J. Alphonse Nicholson Has Been Acting Since 2013, But May Be On His Way To His First Emmy

J. Alphonse Nicholson, widely recognized for his role as Lil Murda in the hit series “P-Valley,” has gained immense popularity, but his acting journey began back in 2013.

He received his first major opportunity in Terry Linehan’s 2013 movie, “Don’t Know Yet.” Subsequently, he made appearances in various films and television series, such as “Mr. Robot,” “Luke Cage,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker,” and “Just Mercy,” all before his breakthrough role in “P-Valley.” Now, J. Alphonse Nicholson is finally receiving the recognition he deserves, and there is even talk of him winning an Emmy.

J. Alphonse Nicholson’s portrayal of ‘Lil Murda’ has stirred both praise and controversy since “P-Valley” premiered on Starz. His character, Lil Murda, is multifaceted, with a budding music career and a struggle to come to terms with his sexuality as a black gay man. The show depicts intimate scenes between two masculine black men, which is groundbreaking for many viewers. However, these scenes also generated backlash, with some individuals expressing discomfort.

Celebrities like Plies and Lil Duval faced criticism for sharing their disapproval of the show’s intimate scenes, prompting a response from P-Valley’s Co-Executive Producer. Despite the controversy, “P-Valley” continued to garner a growing viewership. The second season premiere set a new record for Starz, with 4.5 million multiplatform viewers in the United States.

Recently, J. Alphonse Nicholson, along with his co-stars Nicco Annan, Shannon Thornton, and Gail Bean, joined Tamron Hall to kick off the fourth season of her talk show. During the interview, Tamron Hall mentioned that many people were already discussing J. Alphonse Nicholson’s potential Emmy win for his portrayal of “Lil Murda.” The actor was deeply moved and tried to hold back tears, expressing his gratitude for the opportunity and the love from fans. He stated, “I’m honored to bring such a complex story to the table and to be a representation for everyone.”

J. Alphonse Nicholson is now gearing up for his upcoming role in “Black Spartan,” a football drama created by Ben Cory Jones. In the series, J. Alphonse will play Jimmy Raye, the first black quarterback to win a national championship in 1966 with Michigan State.