Rapper Turned Actor: Diggy Simmons Stars In New Sitcom For BET; Executive Produced By Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil

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Diggy Simmons‘ scripted television show, entitled The Start Up, has been picked up by BET and will go into series. Teyana Taylor and Bria Murphy have been enlisted as Diggy‘s castmates. Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil will serve as executive producers.

The Start Up, “said to have an Entourage vibe to it, is described as a fresh and edgy look at Diggy Simmons, his life as a blogger, and the close group of loyal friends who hold him down on his rise to the top. Simmons will play the main character Blake. Also cast in the project are Allen Maldonado as Manny, Blake’s best friend. Manny lives with his twin sister Tae (Teyana Taylor), who is Blake’s ex-girlfriend, after their grandmother died. Chris Brew will play Dot, a tech geek, now a student at NYU, and a childhood friend of Blake and Manny. Bria Murphy will play Manny’s girlfriend Nia. Stephanie Charles will play Sheri, Dot’s ex-girlfriend,” according to Deadline.

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