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Rapper 2 Chainz nearly sent social media into a frenzy when he announced rapper Tekashi69 was released from jail and he bumped into him in New York City.

In a hilarious video, 2 Chainz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, informed his followers that he ran into Tekashi69 on the street on Wednesday.

"I got breaking news, the boy done got out," 2 Chainz says in the clip, which is captioned: "In NYC just ran into 69".

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"I just ran into him too and y'all ain't gonna put y'all motherf**king hands on him either!" the 42-year-old rapper added, before gesturing toward a giant inflatable rodent - a symbol of anti-union strikebreakers - on the back of a pickup truck.

Tekashi, real name Daniel Hernandez, was arrested last November and later pleaded guilty to nine federal charges including racketeering, conspiracy, firearms offenses and drugs trafficking.

In accordance with a plea deal that could set him free as early as next year, Hernandez turned government witness and testified against his former Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang associates, ensuring he will be looking over his shoulders for the rest of his life.

His decision to name his fellow gang members sparked outrage among fellow rappers, including Snoop Dogg who labeled him a "snitch".

Tekashi is currently behind bars, as prosecutors fear for his safety. Jury deliberations in the trial began on Wednesday, WENN.com reports.
 

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The Pasco County Sheriff's Department was forced to admit their error after mislabelling actress Stacey Dash as "white" on their arrest report.

The 'Clueless' star pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor domestic battery charge, after she was arrested for allegedly slapping and scratching her husband, attorney Jeffrey Marty at their New Port Richey, Florida home on Sunday.

The actress was bonded out of jail by her husband on Monday morning, Sept. 30.

When filling out the arrest report, a deputy mistakenly labeled Dash - who has a Black father and Mexican mother - as "white" on the booking form.

The unfortunate error resulted in a fierce genetics debate on social media. Black Twitter users, who previously revoked Dash's Black card for being a Trump supporter, were now angry that Dash appeared to abandon the Black community.

As the debate raged on the blogs on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Pasco Sheriff's Department admitted the mistake, explaining:

"Stacey Dash was never asked her race by the arresting deputy, nor did she volunteer any information about her race. The arresting deputy assumed that she was Hispanic.

"However, the Pasco Sheriff's Office follows the Department of Justice Uniform Crime Reporting standards and, according to the DOJ reporting requirements the only allowable races are: Asian/Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Unknown, or White."

Hispanic and Mexican are not races. But the sheriff's representative added that reports do list a Hispanic option if a deputy fills out the booking form by hand. The option is not available on digital (online) copies, so her race will likely not be updated.

Deputies also mistook the star's middle name for her surname, incorrectly calling her Stacey Dash Lauretta. This led to speculation that the booking sheet was Photoshopped.

Dash has been given access to a public defender because she applied for indigent status and can't afford a lawyer.

Dash has fallen on hard times since she was fired as a political pundit on Fox News in 2017.

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Black Twitter is buzzing about Nicki Minaj's ex-boyfriend, Safaree Samuels, who dropped a baby off in Erica Mena, but left Nicki childless.

Safaree and Nicki were high school sweethearts. They dated for years before she rose to fame as one of the nation's top female rappers.

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He contributed to Nicki's career. He is even credited as co-executive producer on Nicki Minaj's album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

Safaree, 38, and Nicki, 36, broke up after 12 years. Now comes word that he is engaged to reality TV star Erica Mena and she is knocked up with his seed.

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Safaree is set to wed rapper Bow Wow's ex-fiancee, Erica, on October 7, after Safaree proposed to the reality TV star on Christmas Eve last year.

The pair revealed they are expecting their first child together a week before their big day.

"It’s a big deal, a very big deal, I didn't think I was capable of doing this," he said in a YouTube video. "I am excited, nervous, in shock, in disbelief."

Erica, 31, already has a son, King Conde, from a previous relationship. She didn't disclose how far along she is, but the couple revealed their baby is due in early 2020.

Erica appeared on the VH1 show Love & Hip Hop New York before moving on to Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. She was previously involved in a made-for-TV relationship with reality TV star Cyn Santana.

That sham relationship led to speculation that her relationship with Safaree is also fake.

Safaree began appearing on the reality show following his split from Nicki in 2014.

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Stacey Dash said she was Caucasian during the booking process following her arrest for domestic battery on her husband in Pasco County, Florida on Sunday.

Dash was arrested and charged after fighting with her husband, Jeffrey Marty, a 44-year-old attorney, and his 15-year-old daughter.

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Dash entered a written plea of not guilty. She was bonded out of jail by her husband on Monday, Sept. 30.

The 52-year-old actress, who is mixed race, correctly identified herself as Caucasian during the booking process.

