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The rap world is mourning the senseless death of East Coast drill rapper Pop Smoke, who was probably more recognized for his signature braid extensions than for his music. Police are hunting four gunmen who broke into the 20-year-old rapper's Hollywood Hills rental and shot him to death early Wednesday. The motive is unknown.
 

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Rapper Jay-Z began wearing hair units years ago when his own hair started thinning. The 50-year-old rap mogul reportedly dyes his gray hair black to match the custom hair pieces he wears. We wonder what Beyonce thinks about her old man taking his hair units off at night like she does.
 

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West Coast rapper Tyga is credited with starting the braid extensions trend among rappers. Male celebrities have long worn hair pieces and wigs to cover their bald spots, but Tyga took it to a whole new level.
 

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Rapper Fetty Wap got called out on social media for rocking fake dreadlocks a few years ago. He eventually removed his male unit and grew his own dreads long.
 

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Singer Chris Brown wore a cute male unit when his hairline started to push back in 2015. His custom units included fake dreadlocks that lasted for about 2 weeks.
 

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There's no shame in rapper Offset's hair game. He is well-known for rocking braid and dreadlocks extensions in his hair. Someone should tell him you can't switch from braids to dreadlocks and back again.
 

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People forget when singer Jason Derulo wore fake dreadlocks back in 2017. He didn't fool anybody back then, but he did bamboozle millions of female fans with that fake peen pic last year.
 

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Rapper Rich Homie Quan was repeatedly called out on social media for wearing hair extensions after he skyrocketed to fame as one of the first SoundCloud rappers. He wears his real hair cut in a short fro now.
 

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For some reason, NBA star Iman Shumpert thought he could get away with wearing braid extensions after rocking a hightop fade a month earlier. Hair doesn’t grow from high top fade to long dreadlocks overnight.

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Rapper Pop Smoke and a friend showed off stacks cash hours before he was gunned down inside his rental home early Wednesday.

The 20-year-old rapper hosted a party at his rented Hollywood Hills home at 2033 Hercules Drive in Mount Olympus, Los Angeles police said.

The up-and-coming rapper posted a photo of himself and a friend sitting in a car, apparently flashing $100,000 in cash. Hours later, masked men broke into his home and shot him dead.

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The rapper, who was born Bashar Jackson, wore a blue Louis Vuitton outfit in the photos. Blue is the color of the Crips street gang.

Police are working on a theory that someone at the party set Jackson up. Numerous party guests live-streamed the party and posted cell phone photos from Jackson's house on social media.

Blogger @Gossipofthecity tweeted:

"Rapper #PopSmoke posted his location hours before he was robbed and killed. PopSmoke and his friend tagged Beverly Hills but ppl in LA know it’s not. They traced everything from PopSmoke Instagram account and got him."

Celebrities reacted to Pop Smoke's death on social media. "Yo, we gotta do better, man, what we doing? What we doing man? At the end of the day, man, we all kings," said rapper Jeezy. "We not in the jungle, you ain't gotta kill yo' brother to eat."

Jeezy urged social media thugs to "do better" and apply themselves.


 

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50 Cent faked being overcome by his emotions during the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month.

The "In Da Club" rapper, real name Curtis Jackson, received the 2,686th star, and was saluted at the ceremony by his longtime collaborators and mentors, Dr. Dre and Eminem, as well as his girlfriend Jamira Haines (pictured above), and co-stars LaLa Anthony and Joseph Sikora, comedian Michael Blackmon and more.

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During the special presentation, 50 stepped up to the podium to thank his guests for their support, and he appeared to fight back tears as he paused and took deep breaths midway through his speech. Fiddy later admitted he faked his emotions to win "cool points" on social media.

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The 44-year-old rapper and actor admits he was nervous ahead of the Walk of Fame ceremony, but the big emotional moment, which prompted the crowd to cheer him on, was just for dramatic effect, because he thought it would make him look cool, WENN.com reported.

50 also said he didn't prepare his speech in advance, so pretending to grow emotional helped to buy him time.

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He confessed that expressing his emotions doesn't come easily - which is typical of sociopaths such as narcissists.

"I was working on that... to be emotional...," he told ABC's The View. "And when I got there, I knew that when I was really under pressure, that I should just (pause and pretend to take a few breaths)... and I knew that that would give me just a little bit of cool points for getting emotional at that point."

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The media mogul said he regrets not being more prepared for his big moment.

He told daytime talk show Strahan, Sara & Keke: "I wasn't really excited about it until everybody was there, until they had Em and Dre... and I was like, 'Yo, I shoulda wrote something down!'"

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Janet Jackson penned an emotional tribute to her friend Ja'Net DuBois, after news of the star's death broke on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The famed character actress died of natural causes after passing away in her sleep at her home in Glendale, California on Tuesday. She was either 74 or 82 (her exact date of birth is unknown).

