It seems like a long way from Baltimore's drug scene to building grocery stores in Katrina-hit New Orleans. But it's a transition actor and philanthropist Wendell Pierce is navigating gracefully.
Pierce played detective William "Bunk' Moreland in the HBO series "The Wire" about the Maryland city through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (It was an awesome show. Just sayin'.)
The actor has recently beefed up his entrepreneurial credentials and is building grocery stores in low-income neighborhoods in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005, he noticed commercial regions weren't recovering, and reached out to the community.
"I put out a call to action to our generation saying, our neighborhood was destroyed with some of the deepest flooding. Our parents worked so hard to build this great neighborhood. And I said it's on us to make sure that we rebuild it, Pontchartrain Park," said Pierce on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Thursday.
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