PATERSON — Jaquair Gillette of Paterson — a local actor, artist and activist — had a busy week.
It started on Monday in Jamaica, Queens, where Gillette played a small role in the filming of an episode of the “FBI” network television crime drama. Then, during the next few days, he reworked the script of a film he produced.
Finally, on Friday, his 36th birthday, Gillette was at the Green Acre Community Garden in Paterson’s 4th Ward, clearing away weeds and brush as part of his volunteer work there. That same day he released an electronic book of poems, entitled “Defiance and Desperation,” including works he planned to perform during a poetry workshop at the Paterson Museum on Saturday.
“I’m excited about him,” said Talena Queen, a poet herself, Paterson school teacher and one of the organizers of Saturday’s event at the museum. “I think he’s one of those people who created his own template for success. He’s more than just an artist. We want to support him the audience to express himself.”
Museum director Jack Destefano praised Gillette’s outlook.
“He may be the most positive person you’ll meet in Paterson,” DeStafano said. “I like when he’s around, because he lifts my spirits.”