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Mekai Curtis, left, and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson attended the New York premiere of Starz's highly anticipated prequel Power Book 3: Raising Kanan.

The new iteration of Power follows young Kanan Stark (Mekai Curtis) as he dodges bullets and keeps his enemies close. Kanan was originally played by 50 Cent.

Power Book 3: Raising Kanan also stars Omar Epps, Joey Bada$$, and Patina Miller.

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Mekai is pictured right with 50 Cent, center, and actor Michael Rainey Jr., left.

TheGrio spoke exclusively with the cast to discuss some of the challenges of creating the prequel.

"The pressure was having the continuity and the essence more so of the characters than the actual franchise itself," stated Mekai, who believes the hardest part was making sure he lived up to the high standards set by 50 Cent.

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Actor Omar Epps, who plays shady detective Howard, attended the premiere with his wife Keisha Epps. He said he didn't have any expectations for the new show.

"I don’t think there are any expectations. It's just a piece that I think the power in it is, that you know, we know who Kanan was and how he was the monster that he was. And this is kind of an exploration of humanity, to be honest with you. It's like, how does someone, you know, evolve into being the character that we saw 50 play."

The original Power aired on the Starz network from June 7, 2014, to February 9, 2020.

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James Harden denied sending $100,000 via Cash App to aspiring rapper Saweetie, after rapper 50 Cent clowned him on social media.

According to report, Saweetie recently received the gift from the promiscuous NBA baller to go out with him.

She seemed to confirm the rumor in a recent interview with Teen Vogue.

The "Tap In" rapper says she was given the chance to make big money, but the offer required her to "violate" her values and integrity.

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"When you are a young woman in L.A., sometimes you're put in situations that can help you financially but will take a jab at your soul, your body. I remember basically just having the opportunity to get some money, but in doing so I would have violated my morals and my values. I was broke but I was like, I will never do anything to disrespect myself... no matter how desperate I get."

Harden denied sending the cash after rapper 50 Cent repeated the rumor on social media.

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The messy rap mogul tagged Saweetie's ex-boyfriend, Quavo Huncho, in his post. Saweetie broke up with Quavo after a viral video showed the couple fighting like children over a gaming console inside an elevator.

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Harden fired off a response on Instagram, writing:

"I'm tired of people creating these false ass stories knowing I really don't speak on bullsh*t. Leave me out of all the weird sh*t. Sh*t trash. Back to my real life.

"People really on here just making sh*t up for clout. I really stay out the way. Cashapp 100K? Beat it."

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Women everywhere mocked Vivica A. Fox for lacking the self-esteem and confidence to move on after being dumped by former boyfriend 50 Cent nearly 2 decades ago.

In a recent interview with VladTV, the actress praised Fiddy and said the rapper was - and forever will be - "the love of my life."

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Vivica and Fiddy, 45, dated in 2003 after she divorced Christopher Harvest, aka Sixx-Nine, in 2002.

She says she still loves the "In Da Club" rapper, real name Curtis Jackson III.

But women dragged the 56-year-old "Cocktail with Queens" host for her embarrassingly needy and clingy behavior.

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Vivica responded to the criticism on Friday morning by sharing a throwback video on Instagram that shows the rapper praising the dress she wore to the 3rd Annual BET Awards in 2003.

In the video, Fiddy says:

"I'm enjoying myself. This is a big change in my life. I'm just happy to be present with all of these beautiful people in here... I want to thank Vivica Fox for wearing that dress too."

Vivica proudly captioned the video:

"TGIF Dawlings! #FBF moments! #CLASSIC @randirahm dress #LifeIsGood #GodIsGood #Blessed #Respect #GurlPower #VivicaFoxHair #TeamVivica #TeamFox #MyGrindDontStop #LegitimateCareer #BossMoves #LoveWins #ClassicBadChick."

 

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Vivica A. Fox reminisced about the one that got away. In a recent interview with VladTV, the actress called rapper 50 Cent "the love of my life."

Vivica and Fiddy dated in 2003 after she divorced Christopher Harvest, aka Sixx-Nine, in 2002.

She says she still loves Fiddy nearly 2 decades later.

"He's such a gentleman, he's very generous. I know him as Curtis, always will," she said.

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Vivica, 56, recalled how 50 Cent, 45, filled her house with flowers on her birthday and treated her like a lady.

"What killed the relationship is that we just went way too public way too fast. The love that I had for him and still to this day. He was the love of my life, I will admit that without any reservations. He will always have a very special place in my heart."

She said 50 was going to propose to her with a 12-carat diamond ring.

"He got mad at me and turned it into a pair of earrings. The relationship broke up after the World Music Awards. I came back and he was on the radio saying he dumped me... We did? Huh. So he never personally said, 'it’s a wrap.' ... We really loved each other a lot at the time."

 

 

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The New York Knicks have banned a rude fan who spit on Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs at Madison Square Garden.

The fan, who was in the second row, spit over those sitting in the front row -- including rapper 50 Cent and his girlfriend.

The ball club investigated the incident and concluded the fan was not a season ticket holder.

"We investigated the matter and determined that this patron, who is not a season ticket holder, did indeed spit on Trae Young, and for that reason, he is now banned from The Garden indefinitely."

