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Blue Ivy Carter turned 8 years old today. The frenzy surrounding the firstborn daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z began when Beyonce rubbed her belly bump onstage at the 2011 MTV Video Awards.

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After Blue Ivy's birth, photographers waited patiently for Beyonce or Jay-Z to bring the baby outside so they could snap photos of her feet or hands. Photos of any part of Blue Ivy's body sold for hundreds of dollars. Exclusive photos of Blue's face would command $100,000 or more.

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For the first 2 years of her life Blue Ivy was hidden under blankets and other inanimate objects. She was dubbed "the saddest little girl in NYC."

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When Beyonce and Jay-Z finally stopped hiding Blue Ivy, the public weighed in on her looks and her natural hair - which people hated with a passion.

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There are reports that the gossip about Blue's hair, or whether she was really a boy, hurt Beyonce and Jay-Z.

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In response to the gossip, Blue Ivy did not leave the house until Bey's glam team worked their magic on her. The results were nothing short of spectacular.

Blue Ivy has grown into a beautiful little girl. But even now her looks are still up for debate. Black Twitter dragged 2 rude journalists who thought it was funny to disparage a child's looks.

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Lizzo quit Twitter.com after complaining about the negativity of "trolls" on the social media platform. Now she explains why.

"Yeah I can't do this Twitter s**t no more.. too many troll," she tweeted on Sunday. "I'll be back when I feel like it."

Speculation ran rampant as her fans debated the real reason behind her decision to leave social media.

Many speculated that she was forced off social media by bullies who constantly reminded her what Dr. Boyce Watkins said.

The 31-year-old Detroit native was the target of Watkins, who said she is popular because there is an obesity epidemic in America.

He criticized the "Truth Hurts" singer for glamorizing morbid obesity, which is among the top 5 causes of death for women over 300 pounds.

The singer, who is born under the Scorpio star sign, explained her decision to leave social media during a benefit concert at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

"I just want you to know that I, you know, I just took a DNA test and it turns out I quit Twitter. I quit Twitter. I'm off it. All social media is not created equal," she said.

"I would love to be on Twitter 'cause I could connect with you people who positively support me not to mention spreading my own positive messages," she said as the crowd cheered. She added: "But now I've gotten to a point where I'm not just dealing with Internet bullies, I'm dealing with seeing a lot of negativity on the Internet dealing with everyone."

She said she has thick skin, but she worries about her fans who can’t handled the bullying.

"...when I see how, not just insensitive, but hateful and hurtful we are towards each other - when I just log on every day and see something devastating and something tragic every single day. Even from my well of positivity. I feel it and it doesn't feel good."

Lizzo is performing across Australia to raise money to combat the bushfires that have scorched at least 11 million acres since arsonists set the fires in September. 24 suspects have been arrested.

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Saved by the Bell fans have mixed reactions to the news that a cross-dresser has been cast in the reboot of their favorite high school situation comedy.

Actor Josie Totah, 18, plays the role of Lexi, who is described as a "sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High."

According to NBC News, Lexi is "both admired and feared by her fellow students."

The reboot TV series will follow a group of low-income, diverse and inclusive high school students who are transferred to Bayside High, courtesy of a program created by California Governor Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar).

The reboot is produced by Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkeley, who will reprise their roles on the series.

Lopez, 46, has had a change of heart since expressing his disapproval of parents who allow their minor children to switch genders.

"My God if you're three-years-old and you're saying you're feeling a certain way you think you're a boy or a girl whatever the case may be... I just think it's dangerous as a parent to make that determination then, OK well then you're gonna be a boy or a girl," Lopez told Candace Owens in July.

"It's sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on," he said.

But the only repercussions were felt by Lopez, who quickly retracted his statements and apologized to the LGBT+ community amid a fierce public backlash.

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The 1990s television series starred teenage hunks Gosselaar (Zack) and Lopez (A.C. Slater). Gosselaar, 45, is pictured with his Mixed-ish co-star, Tika Sumpter, 39.

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The original series also starred Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle), Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski) and Dustin Diamond (Screech) as privileged students at Bayside High School in Pacific Palisades, California. The original series premiere in 1989.

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Chloe Sevigny is pregnant with her first child at age 45. The former model and actress who starred in American Horror Story is expecting a child with boyfriend Sinisa Mackovic.

Sevigny showed off her baby bump at the Karma art gallery on Monday. In pictures published by TMZ, she shared a kiss with Mackovic, while cradling her bump.

Sevigny is the latest celebrity over 35 to fall pregnant or hire a surrogate to carry their IVF babies.

She previously said not having kids has kept her skin looking youthful.

"I think the baby wear and tear and stress on your body is part of the reason why people say, 'Why do you still look so young?' I think that [pregnancy] unfortunately ages women, especially when they have children in their 30s, not in their 20s. So I think, first and foremost, it's that and genetics."