Jackson, 53, posted a heartfelt tribute to her former "Good Times" co-star and personal friend after hearing the news.

"I am so very saddened to hear my longtime friend Ja'Net DuBois has passed away," Jackson wrote, alongside a slideshow of snapshots of the pair taken over the years.

"I saw first hand how she broke stereotypes and changed the landscape for Black women in entertainment. I'm grateful in recent years I had a chance to see her and create more lasting memories."

She added: "I pray for comfort for all her family and friends. Thank you Ja'Net, I’ll miss you."
 

DuBois is best known for her portrayal as the projects gossip Willona Woods in the 1970s Norman Lear TV sitcom Good Times, which ran from 1974 to 1979.

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Jackson, then 11, joined the cast in the fifth season as Penny - a young girl adopted by Willona after she's abandoned by her abusive mother.

The pair reunited in 1987 when DuBois played the R&B icon's mother in the music video for her single "Control."

Lear also posted a tribute to the late actress and singer, sharing on Twitter, “Ja'Net DuBois was all light and will be missed. I love that she wrote the theme song for her passing, 'Movin’ on Up'," referencing the theme song to The Jeffersons, which DuBois wrote and sang.

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Rappers Young Thug and Lil Boosie reacted to Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union normalizing mental illness in their child, Zaya Wade.

Zaya, who was born Zion, is a 12-year-old boy who suffers from the mental disorder Gender Dysphoria.

Thugger, whose real name is Jeffrey Williams, was once praised for wearing dresses on his album covers and in print media. But now he faces backlash for opposing Hollywood's attempt to emasculate Black boys.

In a now-deleted tweet on Tuesday, Thug wrote: "All I wanna say to wade son is GOD DONT MAKE MISTAKES but hey live your true self."

In a follow-up tweet, he wrote: "You're gods best creation."

The reaction from Thugger's followers was mixed. He was praised for speaking honestly on a disturbing trend to normalize mental illness, while others labeled him transphobic and homophobic.

In an interview to promote his upcoming documentary on ABC's Good Morning America with Robin Roberts, Wade, 38, said his son knew he was transgender at age 3 -- when most toddlers are mastering potty training.

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"I don't think I'm gay," Wade said Zaya told him and Union. This is how I identify myself. This is my gender identity. I identify as young lady. I think I'm a straight trans (girl) because I like boys."

Wade, who retired from the NBA in 2019, urged parents to do "proper research" to support their mentally disordered children.

Rather than seek advice from a child psychologist or a licensed therapist, the Wades took advice from cross-dressers and drag queens who make up the cast of a television series, Pose.

Studies show that 98% of children who come out as transgender reverted back to their biological sex as teens and young adults.

Affirming their dysphoria does not help them more than agreeing with an Anorexic that they are fat.

Thousands of teenagers and young adults who came out as transgender in childhood are now transitioning back to their biological sex (see video below).

"I'm not going to sit here and act like we have all the answers," Wade said. "I'm not going to sit here and act like before our child came home and sat us down, that we weren't ignorant parents when it comes to the world. When I say we're learning from our 12-year-old, were literally learning from our child.

Wade said Zaya is now the family leader.

Wade is also father to 18-year-old son Zaire, son Xavier, 6, and 18-month-old daughter Kaavia James.
 

 

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Cardi B's bestie Star Brim is heading back to prison. She was indicted by the federal government on RICO charges for being "Godmother" of the 59 Brims street gang.

Lead prosecutor Geoffrey S. Berman, who also collared rapper Tekashi69 and the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, set his sights on Brim before she was released from prison last year.

Brim, who was born Yonette Respass, was named in the federal indictment announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York on Tuesday.

Prosecutors charged Brim and 10 other alleged 59 Brims Gang members on RICO counts and conspiracy to commit assault in-aid-of racketeering, in addition to other violence and illegal activity between January 2012 and December 2019.

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The feds say Brim orchestrated the attack against two female bartenders at a NY strip club because they "disrespected" Cardi B.

Brim, who was behind bars at the time, allegedly ordered her subordinates to attack the women without murdering them. According to the indictment, Brim ordered her underlings to touch the 2 women with extreme violence.

"I want hands put on them," Brim reportedly told gang members. "I don't even want no talking."

In August, members of the 59 Brims gang, who are affiliated with the Bloods, arrived at the Angels strip club to confront the two sisters who worked as bartenders there. One of the sisters was accused of sleeping with Cardi's husband, rapper Offset of Migos.

Though Cardi did not physically participate in the attack, police say she watched it go down, as her crew threw chairs and bottles at the sisters, who sustained serious facial and head injuries.

Surveillance footage from inside the bar shows co-defendant Jeffrey Bush filming the attack on his cell phone.

