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Model Don Benjamin On Jeremy Meeks: It’s Just A Mug Shot

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Jeremy Meeks, the felon whose mug shot went viral has gained world wide attention for his oh so steller looks. The 30-year-old, who was taken into custody last week, has also received recognition from huge modeling agencies looking to possibly sign the felon as soon as he gets out of the pin. But does Meeks have what it takes to be a top model?

While on the red carpet for the 27th annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards, HipHollywood caught up with rapper and former America’s Next Top Model contestant, Don Benjamin to get his reaction on Meeks’ potential modeling career.

“He took a good mug shot,” he told us. “[But] It’s more than just good looks and pretty eyes. You have to have body posture, you have to have confidence. Some people aren’t really photogenic. I see a lot of attractive people but they can’t pull it off in the pictures. So I have to see more than just that one mugshot,” he told us.

The “Across the Sky” rapper added, “I hit my agent up and I was like ‘yo, everybody wants him, but he’s behind bars. They might as well take me, put me on since I have green eyes and light skin,'” he told us. “People keep hitting me on Instagram like “omg you look like Jeremy Meeks.’ I don’t see it, we are just light skin with green eyes.”

We say there is room for the both of you. Swoon.

 

 

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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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