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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris is thankful that Xscape signed a record deal in 1992 - or he may have never met the Love of his life.

The group, from Atlanta, Ga, signed to Jermaine Dupri's boutique label So So Def in 1992, and released their debut album Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha in 1993.

The album spawned two hit singles "Just Kickin' It" and "Understanding."

The album cover for Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha featured LaTocha Scott, her sister Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss, and a petite 4-foot-10 powerhouse singer named Tameka "Tiny" Cottle.

In an Instagram post on Oct. 12, T.I. reminisced about the first time he laid eyes on his future wife on the cover of Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha in 1993.

"So as the calendar has made clear it's been 28yrs since this album came out and allowed me to set my sights on the lady of my life. Congratulations Love.... you know we gon go to the moon and back bout this shit of ours & ain't no stopping it!!! I'm proud of you and all that you've done, for the culture and for ME!!! I admire your growth and willingness to accept change for advancement & the greater good of all. I love you to no end... YKWTFGO wit us. This shit ain't for the weak & you've exhibited enormous amounts of strength and resilience on our journey. I honor & respect that. But even before we met and I put you up on this Pimpin... I was a Xscape fan.... that shit ain't changed. Congratulations @jermainedupri & Congratulations to my sisters as well. It's UP!"

Tiny responded in the comments, saying:

"Awe babe..that was the sweetest… msg..U Da 1 sexy!! Married me a legend. I can't thank you enough.. I Fuk'n [Love] U Mr. H!!"

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Stephanie Mills says she should have married Michael Jackson to protect him from music industry influences.

Stephanie, 64, posted a photo of herself with Black Michael. The image is one of many photos taken of the friends together.

Stephanie captioned the image: "Michael and I should have married. I would have protected the beautiful one."

There were rumors that Stephanie had a crush on the late pop icon in the 1980s, but they were never romantically linked, according to insiders.

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Stephanie was 17 when she gained international fame for her electrifying performance as Dorothy in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Wiz from 1974 to 1979.

Stephanie's song "Home" from The Wiz soundtrack was a Number 1 U.S. R&B hit for her. The song was performed by Diana Ross in the 1978 film adaptation of The Wiz.

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Even though Stephanie never got to first base with Michael, she did marry singer/dancer Jeffrey Daniel, of Shalamar and Soul Train fame.

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Jeffrey, pictured with Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons in 1982, is credited with teaching Michael Jackson the Moonwalk.

Stephanie and Jeffrey, 64, divorced in 1983 after three years of marriage.

Stephanie later married Dino Meminger: (1989–1991) and Michael Saunders (1993–2001). She has a son, Farad Mills, who was born with Down syndrome.
 

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Katey Sagal was hospitalized after she was struck by a car in Los Angeles on Thursday, TMZ reports.

The 67-year-old Married... with Children and Conners star was reportedly crossing a street when she was hit by a Tesla that made a left turn while she was in the cross walk.

Despite hit-and-run reports, the driver did stop to help the Sons of Anarchy actress.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the accident happened at 11:40 AM.

Cops issued no citations and no arrests were made. There were also no drugs or alcohol involved. The incident remains under investigation.

Sagal was transported by ambulance to a hospital, where she is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

She is expected to be released from the hospital soon.

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Sagal is best known as the sassy housewife, Peggy Bundy in Fox TV's Married... with Children, which ran from April 5, 1987, to June 9, 1997.

She is pictured in a cast photo with co-stars Christina Applegate, David Faustino, and Ed O'Nell, in October 1988.

Sagal was nominated for four Golden Globes from 1991 to 1994 for Married... With Children. She won a Golden Globe in 2011 for Sons of Anarchy.

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George Takei (left) criticized former Star Trek co-star William Shatner as "unfit" for space travel after Shatner became the oldest man in history to fly into space this week.

Shatner, 90, was one of three passengers aboard Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket ship on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

"He's boldly going where other people have gone before," George said to Page Six, repeating the famous line from the opening of the original Star Trek TV series.

"He's a guinea pig, 90 years old...," said Takei, 84. He added that TV's Captain Kirk is "not the fittest specimen of 90 years old".