A woman standing next to Bush ordered a drink from the intended target, who was asked to lean closer. The woman then grabbed the victim by her hair and dragged her over the bar while beating her in the head with a bottle.

Bush filmed the entire assault and sent the footage to Brim in prison. After reviewing the video, Brim decided the violence was not vicious enough, according to the indictment.

The defendants were then ordered to carry out a second assault on the sisters about two weeks later at Angels strip club. Cardi was in the house for the second assault as well.

The sisters were fired by the strip club's management after the two incidents. The women later sued the club's owner.

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Cardi was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment in the strip club attack in the summer of 2019.

Cardi, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, is seen above arriving at the courthouse with Brim by her side.

Brim's gang is also accused of murdering members of a rival gang, Real Ryte, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and unlawful use of firearms for drug trafficking purposes.

Cardi and Brim were friends before she skyrocketed to hip-hop fame with her summer anthem "Bodak Yellow."

Brim, who is currently pregnant, is negotiating the terms of her surrender. If convicted, she faces up to 50 years in federal prison.

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Actress Ja'Net Dubois, star of the 1970s sitcom Good Times, died in her sleep on Tuesday. She was 74.

Dubois, born Jeanette Dubois, is best known for her playing neighborhood gossip Willona Woods on Good Times, the TV sitcom that was notable for being the first prime-time TV series with a Black, 2-parent household.

Dubois wrote and sang the theme song titled "Movin' On Up" for The Jeffersons TV sitcom, starring Isabel Sanford and Sherman Helmsley.

Television producer Norman Lear discovered Dubois in a play at the Mark Taper Forum, which led to an audition for his innovative TV series Good Times, which ran from 1974-1979.

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Dubois played adoptive mom to Janet Jackson's character, Penny, and she later appeared in Jackson's "Control" music video as her mother in 1987.

Dubois' film roles included I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). She also appeared in the television series Moesha, The Steve Harvey Show, A Different World, The Wayans Brothers and Everybody Loves Raymond (as a school bus driver).

In the 1980s, Dubois founded the Ja'Net DuBois Academy of Theater Arts and Sciences for teenagers in Long Island, NY. She and Actor Danny Glover co-founded the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles.

DuBois had two children: Rani Dubois and Raj Kristo Gupta, who died of cancer in 1987 at age 36.

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Esther Scott, who appeared in the coming of age film Boyz N the Hood, died in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack at her Santa Monica home. She was 66.

Scott's representative conformed her death in a statement on Tuesday. Scott appeared in 73 films and TV shows including Beverly Hills 90210, Full House, Sister Sister, The Steve Harvey Show and Party of Five.

Scott is best known for playing the grandmother of Tisha in Boyz N the Hood. She was also a character actress in the movies You Got Served (2004), Dreamgirls (2006), Transformers (2007) and The Birth of a Nation (2016).

"She loved the work she did," a family rep told PEOPLE. "She loved her fans. She was always humbled and honored when her fans acknowledged and recognized her. She'll be missed."

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Lizzo was fully dressed as a Hershey milk chocolate bar at London's 2020 BRIT Awards at The O2 Arena in London, England on Tuesday.

The pop singer had been heavily criticized for her shameless exhibitionist displays online. But on Tuesday she was fully covered and respectable in a strapless Moschino gown designed by Jeremy Scott, who also created her red sequin dress for the 2019 MTV Awards.

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The 31-year-old accessorized her gown with a matching sequined bedazzled clutch that read "100%". Lizzo is nominated for the International Female Solo Artist award. She will also perform during the televised ceremony.

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The morbidly obese singer spends a great deal of time exposing herself on social media.

This form of exhibitionism is diagnosed as Exhibitionist disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The sufferer feels sexually aroused by people viewing her naked or partially nude body.

Exhibitionism is more common in men.

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Tamar Braxton is back on the market after dating David Adefeso for 2 years. Friends say the single mother of one was not comfortable playing second fiddle to her African boyfriend's other women.

MTONews confirmed Braxton removed all of Adefeso's pictures from her social media accounts.

After removing the Nigerian's pictures, she wrote "If they don't want you, there is no talking... let it go and let God bring you the one who will be all that you need."

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Braxton, 42, transformed herself from a Brazilian weave-wearing socialite to a member of team natural, having shorn her hair off to make a new start after divorcing industry executive Herbert Vincent, the father of her son.

Braxton wrote that her "flaws [are] not her weakness, but the strength and attraction to the one that is meant to be in [her] life."

Adefeso began appearing on the Braxton Family Values reality show on season 6. He planned to appear in the upcoming spin-off, titled Tamar.

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The Price Is Right game show was shut down after the ex-fiancée of host Drew Carey was murdered by her ex-boyfriend.

