Jamie Foxx was honored at this weekend’s MTV Movie Awards, but it’s the t-shirt he wore to the event making headlines days later.
Foxx rocked a black t-shirt featuring the image of slain Florida teen, Travyon Martin. Martin was gunned down last year by neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, in what the gunman claims was self-defense.
Several celebrities have publicly called on local officials to prosecute Zimmerman, including Foxx. Debate over whether Zimmerman was justified in shooing the teen, or just a racist with a vandetta against Black people, has caused intense debate nationwide. And Foxx caught some of that backlash after wearing the t-shirt remembering the shooting victim.
During the MTV Movie Awards broadcast, the actor was slammed on Twitter by Zimmerman supporters who tweeted things like:
“F*ck Jamie Foxx and his Trayvon Martin shirt. Motherf*cker got what he deserved.”
“F*ck that n*gger with the Trayvon Martin shirt on.”
“Nice shirt, Jamie Foxx. Go f*ck yourself.”
And it goes on, and on and on. This morning, HipHollywood attempted to reach out to some of these Twitter users to discuss their views on Mr. Foxx’s t-shirt, but most had deleted their accounts … and those who didn’t, have protect their tweets.
Still, if you would like to read more of their vitriol, one website has captured several screen grabs and posted them online for your viewing pleasure.
5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs
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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