When Heavy D passed away at 44 years old this past November, hip-hop let out a collective gasp. The rapper, producer, and actor had contributed so much to the community in his time with us but still seemed to have so much work to do. He’d just hit the mic again with a medley of his greatest hits on the BET Awards a few weeks beforehand, and his active Twitter presence was always positive — his final message to his followers was “Be Inspired.”
To salute Heavy D’s impact and legacy Centric TV will air the one-hour documentary Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D. The tribute will include performance clips, snippets of his memorial service in his hometown Mount Vernon, NY, and commentary from some of the rapper’s closet friends and colleagues including Will Smith, Mary J. Blige, Eddie F., Anthony Hamilton, Queen Latifah and Kim Fields. Watch Fields talk about working with Heavy D (who had a recurring role as Darryl on Living Single) in this clip from the documentary.
Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D airs on February 26.