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Mahershala Ali refused to perform a sex scene with Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for religious reasons.

The Muslim actor agreed to star in director David Fincher's 2008 fantasy romance on the condition he would not have to simulate intercourse in a scene featured in the original script.

"So my old agent called me and said, 'Mahershala, you got the part.' And I said, 'There's just one thing, there is that one sex scene where they kiss. If there's a sex scene, I can't do it. I don't do simulated sex,'" he said during an appearance on rapper Common's Mind Power Mixtape podcast.

"(In the final shoot) Taraji and I begin to kiss, and we fall out of the frame. It wasn't clear if (Fincher) was trying to have like some bumping and grinding, which I doubt he was. But for me even, at that time, 15 years ago, I was still like, 'OK, I can only go up to this point,' just because of - just trying to hold a space of respect for my religion."

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The Oakland, California native was born to a Christian family and was named after a Biblical figure. He converted to the Ahmadiyya Muslim faith as an adult. He married Amatus Sami-Karim in 2013 and the couple welcomed a daughter named Bari in 2017.

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Gucci Mane was taking no chances while leaving the Verzuz after party at Compound nightclub on Thursday night.

Video uploaded to Instagram shows the rapper and a member of his entourage in their luxury vehicles with armed bodyguards walking slowly alongside a white Rolls Royce Phantom and a white Rolls Royce SUV.

Gucci took on rapper Jeezy in a much-publicized Verzuz battle on Thursday. He taunted and mocked Jeezy in the days leading up to the battle. But the men made peace at the end of the battle.

Atlanta has become a hotbed of violent crime after gang bangers fled Chicago to escape gang violence two years ago. Additionally, Atlanta is wide open, making it a popular destination for criminal-minded out-of-towners whose cities are locked down due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The streets of Atlanta have become a war zone for rappers. Every bold name rapper has cut off their entourages and hired professional security firms.

Rapper Lil Marlo, real name Rudolph Johnson, was killed in a targeted hit on I-285 in downtown Atlanta in July. He was previously signed to Quality Control Records.

And Chicago rapper King Von was shot and killed during a fistfight with a Savannah rapper on Nov. 6.
 

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Boosie Badazz updated his fans on his condition after undergoing two surgical procedures to save his leg.

The 38-year-old rapper hopes his social media followers will help him raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to save his leg from amputation.

Boosie, who is a type 1 diabetic, was shot in the lower leg by an unknown gunman in a Dallas parking lot on Nov. 14.

In an Instagram post on Friday, Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch Jr., told his followers he is "not doing that good," and he doesn't have much time to find a specialist before he loses that leg.

Boosie said he needs a ton of money from his fans to pay for a "Specialist doctor" who works on "fixing body parts."

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Sources tell TMZ bullet fragments were removed from his leg wound and surgeons added screws to stabilize the bones while the leg heals.

But type I diabetics are notoriously slow to heal, particularly after suffering a traumatic injury.

Boosie's doctors reportedly gave him medical options including amputation, but he declined, and was discharged home to Atlanta.

Now the "Wipe Me Down" rapper is searching for a specialist to save his leg from amputation.
 

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Jeezy took on Gucci Mane during a Verzuz battle on Thursday night, streamed live from Atlanta's legendary Magic City strip club. The after party took place at Compound nightclub.

Cellphone videos show young people enjoying their night out at the after party without face masks, as Covid-19 deaths continue to drop lower than the seasonal flu.

That didn't keep Black Twitter from criticizing Atlantans who are lucky to live in a wide open city, while the rest of the country is locked down.

CDC data shows young people (40 and under) are at the lowest risk for contracting the virus - even in close contact and without wearing masks.
 

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Bobby Brown Jr.'s grieving girlfriend Anna Reed posted an emotional tribute after Bobby Jr. was found dead in his Los Angeles-area home.

No cause of death was revealed.

Reed wrote on her Twitter page: "The heavens gained an angel but I lost my soulmate [sic]."

In a cryptic tweet, she wrote: "Overdose is a lesson, if you ain't learn then you lethal."

It isn't clear who she was referring to.

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Bobby Jr. posted on social media in the hours before he died.

"If me and my girl can't it, I'm not hitting," he tweeted on Nov. 18 at 1:20 a.m.

Bobby Jr. is the son of singer Bobby Brown and Kim Ward, his girlfriend of 11 years before he impregnated Whitney Houston with their daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

Bobbi Kristina died after she was found in a filled bathtub in her townhouse near Atlanta in 2015.
 

