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Jason Collins’ Aunt Responds To Her Nephew Coming Out

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In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, NBA free agent, Jason Collins, revealed that he is gay. It was in that same interview that Collins shared that he first came out to his aunt, Terri L. Jackson … the first African-American woman to serve as a superior court judge in San Francisco.

On Monday afternoon, Jackson held a press conference in San Francisco to discuss her nephew’s revelation. “This is history … it’s the first active player to come out and he still wants to play. I’m very proud of him,” Terri shared. “I told Jason whatever he wanted to do, he is a grown intelligent man, and I had his back no matter what,” she added.

Terri shared that she was not fortunate enough to have children, but her sister and brother-in-law allowed her to be a big part of Jason and his twin brother Jarron’s lives. “His coming out to me, I’m glad I was there for him. One day he was talking and he just acknowledged it. It was a comfort level that he felt secure to talk about it,” Judge Jackson explained.

And as for what advice Terri gave the NBA free agent. “To be Jason. He has respect among his team players. Don’t let this define him. He did not become a great basketball player because of sexual orientation,” Jackson explained.

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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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