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After ‘Hamilton,’ Leslie Odom Jr. just wanted to be himself. Then the role of Sam Cooke came calling. – Washington Post

After initially resisting the role, Odom is getting Oscar buzz as an actor and songwriter for the Regina King-directed film “One Night in Miami.”

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Its nearly Christmas, and almost two weeks have passed since the actor and singer-songwriter appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, after which DeGeneres tested positive for the coronavirus. Odom has since been quarantining from his wife, actress Nicolette Robinson, who is pregnant with their second child. After a slew of negative tests, Odom says this should be the last one. Facing the health-care worker, he straightens his back, takes a swab to the nostrils, scrunches his face and exhales.
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