It looks like George Zimmerman will not be fighting in any celebrity boxing match … At least if Damon Feldman has anything to do with it.
A few weeks ago, the Florida native who was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-yaer-old, Trayvon Martin agreed to fight DMX in a celebrity boxing match. But after some backlash circulating around Zimmerman being considered a celebrity, the fight’s organizer completely pulled out.
Damon Feldman tells HipHollywood that he felt the fight was wrong. “[Zimmerman] is not a celebrity and it was ruining the credibility of celebrity boxing. We made mistake picking him,” he told us.
HipHollywood also recently caught up with some of Hollywood’s heavy hitters who thought that the planned fight was a bad idea from the beginning. “Trayvon Martin should be celebrated forever,” Bill Duke told us. “And to mock his death with this entertainment in my opinion is unacceptable.”
American Horror Story’s Gabourey Sidibe told HipHollywood that she thinks it’s ridiculous. “I don’t understand why it’s necessary and it’s actually isn’t. It’s a bad thing to do.”
Roland Martin also shared his reaction, calling it shameful. “George Zimmerman is not a celebrity he is a murderer. DMX should have some since of respect for Trayvon Martin and his family. It’s interesting how he [Zimmerman] was so concerned about being in hiding and about his safety, yet he wants to be in a celebrity boxing match.”
He continued, “I wonder how America would feel if OJ Simpson was out of jail and decided to box somebody. I doubt they would be all happy.”
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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