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LaVar Ball gave his youngest son LaMelo a father-son pep talk about meeting groupies in the NBA.

LaVar warned his son that he will never meet a good, clean Christian woman during his NBA career.

He cautioned LaMelo about the trappings of success - and the traps that groupies set for rich young players like him.

"You'll never meet a good girl during your NBA career," LaVar said. "I hate to tell you, you gonna meet a h*e!"

LaVar made the statements during an appearance on the BroBible Endless Hustle podcast.

He told his son that most groupies will pretend they don't know who he is. But groupies always do their homework before meeting their prospective baby daddies.

"They know about you before you even get there. So, son, that's the bad part of the life you gon' get is you never gon' meet a good woman."

LaVar told his son that even if he meets a 30-year-old woman:

"You got to wonder why she's by herself at 30. There's something that's dangerous no matter how good they look. But, have a good time son. I feel bad for you, but hey, I love the fact you made it."

 

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Actor Michael B. Jordan is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive 2020. The magazine made the announcement late Tuesday.

"It's a cool feeling," Jordan says. "You know, everybody always made that joke, like, 'Mike, this is the one thing you're probably not going to get'. But it's a good club to be a part of."

The 33-year-old Creed and Black Panther star succeeds singer/songwriter John Legend, who recently declared former GOT star Jason Momoa as his choice for the 2020 title.

Jordan gained worldwide fame as Erik Killmonger in Marvel's Black Panther, which grossed over $1 billion at the box office in 2018.

His other notable roles include Fruitvale Station, Chronicle, That Awkward Moment, Fahrenheit 451, Fantastic Four, Just Mercy, and HBO's The Wire.

He also played Reggie Porter Montgomery on the TV soap opera All My Children from 2003 to 2006.

Jordan, who is rumored to be bisexual, shares a home with his parents (who are both separated).
 

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Legendary recording engineer Bruce Swedien has died, his daughter, musician Roberta Swedien, confirmed on Facebook. He was 86.

"He had a long life full of love, great music, big boats and a beautiful marriage," she wrote. "We will celebrate that life. He was loved by everyone."

The five-time Grammy winner is best known for recording and mixing Michael Jackson's best-selling solo albums Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. He also recorded Michael's albums Dangerous, HIStory, and Invincible.

Swedien chronicled his time spent with Michael in a book, titled In the Studio with Michael Jackson (pictured top). No one spent more time with Michael at the peak of his recording career.

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Swedien began working with Michael and Quincy Jones (right) on the soundtrack to The Wiz in 1978. Swedien and Jones are pictured together onstage in 2015.

Swedien began recording professionally at age 21. Early in his career he recorded legendary artists such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Dinah Washington.

After working with Quincy and Michael on The Wiz soundtrack, Jones asked Swedien to collaborate with Michael on his debut solo album Off the Wall in 1979.

Jones remembered his friend in a tribute post on Instagram:

"There are not enough words to express how much Bruce meant to me... I'm going to miss your presence every single day "Svensk", but I will cherish every moment we shared together laughin', lovin', livin', & givin'... Rest In Peace my brother."

 

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Lil Wayne came out in support of President Donald Trump, and now he has just been hit with a federal weapons charge and could face serious prison time if convicted.

The internet is questioning the timing of the federal charges.

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida has charged the rapper with 1 count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

According to TMZ, the charge is for a December 2019 incident where federal agents Searched Weezy's private jet at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport. He was a passenger on that plane, which made a stop in Florida on its way to California.

At the time, Wayne's attorney said his client was "cleared" to leave even though guns and drugs were reportedly found on the plane.

Some are questioning why the feds waited to charge Wayne of being wrongfully in possession of a weapon and ammunition.

He is scheduled to appear in court next month. TMZ reached out to Lil Wayne's team for comment, but they did not respond.

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Porsha Williams is at home recovering from a mystery ailment after being discharged from a hospital. But her camp denies she tested positive for Corona.

The TV and radio personality took to Instagram from her sick bed to thank her fans for their well wishes.

"Thank you everyone for your well wishes. It's good to finally be home from the hospital. I Love, love my flowers from @workwincelebrate & ladies of #Bravochatroom @gizellebryant @beingbernz @kate_chastain Thank you! I’ll see you all next week God willing."

She continued:

"Biggest message I got from this week is to prioritize your health! You can’t just go and go. If you don’t God will sit you right in down and make you figure it out. Road to recovery..."

It's that last part -- about sitting down -- that has friends convinced that her mystery ailment is Covid-19.

As you know, the city of Atlanta is wide open. The nightlife is popping and most people don't wear masks in the clubs.

One source said flat out "no!" when asked if Porsha tested positive for the virus. "If she had Covid-19 she would announce it to her fans. There is no reason for her to hide it," said the source.

Get well, Porsha.
 


 

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Isaiah Washington still remembers when his former Grey's Anatomy co-star Katherine Heigl tried to cancel his career and silence him back in the day.

Washington recalled the incident in a passionate defense of his free speech rights on Monday.

The 57-year-old actor took to Twitter to share a photo of Heigl, 41, and accused the actress of trampling on his freedom of speech rights.

"This woman once proclaimed that I should 'never' be allowed to speak publicly again. The world agreed with her proclamation back then and protested for my job and my head in 65 languages. I wish I was on Twitter in 2007, because I will NEVER stop exercising my free speech."

