Don't worry, fellow fanatics of HBO's The Wire, there are no spoilers contained herein. (And really, how could there be? I don't have cable, and am more than a full season behind in my Netflix queue. What can I say, I watch a lot of Charlie Rose, and that's about it.) But I've been wanting to throw my rabid fandom on top of the already monstrous pile of appreciation out there for what's arguably the best televisial offering of the last ten years. And what better way to do that than with a brief tribute the show's most brilliant character, Omar Little. (Played by Michael Kenneth Williams)
Omar Little: Man with a mission. His Wikipedia bio says: Omar is a stick-up man who lives by a strict code and never deviates from his rules, foremost of which is that he never robs or menaces people who are not involved in the drug trade. Omar, who is gay, has had three partners on the show. Notably, Omar is the only major character on the series who claims to make a point out of not using profanity... Omar was orphaned at a young age, and raised by his grandmother Josephine, who is largely responsible for his strict moral code. For more than ten years, Omar has made his living holding up drug dealers, staying alive "one day at a time". He is legendary around Baltimore for his characteristic shotgun, trench coat, facial scar, and whistling the "The Farmer in the Dell". Once a month, he accompanies his elderly grandmother to church.
All praise be to Omar. Here's a video of the great Hank IV performing a song dedicated to his royal badness at the SXSW Festival.
External links: HBO Character Profile | The Wire's Wikipedia Page | The Wire's George Pelecanos visits WFMU
Omar on YouTube: Wheelchair Heist | Have You Seen this Little Girl? | All in the Game, Yo | Heeeey-Yo! (Video links NSFW)