DDm’s web show ‘Secretary of Shade’ kicks off on YouTube

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Emmanuel Williams, aka rapper DDm, is kicking off a new career as a commentator on the news–offering the kind of sharp-tongued, side-eyeing tea only Williams can.

Earlier today, the first episode of “Secretary of Shade” dropped on YouTube. The series comes after Williams’ Facebook Live reading of “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” the tell-all by former Trump aide and “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman, went viral, garnering more than 600,000 views.

In addition to catching the attention of The Sun and Baltimore magazine, Williams’ lively rendition caught the attention of Manigault Newman herself, as well as the political newspaper The Hill.

Williams has said he hopes the videos combat the fatigue of wave after wave of breaking news about the latest scandal or policy battle in the nation’s capital.

“I get so many emails and messages from people who were completely tapped out with the whole situation in the White House,” he told Baltimore. “They say I’ve reinvigorated their interest in what’s going on politically.”

But Williams doesn’t just serve up his take on politics. Episode One of “Secretary of Shade” kicks off with a segment on Aretha Franklin’s funeral: “Y’all know I’m working 9-to-5, bitch. I clocked in and the funeral started, I clocked out with overtime, bitch, and the funeral was still going on.”

The episode goes on to cover important primary election wins for the Democrats, the article on Stormy Daniels in Vogue, the Sean Suiter case and much more. Also, shout out to the theme song, which is Williams repeating “let’s unpack this” over a Baltimore club beat.

Watch the episode here:

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at [email protected]
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