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Other celebrities who welcomed babies late in life (either naturally or by surrogate via IVF) include:

Janet Jackson (IVF)

Beyonce (surrogate)

Halle Berry (IVF)

Jennifer Lopez (IVF)

Celine Dion (IVF)

Gwen Stefani

Meghan Markle

Eva Mendes

Mariah Carey (IVF)

Salma Hayek (IVF)

Kandi Burruss (surrogate)

Alyssa Milano

Christie Brinkley

Alanis Morrissette

Sarah Jessica Parker (surrogate)

Nicole Kidman (surrogate)

Diane Keaton

Milla Jovovich

Rachel Zoe

Kelly Preston

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Beyonce Knowles-Carter stole the spotlight from actor Joaquin Phoenix by refusing to give him a standing ovation at the 2020 Golden Globes Awards on Sunday.

The Internet was shocked when Beyonce remained seated as Phoenix won Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his role in Joker.

Other well-heeled celebrities stood and cheered for their colleague as he went to the podium to accept his award. But Beyonce remained seated - even as others in the audience stared hard at her.

Beyonce - who was nominated for Best Original Song for "Spirit" from The Lion King - was noticeably upset that she didn't win - again.

Outrage social media users tweeted that Beyonce was "rude" and "disrespectful."

One person tweeted:

"@Beyonce You're a joke for not standing up for Joaquin Phoenix. Understandable to make a statement. But that's poor sportsmanship for someone that actually deserved recognition. You're entitled and arrogant. And as an actress you're a joke. Smh. You ought to apologize to him."

Beyonce and Jay-Z showed up one hour late for the awards show, and they skipped the red carpet and went straight to their seats.

Question: Did you watch the Golden Globes Awards? What did you think of Beyonce's behavior?

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Raquel Harper, former host of TMZ's Raq Rants, updated her Instagram followers who continuously asked why she left TMZ.

Harper was host of her own popular Youtube series, Raq Rants, and as a producer for TMZ. Her popular web series was picked up by BET TV for 12 half-hour episodes in 2018.

In response to the many inquiries about her absence from TMZ's airwaves, Harper announced that she is pregnant with her third child and she has been in and out of the hospital with pregnancy-related problems.

"I have been in and out of the hospital a number of times what felt like my death bed," she wrote in the caption of an Instagram post on Monday.

"As you all see I am six months pregnant and have been suffering horribly with hyperemesis gravidarum that has been literally a fucking miserable time.... Just to name a few things that happens weight lost over 40 pounds... low blood pressure..countless Iv drips and vomiting over ten times a day literally not to mention deep depression..I am still not even fully cool yet but definitely way better than I was up into only a week and a half ago...So I am excited though to share we are having a baby girl and she due on @taco_mell birthday April 27."

Despite her health problems, Harper says she plans to return to TMZ on Thursday.
 

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So thank you @taco_mell for taking me to New Orleans and Miami this much needed trip..So let me tell my supporters what has been going on the past 6 months I have been in and out of the hospital a number of times what felt like my death bed... As you all see I am six months pregnant and have been suffering horribly with hyperemesis gravidarum that has been literally a fucking miserable time.... Just to name a few things that happens weight lost over 40 pounds... low blood pressure..countless Iv drips and vomiting over ten times a day literally not to mention deep depression..I am still not even fully cool yet but definitely way better than I was up into only a week and a half ago...So I am excited though to share we are having a baby girl and she due on @taco_mell birthday April 27... Also for those of you wondering about TMZ I will be back this Thursday....

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Lizzo quit Twitter after her online beef with Dr. Boyce Watkins, who claimed her popularity was due to the "obesity epidemic in America."

The "Good As Hell" singer announced she was quitting Twitter just one week into the New Year.

"Yeah I can't do this Twitter s--t no more," she tweeted before adding, "too many trolls. "I'll be back when I feel like it."

Lizzo's followers assumed she quit due to her run-in with Watkins, an author and financial expert.

On Dec. 20, Watkins wrote:

"#Lizzo popular is because there is an obesity epidemic in America. Rather than encouraging people to do better, we are simply lying to them and telling them that they are just fine the way they are. Unfortunately, Many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease."

The "Juice" singer clapped back, saying her immense "talent" was behind her widespread popularity.

"I'm popular because I write good songs and I'm talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love," Lizzo fired back. "The only person who needs to do better is you. Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me."

She added: "Here's the attention you ordered."

According to industry insiders, Lizzo tips the scale at 280-300 pounds and she has obesity-related health problems that caused her to cancel recent concert dates.

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A woman claims rapper DaBaby fathered her 5-year-old son and abandoned them both without so much as a phone call.

The woman, who posts under the username Detreatk Green, put the rapper on blast on Sunday for not claiming his mini-me son in 5 years.

In a post on Facebook she uploaded a photo of her adorable son, who resembles DaBaby right down to the confident attitude and toothy grin.

"I hate I had to come to social media to finally put the truth out. But it bothers me so bad that DaBaby out here not claiming OUR child," Green wrote. "He's now 5 years old and Dababy had yet to even SEE own his child [sic] in person. No contact no nothing. Just remember it took two of us to make this child."

The rapper, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, publicly claims a son and a daughter. The promiscuous rapper reportedly has multiple unclaimed children in the wild.

The 28-year-old Capricorn was released from a Miami jail late Saturday after posting $1,500 bond.

DaBaby was arrested last week and charged with misdemeanor battery following an altercation with a Miami music promoter.

