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.”
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.