Amie Harwick, a popular online therapist, was found dead on the ground of her home in the Hollywood Hills on Saturday. She was discovered by LAPD officers who responded to reports of a woman screaming in the neighborhood.

CBS announced the show was cancelled on Tuesday. Harwick was thrown off her third story balcony by her former boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse on Saturday.

Police said her injuries were consistent with a fall. Signs of a struggle were found inside her home.

Harwick took out a restraining order on Pursehouse, but police say the restraining order had expired and the former couple was recently in contact with each other.

Harwick, 38, was previously engaged to Carey, 61, in 2018, but by November of that year they had split after realizing they were not right for each other.

Pursewood, 41, was arrested Saturday afternoon. He is being held on $2 million bail, according to jail records.

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In news you already knew: Rosario Dawson, girlfriend of failed presidential candidate Cory Booker, has come out as bisexual, after insisting she wasn't same-sex oriented.

The 40-year-old actress sparked rumors about her sexual orientation back in 2018, when she wrote during Pride Month: "Happy pride month! Sending love to my fellow lgbtq+ homies."

But while many people took the tweet to be a coming out announcement, Rosario told Bustle that she never meant it that way, insisting she has never had a same-sex relationship with a woman.

"People kept saying that I (came out)… I didn't do that," she said. "I mean, it's not inaccurate, but I never did come out come out. I mean, I guess I am now."

The Sin City star added: "I've never had a relationship in that space, so it's never felt like an authentic calling to me."

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Rosario has been dating Booker since last year after he announced he was running for president. Twitter users cracked jokes at the odd couple's expense, saying Booker is a down-low closeted man and Dawson was his beard.

Many predicted the couple would announce their break up after Booker dropped out of the race. But the public ridicule only brought them closer together.

Reflecting on their relationship, Dawson said: "It's the first time I felt like I had to be responsible about my choice of love, which is a challenging thing to do. If you fall in love, you fall in love. But there's another aspect I had to consider: what this meant in (putting) a microscope on my family and particularly on my daughter." The actress adopted daughter Isabella, now 17, back in 2014.

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Dawson is being sued by her former employee - a female-to-male trans, who accused Dawson and her mother, Isabel (pictured left), of assault, misgendering and deadnaming.
 

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Retired rapper-turned-podcaster, Joe Budden, arrived with his co-host Remy Ma to promote Revolt series "State Of The Culture" at the AOL Build Series in New York City.
 

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Kenya Moore was all smiles as she stepped out in New York amid rumors she might be reuniting with "husband" Marc Daly. Friends say the 49-year-old Detroit native is cool with sharing Marc with other women, because her options are limited.
 

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Pregnant actress Jodie Turner-Smith showed off her growing baby bump while out walking the family dogs with her husband Joshua Jackson in Los Angeles. The couple is expecting their first child.
 

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Formula 1 race driver Lewis Hamilton attended Tommy Hilfiger's AW Spring 2020 TOMMYNOW Runway Show as part of London Fashion Week. Lewis rocked dyed hair extension braids in his hair - a trend that was popularized by American rapper Tyga.

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Lizzo lashed out at fat-shaming men who clown her on social media. During a recent interview, Lizzo said she was fed up with fat shamers who criticize her plus-size figure, saying "we don't talk about your d*ck size!"

"I think that women are always going to be criticized for existing in their bodies and I don't think I'm any different than any of the other great women who've come before me that had to literally be politicized just to be sexual... you know what I mean?"

"So what does that tell you about the oppressor?" she said. "What does that tell you about men? Get it together, we don't talk about your d*ck sizes, do we? Like, 'that's not a conventional d*ck size, it's too small.' We still let y'all asses run all over the goddamn place," she added.

The 31-year-old morbidly obese singer spends a great deal of time exposing herself on social media.

This form of exhibitionism is diagnosed as Exhibitionist disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The sufferer feels sexually aroused by people viewing her naked or partially nude body.

Exhibitionism is more common in men.
 

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Rickey Smiley tackled the issue of society emasculating Black boys while penalizing Black boys for wearing their hair in dreadlocks.

In a meme posted on his Instagram page, the comedian wrote:

Black boy: I want to wear locks to school
Society: Suspended!!! No graduation THUG!!!
Black boy: How about a dress?

The meme concludes with the hashtag "#SocialEngineering."

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Smiley was alluding to the recent controversy surrounding Deandre Arnold, the 16-year-old boy who was banned from attending his prom until he cut off his dreadlocks.

The popular host of the syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show didn't caption his meme, but some of his followers called him out on wearing a dress during his comedy skits.

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One IG follower wrote: "But Rickey didn't you wear a dress on multiple occasions?? i.e sister Bernice?? So I'm kinda lost."

Another wrote: "Black people are judging a black boy wearing a dress and whites are judging both. It's bad all the way around."