The music promoter admitted paying DaBaby $20,000 cash upfront for a performance on Thursday. But DaBaby claims he was promised $30,000.

Video allegedly shows DaBaby and another member of his entourage assault the man and go through his pockets.

The man told police he was robbed of $80 and an iPhone 7, and DaBaby poured apple juice on him.
 

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Janet Jackson is a huge Colin Kaepernick fan. The superstar singer went the extra mile to get a hold of Kaepernick's sold out Air Force 1 sneakers.

According to The Blast, the shoes sold out within minutes after going on sale last month. Millions of sneaker heads tried to buy the sneakers which retailed for $110.

Janet reached out to one of her contacts who hooked her up with a pair.

"Thank you CK for my sneaks. I love'em [sic] @Kaepernick7," she wrote in the caption of a photo that shows her rocking the coveted sneakers.
 

The sneakers feature a logo of Kaepernick's signature afro on the heels and they bear the date "08 14 16" on the right sole. The date marks the first time Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem before a game.

The shoes hit the market weeks after Kaepernick attended a workout for NFL teams in Atlanta. One of the wide receivers who caught Kaepernick's passes that day was offered an NFL contract, but Kaepernick is still unsigned.

Nike made the 32-year-old activist the face of an ad campaign for Nike's 30th anniversary year in 2019.

On Saturday, the former NFL quarterback angered his Twitter followers when he slammed the United States as an imperialist country after a precision drone strike killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, 62.

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Former James Bond actor George Lazenby says the James Bond franchise has to change because today's men are "less masculine" than they were in his day.

Lazenby played manly agent 007 James Bond in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. He offered his opinion on actress Lashana Lynch taking over as fictitious agent 007 after actor Daniel Craig plays his fifth and final role as Bond in No Time to Die.

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Lynch plays a British agent who takes over Bond's assignments when he retires from active service in No Time to Die.

The news that a woman is stepping into Craig's macho shoes does not sit well with Bond fans.

But Lazenby accepts a woman playing Bond. He said today's men are less masculine now than they were back when he was Bond.

"Men haven't got the balls they had 50 years ago," the 80-year-old told London's Daily Mail.

"When I was born my mother had to get permission to speak. And now the men have to [get permission to speak]. It's a different time. And, well, the movies have to show that."

He added: "You just have to look at the newscast. 75 percent of the people are women and before it was ten percent, so women have taken over. I don't say that as a bad thing, but it's different."

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50 Cent celebrated the New Year with his girlfriend, Jamira Haines, in Miami Beach. The 44-year-old TV mogul and his girl were seen shopping with a small army of bodyguards.

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New Year was a welcome break in 50 Cent's ongoing feud with rapper French Montana, who was recently released from a hospital after apparently suffering a heart attack.

Fiddy kicked off the rap beef by accusing Montana of buying a 10-year-old Bugatti. He captioned the video: "why this guy keep saying he paid 1.8 for a 08 car he won't be finished paying for till 2025 that only cost 700."

Montana clapped back by showing proof that a 2010 Bugatti does not depreciate very much after it's driven off the dealership lot.


 

Then 50 claimed he had the paperwork to prove Montana secured a loan to purchase the luxury sports car.


 

But Montana won the battle when he unearthed an old photo that apparently shows 50 Cent kissing fellow rapper Eminem in a recording studio. There are reports that the image is doctored. What do you think?

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Wendy Williams dropped hints that she went off the market on New Year's. The 55-year-old talk show Diva teased fans with an Instagram image that showed her enjoying a candlelight dinner with someone in Manhattan.

She captioned the image: "Guess who took me for dinner because he likes to watch me eat?!"

Wendy's fans quickly guessed that her dinner date was DJ Boof (since she tagged him in the photo).

Wendy seemed ecstatic in the photo. Her body language says she is smitten with the man sitting across from her.

Body language experts say sucking your fingers generally means you're nervous or regressing to your childhood.

But sucking one finger at a time is a sure sign that her mouth is primed and ready for after dinner sex.

Wendy is coming off a very bad year after divorcing her cheating husband, Kevin Hunter, who fathered a baby girl with his longtime mistress.

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One of two journalists who caught heat for mocking the looks of Jay-Z and Beyonce's 7-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, refuses to back down.

Vanity Fair film critic Kameron Austin Collins sparked outrage when he targeted the youngster in an odd Twitter exchange with Harpers Bazaar writer Violet Lucca.

Collins said he felt sorry for Blue Ivy because her father's genes "are about to really hit Blue Ivy."

Lucca replied, "They haven't already?"

To which Collins tweeted: "you're right. But she's lucky -- if it happens now she'll definitely grow out of it. Get the ugly duckling phase done early".

Lucca then compared the child to socialite Kylie Jenner, who underwent extensive facial surgery as a teenager.

Black Twitter's response was swift as the tweet exchange went viral on Wednesday.

Collins cracked first, saying his tweets were a "bad joke, and black girls in particular deserve better."

But the outrage continued on Twitter when Lucca logged in the next day, and seemed to take offense at the anger directed at her and Collins.

