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Edward Lee Melvin, III, (born October 28, 1992) better known as Tr? Melvin, is an American actor, model, published playwright, poet,[1] philanthropist,[2] and YouTube personality. Melvin is widely known for his YouTube show, This Is A Commentary,[3] in which he comically touches base with varying events and ideas that most people find repulsive.


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Melvin appears in 2009 Ohio Lottery T.V. spot produced by Stern Advertising.

Melvin was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. In May 2011, he graduated from Stivers School for the Arts,[4] where he studied theatre between grades 7 through 12. He currently studies business administration and visual communications at Bellarmine University[5] in Louisville, Kentucky.


Melvin began acting professionally at the age of twelve. In June 2005, Melvin signed with Katalyst, a talent agency based out of Edgewood, Kentucky. He left the agency in 2009 after briefly loosing interest in the film and television industry, only to regain it shortly after.

He has worked alongside companies such as Warner Bros. Entertainment, Incorporated, MMG Corporate Communication, Stern Advertising, and Bright Light Visual Communications. He has performed in countless stage plays[6][7][8][9] and musicals, and has appeared in a number of television commercials, short films, and radio spots.


Between December 2006 and March 2007 at age 14, Melvin used his self-published school newspaper The Melvin Gazette to promote Making A Way On Valentine's Day,[10][11] a fundraiser for a local charity in his community, The Dayton Foundation. In merely a couple of months, Melvin raised $4,000 for the organization, which was placed into a grant and donated to the Salvation Army. The funds contributed to the construction of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center located in Dayton, Ohio. In November 2007, Melvin received the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award.[12] Melvin has partaken in several similar projects since the completion of Making A Way On Valentine's Day, and in February 2011, Melvin was awarded the $25,000 AXA Foundation Achievement Scholarship for his bountiful charitable accomplishments.


This Is A Commentary

This Is A Commentary
This Is A Commentary Title Card
Title Card
Created byTr? Melvin
StarringTr? Melvin
Opening theme"Love Me Or Hate Me" by Lady Sovereign
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17

Tr? Melvin,

Jasmine Lee
Running timeOctober 9, 2011-present
Production company(s)Blacklight Studios
Original channelThisIsACommentary
External links

The pilot episode of the series, Niggas These Days,[13] premiered via Melvin's Facebook [14][15] profile on October 9, 2011, and worldwide via YouTube later the same day. Melvin's popularity began to flourish as a result of the ninth episode in the series, Amber Alert,[16] which premiered on October 17, 2011. In the episode, Melvin responded to the viral and trending story of Amber Cole, a 14-year-old girl who was recorded while participating in a sexual act in a Baltimore high school.[17] As of October 20, 2011, in merely one week and four days, the channel reached 10,000+ subscribers, and 100,000 views as of October 28, 2011.

According to YouTube insight reports, This Is A Commentary is most popular in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Jamaica, and Thailand.

Episode Listing

As of November 1, 2011, a total of 15 episodes have premiered in Season One of the show.

EpisodeEpisode TitleRelease Date
01Niggas These DaysOctober 9, 2011
02Is That A Gun? Bitch, Run!October 9, 2011
03Cyber EgoOctober 10, 2011
04No Re MeOctober 11, 2011
05Black And White StereotypesOctober 11, 2011
06Shit, That's EmbarrassingOctober 12, 2011
07Bitches These DaysOctober 13, 2011
08Fuck The CriticsOctober 14, 2011
09Amber AlertOctober 17, 2011
10Leave Amber Alone [Parody]October 20, 2011
11Rub A Dub Dub BitchOctober 21, 2011
12Driving While StupidOctober 21, 2011
13LOL :)October 23, 2011
14Ghettowood HighOctober 28, 2011
15Pip Pip Shut The Fuck UpNovember 1, 2011
16RelationSHITSNovember 4, 2011
17Hoes These DaysNovember 6, 2011
18No Homo, BraNovember 8, 2011


  1. ^ "Young Voices of America Speak Their Muse". Young Voices Foundation. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  2. ^ "TREY MELVIN: A Young Person's Personal Crusade to Reach Out to People in Need" (5 March 2008). The Dayton Foundation. Dayton, Ohio 45423. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  3. ^ This Is A Commentary. YouTube Channel. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  4. ^ Stivers School for the Arts. 1313 East Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  5. ^ Bellarmine University. 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40205. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Best in area high school theater honored" (12 June 2011). Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  7. ^ ["Press Release: Wright State University Theatre Proudly Presents the 49th Anniversary Production". Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  8. ^ "WSU’s ‘Raisin’ not just a history lesson" (06 October 2008). Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  9. ^ "WSU’s Raisin in the Sun a well-deserved revival" (14 October 2008). The Oakwood Register. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Dale Huffman: Student, 14, uses own newsletter as fundraiser for Dayton Foundation". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  11. ^ "TREY MELVIN: A Young Person's Personal Crusade to Reach Out to People in Need" (5 March 2008). The Dayton Foundation. Dayton, Ohio 45423. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  12. ^ Association of Fundraising Professions - Past Recipients. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  13. ^ This Is A Commentary (9 October 2011). "Niggas These Days". YouTube. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  14. ^ Tr? Melvin's Facebook Profile. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  15. ^ "TreHasSpoken" Tr? Melvin's Twitter Profile. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  16. ^ This Is A Commentary (17 October 2011). "Amber Alert". YouTube. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  17. ^ "The “Official” Amber Cole Video, #TeamAmberCole, and #TeamBoys, Too" (1 November 2011). Retrieved 2 November 2011.


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