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President Obama, Others React To Stuart Scott’s Passing

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ESPN anchor Stuart Scott died Sunday morning at the age of 49 after a seven year battle with stomach cancer.

“When you die, that does not mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live,” Scott said in a July speech at the ESPY Awards.

Athletes, celebrities and even the President have spoken out about Scott’s passing.

“Going to miss my favorite SportsCenter anchor. @StuartScott may you rest in peace my friend,” Dennis Rodman tweeted.

“#RIP Stuart Scott. Thank you for making sports fun for our generation. You were a pioneer in your approach to your craft. I had the pleasure of knowing you bro. You always wore a smile and was always so supportive and full of love. God Bless you and your family. We love u too much not to miss you. Enjoy the after life, hug God for me bro,” Marlon Wayans posted in a caption on Instagram.

“I will miss Stuart Scott … Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us—with courage and love,” President Obama added.

HipHollywood’s Kevin Frazier, who worked alongside Scott in his ESPN days, tweeted, “I don’t know if the world will ever understand how great he was … We came up in this game together … Will miss my brotha rip Stuart.”

“I just left church and asked God to bless @StuartScott’s family with comfort and strength as they deal with his passing,” Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson posted on social media early Sunday morning.

“Stuart Scott passed earlier this morning. He was, is & always will be an inspiration. My thoughts are with his family,” Kiefer Sutherland.

Following his passing, ESPN ran a 15-minute special on him. Take a watch below.

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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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