At 15, Davenport wote a short story titled Home which was published in the anthology Looking Inward, for which he was presented with an Award of Achievement by former President George Bush, Sr. in 1999. He is also a two-time National NAACP ACT-SO Competition gold medal winner for Colors of the Rainbow (2000) when he was a junior at Marian Catholic High School, and for Blood at the Root: The Legacy of Billy Holiday's Strange Fruit (2001) when a senior.
Davenport's short film Midnight Son, which he made as his thesis project while an undergraduate at Yale University, became the recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker Award, a distinction shared by the first films of Steven Soderbergh, Paul Thomas Anderson and Jared Hess. Made by Davenport when he was twenty-one years old, the project was photographed by Clint Eastwood's cinematographer Tom Stern and starred Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, Jack Mulcahy and Tony nominee David Harbour.
Davenport is preparing to mount a stage revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night with an all-black cast starring Alfre Woodard. A production of the classic O'Neill play has only been staged once before with an all African-American cast, in 1982 with Earle Hyman, Ruby Dee, Thommie Blackwell and Peter Francis-James.
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