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Dash, pictured with a friend on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California, was raised in a white environment. She doesn't share in the Black experience and she has never claimed to be Black.

But Black Twitter has a problem with mixed race people who don't identify as Black.

One Twitter user wrote: "I trade Stacey Dash for Rachel Dolezal. This heifer is trash. #WhiteStacey".

Another user tweeted: "Stacey comes from a Bajan, Mexican, Black background. Now you understand why I am always skeptical about these people with dual allegiances trying to speak for Foundational Black Americans."

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The attitude of Black Twitter seems out of touch with reality at a time when mixed race people are embracing their individuality.

There is even a new show, Mixed-ish, a spinoff of Black-ish, starring Tracee Ellis Ross, who is mixed race.

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Beyonce and her sister Solange Knowles got tested for a mutated gene called a BRCA2 gene after their dad Mathew Knowles was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The former Destiny's Child manager revealed his frightening diagnosis in an interview with Good Morning America that aired on Wednesday, Oct. 2, the second day of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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In his chat with Michael Strahan, Mathew, 67, revealed that the first call he made when he learned of his health battle was to his famous daughters - because they are at high risk to be carriers of the same gene.

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"The first call was to my family, because this is genetics," said Mathew, pictured with daughter Solange. "It means that my kids have a higher chance, a higher risk (of getting cancer), even my grandkids have a higher risk, and they handled it like they should - they went and got the test," Mathew explained. He didn't reveal the results of the tests.

Everyone is born with BRCA genes that help to suppress cancerous tumors. But Mathew's gene has a mutation on it that led to his breast cancer diagnosis.

He added that after being told he had breast cancer, he was warned that he might be diagnosed with prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer or melanoma later on. He will continue to have regular mammograms and other examinations to ensure he is free from the disease.

Mathew is a father of at least seven children - five of his children were fathered outside of his marriage to Beyonce's mother, Tina Knowles, who filed for divorce and is now happily married to retired actor Richard Lawson.

Mathew fathered two young children with current spouse Gena Avery whom he married in 2013. He also has a son, Nixon, with Alexsandra Wright and a daughter with TaQoya Branscomb. And there is widespread belief that he is the biological father of Destiny's Child original member Kelly Rowland.

Mathew told Strahan he had his breast removed to prevent the cancer from spreading to his lymph nodes.

"I'm doing really well. I had my surgery the last week of July and now I'm going through all the steps for recovery."

So far, Beyonce has not commented on her father's diagnosis.
 

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Stacey Dash has fallen on hard times since she was fired from Fox TV as a political analyst in 2017. With few acting gigs for middle aged actresses, Dash has burned through her savings and is financially dependent on her husband, Jeffrey Marty.

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On Sunday, the Clueless star was arrested for assaulting her breadwinner husband. She has filed for indigent status and is asking for a public defender to represent her in court.

According to TMZ, a Florida judge signed off on the request for a public defender after asking Dash to provide proof of her income.

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In audio of a 911 call to the Pasco County Sheriff, Dash said that her husband and his three minor children conspired to have her arrested.

The 52-year-old actress was charged with domestic battery for scratching and slapping Marty's face during an argument at their Pasco County condominium on Sunday.

Dash said she, Marty and his children - ages 15, 14 and 10 - were all arguing when she pushed his 15-year-old daughter. She accused Marty, who is a lawyer, of putting her in a chokehold.

She said he advised his three children to lie to the police about the incident.

Marty, 44, can be heard in the background yelling, "I can't believe you did this."

When police arrived on the scene, Dash was arrested and booked into the county jail. She has since been released on $500 bond.

Listen to the 911 audio below.
 

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Stacey Dash tried to impress a cop who showed up at her Florida condominium to arrest her following a domestic dispute with her husband, Jeffrey Marty, on Sunday night.

According to a police report, Dash, 52, slapped and scratched Marty's face during an argument that escalated out of control. But her manager said Dash was acting in self-defense after Marty choked her out.

The actress was arrested and charged with domestic battery. The Pasco County Sheriff's deputies wear body cams. So it wasn't long before cam footage of Dash's arrest surfaced online.

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After asking, "Am I being arrested?", Dash starts to cry while being escorted to a squad car. The arresting officer asked the Bronx native where she was born and what she did for a living.

Dash, who was clad in only a long t-shirt and a pair of panties, replied that she was an actress.

"Like TV or...?"

"Both. TV and film. I did a film called Clueless," Dash said. But the cop apparently never heard of it.

"I was a Fox News contributor," Dash added. To which the cop replied, "Oh, okay."

Dash is best known for her role as Dionne Marie Davenport in the 1995 comedy film Clueless, also starring Alicia Silverstone.

She is universally hated in the Black community for her staunch support of U.S. President Donald Trump.
 

