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50 Cent Set To Guest Star on “Empire”?!

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Well, this is a surprising turn of events — Actually, nothing 50 Cent does is surprising anymore.

After complaining, criticizing and accusing “Empire” of copying his show “Power”, it looks like 50 Cent has had a change of heart and will be taking his talents to the competition. While at the premiere for FOX’s new drama the show’s director/producer Lee Daniels revealed that Fiddy was full of it! “Oh 50 he didn’t even seen the show,” Daniels told HipHollywood, “I just talked to him … two weeks ago, he said he was going to come guest star.”

But, the rapper isn’t the only surprising guest star on the highly anticipated show. Naomi Campbell, Raven-Symone, V. Bozeman, Estelle, Derek Luke, Tasha Smith and more will make an appearance on Empire — hell, even Oprah may stop by. “Oprah said it redefines television. I said well come on and guest star on my show then and shut up,” Lee revealed to HH.

Academy Award nominees and Hustle and Flow co-stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard lead the stellar cast of actors who showed up for the Hollywood premiere Tuesday night. Check out our interviews (above) and make sure you watch the debut of Empire, Wednesday, January 7th at 9pm on FOX.

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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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