And a third wrote: "Every generation has its attack on minority masculinity. Birth of a nation. Civil rights, the project mentality of the 70s, the drugs in the 80s, gangs in the 90s. We didn't want our men violent. More drugs and the glamorization of self destruction of the 2000s now this."

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Dwyane Wade says he dreaded telling his highly emotional wife Gabrielle Union about his break baby when his side piece, Aja Metoyer, told him she was knocked up with their son.

Xavier Zechariah Wade was born on Nov. 19, 2013. In his upcoming documentary on ESPN, Wade, 38, said telling Union about his love child was the hardest thing he has had to do.

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Wade, who is no stranger to sleeping with NBA groupies on the road, forgot to wear a condom when he had a brief sexual liaison with Metoyer, 36.

"I had a child with someone else and I had to tell her." Wade said in his documentary D. Wade: Life Unexpected. He struggled with his secret, knowing it would devastate Union, who is emotionally fragile.

"Hardest thing I've ever had to do is man up and tell Gabrielle Union that I've had a child with somebody else. I couldn't sleep. I wasn't eating. When you hold something in that you know is going to come out and you have this information and you know it's gonna f**k somebody's life up, that you care about, tat you love, if it don't hurt you, then you're not human. Me and Gab just went through something you never want to go through and we still came out of it."

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Wade recently revealed his son Zion Wade prefers to be called "Zaya" and use feminine pronouns - a consequence of Wade's long absences from home when Zion was a toddler.

Wade barely mentions Xavier in interviews or on social media. Despite that, the 6-year-old seems happy and well-adjusted.

His mom, Instagram model Aja Metoyer dotes on Xavier and his sisters Amara, 17, and Aniya, 15 - both by comedian Damon Wayans Jr.

Metoyer makes sure to keep a real man around her son at all times. In one Instagram video, the youngster runs out of the video frame while his sisters are dancing to a rap song.

We find out a few seconds later that he went to join the only man in the room. Even at age 6, Xavier knows that he is a boy who should not be dancing in videos with girly girls.
 

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Issa Rae wants to showcase romances that don't "center on whiteness" in her upcoming movies. The actress currently stars in two romantic movies with Black leading men this year.

The Los Angeles native stars in The Photograph, a drama with Lakeith Stanfield, and The Lovebirds, a romantic comedy with Kumail Nanjiani as her leading man.

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Speaking to Variety, the 35-year-old said her movies are important because they show Black relationships that are often excluded from Hollywood films, while interracial relationships are pushed to the forefront.

"Every time there's an interracial romance, it feels like it centers on whiteness, and it doesn't have to," she said. "Just so you know, there are people who don't procreate with just white people."

Reflecting on the issue of diversity in Hollywood, after vocalizing her disappointment that the 2020 Oscars nominations were white and male, she added she hopes to see a change in the near future.

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"I don't feel like it's up to me to answer those questions. Like, I'm doing the work. I'm out here. I'm employing who I need to employ, I'm telling the stories that I need to tell," she said. "Those questions need to be asked to the powers-that-be. It needs to be asked to the white people who run this industry."

Issa added: "Hopefully, something will be done... I think it's easy to be like, '(clapping) I'm so glad he said something. Next. Let's go get tacos.'"

Rae, who is rumored to be a discreet lesbian, made Glamour Magazine's "35 Under 35" list in 2013 and the Forbes "30 Under 30" list in both 2013 and 2014.

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Lupita Nyong'o paid tribute to her "Queen of Katwe" co-star Nikita Pearl Waliga in a touching Instagram post on Sunday, following the announcement of the 15-year-old's tragic death from brain cancer.

The teenager died at TMR International Hospital in the Ugandan capital of Kampala on Saturday, according to a Twitter announcement from the school in Uganda where she was a student.

Waliga was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 and, after radiation therapy, she was told she was cancer-free a year later. However, another tumor was detected in 2019, WENN.com reports.

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Nikita (right) was best known for her only starring role in Queen of Katwe as Gloria, a friend of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi (played by Madina Nalwanga). The film also starred David Oyelowo and Lupita, who played Mutesi's mother in the Disney film.

Sharing a snap of Nikita from the movie, Lupita wrote:

"It is with great sadness that I post about the passing of Nikita Waligwa, the sweet, warm, talented girl whom I worked with on the film, Queen Of Katwe. She played Gloria with such vibrancy. In her real life she had the enormous challenge of battling brain cancer.

"My thoughts and prayers are with her family and community as they come to terms with having to say goodbye so soon. May she truly rest in piece [sic]. May it be well with her soul."

 

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Singers Jennifer Hudson (left) and Queen Latifah honored the late NBA star Kobe Bryant before the 2020 All-Star game in Chicago over the weekend.