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Lil Nas X used to pray that being homosexual was just a phase he was going through. The one-hit wonder came out as ghey during the peak of his brief career as a chart-topping country rap star.

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Nas X came out to fans in a tweet during Pride Month in June. And while he's now proud to be out, Nas told Gayle King in an interview on CBS' This Morning on Tuesday, that he wasn't always so secure in his sexuality.

Telling King he "knew" when he was growing up that he was homosexual, Nas said he tried to pray the ghey away: "Especially during my teenage years, I would just pray, pray and pray," he said. When King asked what he prayed for, he replied: "That it was a phase."

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The musician added that he's well aware his celebrity status gave him an advantage when it came to coming out.

"Me being in this position, it's easy for me," he said. "But some little boy 10 miles from here, it's not gonna be good for him."

Nas, who was raised by his single mother and grandmother, says he is hopeful that his coming out story will help other boys going through similar situations. He told King that there's "still a lot to be done."

"We still have a long way to go, because it's not like everybody is messing with me now. 'Cause of course somebody who's listening to me in school right now, it's like, 'You're gay, cause you're listening to him'. There's still a lot to be done, of course. But I do believe it's helping."

The 20-year-old Aries is best known for a remix of his country rap hit "Old Town Road" featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. "Old Town Road" made Billboard chart history for the most weeks at No. 1.

But now the appeal of being America's first bonafide country rap star is fading.

The Atlanta native, who was born Montero Lamar Hill, was forced to cancel 2 concerts this week due to poor ticket sales, and he announced he will take a break away from music after performing at the upcoming 94.9 Jingle Ball in San Francisco, which runs from Oct. 7 through Oct. 9.

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Adele Adkins fans say she is jumping from the frying pan into the fire by dating grime star Skepta so soon after filing for divorce from her baby's father.

Adele is reportedly dating the British grime star after her expected split from her inattentive husband Simon Konecki.

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The "Hello" singer, 31, is said to have been out on a number of dates with the musician - including for his 37th birthday last month. According to WENN.com, friends of the pair are "hoping and predicting" that they go on to become a "great couple".

A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "Adele and Skepta have been there for each other a lot after both their relationships split up."

"They have a close bond and there's definitely a special connection," the insider continued. "They're spending more and more time together. Some of their friends are hoping and predicting they could end up being a great couple one day."

But her fans worry that Skepta is a promiscuous man with an untold number of lonely females left in his wake.

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This is the same Skepta who posed half naked on the cover of British GQ magazine with former supermodel Naomi Campbell last year, prompting rumors that they were dating. It was later reported that they broke up, most likely due to the 12-year difference in their ages.

Even though Adele's friends are hoping for a Love match, both Adele and the Shutdown star are said to be focusing on their children as their main priority.

The "Rolling in the Deep" star shares son Angelo with Simon, and Skepta - whose real name is Joseph Junior Adenuga, Jr. - became a father to daughter River last November.

The rumored couple have been pals for several years (though both were in relationships). The grime star told ES Magazine back in 2016: "Adele texts me all the time and keeps me in check. She speaks to me about how things are going."

The pop singer, who was raised by a single mom, filed for divorce from Simon last month, with both parties seeking joint custody of Angelo, and agreeing to settle financial issues in "private mediation".

Simon is expected to walk away with half of Adele's net worth.

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R. Kelly's lawyers filed court papers begging for his release from prison after his health deteriorated behind bars.

The R&B singer/songwriter is reportedly suffering from a hiatal hernia and his physical condition is deteriorating.

A hiatal hernia is an opening in the diaphragm that allows the abdominal organs to protrude through the diaphragm into the chest. The condition can be fatal if not treated by a surgeon.

Every prison has medical staff and psychiatric staffs to treat patients. But a hiatal hernia can not be treated in jail.

Lawyers for the jailed singer have filed new documents in an effort to get their client the medical help he needs behind bars.

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In court documents, obtained by TMZ, the lawyers asked a judge to allow Kelly to be released on house arrest, where his physical condition would improve.

They also assured the judge that the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer will not intimidate witnesses if he is released and they insist he is not a flight risk, because he doesn't currently have access to his passport.

Kelly, 52, was arrested in Chicago earlier this year and charged with 18 new counts, including child sexual exploitation, child pornography production, kidnapping, forced labor, racketeering, and obstruction of justice.

He is also wanted on similar charges in New York and Minnesota.

In August, a Minnesota prosecutor charged Kelly with soliciting a minor and prostitution.

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After decades of chasing skirts, rapper Too Short has settled down and become a father for the first time at the age of 53. It's hard to believe the horn dog rapper, who had a plethora of groupies with children over the years, never fathered a child of his own.