Washington, who portrayed Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC TV series, responded to a follower advising him to move on "in a positive way," saying, "I've learned that all money ain't good money and no amount of money can replace your dignity and integrity. Some call it living by your principles."

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Heigl, pictured with co-star Washington in 2005, previously accused him of uttering a homophobic slur towards their co-star T.R. Knight on the set.

Washington later addressed the allegation at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards, prompting Heigl to say that Washington "needs to just not speak in public."

Within months, ABC announced the actor would not be returning to the show for its next season.

To save his career, he apologized in a written statement and also shot a PSA for LGBT+ rights support group, GLAAD.

Showrunner Shonda Rhimes appeared to take aim at Heigl while discussing her show Scandal in 2014.

"There are no Heigls in this situation," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "I don't put up with bulls**t or nasty people. I don't have time for it."

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50 Cent said there is "no chance" of a romantic reunion with ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler.

While many are skeptical that the two ever dated in the first place, the 45-year-old rapper-turned TV exec insisted there will be no reunion.

50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, and the feisty comedienne allegedly dated for several months after meeting on the set of her former late night talk show, Chelsea Lately, in 2009.

Chelsea, 45, made headlines prior to the U.S. presidential elections when she slammed 50 Cent and reminded him of his black skin after he expressed his support of President Donald Trump.

She later apologized for her racist statement and alleged that Jackson had expressed an interest in rekindling his relationship with her.

But Jackson told TV show Extra that there is no chance he will go running back to Chelsea - mainly because of her support of controversial New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who is accused of sending Covid-19 patients into nursing homes and killing thousands of elderly patients.

"She thinks Cuomo, Italian guys, Italian hunk, she thinks he's cool — I think he's alright." Jackson said.

He added: "Chelsea's a good friend of mine. Whatever she says is fine with me. I don't care what she says. A part of her show is almost to be unpredictable, and unpredictability is what makes a comedian."

50 also addressed rumors that he is an attention whore who supported Trump to generate publicity for himself.

"I turned down a million dollars to go to the inauguration (in 2017) — why would I just switch gears now?" he said.

In unrelated news, 50 Cent has joined YouTube's most exclusive club after the music video for his 2003 hit "In Da Club" surpassed one billion views on Monday.

"1 Billion views. Not Bad for a kid from South Side. LOL," 50 tweeted on Monday.
 

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Michael Strahan's female fans were pleasantly surprised after paparazzi photos revealed he is dating a Black woman.

Strahan has always had a type, but his new woman is not Caucasian, mixed race or exotic-looking. She's a homegrown sista girl with a pretty smile and a natural afro!

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The 48-year-old GMA host was spotted enjoying a dinner with friends and his new woman by his side at a Beverly Hills eatery.

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The group appeared to be celebrating as they ate cake, with Strahan taking the cake box home after dinner.

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Strahan put his arms lovingly around his new lady as they waited for the valet to bring his car around.

The news comes days after Strahan settled claims agains his ex-wife Jean Strahan that she abused their twin daughters.

The former NFL star shelled out $15.5 million to Jean, his second wife, in a bitter divorce in 2006.

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In court documents filed in a North Carolina courthouse in February, Strahan said Jean engaged in a "pattern of abusive conduct" toward their 16-year-old daughters, Sophia and Isabella.

The claims were dismissed on Oct. 13, according to Page Six. The exes reportedly settled on a shared custody arrangement for the teenagers.

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GQ magazine has named Megan Thee Stallion Rapper of the Year. The 26-year-old "Savage" rapper was chosen from a short list of rappers who don't mumble.

Megan, who is best known for her stripper anthem "WAP" with fellow rapper Cardi B, covers GQ's 25th annual Men of the Year issue.

She said: "I want [Black women] to be sassier. I want us to demand more, be more outspoken, keep speaking and just keep demanding what you deserve."

She added: "Don't change — just get better. Grow from these situations. Don't be beating yourself up about these situations. I feel we keep this stuff in and there's some kind of way we flip it on ourselves. We didn't f--- up — we didn't do something wrong."

It isn't clear what criteria GQ used to pick the Rapper of the Year. It must be her in-your-face attitude that scored points with the judges.

She did share her personal take on the Tory Lanez shooting that made her a household name over the summer.

"Like, I never put my hands on nobody," she told GQ. "I barely even said anything to the man who shot me when I was walking away. We were literally like five minutes away from the house."

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Singer Jeremih (left) is reportedly "responsive" after testing positive for Covid-19 and on life support in an ICU in Chicago.

The news that the 33-year-old R&B singer was unresponsive and on a ventilator was met with skepticism, especially considering the source: rapper-turned internet troll 50 Cent (right).

50 Cent, 45, took to social media to ask for prayers for Jeremih over the weekend.

"Pray for my boy Jeremih he's not doing good this covid s**t is real," he wrote, while Chance the Rapper and Big Sean also offered up well wishes and prayers.

50 Cent returned to his Instagram on Monday to report that Jeremih was "responsive" and "doing a little better."

"Thank you for praying for my Boy @jeremih he is responsive today, doing a little better," he wrote in the caption of a recent photo of the singer.

There is an unconfirmed report that Jeremih has a pre-existing condition that weakened his immune system, making him susceptible to any respiratory virus.

Jeremih and 50 Cent collaborated on a single, "Down on Me", which charted at the No. 1 spot on the Rhythmic Billboard chart in 2010.

Jeremih is best known for his hit debut single, "Birthday Sex", which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2009.