*A street in Miami’s Liberty City community will be named after the Oscar winning film “Moonlight,” written and directed by its native sons, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney.
According to the Miami New Times, a stretch of Miami-Dade County’s Liberty City will be named “Moonlight Way,” saluting the inner city neighborhood that served as the backdrop for the coming-of-age film.
“Moonlight Way” will be on NW 22nd Avenue from NW 61st Street to NW 66th Street – only a short distance from Liberty Square where Jenkins grew up and where parts of “Moonlight” were filmed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is adapted from McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue about coming of age as a young, gay black man, and Jenkins recognized his own life in McCraney’s work.
Although McCraney and Jenkins had never met prior to working on the Oscar-winning film, they grew up there at the same time and only streets apart – the two accepted the best adapted screenplay Oscar with McCraney noting how glad he was that “two boys from Liberty City representing the 305” could be onstage.
The dedication comes as Jenkins and McCraney will be in Miami over the weekend for the Moonlight Celebration at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center which is open to the public.