Sources close to the "I'm a Player" rapper tell TMZ.com that his girlfriend, Sue Ivey, gave birth to a daughter, Yanni in December, but he kept the news under wraps until now.

Fans will get to see plenty of baby Yanni in the future, as TMZ reports that Too Short has been shooting a documentary with Ray J and his manager, David Weintraub, for over a year now.

The documentary focuses on how the rapper, Ray J and Weintraub raise their little girls in Hollywood.

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Too Short is pictured at a birthday party for Weintraub's little girl, Stevie, who turned 2 last year.

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After months of delays, Kanye West's long-anticipated Jesus Is King gospel album is finally here. But not everyone is impressed.

Jesus Is King is just 35 minutes long and relies heavily on Biblical texts.

Fox News called Jesus Is King "an evangelical rant about the evils of the modern world."

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Kanye held listening parties in Detroit, Chicago and New York City over the weekend. While in New York, Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian-West took their children, North West, 6, Saint West, 3, and 1-year-old Chicago West to Cipriani's for lunch before holding his Sunday Service.

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After dropping his album Kanye surprised fans by announcing he will stop making secular music and focus only on gospel music.

The announcement was met with skepticism and shock.

Many social media users believe Kanye is suffering from a mental illness characterized by religious fanaticism.

Religious fanaticism is defined as an obsessive enthusiasm and hypercritical devotion to religion.

Religious fanaticism is linked to many psychiatric illness, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, Anti-Social Personality Disorder, depression and anxiety.

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Kanye West treated lucky fans to an advance preview of his album Jesus Is King in Detroit, Michigan on Friday night.

The rapper was supposed to drop his highly anticipated gospel album on Friday, but instead, he hastily organized a mystery fan get together in Detroit.

Earlier in the day, a spokesperson at the Fox Theater told Rolling Stone magazine the star booked the event on the same day and refused to share further details.

The spokesperson said he usually doesn't book the theater on the same day - but it's Kanye West!

Lucky ticket holders who attended the gathering, dubbed Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experience, enjoyed a sneak preview of the long-awaited gospel album.

The event was free but ticket holders were asked to surrender their phones during the secretive event to prevent leaks. The preview session also featured a video clip from Kanye's upcoming IMAX documentary, Jesus Is Lord.

The Yeezy mogul's wife Kim Kardashian shared a clip online of fans cheering the star as he made a special appearance.

She later took to her Instagram stories to announce the project was set to drop on Sunday, in addition to more listening sessions to be held in his native Chicago and NYC.

"Kanye's doing a listening session in Chicago tomorrow, then NYC (New York City) Sunday. He's dropping the album Sunday. Just a few final tweaks to the mixes."

The 12-track album reportedly includes the previously released track "Water", which he debuted at one of his Sunday Service gospel gatherings earlier this year, along with tunes including "Follow God", "New Body", "Up From the Ashes", and "Sunday".
 

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Comedian Faizon Love and TV personality Towanda Braxton sat in for Majic 107.5/97.5 radio host Ryan Cameron who is on vacation. Also making an appearance on Thursday's Ryan Cameron Uncensored show were Towanda's current boyfriend Sean Hall and special guest - "President Of R&B" Johnny Gill.

During the celebrity-driven Ryan Report, Faizon recalled seeing Towanda's famous sister, Toni Braxton, out & about with the late rapper, Eric "Eazy-E" Wright.

We all know Eazy-E got around, but we didn't know Toni was one of his sexual conquests.

Towanda immediately questioned Faizon's recollections, but the portly comedian stood firm. Johnny, who knows the Braxton family well, couldn't confirm Faizon's report and he couldn't stop laughing.

Faizon recalled seeing Toni hopping out of a brand new BMW that Eazy E owned, down to the paint color. There were skeptical looks all around the room, especially from her sister, Towanda, who quickly got Toni on the phone.

Toni is engaged to Cash Money Records founder, Bryan "Baby" Williams, who still has money problems that she may or may not be helping him to resolve.

Listen to the audio below to find out if Toni Braxton ever dated Eazy E or comedian Chris Tucker!
 

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The beef between rapper Drake and street-wear designer Don C escalated when Drake's Hidden Hills, California home and OVO store were vandalized.

According to published reports, the vandalism occurred after the Toronto rapper sent a private message to Don C's wife, Kristen Noel Crawley, on social media, asking her to intervene in his squabble with her husband.

A video making the rounds on social media shows the OVO storefront in Los Angeles covered in red spray paint. The message reads: "Leave L.A."

Drake's Hidden Hills mansion was also vandalized over night.

Former friends Drake and Don C are both signed to Nike, designing high-profile sneakers for the sportswear giant.

