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Rap icon MC Lyte celebrated her 50th birthday on Sunday, Oct. 11. The songwriter, model, actress, motivational speaker spent her birthday serving as the announcer of "The Phoenix Awards" on BET Network.
 

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MC Lyte was born Lana Michele Moorer in Brooklyn, New York City. She began rapping at the age of 12 under the stage name "Sparkle."

At age 17, she released her her debut single, "I Cram To Understand U (Sam)," which she wrote at age 12.
 

In September 1988, she released her debut album, Lyte as a Rock, which featured the hit songs "Paper Thin," and the diss track "10% Dis," a response to rapper Antoinette.
 

Her sophomore album, 1989's album Eyes on This featured the hit single "Cha Cha Cha," which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles; "Capuccino," and another diss track to her rap rival Antoniette, "Shut the Eff Up! (Hoe)."

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"Self Destruction", a collaborative effort for the Stop the Violence Movement, featured rappers Boogie Down Productions (BDP), Public Enemy and Heavy D, among others.

Her third album, Act Like You Know, released on September 17, 1991, spawned the hit song "Poor Georgie".
 

Lyte's follow-up album, Ain't No Other, released on June 22, 1993, spawned her fourth No. 1 Billboard Hot Rap single "Ruffneck."

She was nominated twice for Grammy Awards in 1994 for "Ruffneck" (Best Rap Solo Performance) and in 2004 for "Ride Wit Me" (Best Female Rap Vocal Performance).

Lyte was married once to a man, Marine Corps veteran and entrepreneur John Wyche. She filed for divorce in August 2020 after three years of marriage.
 

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Jaguar Wright has set her sights on Mary J. Blige. Jaguar claims the R&B singer and actress is a closeted lesbian who tried to sabotage her career.

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For years it was rumored that Mary, 49, and MC Lyte, also 49, were a romantic item. But the rumors were unconfirmed.

Jaguar has been on quite a tear lately, exposing dirt on rapper Common and musician Questlove, as well as singer R. Kelly, who is locked up in a Chicago facility.

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But the 43-year-old Neo soul singer's latest revelation came as a shock to Mary's fans who didn't know Mary was trapped in the closet. Mary has a history of failed relationships, including a bitter divorce from music exec Kendu Isaacs (pictured below).

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In a comment and rambling video message posted on Instagram, Jaguar claims Mary is a closeted lesbian and attributes all her problems with men to her refusal to come out.

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Jaguar called Mary a "fraud" and demanded an apology while accusing her of trying to sabotage her career when she first came out.

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Jaguar also promised to expose everyone in the music industry, sparking a panic and causing celebrities to reach out to their attorneys.

"Leverage is leverage and revenge is a dish best served cold!" she wrote on Instagram.
 

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MC Lyte is back on the market after three years of marriage. The 49-year-old rapper filed for divorce from John Wyche on Monday, TMZ reports.

Lyte, one of rap's female pioneers, filed divorce docs in a L.A. courthouse Monday. She cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for seeking a divorce from the Marine Corp veteran and entrepreneur.

MC Lyte's marriage was the talk of the blogs when the rapper, real name Lana Moorer, tied the knot during an intimate ceremony at a Caribbean resort in Montego Bay in August 2017.

"It was so beautiful and a fairytale," Lana told Essence magazine after the nuptials. "I got my king."

But the couple's marriage hit a rough patch after the iconic emcee's failed attempt to go straight.

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The "Ruffneck" rapper said they met on Match.com. The union did not produce any children.

Lana told Essence magazine she knew John was the right one for her after an intimate conversation.

"It was one day while we were talking and I kind of looked in his eyes and I was like, 'Oh my God, so much honesty and truth in his eyes'," she told Essence. "My biggest thing with dating ever was the ability to be open and I can totally just let go with him."

Lana, who was involved a longterm lesbian relationship with actress Tichina Arnold in the 1990s, dated other women for years, but she soon grew tired of the lesbian lifestyle. She was looking for structure and discipline -- and a woman couldn't provide that for her.

Lana urged women to be mindful of who they are and be honest with themselves if they want to find love.

"Just being alone, being single in Los Angeles, California (opened my eyes to that)," she continued. "That is a hard thing to do for a black woman, to date and it be authentic and true. So I think when you're present and you're aware, it opens you up."

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NAACP Image® Award-winning actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and Grammy® Award-nominated R&B singer/songwriter Tank have been tapped to host the upcoming 2019 Bounce Trumpet Awards to be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Sat. Jan. 19.

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MC Lyte

Rap Legend MC Lyte angered social media snowflakes (those who are easily offended by the truth), when she posted an Instagram meme criticizing the #MeToo movement.

In her meme, Lyte, a lesbian who recently married a male, called out women who flirt and then complain about being harassed only when they don't like the alleged harasser.

Lyte, 47, implied that some women will flirt with men (and women) to get what they want, then complain of being harassed.

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Last week, Sandrarose.com incorrectly misidentified the woman in a photo with rap legend MC Lyte as her longtime girlfriend. Over the weekend I received an email from the woman who identified herself as entertainment executive Lynn Richardson. She categorically, but politely, denied being Lyte's lover. We regret the error.

Read Lynn's well-written email after the break.

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Old skool rapper MC Lyte put a young lady on blast after the fan apparently leaked private shirtless photos of rap star Aubrey Drake Graham online.

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Kelly Rowland and Monica Brown

R&B Divas Monica Brown, Kelly Rowland, SWV and KeKe Wyatt have joined forces to promote the 'Yell Confidence' public service announcement and campaign.

According to Singersroom.com, rappers Mc Lyte, Trina and Spinderella are also putting together PSA's to support the campaign to benefit the Saving Our Daughters initiative. Celebrity photographer Derek Blanks worked with Rowland to hone her portion of the PSA.

The Yell Confidence campaign brings awareness to domestic violence in the black community.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video below the break.

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