"Kam wrote a very earnest apology and everyone in the replies is telling him to keep it. We've been moved to the evil category and there's no way for us to get out of it. I'm sure there will be plenty of people responding to this saying I'm playing the victim by pointing this out."

"There is nothing that I can say that won't be written off or projected upon or dumped on, so I choose to say nothing," Lucca tweeted on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

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Lucca's response left many questioning her motive. Some users believe she and Collins insulted Blue Ivy to prove a point about liberals taunting President Trump's 13-year-old son, Baron Trump, on social media.

She blamed "structural racism" for the different reactions to jokes about Baron and Blue Ivy.

"Structural racism is real. It does not matter how much money a [person of color] makes for them to be affected by it. I realize that when I make fun of a noter celeb kid -- say, Baron Trump -- it's totally different that when I say something about Blue Ivy."

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The girlfriend of Day 26 member Robert Curry was forced to prove she was born a girl after Internet trolls shamed her on social media.

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Day 26 is best known as contestants on Sean Combs' reality TV series Making the Band. Their debut album went No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

Social media trolls routinely harass Portia, who has full lips and beautiful African features.

When Curry posted an Instagram photo of the couple celebrating New Year's, the trolls asked him if he was in a homosexual relationship.

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"Omg is that yur [sic] boyfriend are you gay with all do [sic] respect," asked one Instagram user.

In response to the trans-shaming, Portia changed her Twitter profile to prove she was born a girl.

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Sean "Puffy" Combs gave rapper DaBaby the ultimate endorsement on New Year's Day. Combs, 50, bumped into the "Kirk" rapper outside Club Story in Miami Beach, and told him he was the hottest rapper in the game right now.

Video footage captured the moment between the young rap artist and the aging rap mogul.

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DaBaby is best known for his single "Suge", off his debut studio album, Baby on Baby (2019). "Suge" peaked at no. 7 on the Billboard 100 chart. His 2nd album, Kirk debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

DaBaby's meteoric rise to the top of the charts made him one of the top rappers in 2019.

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Drake, arguably the rapper of the decade, surprised DaBaby by joining him onstage at the Toronto stop of his Kirk tour last month.

"2018, 2017, I used to watch you rep your city," Drake told DaBaby in a video posted to DaBaby's Instagram account. "I used to watch you love your city, And look, we don't say this to each other enough as rappers but I wanna say congratulation. You're killing this."

The Internet erupted last month after DaBaby's fake sex tape went viral on Twitter.com.

The real sex tape was scrubbed from the Internet after being shopped to the blogs.
 

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Minnesota rapper Lexii Alijai passed away on New Year's Day at age 21. A family member confirmed her death on Facebook.com on Wednesday. A cause of death was not made public.

Alijai, who was born Alexis Alijai Lynch, was the granddaughter of Zapp band founder Robert Troutman. She was an up-and-coming rapper who launched her career by recording covers of hit songs on SoundCloud and YouTube.

Alijai is best known for collaborations with singer Kelani on her 2015 hit song "Jealous" and "You Should Be Here," which was nominated for a Grammy Award.

"I'm angry I'm confused I'm heartbroken I'm angry I'm confused," Kehlani tweeted on Wednesday. "I love you lexii. My baby was 21!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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In Alijai's last Facebook post, written hours before she died, she wrote, "Stayin in the crib as usual on New Years... [I don't] do parties. I hope everyone has fun, be safe!"

Alijai's death prompted speculation about how she died. Like other SoundCloud rappers, Alijai's tracks had drug and alcohol themes.

In her song "Look At Your Game Girl," she raps:

    Colt 45 to the head, hope I don't blow my liver
    Liquor all in my system, make me float like a river, drippin'
    Bottles sittin' on the counters in kitchens, I'm sippin'
    Stare at my children, wish they had what they missin'/em>

 

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Megan Thee Stallion celebrated the New Year at a pajama party thrown by power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles-Carter.

A photo the rapper posted of Beyonce and her 7-year-old daughter sparked Black Twitter's first dragging of 2020.

The drama began when Vanity Fair writer K. Austin Collins, who is Black, cracked a joke about Blue Ivy's looks.
 

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Then Harper's Bazaar magazine writer Violet Lucca compared the child to socialite Kylie Jenner, who underwent extensive facial surgery as a teenager.
 

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Author and woman's rights activist Mikki Kendall took offense at the senseless attack on a child and went IN on both journalists.

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Lucca, who is white, offered a half-hearted apology, saying she was busy cleaning her apartment when Black Twitter came for her.

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Kendall responded by reminding Lucca that journalists should remain unbiased, and that what she wrote "was rooted in racist narratives about Black girls & their features..."

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Collins also apologized, calling his tweet a "bad joke."

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Question: What do you think? Should the journalists' comments be protected speech?

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Bobbi Kristina Brown's former boyfriend, Nick Gordon, has died from a cardiac arrest brought on by a suspected drug overdose. He was 30.

Gordon's brother, Jack Walker, Jr., confirmed the news in a Facebook post on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

"GOD WHY I DID I HAVE TO LOSE MY BROTHER ON NEW YEARS," he wrote, adding, "All I can do is cry."