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The two geriatric actors have been feuding for decades. Takei has accused Shatner of dissing him on the set of Star Trek.

In the past, Takei has said Shatner ignored him on the set and changed the script for 1989's Star Trek V, so his character, Hikaru Kato Sulu, would never become a spaceship commander.

In return, Shatner has accused Takei of being a psychopath.

"There's a psychosis there... There must be something else inside George that is festering, and it makes him unhappy that he takes it out on me... Why would he go out of his way to denigrate me? It's sad, I feel nothing but pity for him."

In 2015, George told the The New York Times Magazine that Shatner keeps the feud going to promote his projects:

"Whenever he needs a little publicity for a project, he pumps up the so-called controversy between us."

At the time, Takei mentioned Shatner's outburst against him in 2008, following Takei's wedding to Brad Altman.

"Two months after my wedding, he went on YouTube and ranted and raved about our not sending him an invitation. We had. If he had an issue, he could have easily just phoned us before the wedding, simple as that. But he didn't. And the reason he raised that fuss two months later is because he was premiering his new talk show, Raw Nerve."

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Rapper Boosie Badazz is convinced that NBA star Russell Westbrook wants to stroll out of the closet any day now.

In a recent interview with DJ Vlad, Boosie said his OG uncle told him that men who wear feminine attire secretly desire to be women.

Russell, 32, is known to wear dresses and skirts on occasion. However, he presents as a heterosexual male who is secure in his manhood.

Boosie said he believes men like Westbrook (pictured below) use their popularity to live out their secret fantasies to be women.

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In previous statements, Boosie has claimed he feels the need for him and other fathers to protect their sons.

"I don't know why a man would want to put on a dress and paint his toes," said the 38-year-old rapper.

Boosie added:

"I was raised by old gangstas. If you put on a dress you a b**ch... Times have changed now, Vlad, but back in the day, if you put on a skirt you is a f****** h*e."

Boosie, who was born Torrence Hatch, lost his father to gun violence when he was a child.

The prolific breeder has eight child by multiple women. His youngest child is 5.

Boosie is ranked No. 10 on Sandrarose.com's list of Prolific Breeders in Hip-Hop.

Russell and his wife, Nina Earl, have three children, a son and twin girls.
 

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Mike Epps just welcomed his second child with his current wife Kyra Robinson, a 37-year-old former television producer and TV host.

Kyra shared a photo of her sleeping son on Instagram.com. She captioned the image:

"Son, we prayed for you!!! You have officially rocked our world. Mama loves you so much."

Kyra, who has a daughter named Indiana Rose with 50-year-old Epps, suggested she had difficulty getting pregnant again.

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Meanwhile, last week, the comedian's ex wife, Mechelle (pictured together in 2013), bragged that she was still sleeping with Epps after they divorced. Mechelle also implied that he was cheating with his current wife, Kyra, during their failed marriage, according to Rhymeswithsnitch.

Epps, a comedic actor, is best known for portraying Day-Day Jones in Ice Cube's Friday movie franchise.

He and ex-wife Mechelle share three daughters - Maddie, Mariah and Makayla. They divorced in 2017 after 11 years of marriage.

He also has a daughter named Bria from a previous relationship.

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A group of Netflix transgender employees plan to strike next week in protest of Dave Chappelle's "The Closer" comedy special.

Netflix has lifted the suspension of three employees, including a male-to-female transgender, who protested Chappelle's comedy special on social media.

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Netflix software engineer Terra Field, an MtF transgender, has been reinstated along with two other employees.

Prior to the suspension, Field wrote a lengthy Twitter thread on Oct. 9, complaining about Chappelle's Netflix special.

The three employees were suspended for crashing an annual directors meeting to complain about Chappelle at the company headquarters in San Francisco.

Netflix invites 500 top employees to the annual meeting, but Field and the other two workers were not invited.

Field tweeted the reinstatement notice on Tuesday.

"Our investigation did not find that you joined the QBR meeting with any ill intent and that you genuinely didn't think there was anything wrong with seeking access to this meeting."

Field added, "At the very least, I feel vindicated."

A transgender employee resource group at Netflix plans to walk off the job on October 20th to protest statements made by Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos regarding Chappelle.

