J. Alphonse Nicholson may have become a household name for role as Lil Murda in P. Valley, but the actor has been acting since 2013.
J. Alphonse Nicholson got his first break in the 2013 Terry Linehan directed movie, Don’t Know Yet. From there, the actor appeared in various film and television shows, including Mr. Robot, Luke Cage, Chicago P.D., Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, and Just Mercy, all before P. Valley. Now J. Alphonse Nicholson is getting the recognition he deserves, and there are even talks about him winning an Emmy.
J. Alphone Nicholson’s ‘Lil Murda’ role has been controversial since P. Valley premiered on Starz. Lil Murda is a very complex character whose music career began taking off while confronting his sexuality as a black gay man. Many black Americans have never seen two masculine black men intimate on screen, so the intimate screens were met with a ton of backlash.
Celebrities like Plies and Lil Duval caught backlash for going online and sharing their distaste for the show, constantly displaying gay intimate scenes. Lil Duval said he would never watch the show again, which prompted P. Valley’s Co-Executive Producer to call out the comedian, suggesting he find something else to watch. Despite the constant backlash, P. Valley’s viewership continues to skyrocket. The season two premiere drew in 4.5 million multiplatform viewers in the United States, breaking Starz’s record for the largest season-over-season growth.
J. Alphonse Nicholson (Lil Murda), Nicco Annan, Shannon Thornton, and Gail Bean help Tamron Hall kick off the premiere of her Talk Show’s fourth season. During the sit down, Tamron Hall revealed many people were already discussing J. Alphonse Nicholson winning an Emmy for his “Lil Murda” role. The actor got highly emotional, attempting to hold back tears. J. Alphonse claims he’s blessed to be here while acknowledging the fans’ love. “I’m honored to bring such a complex story to the table, and be a representation for any and everyone,” the actor stated.
J. Alphonse Nicholson is currently gearing up for his upcoming role in ‘Black Spartan’ a football drama by Ben Cory Jones. In Black Spartan, J. Alphonse will portray Jimmy Raye, who was the first black quarterback to win a national championship in 1966 with Michigan State.