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Beyonce's mother Tina Knowles-Lawson heaped praise on her son-in-law, rapper Jay Z, calling him a "true man" in a gushing open letter.

Tina, 67, shared the letter to Instagram after it was announced that the "Empire State of Mind" rap star had sold 50 per cent of his champagne brand, Armand de Brignac, to luxury goods company LVMH's Moet Hennessy.

"Jay I salute you and your Latest venture," Tina wrote.

"You are a bad ass brother and I hope that you continue to pave the way for others like you have in the past!! And I have seen such extreme kindness and generosity so many times that people don't even know anything about! You are a true man who has admitted publicly when you've made mistakes in a very brave and classy way! You have in turn influenced the Culture of Young Black Men. You are a Bad Ass brother. I love you so much!!"

She added: "One thing that I’ve noticed about Jay is that he doesn't let what people say bully him into not doing the things that he knows are right."

Tina's open letter sparked rumors that her marriage to actor Richard Lawson is on the rocks. Intuitive social media users noted she referred to Jay Z as a "true man" -- perhaps a dig at her husband?

In a video shared on Instagram, Tina films herself standing perilously close to the edge of a cliff, just feet above rushing water crashing onto jagged rocks.

Tina, who has not had much success with men, captioned the video:

"On the rocks in Big Sur in my Ivy Park coat. Richard IS NOT trying to climb out on those rocks like me . He said NOTHANKYOU !!! we are really social distancing!"

But others noted that Richard, 73, didn't seem to care how close his wife was standing to the cliff's edge. In fact, he seems distracted by his cell phone and is not even watching to make sure she is safe. He's standing at least 20 feet behind her.

Questions: 1. Do you think a "true man" would show more concern for his wife's safety? 2. Do you think the "true man" line was a dig at Richard?
 


 

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Beyonce shared personal photos of her 9-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and 3-year-old twins Sir and Rumi in a Valentine's Day post on social media.

The 40-year-old singer posted photos of herself dressed for a night out on the town with her husband, rapper Jay Z, 52.

Beyonce wore a red leather miniskirt (retail $990) with white button-down blouse, which she paired with a matching crystal-embellished belt (retail $506) and pearl-studded pumps.

She accessorized with Alexander McQueen's "The Story" handbag (retail $2,890) and a pair of Valentino logo sunglasses (retail $355).

As usual, the mom-of-3 and stepmom of 2 didn't caption her post - having nothing to say to her loyal fans.

Once known as the hottest chick in the game, Beyonce's body still looks good for her age. She earned high praise from some of her 165 million followers on Instagram.

"Wow BEY YOU BLESSED US," gushed one follower.

Another wrote: "PERFECTION!"

And a third fan asked Bey to hire him as her stylist.
 

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Jay Z's nephew Nahziah Carter will pursue a pro basketball career following his suspension from the Washington Huskies men's basketball team after two students accused him of rape.

"I don't take these allegations lightly," Huskies men's coach Mike Hopkins said after speaking with his star athlete last Wednesday.

Carter was accused of sexual misconduct by two students, but he was suspended only after the 2nd student came forward. He was never charged.

The two students reported Carter to UW's Title IX office in early October. On Oct. 15, the Huskies announced Carter was suspended form all team activities for violating the school's intercollegiate athletics student code.

At the time, Hopkins said: "Hopefully he can come back. If not, it will be a huge loss for us."

After two unsuccessful appeals, Carter's suspension was finalized on December 2. Two days later, he announced he was leaving school to pursue a professional basketball career, according to the Seattle Times.

"It wouldn't be appropriate for me or somebody in my position to be talking about an university issue," Hopkins said. "There is a process and we had to let the process play out."

He continued: "As the leader of this program, I hold myself and our student-athletes to the highest standards on and off the court, and we hold ourselves to those standards. For that reason, Naz is no longer a part of this program."

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Rap mogul Jay Z, 51, was a father figure to his sister's sons. He often rapped about them in his songs. His nephew, Colleek D. Luckie, died in a car accident while driving a Chrysler 300, a graduation present from Jay Z. The aging rapper blamed himself for his nephew's death.

In his track "Sweet," Jay Z raps:

"And still there's pain/ If I would have grew up to be a doctor, my nephew would have grew up to do the same/ But since I grew up through the game, and my influence is the same/ And my therapy is music, they ask if you ashamed."

Carter, a 6-foot-6 senior guard who averaged 12.2 points and 4.9 rebounds last season, is expected to play overseas in Australia.

