Destin Tucker’s Hollywood Dream to Follow His Father Chris’ Footsteps Will Start at Morehouse College

Date Released: August 14, 2017

By AILEEN DODD MUNGIN AND ADD SEYMOUR JR.

Destin Tucker is planning a career in the family business, film and entertainment. He left his home in Southern California to begin freshman year at Morehouse College because it offers him the best of both worlds ­– a great education at a college steeped in history and a campus that is close to his dad.

Tucker, the 19-year-old son of comedian and actor Chris Tucker, was among the more than 600 new freshmen to move into dorms at Morehouse College this week. And Thursday during New Student Orientation, he bid his family farewell at the annual Parent’s Parting Ceremony, the time when families turn over the guidance of their sons to Morehouse College. The handoff officially launches the journey that students must take to become a Man of Morehouse.

Tucker’s mother Azja Pryor says it will be hard to say good-bye. “It’s so far away from home,” she said of Morehouse. But she is proud of her son’s big move.

Destin Tucker, a graduate of Oaks Christian School just outside of Los Angeles, says it was totally his idea to choose Morehouse College.

“I wanted to come here,” he said emphatically. “I have family here, it’s an all-male school, and it’s historically black.

“I’ve never been in this type of environment, so I’m excited to be coming here to learn because I know it will be a top-flight education.”

His father, comedian and actor Chris Tucker, agreed.

“I think it was a great decision; it was like Morehouse chose us,” he said. “I’m from Atlanta, and it’s just great for [Destin] to be down here and I’m here. It all just came together.

“It’s a great college and has a great history, like my son said,” Tucker said. “Martin Luther King is one of my heroes. Spike Lee is a good friend of mine. So many of my friends’ kids came here and had a great experience. I did a lot of research and everybody has loved it. I just think it makes all the sense in the world. I’m excited about it.”

Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee ’79 got his start at Morehouse before he went to film school at NYU. Morehouse alumni have followed his path to stardom. After seeing Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” Seith Mann ’95 decided he wanted to be a director.  He has since directed episodes of the critically-acclaimed series “Grey’s Anatomy,” as well as “The Wire,” “Walking Dead,” and many other series.

Tucker isn’t the only celebrity son to attend Morehouse. That list includes former Morehouse football star John David Washington, son of Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, and Kwame Morris, son of music legend Stevie Wonder.

The young Tucker will blaze his trail to Hollywood by learning his way around an editing studio at Morehouse’s Cinema, Technology, and Emerging Media Studies Program. The program is making Morehouse a competitive choice for budding filmmakers who want to study show biz and network with Hollywood producers and directors outside of California and New York. Georgia’s $7 billion film and television industry is third in the nation behind California and New York.

Last school year, CTEMS hosted screenings or panels with the directors of four Academy-Award-nominated films, including “I Am Not Your Negro,” the 2017 Oscar-winning Best Picture film “Moonlight,” and Best Picture nominee, “Hidden Figures,” which was partially shot at Morehouse.

 “I want to become a director,” Tucker said.


Last Modified: August 14, 2017, 12:08 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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