It is also being reported that someone is surveilling Drake's father, Dennis Graham.
 

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Rapper Snoop Dogg is mourning the loss of his 10-day-old grandson, Kai Love. Kai is the third child of Snoop Dogg's 25-year-old son, Corde Broadus, who revealed his newborn died on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Corde posted a video online of his daughter kissing Kai, who never left the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital where he was born on Sept. 15.

The grieving dad also shared the sad news on his Instagram account, writing: "Kai Love 9/15/19 – 9/25/19 My Son Kai brought so much love and positivity into this world. His energy will live on and these 10 days of love will always be special to us. Let's all cherish life and those we love while we are here."

The baby's cause of death was not announced.

Snoop's wife, Shante, dedicated a heartfelt song to her late grandson on Thursday and posted video of herself tearfully singing along to The Dells' hit "The Love We Had Stays On My Mind". Snoop has yet to address the tragedy.

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Kai was Snoop and Shante's fifth grandchild. Snoop and Shante, both 47, have three adult children, Corde, Cordell, and Cori.
 

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Kandi Burruss and husband Todd Tucker are expecting another child via in vitro fertilization (IVF) and a surrogate.

According to editors at E!, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her husband Todd will soon add another bouncing baby to their family.

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The former Xscape star's surrogate journey will be documented on the upcoming season 12 of RHOA.

Though IVF was routine among white Hollywood stars for decades, the IVF trend among urban stars was popularized by part-time singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter, 39, who reportedly had all three of her IVF children delivered via surrogates.

Kandi took advantage of IVF to conceive her son Ace Tucker and deliver him herself.

Earlier this year, the 43-year-old reality star and part-time singer expressed her hopes to expand her family to include another baby.

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"It was a blessing we was able to get (our son) Ace through IVF, but in the process of doing IVF, we still have two more embryos. And with that being said, as soon as we had Ace, we knew that we would want to possibly use our other embryos, but I had a high-risk pregnancy last time, so that's why we decided we would consider surrogacy," Kandi explained to The Daily Dish. "Todd and I are both nervous about it. I think it's easier for Todd to handle or deal with because as a man he's used to somebody else carrying the baby."

Kandi also got advice on the process from openly ghey TV host Andy Cohen, who welcomed a son in February 2019 via surrogate.

"I had made a comment. I said something like, 'I guess I'm gonna have a baby mama.' And he said to me, 'Don't you ever say that because you are the mother,'" Kandi recalled during an appearance on Busy Tonight. "'And to say she's your baby's mom is taking away from you.' It made me feel better."

Kandi is already mom to daughter Riley, 17, and Todd is dad to daughter Kaela, 22.

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Does Beyonce know about this? Latin superstars Jennifer Lopez and Shakira have been booked by Jay-Z to perform during Super Bowl LIV halftime in Miami, Florida next year.

Lopez, 50, and Shakira, 42, are set to perform at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Feb. 2. The announcement was made on Instagram.com on Thursday.

Shakira shared a photo of Lopez, 50, and the caption: "Get ready 02.02.20."

Lopez added: "This is happening. 02.02.20." "Going to set the world on [fire] @shakira #PepsiHalftime #SuperBowlLIV @pepsi".

Coincidently, Feb. 2 is Shakira's birthday.

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Jay-Z was widely criticized for accepting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's offer to provide halftime music consultation in exchange for cash and a possible ownership in a NFL team.

Many believed the aging rapper's wife, Beyonce, would be the first artist he signed to perform during Super Bowl halftime.
 

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Tekashi69 reportedly turned down the opportunity to enter the United States Federal Witness Protection Program. The 23-year-old rapper considered entering the program after testifying against fellow members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods street gang.

Last week, the troubled rapper testified that fellow rappers Jim Jones and Cardi B were involved with the Bloods gang.

He also admitted he helped try to kill a rival gang member, as part of a plea bargain to avoid a potential 47-year prison sentence.

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While Tekashi 6ix9ine, real name Daniel Hernandez, was mocked by fellow rapper Snoop Dogg for being a "snitch", TMZ reported the rapper rejected an offer to enter the program because he wants to revive his recording career once he's freed from prison.

TMZ added that, instead of government-funded protection, he'll hire his own 24/7 security team to guard him and his family.

Although he's currently behind bars without bond, Tekashi apparently believes he'll be able to pick up his music career once he's out of jail - as early as next year, as part of his plea bargain with federal prosecutors.

Tekashi was expected to go into the witness protection program, but he was told he would have to pay to remove his distinctive tattoos.

Tekashi's trial is expected to wrap on Thursday. The trial will be documented in the upcoming Snapchat series Tekashi69 Vs The World, which is expected to drop soon.