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Faizon Love doubled down on his criticism of semi-retired rap mogul Jay Z. In a new interview with DJ Vlad, the rotund actor took another jab at his favorite target, calling the father-of-5 a "fake drug dealer" and "a puppet."

Love, 52, implied that Jay Z's drug kingpin pretense throughout his career led to young rappers being killed in the streets today.

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"Jay Z creates this drug dealing lord. I'm a drug dealer, I'm a drug lord. These kids are like, 'We gotta do it, too' to be like Jay Z. Not knowing that this is all made up sh*t," Love said.

The actor said Jay Z's former drug partner, Dehaven, was the real drug kingpin while Jay Z was "eating chips."

"Dehaven knows the truth," said Faizon. "Listen to me. I heard one dude say, 'Jay-Z had so much money, drawers full of money.' If he had so much money why does he have to go to [Kareem] Biggs [Burke] to start a record company? Just go start it yourself. All the money's yours."

Vlad cut to a clip that shows Dehaven stuttering when Vlad asked him about Jay Z's role in the drug organization. Dehaven never mentioned any particular role Jay Z played in the drug game.

"That's why I was like ohh, this n***a is a puppet," said Love. "Can you imagine Jay Z fighting somebody in the streets? Somebody slap him, take his cocaine, what he gon' do?"

Love imitated Jay Z crying into an imaginary phone: "'Hey, they got my cocaine, Dehaven.' No, you gotta go to work!"
 

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Newcomer actor Cedric Joe has landed the coveted role of Emmett Till in the limited series Women of the Movement, produced by Jay Z and Will Smith.

The six-episode series, set to premiere in 2021, will revolve around Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who devoted her life to seeking justice for her teenage son following his murder in the mid-1950s.

The 14-year-old Chicago native was killed by members of the KKK while vacationing with his family in Mississippi.

His brutal death prompted Mamie to launch the Civil Rights Movement as we know it today.

Joe, who will also appear in the upcoming Space Jam revamp, A New Legacy, won the role of Till following a nationwide search to find a young African-American actor who could embody the tragic character.

Adrienne Warren will play Till's mother and Niecy Nash co-stars as Alma, the boy's grandmother.

Women of the Movement is inspired by Devery S. Anderson's book Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement.

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Jay Z has been named "chief visionary officer" of a major new weed company.

The semi-retired rapper recently announced he was launching his own marijuana line, Monogram, with the brand Caliva.

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, bosses at Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp. announced they had agreed to a deal with Caliva execs and Jay Z to create a new vertically integrated weed company to be named TPCO Holding Corp - with the former drug dealer set to serve as its Chief Visionary Officer.

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In a press release, the "99 Problems" rapper said he would also use his role to reform America's criminal justice system and help those convicted of weed-related offenses by providing training and job placements.

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"Although we know we can't fully redeem the injustices created by the 'war on drugs', we can help shape a brighter and inclusive future,” explained Jay Z (pictured in 2008). "The brands we build will pave a new path forward for a legacy rooted in equity, access, and justice. We're creating something people can trust and we're investing in our future, our people, and our communities."

TPCO also boasts Jay's Roc Nation labelmates Rihanna and Meek Mill as shareholders, with the stars "leveraging unparalleled cultural influence" to get other famous names on board.

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A Chicago woman is behind bars after she boarded a plane without a ticket to meet Beyonce's husband, Jay Z.

Yaazmina Payton, 23, was able to slip past airport security at two checkpoints and board an American Airlines flight to LAX without a ticket.

A witness at O'Hare International Airport alerted security when she observed Payton duck under the ropes at the boarding door.

Payton was charged with felony criminal trespass, according to the Chicago Tribune.

She told police she planned to fly to Los Angeles to meet the 50-year-old semi-retired rapper.

Payton's court-appointed attorney said his client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorder, and was suffering an emotional break when she illegally boarded the plane.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has launched an investigation into the security lapses at the airport that enabled Payton to get on the plane without detection.

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Kanye West defended rap mogul Jay Z upon his return to Twitter on Friday following a temporary ban for sharing a journalist's phone number on his timeline.

Kanye, 43, tweeted screenshots of messages by blogger Akademiks, featuring the headline, "Jay Z Allegedly Sold Kanye's Masters to Get Own Masters Back."

"Don't let the system pit us against each other," Kanye tweeted on Friday. "JAY IS MY BROTHER ... I have eternal love for all artist that have been through and are still trapped this crooked system. Jay still doesn't get his own masters back for ten years. I will see to it that we all get our masters."

