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Exclusive: Kehlani — I’m Proud To Be In An Openly Queer Relationship

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Kehlani stepped onto the grey carpet at the 2017 Soul Train Awards looking like a goddess in her House of CB gown and the singer also just so happened to be beaming with happiness.

Sure she can chalk the glow up to the major success over the past few years, but it’s her new relationship with her girlfriend that also has been adding to the complete and utter joy.

For the Oakland native, she is very happy and is proud to be in an “openly queer relationship.” When asked about the importance of sharing her love on Instagram, the singer told HipHollywood at the annual awards show, “life is just too short. It’s too short to have these weird rules about censoring love and not showing it.”

She added, “People need to be it’s ok, be gay and loud.”

Just last week, the signer shared this sweet image of she and her “punpkin” on Instagram, expressing her love. “I always think of how showing off love as an artist takes the mystery away… or distracts people from the music.. or just plain makes both parties vulnerable and open,” she wrote.

The 22-year-old continued, “BUT, then eye think about how short life is and that every chance you get to scream your love (of any kind) into the universe, you should take… because it isn’t really guaranteed. If you got something special, don’t dim the light because you’re afraid of how bright it will truly shine. Im a grateful lil punkin.”

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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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