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Exclusive: Shaunie O’Neal Teams With Simone I. Smith For Capsule Collection

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Basketball Wives executive producer Shaunie O’Neal is crossing over into fashion … again. The shoe hoarder and fashion lover has teamed up with jewelry designer Simone I. Smith to create the capsule collection, “Forever Shaunie.”

O’Neal gave us a sneak peak of the collection during a recent sit down, before she and Smith officially unveiled the collection.

“Simone I. Smith, LL Cool J’s other half,  has a beautiful jewelry line … and we’re working on a little project … coming very, very soon.” revealed O’Neal.

Now the line is available and the two friends couldn’t be more excited.

“Through our love and admiration for one another, we decided to create a special collection,”  explained Simone. “Each piece is inscribed with three powerful words that describes my friend – Loyal, Fabulous and Loving”.

The line is available in Macy’s stores and on Macys.com with a portion of sales going to the American Cancer Society.  Check out a few pieces below.

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SIS by Simone I Smith “Forever Shaunie” 18k Gold over Sterling Silver Necklace, Eternity Necklace

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SIS by Simone I Smith “Forever Shaunie” 18k Gold over Sterling Silver Necklace, Crystal Eternity Pendant

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SIS by Simone I Smith “Forever Shaunie” 18k Gold over Sterling Silver Earrings, Crystal Eternity Hoop Earrings

 

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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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