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Exclusive: Faith Evans: “I Wasn’t Happy With Season 2 of R&B Divas”

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Yep you read that right! Faith Evans was not feeling season 2 of R&B Divas.

But, are we surprised?

HipHollywood caught up with Evans and Nicci Gilbert at the premiere for R&B Divas: L.A. where the two executive producers shared their thoughts on season 2 and all the drama that went down.

“I’m happy with the success, and I’m very thankful to God for those things”, Faith expressed. “But we weren’t as involved creatively, so I think things took a turn differently than what we had in mind.”

Faith did not attend the reunion show because of  “family issues” and appeared to be irritated with the girls and their constant bickering every time she appeared on the show.

Gilbert, who was at the center of much of the tension season 2, offered her explanation, telling us, “The bottom line is we didn’t go as far as some of the other shows … you saw real reactions to real things. What you did not always see is a complete picture of what we were reacting to.”

Gilbert added, “The good part about that is you can always show something go bad and then go good again.”

We hope so!

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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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