Latifah, 49, performed Stevie Wonder's hit song "Love's in Need of Love Today" at the NBA's Saturday Night Skills competitions. She added a rap verse in honor of Kobe, who died along with his daughter, Gianna, 13, and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26.

Latifah added the verse "Give love a shot / When you do, say 'Kobe' / 24 hours, eight days a week, trophies."

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Latifah attended the 2020 All-Star game on Sunday with her life partner Eboni Nichols.

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Jennifer Hudson performed a stirring tribute to Kobe during the NBA All-Star pre-game at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday.

Hudson, 38, was introduced by an emotional Magic Johnson, 60, who led the audience in 8 seconds of silence for Kobe and late NBA Commissioner David Stern, who died in January from complications of a stroke.

The Grammy and Oscar winner performed in front of a giant screen that flashed photos from Kobe's stellar career with the Los Angeles Lakers and touching images of the NBA legend with his daughter.

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Hudson wore a floor length crushed velvet gown as she performed "For All We Know." Afterwards, she posed with celebrities such as rapper Ludacris, center, and actor Chadwick Boseman, right.

Rap producer Dr. Dre also performed a tribute to Kobe's greatest moments in sports. The Staples Center was temporarily renamed KOBE Center in his video.

Rapper Common performed a song before introducing the All-Stars for Team LeBron James and Team Giannis Antetokounmpo. The team members wore the numbers 2 and 24 for Gianna and Kobe respectively.

A public memorial service will be held for Kobe and Gianna at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 24. But the service is marred with controversy because tickets are being sold for as much as $250 with the proceeds going to Kobe's charity.

Watch Hudson's and Latifah's tributes below.
 

Jennifer Hudson - For All We Know

 

Queen Latifah - Love's in Need of Love Today"

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R&B songstress Mya secretly married someone in the Seychelles Islands last year, but, oddly, the identity of her new husband was unknown. Now it is revealed that Mya married the only person who won't break her heart: herself.

Photos of Mya wearing a wedding dress caused a stir on social media as Mya's fans and Internet sleuths rushed to identity her new husband.

Then on Friday morning, Mya posted a new photo of her wedding dress. According to PEOPLE, the image was from a music video.

"Thank you for all of the beautiful messages & happy V-day," she captioned the image. She signed the post "Officially, Mrs. Lansky."
 

Mya then dropped a new song "The Truth" on Friday afternoon. The imagery featured the 40-year-old singer marrying herself in an intimate ceremony.

Mya, who was born Mýa Marie Harrison, has been linked to NFL star DeSean Jackson and former NFL player Larry Johnson.

She hasn't dated anyone publicly since breaking up with rappers Jay-Z and The Game.
 

 

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Charles Barkley said fellow NBA legend Kobe Bryant should be remembered for both his NBA legacy and that 2003 rape case.

Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in Calabasas, California last month.

Barkley told NBC's Today Show that the Los Angeles Lakers great can be remembered for both his NBA achievements and his rape case.

"You have to tell the picture in totality," Barkley said. "We're not making Kobe out to be no hero. We're celebrating his basketball excellence. We understand what happened in Colorado. That's fair, but two things can be true."

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Barkley, who is pictured with Bryant and his wife Vanessa at the 2016 ESPYs, argued that the rape allegations against Bryant should not be ignored just because they make people uncomfortable.

Television journalist Gayle King was dragged on social media after she asked former WNBA star Lisa Leslie about the rape case affecting Bryant's legacy.

Bryant's angry fans included rapper Snoop Dogg, who threatened King and called her a "dog faced b*tch".

Snoop Dogg, 48, has since apologized twice for disrespecting King, 65.

Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old desk clerk at a Colorado resort in 2003. The charges were dropped after the woman accepted an out-of-court settlement and refused to testify.

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The doctor who treated the late Soul singer James Brown insists there was no foul play in the superstar's death.

Jacque Hollander, who knew Brown before he passed, turned over a mountain of evidence to investigators that suggest he was murdered.

A spokesperson from the Fulton County District Attorney's Office has confirmed to TMZ that prosecutor Paul Howard met with Hollander on Wednesday, Feb. 12, to go over the evidence.

Howard expressed interest in reopening the case after speaking with Hollander.

However, Dr. Marvin Crawford told the gossip site that the Fulton County District Attorney's Office is wasting its time looking into Hollander's purported evidence.

Dr. Crawford insists there was no foul play when he examined Brown right after he died.

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Crawford says Brown suffered a heart attack on December 25, 2006, and was hospitalized in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brown suffered a second heart attack not long afterward, resulting in his death on Christmas Day at age 73.

Crawford adds that Brown had a long medical history of diabetes and hypertension, which contributed to his death. He insists he's never met Hollander and doesn't know why she believes Brown was murdered.

