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A South Side of Chicago grandmother prayer was answered when Denzel Washington showed up on her porch.

Over the weekend, Washington was looking for Leon’s Bar’s Bar-B-Q  — a BBQ place the New York native was familiar with from visiting relatives as a child. Washington saw people outside and stopped to chat. They told him that 86-year-old Juanita Hubbard was inside the house and a big fan.

A  video captures Washington on Hubbard’s front steps talking about what he remembered about the area. “I used to come here when I was 5, 6, 7 years old. Right up the block: 86th and Harper,” he said.

At a point in the video, someone on the porch asks him, “Do you know how important [you are?]. We look up to you. You’re a black statesman.”

Washington responds, “I’m regular folk. I’m here, unafraid.” He describes himself as “a God-fearing man” who “was raised right.”

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