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Latin Grammys bosses defended this year's Latin Grammy nominations following social media attacks from urban acts who were shut out of the major categories.

Daddy Yankee (pictured above) and J Balvin led the backlash following the announcement of the nominations on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Critics claimed the Latin Recording Academy voters favored Latin artists for the top prizes, while ignoring urban artists.

These artists weren't included in the Record of the Year, Song of the Year, or Album of the Year categories - despite the fact they dominated streaming services over the last year.

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Balvin (pictured) wrote, in Spanish, "Without reggaeton, there are no Latin Grammys."

While Daddy Yankee added:

"Despite being nominated, I don't agree with the way they treated the genre and a lot of my colleagues. Remember one very important thing: Their platform was not the one that created this movement. This goes beyond a prize. This is culture, credibility, relevance, and RESPECT."

Latin Recording Academy bosses released a statement on Wednesday, denying the allegations:

"We respect and admire all the genres that compose the world of Latin music. In 2004, The Latin Recording Academy led the charge for recognizing reggaeton (urban) in several categories, adapting to the evolution of music. The Latin Recording Academy has followed a strict voting process for the past 20 years. The members, through their votes, select what they believe merits a nomination.

"The Academy has never influenced their decisions, have always honored, and respected their elections, even if there are people who do not agree with the results. Nevertheless, we hear the frustration and discontent. We invite the leaders of the urban community to get involved with the Academy, to get involved with the process, and to get involved with discussions that improve the Academy. At its core, The Latin Recording Academy belongs to its members, from all genres, and our doors are always open. Together we can all make it work. Let’s do it!"

The Latin Grammys will take place in November.

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Pregnant singer Cassie Ventura, 33, now goes by the name Cassie Fine, after tying the knot with ex-boyfriend Sean Combs' personal trainer, Alex Fine, 26.

The wedding news was revealed by officiant Peter Berg, who took to Instagram to share a snap of Cassie and Alex during the intimate ceremony off the cliff sides of Malibu, California, and wrote: "By the power vested in me…. @alexfine44 n @cassie Long may you ride!”

In the image, Cassie is seen showing off her growing baby bump in an off-the-shoulder white dress, paired with a white lace veil as she holds hands with Alex, who looks suave in his suit and tie.

It's unclear exactly when the wedding took place, but Cassie and Alex had revealed their intention to wed by picking up a marriage license back in August (19), WENN.com reports.

Cassie, who split from music mogul Diddy late last year after cheating on him with his personal trainer, is expecting a baby girl with Fine.

Combs, 50, reportedly took the break up hard. Particularly since he assumed he had Cassie under his complete control.

But sources say Cassie outgrew Combs, and she saw her chance to escape after his baby mama, Kim Porter, died of double pneumonia last year at age 47.

Friends say Combs was so distraught over Kim's death, that he failed to notice Cassie was head over heels in love with his personal trainer.

"She found true love with Alex," said the source.

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Malik Yoba stormed off the set of an interview with The Root after he was questioned about soliciting a teenage transgender street walker.

Yoba, 52, made headlines last month after he admitted he was sexually attracted to males who wear feminine attire.

Insisting he is a heterosexual male who loves "all women," Yoba called on Black men to set aside their personal beliefs and consider having relationships with male-to-female (MtF) transgenders.

In a lengthy post that has since been deleted, Yoba introduced his Caucasian "girlfriend" who was born a male named Brad "BJ" Hendrix.

He called BJ "the most incredible woman I've ever had the pleasure of loving. My truest reflection ever!"

The NY Undercover actor appeared on numerous urban radio and TV talk shows to discuss his transgender obsession. But a recent interview didn't end well.

Via Vlad TV -- "During a recent interview with The Root, Yoba was asked about the allegations and became irate. "It's a set up. I don't like this. We said we were going to talk about policies. I don't appreciate this at all. This is not what we f*cking discussed. We sat for four f*cking hours. We sat for four f**king hours," the actor yelled. "F**k you! This is my f**king life," said Yoba before storming off."

 

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris felt "exploited" when he and his long-suffering wife Tameka Harris attended Kanye West's Sunday Service at the invitation of mega church leader Jamal Bryant.

T.I. explained what was going through his mind in the photo below as he attended Kanye's Sunday service at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta last weekend.

The "I'm Serious" rapper captioned the image, "Yeaaahhh Maaaan We MUST discuss what caused this look on my face in Sunday Service...."

T.I. said he was offended by the church shaking him down for a generous tithe before the service.

"When we sat down there was a whole new agenda. It was like they rung the red bell at the Player's Club," T.I. said, referring to the hit movie starring the late comedian Bernie Mac, and actors Jamie Foxx and LisaRaye.