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Singer Summer Walker showed off her new tattoo to celebrate Valentine's Day and to pay tribute to her favorite blog. Walker displayed her new rose tattoo by Black Ink Crew star Ceasar Emanuel.

The intricate tattoo takes up the right side of Summer's neck. Friends say the 23-year-old Atlanta native checks the blog at least once a day for the comments.

She is best known for her hit single "Girls Need Love" off her 2018 mixtape Last Day of Summer.

Summer made headlines in November after she lashed out at social media trolls who questioned the legitimacy of her social anxiety struggles. The up-and-coming R&B star insisted her mental health problem is not "an act".

Summer blamed her social anxiety disorder for her decision to scrap a series of concert dates on The First and Last Tour.

She has since opened up about her social anxiety in the hopes of helping others who suffer from the debilitating mental disorder.
 

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Wendy Williams tearfully apologized to cross-dressing men after she criticized them for imitating biological women by wearing stereotypical feminine attire.

During Thursday's Hot Topics segment, the 55-year-old divorcée discussed "Galentine's Day," and observed that a few men in the audience were clapping.

Wendy told her audience how she really feels about men reinforcing gender stereotypes by wearing feminine dresses, skirts, high heels and handbags.

"And stop wearing our skirts and our heels. Just saying, girls, what do we have for ourselves? Looky here now, gay men, you'll never be the woman that we are, No matter how gay."

Her criticism did not go over well with LGBT+ members of her TV crew or the LGBT+ community, who reminded Wendy that they are half of her television audience.

On Friday, Wendy tearfully apologized and promised to do better. "I'll start by saying I apologize, I did not mean to offend my LGBTQ+ community on yesterday's show," she said.

"I did not realize until I got home, and I watched the second running of our show. I didn't mean to hurt anybody's feelings. I'm just having a conversation. If you know me long enough, then you know, I live and let live every day. Life is too short. I'm 55 years old, and maybe I sounded like your auntie, your mother, your big sister, or somebody out of touch. I'm not out of touch, except for perhaps yesterday by saying what I said. I deeply apologize. I will do better."

 

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Dwyane Wade says going public with his son Zion Wade's struggles with a gender disorder helped his own self-awareness. "I'm growing into the man that I've always dreamed of becoming."

Wade, 38, opened up about Zion's gender confusion in an interview with openly lesbian television host Ellen Degeneres, 62, on Tuesday.

Wade said 12-year-old Zion identifies as a girl named Zaya, who prefers using feminine pronouns.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Thursday, the retired NBA player defended going public with such a personal family issue.

"We're not the only family that's had to deal with gender expression, gender identity, sexuality, with their child," he said.

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Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, were heavily criticized for exploiting their son's struggle with gender confusion and sexuality at such a tender age.

Union reportedly sought advice from the gender-bending cast of the hit TV series Pose, rather than a licensed therapist.

Wade claims his critics are simply "uneducated" and he suggested that God gave him the platform to exploit his emotionally troubled child for publicity for his upcoming Netflix documentary.

"We understand the position we've been put in," Wade told ET, "especially in our community, and even though it's not always a popular thing to speak out on issues that people are uncomfortable with or not as educated on, but this is the platform that God gave me and my family. So, we use it."

Wade said Zion's gender confusion has helped him grow into the man he should be.

"I've learned to keep my mind open, keep my eyes open, keep my heart open, keep my thoughts open. That's what I've been trying to do as I'm growing into the man that I've always dreamed of becoming," Wade said.

For years, Wade has been plagued by rumors that he is a bisexual man trapped in the closet. Black Twitter seems to think Wade is ready to come out and join his son.
 

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Gayle King has graciously accepted rapper Snoop Dogg's apology, 2 weeks after he called her a "dog face b*tch" over her remarks about Kobe Bryant's 2003 sex case.

Snoop was forced to publicly apologize twice after he was threatened by no less than Barack Obama's former national security advisor, Susan Rice.

King, 65, came under fire when she interviewed former WNBA star Lisa Leslie and asked her if Bryant's alleged rape case affected his NBA legacy.

Bryant, 41, died tragically with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash last month.

Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old desk clerk at a Colorado resort in 2003. The charges were dropped after the woman accepted an out-of-court settlement and refused to testify.

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By asking Leslie those probing questions, King was simply doing her job as a well-respected journalist.

Snoop, 48, released a video, dragging King and threatening to "come get" her.

The rapper, real name Calvin Broadus, Jr., later backtracked in a half-hearted apology video, saying he meant no harm to King.

But that wasn't enough for King's influential and powerful friends. They reminded the aging rapper that, with one phone call, they could end his career and send him into early retirement.

Snoop Dogg issued another video statement on Wednesday, this time he apologized profusely to King. He claimed his elderly mother made him see the error of his ways.

