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Monday, March 21, 2005

Taye Diggs wins NAACP Image Award 

ChannelOklahoma.com - Entertainment - 'Ray' Wins Four NAACP Image Awards: "The Ray Charles biography 'Ray' dominated the NAACP Image Awards this year.

Jamie Foxx won best actor. He has already won a Golden Globe, Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of the music legend. He exchanged long embraces with award presenters Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll.

It was the second year in a row that Charles has loomed large at the Image Awards, which honor works by and about people of color. He was inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame in 2004, three months before his death at 73.

Charles left his mark on the television side of the awards as well: 'Genius: A Night for Ray Charles' was named outstanding variety program."

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Diggs lost many roles to rappers 

BROWN SUGAR - DIGGS LOST MANY ROLES TO RAPPERS: "BROWN SUGAR star TAYE DIGGS is sick of famous rappers muscling black actors out of leading film roles.

In the past, SAMUEL L JACKSON has criticised hip-hop stars for using their celebrity to land roles which should go to more qualified actors, but Diggs has experienced the problem first hand.

He says, 'There have been a ton of movies I wanted but didn't get.

'It seemed like I was constantly being beat out by rappers. It would be down to me and someone else, and I'd find out that the someone else was a hip-hop artist.'"

Monday, March 14, 2005

Diggs, Zambri find Film Festival success 

Diggs, Zambri find Film Festival success: "They are the darlings of film festivals. They are Syracuse University drama graduates Taye Diggs and Catherine Zambri.

Before he scored big with his TV family comedy series, 'Kevin Hill,' Diggs filmed 'Drum,' a South African movie in which he portrays a reporter struggling against apartheid. It won the top prize at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival, the largest film festival in Africa.

Diggs last visited SU a year ago to conduct a master class for students.

Zambri's movie is '212,' which played at the Sundance Film Festival. The romantic comedy casts her as a young New York woman who, despite falling in love, is about to leave for a bowling tour in Europe.

The actress returned to the area last summer to direct the Monday Morning Summerstage production of 'him and her' at Fayetteville's Wellwood School."

Friday, January 21, 2005

Taye Diggs nominated for Image Award 

Taye Diggs nominated for Image Award
"The 36th annual Image Awards, for achievement by blacks in movies, television, music and literature, will be presented March 19 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be televised on Fox on March 25.

Usher led the music category with five nominations, including best male artist, best song ("Yeah!") and best album ("Confessions").

UPN led among TV networks with 14 nominations. The network televises comedies with largely black casts Monday nights and introduced a new series, "Kevin Hill," which captured nominations for best drama and best actor for Taye Diggs.

More than 1,200 nominations were received, which the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said was a record. Winners are determined by a vote of NAACP members."

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Diggs: Hate Mail Drama Defused 

CBS News | Diggs: Hate Mail Drama Defused | January 12, 2005-12:00:06: "Taye Diggs, the stage, film and TV star, has been coping with some very real drama.

He and his wife, Tony-winner Idina Menzel, have gotten hate mail spurred by their interracial marriage.

But Diggs, star of the new hit UPN drama 'Kevin Hill,' told The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm, 'The authorities came in and took care of everything. There are a couple of wack jobs out there. We appreciate the support, but everybody handled it very well. Everybody's fine. It's all good.'

That's not the only adversity the couple has faced in recent weeks. "

Monday, January 10, 2005

Taye Diggs' Wife Injured in Stage Fall 

CBS 47 JACKSONVILLE//ENTERTAINMENT: "Broadway star Idina Menzel, the wife of Kevin Hill star Taye Diggs, cracked her lower rib when she fell through a trap door during Saturday's matinee of the Broadway musical "Wicked."
The mishap occurred near the end of the performance at the Gershwin Theatre during what's known as 'the melting sequence.' In the scene, a trap door opens and an elevator that was to have lowered Menzel had already partially descended, causing the actress to fall.
The show, a prequel to 'The Wizard of Oz,' stopped cold for about 45 minutes while Menzel's understudy, Shoshana Bean, prepared to go on as the green-skinned Elphaba. Bean continued in the role during Saturday's evening performance and Sunday's matinee, which was to have been Menzel's last performance after a more than 16-month run in the show. "

Monday, January 03, 2005

Taye Diggs turned 34 on Jan. 2 

KUTV: Today In History - January 2, 2005: "Today's Birthdays: Former television evangelist Jim Bakker is 66. Actress Wendy Phillips is 53. Actress Gabrielle Carteris is 44. Movie director Todd Haynes is 44. Actress Tia Carrere is 38. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 37. Model Christy Turlington is 36. Actor Taye Diggs is 34. Rock musician Scott Underwood (Train) is 34. Rock singer Doug Robb (Hoobastank) is 30. Actress Paz Vega is 29. Country musician Chris Hartman is 27. Actress Kate Bosworth is 22."

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