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Derek Luke

Derek Luke (born April 24, 1974) is an American actor. He won the Independent Spirit Award for his big-screen debut performance in the 2002 film Antwone Fisher, directed and produced by Denzel Washington. Luke was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Marjorie Dixon, a pianist, and Maurice Luke, who is a native of Georgetown, Guyana and a former actor.[1][2] He has two brothers, Daniel and Maurice, and is a graduate of Linden High School in Linden, New Jersey. He throws right-handed, but writes left-handed. Luke was discovered while working at the Studio Emporium gift shop on the Sony studio lot and given the Fisher role, a story which is still repeated on the Sony studio tour. Luke will play Sean 'Diddy' Combs alongside Jamal 'Gravy' Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G., Angela Bassett as Voletta Wallace and Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur in the 2009 film Notorious. He plays Alicia Keys' love interest in her new video Teenage Love Affair.