"Had a talk with my momma thank u mamma," he captioned the video. "2 wrongs don't make it right time to heal... @gayleking Peace... n love Praying for u and your family as well as Vanessa and the kids."

In the video, Snoop Dogg said he "overreacted". "I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions... Me being angry at questions that you asked.... I should have handled it way different than that, I was raised way better than that, so I would like to apologize publicly for the language that I used and calling you out your name and just being disrespectful."

After enduring death threats and heavy public criticism for 2 weeks, King issued a statement to the Associated Press on Wednesday, saying she accepted Snoop Dogg's apology.

"I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss," she said.

"As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times. I don't always get it perfect but I'm constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity."
 

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Wendy Williams is on the hot seat again - this time she upset cross-dressing men for impersonating women by "wearing our skirts and heels."

The popular daytime talk show host made the comments during Thursday's episode of The Wendy Williams Show.

During her Hot Topics segment, the 55-year-old divorcée discussed "Galentine's Day," and observed that a few men in the audience were clapping.

After holding her tongue for years about the LGBT+ agenda, Wendy told her audience how she really feels about men reinforcing gender stereotypes by wearing feminine dresses, skirts, high heels and handbags.

"If you're a man, stop clapping, you're not even a part of this," she said. "You don't understand the rules of the day. It's women going out and getting saucy and then going home (alone). You're not a part. I don't care if you're gay. You don't get a period every 28 days. You can do a lot that we do, but I get offended by the idea that we go through something you will never go through."

The single mom of one continued:

"And stop wearing our skirts and our heels. Just saying, girls, what do we have for ourselves? Looky here now, gay men, you'll never be the woman that we are, No matter how gay."

Needless to say, Wendy's speech did not go over well on Twitter.

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Dwyane Wade's ex-wife is apparently not on board with his new "woke" agenda. Dr. Siohvaughn Funches still refers to her youngest child, Zion Wade, as her son.

Wade and his wife, troubled actress Gabrielle Union, 47, delighted in telling the world that 12-year-old Zion is now a "Zaya", a "transgender" girl.

But Funches apparently did not get the memo. While she hasn't spoken out publicly about her emotionally troubled child, insiders say she still refers to Zion as her son.

Sources say the deeply religious Funches, who divorced Wade when Zion was a toddler, refers to the boy as Zion, not Zaya, as he prefers to be called nowadays.

She also uses male pronouns for Zion and his older brother, Zaire Wade, 18.

Zaire, a standout basketball player at L.A.'s Sierra Canyon Day School, is very supportive of Zion. He penned a heartfelt note to his little brother, whom he calls his best friend.

Man, I remember bugging my mom as a kid telling her I wanted a brother so bad. I was the only child looking for company and someone to look after and take care of," he wrote on Instagram. "I have been blessed to have my best friend, Zaya with me for 12 years. We did everything together...we fought, we played, we laughed and we cried. But the one thing we never did was leave each other behind..."
 

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Rapper Snoop Dogg apologized again a week after his half-hearted apology to journalist Gayle King did not go over well.

The rapper called King a "b*tch" and encouraged his followers to send death threats to King, 65, after she asked former WNBA player Lisa Leslie to comment on Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape allegations.

Snoop Dogg's comments sparked a firestorm of controversy that ended with former President Barack Obama's White House advisor Susan Rice telling the rapper to "back the **** off" and threatening to send an army to gather him.

Snoop, real name Calvin Broadus, Jr., apologized in an Instagram video on Wednesday, claiming his mother made him see the error of his ways.

"Had a talk with my momma thank u mamma," he captioned the video. "2 wrongs don't make it right time to heal... @gayleking Peace... n love Praying for u and your family as well as Vanessa and the kids."

In the video, Snoop Dogg said, "I should have handled it way different than that, I was raised way better than that, so I would like to apologize publicly for the language that I used and calling you out your name and just being disrespectful," he said.

Snoop apologized again after his reality show co-host Martha Stewart commented on his disrespectful behavior this week.
 

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Last week, singer/songwriter Ne-Yo hinted that his marriage to Crystal Renay Smith was irreparably broken.

In a social media post, Ne-Yo's wedding ring was removed, and Crystal scrubbed all photos of him from her Instagram timeline. As the news broke that the couple had split after 4 years, Crystal planted a small seed of doubt.
 

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In a cryptic statement to Instagram blog Baller Alert, Crystal said:

"The accuracy is that he's an amazing father and our kids are blessed to have a father like him. I wound; take that back for anything in the world. Everything else is God's will."

The news renewed interest in a certain home video that is definitely NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

In a comment on RhymeswithSnitch.com, R in NYC wrote:

"Go to pornhub and type 3 cute redbone lesbians in he search bar and watch Crystal eat pu**y like she's starving. Both of these fools are downlow gay. Bearding for each other..."