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Sarandos, pictured with his wife Nicole Avant, denied suspending the three employees for complaining about Chappelle.

Sarandos added he will not pull Chappelle's comedy special off the air.

In an internal memo, the trans resource group ERG wrote:

"Trans Lives Matter. Trans Rights Matter. And as an organization, Netflix has continually failed to show deep care in our mission to Entertain the World by repeatedly releasing content that harms the Trans community and continually failing to create content that represents and uplifts Trans content. We can and must do better!"

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Lady Gaga caused a stir on Instagram when she posted an image that shows her rocking a boa made out of fake $100 bills.

Gaga posted the image on her private flight to Las Vegas on Tuesday.

According to Page Six, the 35-year-old "House of Gucci" star wore a polka-dotted Magda Butrym dress ($1,300), Valentino cat-eye sunglasses ($449) and a hot pink Hermès Kelly bag ($22,550).

"What's your point?" asked one incredulous IG follower. "We already know you're rich. Why rub it in our faces?"

Another IG user wrote: "Gaga can you give me that scarf I'm ... cold." While a third person wrote, "I need some scarfs [sic] like that in my poor life."

A user said Gaga was flaunting her wealth and reminded her that she turned her back on her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, who was shot protecting her privileged pooches.

Others took a more positive tone. One user congratulated the pop singer for being able to fly on private jets while they wait in line for their canceled flights to be rescheduled.

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose is off the market. The 33-year-old all-star is engaged to his longtime girlfriend and baby mama Alaina Anderson.

Alaina showed off her massive diamond ring during a romantic dinner at Madison Square Garden, PEOPLE reported.

Derrick posted a photo of their romantic date on Instagram. He captioned the image by rhyming about their first meeting:

"To My Ace I didn't know things were going to go this way.
Even from the jump I didn't know I was texting Big Jay.

I didn't know how you were going to perceive me.
But this entire time I was hoping that you would believe me.

Believe the words that I will have your back and love u forever.
When I FIRST saw you I told Ryan that we were gon be together.

It took both of us a while to let down our guards.
That's only becuz both of our hearts were scarred.

We are two peas in a pod becuz we are truly MISUNDERSTOOD.
We got our heart and swag from this place called ENGLEWOOD.

I will always love you becuz you go above and beyond
We built a beautiful family and a unbreakable bond. Thank you Queen."

Alaina posted photos of her ring and a video showing off her sparkler on her Instagram page to make her followers envious.

The Instagram model captioned the video: "MRS. ROSE MY FACE HURTS Just got engaged in MSG nothing major!"

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Under a closeup image of her ring, she wrote:

"He gave me this ring yesterday talking about hopefully one day I can get you the real thing. What a clown."

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Derrick and Alaina share a daughter named Layla. He also has a 9-year-old son, Derrick Rose Jr., with ex-girlfriend Mieka Reese.

Alaina, 26, has a website, Keepitcutefitness.com, where she sells fitness and workout gear.

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Flame Monroe rushed to defend fellow comedian Dave Chappelle following outrage over his Netflix comedy special, The Closer.

Flame -- a Black trans comic -- tells TMZ he's not in favor of taking Dave's new Netflix special off the air - because in the world of comedy, nothing is off-limits.

Dave cracking jokes over the LGBTQ+ community is fair game, says Flame, and should NOT be censored in the slightest.

"So as a comedian I believe that I don't want to be censored," Flame tells TMZ.

"I think that nothing is off limits and I think the social climate right now and the temperament started way back with Norman Lear, who had his finger on the pulse many years ago."

Flame went on to explain that Lear took risks with his television shows, such as Good Times and The Jeffersons, which tackled social issues such as racism and intolerance.

"The world has become too censored," said Flame.

"As a comedian, I don't want to be censored. As a trans woman, I want equality. And as a Black person, I want fair treatment in this country that we've been trying to get for 400 years."

Comedian Damon Wayans praised Chappelle for freeing comedian slaves who worried about being canceled.

Flame goes further by praising Chappelle as "great," while also saying he believes Chappelle has brought people together in a much needed way -- to create open dialogue.

Flame said, "I absolutely do not think the special should be taken off of Netflix... There is no topic that should be off limits."