Omar Little was named by USA Today as one of top ten reasons to still love TV. Michael K Williams, who played the cop in R. Kelly's odd opus Trapped in the Closet(!), was wisely given the role after just one audition portrays the complex, enthralling character with compassion and passion. Even president elect Barack Obama is a fan of the character saying “That's not an endorsement. He's not my favorite person, but he's a fascinating character.” Indeed. And really anyone that's seen the show is in agreement. When I first started watching, I discussed with the girls at work and Omar was everyone's favorite.
A homosexual inner city robin hood of sorts who not only robs from the local drug dealers but does so without getting himself killed. He's smart, he's ruthless, he makes no excuses for what he does or who he is. His open and often graphic sexuality is pretty daring, particularly in the homophobic climate that we're living in.
The character is more than just riveting, he belongs here for his fashion sense too. The scene where he testifies against a man for revenge is priceless and emblematic of the character. Forced to wear a tie to court, he fashions it like an ascot and charms the jury while still being a wildly dangerous man admitting to maiming people with a shot gun.
Little is a compilation character created by David Simon and Ed Burns based on Shorty Boyd, Donnie Andrews, Ferdinand Harvin, and Anthony Hollie. The New York Times recently ran an article about Andrews, who has now married a woman named Fran Boyd who also inspired David Simon's program “The Corner“. Together, they've beaten drug addiction and lives of crime. They volunteer in outreach programs and Andrews became an anti gang advocate while in prison (he was sentenced for life but released due to his impressive transformation).