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Exclusive: Queen Latifah Never Surprised By Willow And Jaden Smith’s Intellect

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Willow Smith, 14 and her brother Jaden, 16 shocked the world last month after delivering a more than intellectual interview to T magazine. From “quantum physics” to “theoretical physicist,” the siblings used words and theories that an average adult may not understand … which we’ve learned is just one of the teens idiosyncrasies.

And while the interview left fans and even media outlets speechless, Queen Latifah wasn’t surprised one bit. “I’m not shocked by anything that the Smith children do because I know both their parents and I’ve known them since we were teenagers,” Latifah told HipHollywood exclusively. “Will is a very smart guy. He is a very smart man. And he is a very well rounded human being. He is one of the most generous people I know. Truly thoughtful. Jada is one of the strongest, most powerful people I know. Super intelligent, very creative.”

She continued, “I remember Jaden as a baby, learning different ways to act … He learned these different emotions. I’m not surprised. They [Will and Jada] really invest a lot in their children. They really care about education. They care about how the kids learn and allowing them to learn in their own ways. Any child who is allowed to be themselves, yet invested in to the degree that the Smith’s do with their children would be great and really smart, highly intellectual and articulate people.”

Articulate indeed. Something tells us Willow and Jaden aren’t done shocking us yet. Bring it on.

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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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