“It's not that I have [anything] against pastors or against preachers so-to-speak. It's just I've been raised in the trenches and I was taught to peep game. You ain't [about to] run no game on me. I will not be extorted."

T.I.'s statement prompted Byrant to deny the allegations. In short, Bryant claims he nor his church put pressure on the rappers to open their wallets and tithe to the church.

"I don't want Sunday to be used as further ammunition as to why people don’t go to church without them knowing at this same church we gave 5000 pairs of new back to school shoes to kids of #Atlanta, or that we spearheaded 9 million campaign to support @bennett_college , or that we bailed out nonviolent offenders or that we partnered with @delta to send 4 cargo to #Bahamas for hurricane release or that we’ve partnered with @_hamptonu to place 95 displaced students or that we fed the furloughed workers for two weeks while the government was shut down or that we went into housing projects to feed kids of #dekalb county during spring break. For none of these projects were you solicited for a donation."

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Beyonce claims her daughter Blue Ivy is a "cultural icon" in her legal battle with a wedding planner over trademarking Blue Ivy's name.

It all started after a surrogate allegedly delivered Blue Ivy in a New York hospital 7 years ago. Beyonce, 39, and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, 50, filed paperwork to trademark the newborn's name, Blue Ivy Carter, for the purpose of selling merchandise (dolls, clothing, etc.) bearing the girl's name.

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But wedding planner Wendy Morales already laid claim to the "Blue Ivy" name before the more famous Blue Ivy was even born.

After negotiations to the rights for the name fell through, Beyonce filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Morales.

The case took a nasty turn when Morales accused Beyonce of fraud, but the river boat singer has since hit back, arguing that the trademark is legit because consumers are more likely to associate the name with her daughter.

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Besides that, Beyonce claims Blue Ivy is a "cultural icon" whose fashion sense and style are celebrated all over the world, and that consumers are likely to be confused if they see her name on a boutique wedding event planning business.

Beyonce's legal team claims the trademark that the superstar couple filed for is "Blue Ivy Carter" and not just "Blue Ivy."

Beyonce claims Morales runs a "small business, with just three regional offices and a handful of employees", with weak online presence.

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On the other hand:

"Blue Ivy Carter is a cultural icon who has been described as a 'mini style star' and has been celebrated for her 'fashion moments' over the years. Her life and activities are followed extensively by the media and the public," the Carters state in documents obtained by The Blast.

"Most significantly, Blue Ivy Carter has achieved a significant amount of fame, particularly at such a young age. She also has a noted and well-chronicled interest in fashion. Given these factors, Blue Ivy Carter is capable of and interested in becoming the face of a brand. For this reason, the factual context demonstrates that BGK filed the Application with the intent to build a brand around Blue Ivy Carter and her public reputation and renown."

Both parties are headed for trial over the trademark issue.

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Nicole Murphy apologized profusely for kissing a married man in full view of the paparazzi. Murphy 51, and director Antoine Fuqua, 53, just happened to be staying in the same tourist spot while attending a film festival in Italy in July.

Murphy laid low for 2 months after she was dragged for filth on social media when the photos surfaced.

Murphy appeared on The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday, where she again expressed her remorse over kissing Fuqua in a public space.

"It was a frozen-in-time thing," Murphy told Wendy Williams. "Trust me, I wish it didn't happen. It was a moment where I should've thought more through the situation. Make better judgments. It's something I apologized for."

Murphy denied releasing a statement when the paparazzi photos went viral online.

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The statement claimed she and Fuqua, who's married to actress Lela Rochon, were simply family friends.

"I did not put out that statement," Murphy said sincerely. "I did not release that statement, Wendy."

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Murphy, who shares five adult children with ex-husband Eddie Murphy, had previously apologized to Rochon in a statement to TMZ.

"It was a moment that should not have happened. I regret it," said Nicole, fighting back tears. "I apologized for it. I'm a human being, it was a mistake."

Williams, 55, is no stranger to infidelity. The talk show Diva's life was turned upside down when her husband, Kevin Hunter, welcomed a baby girl with his longtime lover, Sharina Hudson.

Williams listed her New Jersey mansion and moved into a luxury high rise in Manhattan.

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Before she became America's most well-known socialite, Kim Kardashian appeared as an unknown extra in a Tupac Shakur music video back in the day.

In a podcast interview, Kardashian, 38, said she appeared as an extra in a Tupac video when she was only 16 years old and virtually unknown.

She said she never met Tupac, who wasn't on the set when she was shooting her scenes.

"No, he wasn't there, I've never seen the footage," she said "We were walking down the runway, like we were models walking down a runway. It wasn't like we were in bikinis by the pool or anything like that. We were literally walking down a runway, and it was Kim Stewart, Kourtney, me and maybe like one or two other of our friends."

