When it comes to Andrea Kelly, her Hollywood Exes co-stars are nothing but supportive.
While on the red carpet for Regard magazine’s Pre ESPY’s party, HipHollywood caught up with Nicole Murphy and Shamicka Lawrence to not only talk about Drea’s recent split from Brian McKee, but to get their reaction on Drea’s teenage daughter coming out as transgender.
“As long as he daughter is happy, that’s all that matters,” Nicole told us exclusively.
Last month, Drea and R. Kelly’s 13-year-old daughter Jaya took to social media to announce that she will now be identified as a male.
“I believe I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me [be] who I was supposed to be,” the teenager wrote on his Ask.fm page.
“To me that’s a personal thing. If she’s fine with her daughter’s decision, then I’m all for it,” Lawrence explained. “You just have to love your child no matter what and let them go through their own journey and transitions.”
In May, R. Kelly’s ex-wife filed for divorce from model/actor Brain McKee just after two months of marriage. Shamicka tells us that the reality star is doing well.
“I’ve talked to her and she’s ok, she’s bouncing back. The reality is as women we want to be loved, we want that fairytale but it’s life lessons.”
During Tuesday’s soiree, we also talked with attendees about the 2014 ESPY Awards, which are being hosted by Canadian rapper, Drake.
“This is a sports event, you got a singer or rapper … He’s a guy that a lot of sports guys are fans of and get us hyped for the games … I’m definitely going to enjoy him on the stage.”
Tune into the awards show at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
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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