He added: "we will change the paradigm."

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Kanye, who is battling Universal Music Group for ownership of his masters, posted his entire contract on Twitter earlier this week.

Several music industry execs who read through the contracts concluded that Jay Z sold Kanye's first six albums in order to get his own masters back.

@lavidaNOTA, a South African label owner, wrote:

"Kanye contracts SUMMARY: Apart from the inducement which Kanye had to sign to get his advances. This shows that Jay Z sold the masters to first 6 @kanyewest's albums just so he could get his own back. He did so knowing Def Jam won't sell them back to Kanye in future. That's BEEF!

"[Kanye] owns album[s] 7-10 but the most lucrative and most critically acclaimed albums are owned by Roc-A-Fella which is wholly owned by Def Jam... The majors will never sell you your masters because that's what gives them market share and drives profits and Jay Z knew that."

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Now we know why Kanye West hates Jay Z with a passion. Kanye went on a Twitter rampage, posting his contracts and urinating on his Grammy Award.

@lavidaNOTA, who calls himself The Authority, is a South African record label owner who read over the contracts that Kanye posted on Twitter.com this week.

@lavidaNOTA writes, "I have 16-years experience in the music business... It took me all night to understand Kanye's contracts. Aspiring artists have no idea what they are getting themselves into. This is why it’s important to ask people who have been through it for advice!"

Apparently, Jay Z sold the masters to Kanye's first six albums just so he could get his own masters back.

"Kanye contracts SUMMARY: Apart from the inducement which Kanye had to sign to get his advances. This shows that Jay Z sold the masters to first 6 @kanyewest's albums just so he could get his own back. He did so knowing Def Jam won't sell them back to Kanye in future. That's BEEF!"

"[Kanye] owns album[s] 7-10 but the most lucrative and most critically acclaimed albums are owned by Roc-A-Fella which is wholly owned by Def Jam... The majors will never sell you your masters because that’s what gives them market share and drives profits and Jay Z knew that."

@lavidaNOTA says Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey banning Kanye from Twitter had nothing to do with him posting a Forbes editor's phone number.

"Jack Dorsey aka @jack was jogging with Jay Z just a few weeks ago. Now Kanye is banned from tweeting for 12-24 hours. Sounds about rights!"

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Former NBA star Stephon Marbury (left) is not a fan of fellow Brooklyn native Jay Z.

In a recent interview, Marbury (pictured in 2001 with his daughter, Xaviera) explained his ongoing beef with the husband of Beyonce Knowles.

In an interview with Heavy.com, Marbury, 43, said Jay Z sold drugs to pregnant women and created crack babies who are causing most of the crime in the inner cities.

Marbury is baffled that the aging rapper was never forced to take responsibility for his past behavior.

"I look at Jay-Z and I say, 'Wow, here you are trying to be something that you're not. You're not an advocate for Black people, you sold drugs to Black people and you rapped about it and talked about it.

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"How do you do that? Like, I'm trying to figure that part out; like, you can't make that right. This ain't snitching, this ain't telling on nobody, you told on yourself already... You sold drugs to people where you're from Jay-Z in Brooklyn in Marcy [Projects], you got them on crack — whatever it is cocaine whatever it is that you were selling to them. Whatever you say you was ‘cooking up’, that’s what you did."

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Some say Jay Z redeemed himself when he married then-pop superstar Beyonce. The 50-year-old rap mogul carefully cultivated his public image by donating to charitable causes and speaking out against police brutality and the criminal justice system.

But Marbury says Jay Z is a fraud masquerading as the Black community's savior.

"So now, you got your people high, you sold drugs to people that was pregnant now you created crack babies — these same babies that are going out killing grandparents … I'm confused. But that's what it is. That's what happened."

Why does Marbury harbor so much hate for Jay Z? He hints that Jay Z may have set him up to get robbed. Two gunmen stole his $150,000 diamond studded chain while his car was stopped at a traffic light.

Jay Z later dissed Marbury in a track on the Bad Boys II soundtrack in 2003, titled "La-La-La (Excuse Me Miss Again)."

The track - a remix to Jay Z's "Excuse Me Miss" - includes the lyrics:

"Pink diamond necklace, strawberry wrist/Please excuse yourself, you're very sick/Don't confuse me with Marbury out this bi***/Run up on me at the light, you could lose your life."

Marbury recalls where he was the first time he heard the track.

"I was in Atlanta,” he told Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson. "I was in Atlanta inside of a club and when I heard it, I knew exactly what it was about."