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We can’t believe we’re writing this, but is it even remotely conceivable that Donald Trump and his press secretary Sean Spicer think noted abolitionist Frederick Douglass is still alive? The celebrated writer, orator and statesmen died back in 1895, but that didn’t stop President Trump from speaking of Douglass as if he were still alive during a Black History Month speech earlier this week. “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”

We’re sure that despite that awkward wording, Trump knew that Douglass had been dead for over a hundred years. Thankfully his press secretary made sense of the speech later. “I think he wants to highlight the contributions that [Douglass] has made,” Sean Spicer responded when pressed for an explanation on his boss’ quote. “And I think through a lot of the actions and statements that he’s going to make, I think the contributions of Frederick Douglass will become more and more.”

What in the world does that even mean? We spent hours trying to figure it out ourselves, but thankfully, folks on Twitter helped us make sense of the language. Apparently, our collective understanding of Black History is flawed, and Trump is rewriting history with more colorful, alternative fact. This movement has been deemed by Twitter as #TrumpBlackHistory and we have to say, it’s pretty damn amazing. Thank you, Donald.

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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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