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Exclusive: Shaunie O’Neal & Marlon Yates Respond To Break-Up Rumors

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Shaunie O’Neal and her boo Marlon Yates are laughing off rumors that there is trouble in paradise.

HipHollywood talked to both Shaunie and Marlon who told us they find it hilarious that sites  would use their social media accounts to make up stories about their relationship.

“It’s not ok to make up stories about someone’s life and you haven’t even spoken with them”, said O’Neal. “At first I was really upset. But now I have to just laugh.”

On Friday, Bossip posted a story claiming there was “Trouble in Paradise” between O’Neal and Yates because of a couple Instagram photos Yates posted.

“I’m just having fun on Instagram,” added Yates. “But, if you want to know what’s going on with me and my relationship just call me, don’t just lie.”

O’Neal, who is gearing up for the return of Season 5 of Basketball Wives, also revealed to us that this season you will actually see a little more of her personal life, including her romance with Yates.

“You will see a more personal side of me this season,” revealed O’Neal who serves as Executive Producer of the wildly popular show. “Me as a mom and girlfriend.”

Season 5 of Basketball Wives returns in August. Will you be watching?

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs

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If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.

 

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