Diddy Wins His First Oscar For ‘Undefeated’ Film


By Miranda Johnson

You can now add Diddy to the short list of rappers that have been able to snag an Oscar. Diddy is the third hip-hop artist to win an Academy Award, following in the footsteps of Eminem and Three 6 Mafia. The music mogul won the Best Documentary Academy Award for his role as executive producer on the film “Undefeated.”

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A documentary that follows the Manassas Tigers football team, a severely underfunded and underprivileged football — who were even hired out as a practice team for more successful schools — as they reverse their fortunes thanks to coach Bill Courtney. Written by Kevin Jagernauth

The film, which is directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J Martin is a real-life version of NBC’s hit “Friday Night Lights.” “Undefeated” follows Manassas High School football player O.C Brown and teammates during their 2009 season. The documentary focuses on three unprivileged inner-city Memphis athletes and their coach as they overcome the difficulties in their surroundings to win the school’s first playoff game ever in its 110-year history.

Diddy, always the business man, is also in the processing of launching his REVOLT network which will be distributed by Comcast. The music network will place a special emphasis on social media involvement and it will feature programming that includes music videos, live performances and interviews. The network is set to launch in 2013.