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Scandal's Courtney B. Vance Opens Up About the Show's Most Powerful Episode Yet


Scandal: Courtney B. Vance Opens Up About Ferguson, Race and the Show's Powerful Episode

Originally posted 03/07/2015 11:10AM

There was nothing scandalous about Thursday's Scandal: The drama was too raw, the plot – a young, unarmed black man being shot by police – all too familiar.

But that's what made the episode so moving, and why Twitter is already clamoring for guest-star Courtney B. Vance to win an Emmy.

Vance, 54, is known for his work in Law & Order: Criminal Intent and being the proud husband of actress Angela Bassett. He also has an upcoming role as O.J. Simpson defense attorney Johnnie Cochran in Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story

On Scandal, he played Clarence, the father of the slain teen Brandon Parker, who incited a police stand-off when he rushed the crime scene and raised a shotgun, refusing to leave his son's body until justice was served.

"Some people called me and said 'I'm still crying over it,' " he tells PEOPLE. "If nothing else, it will hopefully keep the dialogue open, which was one of the tragic things about Ferguson and other situations. Let it go to trial. Let's talk it out. When you change that process, people don't get the chance to hear it all and flesh it out.

"If that doesn't happen, then all we're left with is our anger."

Vance discusses the powerful episode, House of Cards's take on race and working with Kerry Washington below:

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Twins for Angela Bassett & Courtney Vance | Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance

Twins for Angela Bassett & Courtney Vance

Originally posted 01/30/2006 10:00PM

Angela Bassett and her husband, fellow actor Courtney B. Vance, are the parents of twins – a boy and a girl – born on Friday, according to their Los Angeles-based publicist.

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