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Twitter users quickly found the young Kardashian in Tupac's "All About U" music video, released in 1996. She is wearing a black wig and a conservative blue dress in the video.

See if you can find young Kardashian in the music video below.
 

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Tekashi69 must pay to remove his face tattoos to enter the government's witness protection program, because the government won't pay to remove his distinctive face tattoos.

The 23-year-old rapper turned government witness to shave decades off his prison sentence if he is convicted of racketeering, attempted murder, and firearm charges.

Tekashi, real name Daniel Hernandez, faces up to 32 years in prison.

According to the NY Times, the witness protection program is one of Tekashi's options if he is released early from prison.

The government has successfully relocated reformed criminals and mobsters who turned government witness. One mobster is now a doll salesman in a suburban town.

But the rapper's distinctive rainbow colored hair and tattoos would make it difficult for him to blend into suburbia.

"Despite how connected we are, and the appetite for social media content in this country, there are places where, if this kid gets a haircut and wears normal clothes, no one would know or care who he is," said Jay Kramer, a former F.B.I. official.

The U.S. Marshals Service, which runs the witness protection program, won't pay for the removal of Mr. Hernandez's signature face tattoos if he is accepted into the program.

Once in the program, Tekashi can't have contact with his family, friends or associates.

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Kevin Hart is off the hook for $60 million after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the woman in Hart's hotel room sex tape extortion scandal.

Montia Sabbag sued Hart for emotional distress and invasion of privacy. She claimed he conspired with a friend to conceal a video camera in the hotel room for free publicity.

Sabbag also sued Hart's friend, Jonathan Jackson, and gossip blogger Fameolous.

But RadarOnline.com reports exclusively that a judge dismissed the complaint for "lack of subject matter jurisdiction" and for "lack of diversity jurisdiction."

Sabbag claimed Hart and Jackson set her up by installing cameras "without her knowledge or consent, while she was engaged in private, consensual sexual relations" with the 40-year-old comedian.

But the judge found that the lawsuit did not properly identify Fameolous as a LLC (limited liability company), and therefore the court does not have jurisdiction.

"Because the Complaint alleges the citizenship of Defendant Fameolous, Ent LLC as if it were a corporation, rather than a limited liability company, the Complaint has not properly alleged the citizenship of that party," the court papers read, according to Radar. "As a result, Plaintiff's allegations are not sufficient to invoke this Court's diversity jurisdiction."

Sabbag has until September 30, 2019 to file a First Amended Complaint with Federal Court to show that the lawsuit meets the requirements for subject matter or diversity jurisdiction.

Hart is still recovering at home after undergoing surgery to repair serious back injuries he suffered in a car crash on Sept. 1. He also spent a week in a rehab facility.

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Reality TV stars Jim Jones and Chrissy Lampkin lived a fabulous lifestyle on their mortgage bank's dime. Their New Jersey mansion was recently auctioned off after they stopped paying their mortgage 9 years ago!

According to gossip blog Bossip.com, Jones and Lampkin, 48, last paid their mortgage in 2010. The $680,000 home was recently auctioned off for just $100 in foreclosure.

The U.S. National Bank Association sued the couple back in 2017 for defaulting on their mortgage loan. Jones purchased the house in 2006 with a $680,000 mortgage loan at 6.875% interest.

The 43-year-old rapper agreed to make payments of $4,467 each month, but he soon stopped paying the mortgage. He hasn't made a mortgage payment in nearly a decade.

According to his mortgage agreement Jones would be liable for the entire loan if he went into default.

The couple eventually agreed to a settlement to avoid foreclosure. But they never met the terms of the settlement and the house went into foreclosure.

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Two people injured in Kevin Hart's vintage car the night it crashed have lawyered up and plan to sue the comedian and the body shop that customized his muscle car.

Hart was a passenger in his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda driven by his friend Jared Black who lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road just after midnight on Sept. 1.

Both Hart and Black suffered serious back injuries in the crash, but Black's fiancee and Hart's personal trainer Rebecca Broxterman, who was sitting in the back seat, was not seriously hurt.

According to TMZ, Black and Broxterman have lawyered up and plan to sue Hart and the body shop that modified his car.

Broxterman and Black say Hart is negligent for failing to install standard safety features in the 720 horsepower car.

Hart reportedly didn't want safety features such as air bags because he wanted to maintain the car's 1970 authenticity. Airbags weren't standard equipment in all cars until the 1990s.

Broxterman and Black also plan to sue the bodyshop for going ahead with the job despite the car having no safety features.

Hart returned home after spending a week at a rehab facility. He underwent surgery to fuse his spine. He will receive physical therapy at home.