He shared a series of social media photos of the siblings posing together when they were youngsters:

"I love you so much big brother I hope you heard me talking to you at your bedside you are with me and I can feel it I love you I love you I love you watch over me and your nieces."

He gave a statement to People.com, saying:

"We are devastated by the loss of my beautiful brother. He leaves a void in the hearts of my family and his friends. Nick's battle in life was not an easy one. I will be forever grateful that my God afforded a small moment at the very end of Nick's life, and I was able to hold his hand as he journeyed on."

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According to the London's Dailymail.com, Gordon suffered a series of heart attacks during a New Year's Eve celebration in Florida. He was driven to an emergency room and "dumped" there by friends.

A source tells Dailymail.com:

"...the suggestion is he was taking drugs with friends and he passed out. They drove him to the hospital, took him inside and then left him there... Whatever you think of Nick and his lifestyle, it's terribly sad that his supposed friends just dumped him and drove away."

Gordon was admitted to the intensive care unit at Altamonte Springs Hospital in Florida, where he later died.

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Gordon was dating Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown at the time of her drug overdose in January, 2015, when she was found unresponsive in the bathtub of the home they shared near Atlanta. She died in July, 2015, at age 22.

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Gordon was sued for wrongful death by Bobbi Kristina's father, Bobby Brown, and her estate executor, who accused Gordon of giving the aspiring actress a "toxic cocktail" of drugs and placing her facedown in a bathtub where she lost consciousness.

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The lawsuit claimed Gordon physically abused Brown and punched her in the face repeatedly, knocking out one tooth and dragging her up the stairs by her hair. He also allegedly transferred large sums of cash from Brown's account into a bank account controlled solely by him.

Gordon maintained his innocence, but in 2016, a Fulton County judge found him liable for Bobbi Kristina's death after he failed to appear in court. He was ordered to pay $36 million in damages to Brown's estate.

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In 2018, Gordon's girlfriend at the time, Laura Leal, accused him of domestic battery. He was arrested and jailed. But Leal later withdrew her statement and denied being "struck or touched against her will" by Gordon in a letter to the judge. The case was dismissed.

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Celebrations have already begun around the world as revelers say goodbye to 2019 and ring in a brand new decade on Tuesday night.

If you plan on staying in, here is a list featuring New Year's celebrations and countdown shows on television.

New Year's Eve With Steve Harvey

Rapper/actor LL Cool J (pictured top) is the headliner on Fox's New Year's Eve hosted by Steve Harvey starting at 8 p.m. ET. Other performers include Tyga, The Chainsmokers, Florida Georgia Line, and The Village People, who will attempt to break the world record for the biggest "YMCA" dance.
 

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Dick Clark's Rockin’ Eve On ABC

Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve, hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Lucy Hale in New York's Times Square. Singer Ciara Wilson (pictured) will host from Los Angeles and actor Billy Porter is live in New Orleans.

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Ciara (pictured right) will be joined in L.A. by Megan Thee Stallion (pictured left), Paula Abdul, Salt-N-Pepa, and more. Porter will be joined by Usher, Sheryl Crow, and more. There are live performances by Post Malone, BTS, Sam Hunt, and Alanis Morissette in L.A. and the Jonas Brothers will perform in Miami, Florida. The show starts at 8 p.m. on ABC.
 

A Toast to 2019!

Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager host NBC's New Year's Eve special featuring Kristen Bell, Maya Rudolph and others. The fun starts at 8 p.m. ET.
 

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NBC's New Year's Eve 2020

Carson Daly and Julianne Hough host NBC New Year's Eve 2020, with live performances by Ne-Yo, Brett Eldredge, Julianne Hough, Leslie Odom, Jr., Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and more. The countdown begins at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Cardi B, arguably one of the top entertainers of 2019, took to Instagram on New Year's Eve to list her accomplishments over the last decade.

Cardi described her rags-to-riches life in an Instagram post on New Year's Eve.
 

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Cardi has a lot to be thankful for. On Tuesday, the 27-year-old mother of one gave her followers the grand tour of the new $5.8 million mansion.

My real estate friend was unable to find any public records for the sale of this home. But she did find a $35,000-a-month rental listing for the same address. The rental was taken off the market in October.

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The house sat for two years before Cardi and Offset came along. The owners chopped $4 million off the original sales price before listing it for rent.

$35,000 a month is nothing to sneeze at. Cardi is doing the right thing if she is renting. Why buy a house that she will have a very difficult time unloading in a few years?

The 22-square-foot mansion in affluent Sandy Springs, near Chastain Park boasts 5 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a 4-car garage, a man cave/game room and a gun range.

Question: Did you accomplish your 10-year goals? What are your goals for the upcoming decade?

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How convenient. A second accuser has come forward just days after a celebrity photographer accused Damon Dash of sexual assault.

Dash was sued for $50 million by his business associate and celebrity photographer Monique Bunn.

Bunn accused Dash of sexually assaulting her in a bedroom in his California mansion in April 2019. Her attorney, Chris Brown, filed the lawsuit last week.

A second woman sent a notarized letter to the court identifying herself as T. Harper. She described an assault that allegedly took place in NJ over 20 years ago.