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Surgeons have saved rapper Boosie Badazz's foot from amputation after the Louisiana rapper was shot in the leg in a Dallas, Texas parking lot on Nov. 14.

The rap star is already back home in the Atlanta area recovering after multiple surgeries to save his foot.

Sources tell TMZ bullet fragments were removed and surgeons added screws to stabilize the bones while the leg heals.

The 38 year old and his entourage were fired upon in the parking lot of Big T's Plaza shopping mall, after paying his respects to his artist, the late rapper Mo3, who was shot and killed on a Dallas freeway days before.

Boosie was sitting in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van before the shooting at the mall and, after shooters opened fire on the vehicle, the musician was struck below the knee.

His manager denied reports that surgeons were prepping to take the "Wipe Me Down" rapper's foot.

So far, no suspects have been arrested in the case.

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Boosie Badazz's manager has denied reports that the Louisiana rapper is undergoing surgery to amputate one of his feet after he was shot in the lower leg in Dallas, Texas.

Boosie's manager took to Instagram on Thursday to deny reports by posting a screenshot of a blog headline with the words: "Fake News"

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A gunshot wound to the leg usually doesn't require a week in the hospital -- unless there are serious complications such as blood clots, pulmonary emboli, or diminished tissue perfusion causing tissue death.

Boosie, 38, has a history of type 1 diabetes which requires daily insulin injections to maintain normal blood sugar levels.

People who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are at higher risk for amputation because of a condition called peripheral artery disease, which narrows the arteries and lowers oxygenated blood perfusion to the arms and legs.

Another complication of a gunshot wound to the leg is pulmonary emboli caused by fragmented bone in the leg traveling through the veins to the lungs. A pulmonary embolism is potentially fatal.

Earlier this week Boosie posted an update to his Instagram assuring fans that he was well.

"I'm good. Appreciate all the happy birthday wishes and get well soon wishes."
 

 

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After months of blaming white cops for killing Black men with impunity, rapper Tip "T.I." Harris agrees that rappers are more likely to be killed by other rappers.

Aspiring New York rapper Fivio Foreign tweeted about the rash of shootings that has taken the lives of several underground rappers including King Von, Mo3 and Dr. Rose, who were all shot to death in a 2 week span.

"Rappers are da most targeted people on planet earth. Target by police, by otha Rappers, by Media, By civilians & everybody else dat feel like we shouldnt have all da things we have!" Fivio tweeted.

T.I. shared the post on Instagram, and captioned it with the emojis for "No cap," meaning no lies.

Louisiana rapper Boosie Badazz, 38, nearly lost his life when he was shot after attending a vigil for his artist Mo3, rap name Melvin Noble, 28, who was killed on a Dallas freeway on Nov. 11.

In a recent interview, Boosie shared his opinion that rapping is dangerous work.

"We got the [most] dangerous job as rappers. Nobody has a more dangerous job."

Boosie is scheduled to undergo surgery to amputate one of his feet after suffering a gunshot wound to the lower leg.
 

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Lil Boosie is reportedly scheduled to have one of his feet amputated due to massive blood loss after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg.

Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch Jr., was shot while sitting in a Sprinter van in a parking lot last week in Dallas, Texas.

The Louisiana rapper was in town to attend a memorial to his artist Mo3, 28, real name Melvin Noble, who was fatally shot by an unknown assailant on a Dallas freeway on Nov. 11.

Normally, a bullet wound to the leg is not a life-threatening condition. But if the bullet severed an artery in the leg the resulting blood loss can lead to tissue atrophy from lack of oxygen in the blood.

Boosie, 38, has a history of type 1 diabetes which requires daily insulin injections to maintain normal blood sugar levels.

People who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are at higher risk for amputation because of a condition called peripheral artery disease, which narrows the arteries and lowers oxygenated blood perfusion to the arms and legs.

Another complication of a gunshot wound to the leg is pulmonary emboli caused by fragmented bone in the leg traveling through the veins to the lungs. A pulmonary embolism is potentially fatal.

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Bobby Brown's son Bobby Brown Jr. has died at age 28. He was found dead in his Los Angeles home. No cause of death was disclosed.

Bobby Jr. is pictured center with his father (right) and his older brother, Landon (left), in a photo dated August 29, 2018.

Bobby Jr. was born to Bobby and Kim Ward, whom Brown dated for 11 years before he impregnated Whitney Houston.

Bobby Jr. and his sister La'Princia appeared on Bravo's Being Bobby Brown reality TV series in 2005.

His death comes 5 years after his half-sister Bobbi Kristina was found unconscious in a filled bathtub in her home near Atlanta. She passed away on July 26, 2015 at age 22.