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Families around the nation were moved to tears earlier this week when Barack Obama delivered his farewell speech to the people of the nation.

Children gathered with their parents, friends sat with friends and some watched alone as the President of the United States said goodbye. There’s no doubt millions of people around the country will miss the now-former president, including the Hollywood elite.

During the FOX TCAs on Wednesday, several stars explained the emotions they felt watching POTUS deliver his final address. “It was the  most brilliant thing ever, most inspiring thing ever. Came out, came in, utter class and that’s what you do,” Star’s Lee Daniels said.

Sanaa Lathan revealed to HipHollywood exclusively that she cried. “It almost feels like a dream … this amazing Black man. He just makes you feel like a better person and it’s even more stark now considering what’s happening with our next president.”

Prison Break’s Rockmond Dunbar chimed in, “I’m going to miss him. I don’t think a lot of people expected to have such a crazy ride and such a drastic change for the worst.”

He explained, “There’s a number of people who believe this change is going to be exactly what they need and they are going to find themselves in a position worst than what they were in before.”

The actor added, “You can hate Obama for a lot of different things, but what you can’t hate him for is his track record.”

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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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