She said she met the 48-year-old music producer at a restaurant one night in New York while she was still a college student.

Harper and her friends crossed paths with Dash again in New York. Dash and his entourage invited the women back to his penthouse in New Jersey. She said a friend called her back to Dash's master bedroom where, she alleges, he was waiting for her wearing nothing but a bathrobe.

"As he got closer, he took his towel off and began to play with his penis. I told him I was not interested in having sex. The friend who called me back, was nowhere to be found."

Harper claims Dash grabbed her, threw her down on the bed and tried to remove her pants. She said Dash attempted to penetrate her but she clenched her vagina, tightened her legs and "continued to fight."

Harper claims Dash fondled her with his fingers. The attack ended when she kicked him in his groin and fled the room.

"For a split second, I thought about taking a champagne bottle and cracking him in the head with it," Harper wrote. "But then I thought, I would get arrested and no one would believe my story, so I didn't split his skull, but I wanted to hurt him the way he had hurt me."

Harper said "it took years of therapy to accept" that she did the right thing.

Dash is the latest Hollywood mogul to be brought down by the so-called #MeToo movement. Similar allegations brought down power players like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Adam Venit, Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner.
 

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Newly engaged NBA free agent Nick Young was spotted on a dinner date with his fiancee Keonna Green at popular restaurant Craig's in West Hollywood. Ever since Nick proposed to his longtime girlfriend on Christmas Day, they have been couples goals.

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Keoona looked very happy in a white long sleeved top and cutoff denim shorts flipped inside out under a lace tutu. She accessorized her fun outfit with a pair of boa constrictor snakeskin boots.

Keonna, 29, and Nick, 34, are high school sweethearts. She bore him two children while he shamelessly stepped out with other women such as rapper Iggy Azalea, 29.

Nick, aka "Swaggy P," got engaged to Iggy on his 30th birthday, while Keonna stayed at home with his son.

After Nick and Iggy made headlines on the gossip blogs, they went their separate ways in 2016.

Keonna is best known for her role in Basketball Wives in 2017. She is also an entrepreneur who founded TNK Hair Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

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Keonna belongs to a large sorority of long-suffering women who watched their famous men cheat before reluctantly taking them back for the sake of their children. Some of the women even took their men back after they fathered other babies on the side.

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The long list of cheaters includes Jay-Z (pictured with LSW Beyonce), Offset, T.I., Big Sean, Swizz Beatz, Waka Flocka, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Hart, Will Smith, Gucci Mane, Dwyane Wade, LL Cool J, Big Boi (Outkast), Travis Scott, Sean Combs, LeBron James, Tristan Thompson, Amar'e Stoudemire, Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shannon Brown, Kevin Hunter, Tiger Woods, Hank Baskett, Herb Vincent, Reggie Bush, Tyrese Gibson, Justin Bieber, Bill Clinton, music producers Stevie J, The-Dream, and many more.

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Damon Dash responded to a $50 million sex assault lawsuit filed against him by celebrity photographer Monique Bunn.

Bunn filed a federal lawsuit against Dash, his fiancee Raquel Horn, Damon Dash Studios and Poppington LLC last week.

According to the lawsuit filed by high-powered attorney Chris Brown and obtained by The Blast, Dash flew Bunn out to the West Coast to work on a project for his company in April, 2019.

After working on the project all day, Bunn bedded down for the night in Dash's home, Bunn claims Dash entered the bedroom, wearing nothing but a bathrobe, and drunkenly assaulted her. He reportedly stopped when she threatened to fight him.

Bunn is suing Dash for $50 million in damages as well as the return of her personal photography equipment and hard drives containing photos of Mary J. Blige, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and others.

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Dash responded to the lawsuit by claiming Bunn tried to extort him after he caught her stealing $5,000 in electronics from him.

On Thursday, Dash posted a video in which he accuses Bunn of robbing him after he sent her to purchase 2 hard drives.

When Bunn returned, Dash learned, instead of purchasing the hard drives, Bunn purchased a $3,000 Apple iPad, a $1,000+ iPhone and other equipment totaling $5,000.

In the video Bunn claimed the electronics were necessary to scan video footage onto the hard drives.

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Music producer Swizz Beatz dropped hints that his baby mama, Jahna Sebastian, is mentally unstable.

The Russian singer lashed out at Swizz's wife, Alicia Keys, in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday.

Jahna, who shares 9-year-old daughter Nicole Dean with Swizz, put Alicia on blast for "forcing" Nicole to call her "Umi," which means "Mother" in Arabic.

Jahna also bashed Alicia for allowing Nicole to have her own iPhone - which Jahna believes is inappropriate for a minor child. She said Alicia overstepped her boundaries as a stepparent by registering the minor child on the social media app TikTok.

Jahna noted that only the biological parent - not the stepparent - can register social media accounts for minor children.

But in a social media post, Swizz, 41, took the blame for supplying his daughter with an iPhone so she can keep in contact with her mother - and not call him.

In a follow-up post, Swizz told Jahna she knows his house phone number and she should call him if he wants to talk.

In a new Instagram post, Swizz, who is not a mental health professional, hinted that Jahna has mental health issues.

