker.
Booker spoke about working for a hedge fund in Manhattan and his charitable donations to the Caribbean island of Grenada. Booker called himself the “new face of the black, tall dark fellow in a hoodie.”
The subway became a celebration of not only Booker, but a passenger named James as well. James spoke about his time in jail and announced to the train that he recently started working a new job, which was met with much applause and cheers.
The video of Booker’s “subway brag” has generated over 1 million views on Facebook since it was posted on Monday, Oct. 17, and has garnered the reactions of thousands.
“People are really special and caring when someone has the courage to make conversation happen,” wrote Pearl Lawler on Facebook.
“Why can’t my subway rides be more like this,” wrote Zulayka Bracero on Facebook. “Instead, I have to put up with people arguing and fussing over a seat.”