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Exclusive: Gabourey Sidibe And Roland Martin React To The Zimmerman vs DMX Fight At NAACP Image Awards Luncheon

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Gabourey Sidibe And Roland Martin are not happy about the George Zimmerman vs. DMX celebrity boxing match and  are speaking out against it.

Stars gathered Saturday in hollywood to celebrate their nominations at the NAACP Image Awards Nominees Luncheon. The Image awards celebrates outstanding achievements of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals who promote social justice.

Because this was one of the main focuses of the event HipHollywood wanted to know what attendees thought about the George Zimmerman vs. DMX celebrity boxing match. Although news went out on Saturday stating that the fight was canceled, HipHollywood has learned from people close to event that the fight promoter has not officially thrown in the towel.

Gabourey Sidibe, the 30-year-old star of Precious, was almost speechless, “I don’t understand why it’s necessary and it isn’t. Its a bad thing to do, don’t do it,” she said shaking her head.

Rowland Martin, the host of “News One Now” was more vocal about his opinion. “That is uterly shamefull. George Zimmerman is not a celebrity he is a murderer. That is exactly what he is and DMX should have some sense of respect for Trayvon Martin and his family to say ‘absolutely no’ to bring attention to this shameful individual.” The TV One commentator followed up with this observation, “So its interesting how he was so concerned about being in hiding and about his safety, yet he wants to be in a celebrity boxing match, he is not a celebrity. So I wounder how America would feel if OJ Simpson was out of jail and decided to box somebody? I doubt that they would be all happy…”

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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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