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Drake has no intentions of ending his longtime feud with fellow musician Kanye West. On Christmas Day, Drake, right, made it clear that he and Kanye, left, are no longer friends.

The two former pals once discussed releasing a joint album together, and Kanye appeared at Drake's OVO music festival several times.

But battle lines were drawn in 2018, when Drake claimed he was Kanye's ghost writer.

Kanye's collaborator, Malik Yusef, implied in an interview that the rap superstar had heard that Drake had a secret son. Then rapper Pusha T released "The Story Of Adidon," on which he revealed Drake had a secret son.

Reports suggested Kanye had given Pusha T the tip about the baby, but Kanye denied the claim.

The two superstars continued to attack each other on record and in the media.

In October 2019, Kanye revealed he had gone to great lengths to end the beef in a radio interview, stating:

"Me and Drake had this disagreement and he refused to speak to me for six months. That was so painful… You cannot be in service to God and be mad at your brother next door... I go to Drake's house with no security and just leave my number... Drake lives four blocks down the street from me."

But in his Christmas Day message, Drake made it clear he has no wish to be friends with Kanye, insisting he cannot "fix" the music producer.

"I think he kind of recruited a guy with a similar dislike for me, no matter what he says (in) interviews. He can tell whoever, 'I got love for him' or whatever, but it's not love... There's something there that bothers him deeply. Yeah, I can't fix it for him, so, it just is what it is.

"I'm not just some kid that's not a fan anymore. Now we have personal situations, and like I said, a lot of his issues with me, I can't fix them for him."

Drake also revealed he will forever bear a grudge against Pusha T for the way the rapper revealed his secret son to the world: "I have no desire to ever mend anything with that person," he said.

"I'll say this, I tip my hat to the chess move. I mean, it was a genius play in the game of chess. And definitely warranted my first quote-unquote 'loss' in the competitive sport of rapping. Some people like his music. I personally don't 'cause I don't believe any of it."

Meanwhile, Drake had the Internet buzzing on Christmas Day, when he dropped a surprise music video for his new track "War" off his upcoming album of the same title.

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But hours later, he deleted the music video and re-uploaded it to his YouTube channel. Fans speculated that he removed the video to delete cameos of Marcella Zoia, the infamous "chair girl," who was arrested for throwing chairs off the balcony of a high rise hotel in Toronto, Canada.

Zoia pleaded guilty to mischief and causing danger to life and is awaiting sentencing next month. She faces six months in prison.
 

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A celebrity photographer is suing Damon Dash, his fiancee Raquel Horn (pictured above) and his companies for $50 million over allegations of sexual battery.

Monique Bunn, who is well-known in the music industry as a celebrity photographer, filed a federal lawsuit against Dash, Horn, Damon Dash Studios and Poppington LLC.

According to the lawsuit filed by high-powered attorney Chris Brown and obtained by The Blast:

"In April 2019, Bunn was in contact with Dash and Horn. Dash wanted Bunn, an existing business associate, to meet with him and shoot new [photos] for Poppington and DDS."

Bunn was flown out to Los Angeles to meet with Dash and Horn. Upon arriving, she immediately began shooting the material under Dash's direction.

"At the conclusion of the evening Dash and others brought Bunn back to the Dash residence where Bunn was staying... She was told she would be sleeping in Dash's daughter's room, according to court documents.

Dash, 48, allegedly entered the bedroom, wearing only a robe and no underwear. He was reportedly intoxicated after "drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana all day."

Bunn claims she woke up due to "the unauthorized touching by Dash," and she was able to get Dash's hands off her breasts and buttocks. Dash asked Bunn "what are you doing?" Bunn responded and said, "I am sleeping" and "I will fight you" to Dash who then left the room.

The documents state Bunn was "angry and frustrated by Dash's offensive and unwanted touching." But she continued to stay "at the Dash residence and did not sleep that evening."

The following day, Bunn accused Dash of telling her he had a deal with WE tv to shoot a documentary-series based on the photographer's life.

"The reality of the situation is that Dash did not have a deal with WEtv associated with Bunn and only wanted to keep Bunn silent about the events of April 18, 2019."

Bunn is suing for $50 million in damages as well as the return of her personal photography equipment and hard drives. The hard drives contain photos of Mary J. Blige, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, MA$e, Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley, and others.

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Dr. Boyce Watkins defended his comments, saying hip-hop artist Lizzo is popular due to the epidemic of obesity in America.

"#Lizzo popular is because there is an obesity epidemic in America. Rather than encouraging people to do better, we are simply lying to them and telling them that they are just fine the way they are... Unfortunately, Many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease."

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The "Juice" singer clapped back, insisting her immense "talent" was behind her widespread popularity.

"I'm popular because I write good songs and I'm talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love. The only person who needs to do better is you. Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me."

She added: "Here's the attention you ordered."

Dr. Watkins responded by tweeting, "This lady is an embarrassment to the entire Black community... one butter biscuit away from a heart attack. A clown."

Some bloggers, including your auntie who are unfamiliar with Watkins, labeled Watkins a "troll" because of his apparent disrespect toward Lizzo.

Watkins defended his comments in a Youtube live video on Thursday, Dec. 26 (see below).

