How Gbenga Akinnagbe, Actor and Activist, Spends His Sundays

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Gbenga Akinnagbe is a regular at Bread Love, a cafe in Bed-Stuy.

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Christian Hansen for The New York Times

The actor, activist and entrepreneur Gbenga Akinnagbe (BENG-ga a-KEEN-na-begh) can currently be seen playing a pimp in “The Deuce,” HBO’s ode to Times Square in the 1970s and ’80s. But he might be best recognized, still, for his work in another HBO series, “The Wire,” where he played the right-hand man to a vicious drug dealer in Baltimore. When Mr. Akinnagbe, 38, a child of Nigerian immigrants, is not on set or traveling, he is committed to his activism and businesses, preferring to work on them in and around his brownstone in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

UNPLUGGED Most days, I get up and get on the phone or get on the computer right away; on Sundays, though, I can’t let this be how I start my day. I’m trying to undo the mechanism in my brain that thinks that the world will fall apart if I don’t jump on everything all at once. It’s hard because New York rewards the hustle, and I love it; it’s infectious, and undoing the element of the hustle is very difficult. I have no idea where I’m going when I head out, and I go in whatever direction for what feels like an hour.

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“I know people who grew up in this neighborhood who can’t afford to live here anymore,” Mr. Akinnagbe said. “And we’re a weaker community because of it.”

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Christian Hansen for The New York Times

BUSINESS BREAKFAST I start to respond to the text messages and voice mails and emails. I always try to listen to “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” on the weekends. I’ve grown fond of French toast made with croissants, but I’ve been trying to eat better, so I dip the croissants in egg whites,…

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