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"Lizzo is a pretty big Black woman. I would say she is obese - morbidly obese - and she brags about it. So it's not an insult to say that she is obese," Watkins said during an interview with Dr. Claude Anderson on his YouTube Channel on Thursday.

Watkins, 48, said a majority of the people who responded to his survey said Lizzo "hurts the Black community."

He said Lizzo changed her act over time "to get more attention" from white people "and the attention started when she started fulfilling the mammy role."

Dr. Anderson, who doesn't know who Lizzo is, added that some Black people behave in a disrespectful manner in public because Blacks don't have a "code of conduct" that will stop them from letting people disparage an entire race.

Dr. Anderson compared Black people to Jewish people, who built a holocaust museum right next to the U.S. Mint in Washington, D.C. "where the money is."

Dr. Watkins also admonished former President Barack Obama in August 2019 for tweeting his Summer 2019 playlist which included Lizzo's music.

Dr. Watkins tweeted:

"Perhaps rather than using your massive platform to tweet your playlist, you can also tweet about the fact that 45% of the black males in your hometown of Chicago do not have jobs."

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But critics say Dr. Watkins should have used his vast knowledge to educate the singer without insulting her.

Dr. Watkins is a well-respected financial scholar, political analyst, social commentator and author of many financial books.

Watkins has written books about investing, economic empowerment, and social justice. He is a frequent guest on The Wendy Williams Experience radio program, and is a frequent contributor to theGrio.com.

Watch Dr. Watkins' interview with Dr. Claude Anderson below.
 

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Draya Michele is back on the market after breaking up with her fiancé, Orlando Scandrick, an NFL free agent.

"I have been single for the entire month of December," the former reality TV personality explained to her followers in an Instagram post on Christmas Day.

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She added:

"So if anyone has anything to say about me or the guy I used to be engaged to, save it. We don't care. Merry Christmas everyone"

But many believe she does care, or she would have kept her personal life private. Most celebrities overshare every aspect of their lives on social media.

Draya, 34, is best known for her role as a cast member on Basketball Wives LA. She also appeared in an episode of Real Husbands of Hollywood and she was in-demand as a LSLH model in music videos by Jay-Z, Usher, Nicki Minaj, and more.

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Draya and Orlando were engaged in 2015 after dating for two years. They share a son, Jru Scandrick, and Draya has a son, Kniko, from a previous relationship.

In addition to Jru, Orlando has two children, Tatyana and Taylor. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2008. He also played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, who released him on October 21, 2019.

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Drake, who popularized hip-hop's Emo rapper subgenre, dropped his new single "War" on Christmas Eve.

On the track, Drake, right, addresses his rumored feud with Canadian R&B singer the Weeknd, saying "We just had to fix things."

Drake, who many say launched the Weeknd's career, reportedly fell out with the singer after he dropped his single "Lost in the Fire" that seemed to referenced Drake's son, Adonis, whom Drake denied for months.

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Drake eventually claimed the 14-month-old boy in a song off his Scorpion album, which was released in June 2019.

In his song "War," Drake mentions all the people he wants to "fix things" with, including "the boy that sound like he sang on Thriller/You know that's been my n____, yeah/We just had to fix things, family, 6 tings/ We can't split up."

Drake continues:

"Anyone I'm beefin' with is a no name/N____ can't even win home games/They just gotta fall in line like Soul Train."

Drake's fans criticized the rapper for switching his familiar sing-song rhyme style to a staccato rap flow. One YouTube user wrote: "Damn Drake's a UK Drill rapper now?"

2019 has not been a good year for Drake. As a result, the Toronto native has landed on a few "Rappers who fell off in 2019" lists.
 

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British singer Jahna Sebastian lashed out at Alicia Keys in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday. Jahna, who shares 9-year-old daughter Nicole Dean with Alicia's husband, Swizz Beatz, checked Alicia for "forcing" Nicole to call her "Umi," which means "Mother" in Arabic.

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Jahna also bashed Alicia for allowing Nicole to have her own iPhone - which Jahna believes is inappropriate for a minor child. She said Alicia overstepped her boundaries as a stepparent by registering the minor child on the social media app TikTok.

Jahna noted that only the biological parent - not the stepparent - can register social media accounts for minor children.

"I am speaking up now. There are women in the same position," Jahna wrote. "Women in general have been constantly told throughout history to not say anything, when there have been issues. This is the time for the truth."

She continued:

"This is the rule in my family. I am the only Mother to my child. I am the One raising her, who gave her life, British Citizenship, knowledge, and everything else. I am not only the biological mother, I am THE MOTHER.

"This will remain forever. I am the one who feeds her, is raising her, who came out through the hard times with her and for her, taught her to be a great human being and everything about life. I am the Only Mother to my daughter. No one else will be called any kind of 'mom' name in English, Arabic, not an 'Umi' or anything else in other language by her."

But rather than sympathize with a mom who thinks her only child is being manipulated by a wealthy celebrity, Alicia's fans dragged Jahna for filth.

One Instagram user wrote:

"Do not post about Alicia Keys and not expect the fans to blow you up. Your music sucks and so does your makeup. I'd be bitter too if I was you."