The statement continued:

"We apologize to Trae and the entire Atlanta Hawks organization for this fan's behavior. This was completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our venue. We have turned the information over to the appropriate authorities."

The team did not address reports that Knicks fans received handouts instructing them to chant "Trae Young is balding!"

Young responded to a video of the spitting incident on Twitter Thursday morning.

"Damn Crazy! @50cent y'all good?! Crazy ! Keep ya mask on my boy "#ThatsJustChildish."

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Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson III (right) has been accused of thumbing his nose at the coronavirus outbreak. Florida officials slammed the semi-retired rapper as "stupid" for hosting a maskless pre-Super Bowl party over the weekend.

The "In Da Club" rapper performed in front of a large crowd of maskless attendees inside a hangar at Albert Whitted Airport on Friday night, just two days before the sporting extravaganza was held in nearby Tampa.

St. Petersburg, Florida Mayor Rick Kriseman expressed his disbelief at the news via Twitter.

"This isn't how we should be celebrating the Super Bowl. It's not safe or smart. It's stupid," he wrote, before vowing to launch an investigation into the party.

"We're going to take a very close look at this, and it may end up costing someone a lot more than 50 cents."

Ironically, 50 was among the stars who urged fans to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and face coverings at the start of the pandemic last March.

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Other celebrities holding maskless parties in the Tampa area ahead of Super Bowl Sunday include superstar DJs Diplo and Steve Aoki, who made sure to keep their masks on, while rappers Migos were bare faced as they attended a Bounce pop-up party.

Rick Ross and French Montana co-hosted a bash at The Ritz Ybor attended by Flavor Flav and hip-hop stars Tory Lanez who joined hundreds of maskless guests.

According to the CDC, Black and brown people are among the groups disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. They are also the groups least likely to roll up their sleeves for the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.
 

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50 Cent said there is "no chance" of a romantic reunion with ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler.

While many are skeptical that the two ever dated in the first place, the 45-year-old rapper-turned TV exec insisted there will be no reunion.

50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, and the feisty comedienne allegedly dated for several months after meeting on the set of her former late night talk show, Chelsea Lately, in 2009.

Chelsea, 45, made headlines prior to the U.S. presidential elections when she slammed 50 Cent and reminded him of his black skin after he expressed his support of President Donald Trump.

She later apologized for her racist statement and alleged that Jackson had expressed an interest in rekindling his relationship with her.

But Jackson told TV show Extra that there is no chance he will go running back to Chelsea - mainly because of her support of controversial New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who is accused of sending Covid-19 patients into nursing homes and killing thousands of elderly patients.

"She thinks Cuomo, Italian guys, Italian hunk, she thinks he's cool — I think he's alright." Jackson said.

He added: "Chelsea's a good friend of mine. Whatever she says is fine with me. I don't care what she says. A part of her show is almost to be unpredictable, and unpredictability is what makes a comedian."

50 also addressed rumors that he is an attention whore who supported Trump to generate publicity for himself.

"I turned down a million dollars to go to the inauguration (in 2017) — why would I just switch gears now?" he said.

In unrelated news, 50 Cent has joined YouTube's most exclusive club after the music video for his 2003 hit "In Da Club" surpassed one billion views on Monday.

"1 Billion views. Not Bad for a kid from South Side. LOL," 50 tweeted on Monday.
 

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Singer Jeremih (left) is reportedly "responsive" after testing positive for Covid-19 and on life support in an ICU in Chicago.

The news that the 33-year-old R&B singer was unresponsive and on a ventilator was met with skepticism, especially considering the source: rapper-turned internet troll 50 Cent (right).

50 Cent, 45, took to social media to ask for prayers for Jeremih over the weekend.

"Pray for my boy Jeremih he's not doing good this covid s**t is real," he wrote, while Chance the Rapper and Big Sean also offered up well wishes and prayers.

50 Cent returned to his Instagram on Monday to report that Jeremih was "responsive" and "doing a little better."

"Thank you for praying for my Boy @jeremih he is responsive today, doing a little better," he wrote in the caption of a recent photo of the singer.

There is an unconfirmed report that Jeremih has a pre-existing condition that weakened his immune system, making him susceptible to any respiratory virus.

Jeremih and 50 Cent collaborated on a single, "Down on Me", which charted at the No. 1 spot on the Rhythmic Billboard chart in 2010.

Jeremih is best known for his hit debut single, "Birthday Sex", which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2009.
 

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50 Cent (right) is pleading with Atlanta rapper Tip "T.I." Harris (left) to squash the beef he inadvertently started with King Von's sister and gang factions in Chicago.

T.I. sparked outrage among King Von's crew when he shared a post on Instagram, ordering gangs to do their killing on their own home turf.

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Reacting to the shooting death of King Von in Atlanta over the weekend, the "Rubber Band Man" rapper captioned an IG post on Monday: "Handle YOUR beefs in YOUR city. Thx in advance. - King."

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His post sparked furious comebacks from Von's O-block crew and Von's sister, Kayla B, who wrote on her Instagram stories:

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She continued:

"And these r FACTS! But The energy he always putting in ppl business need to be the same energy he need to make it right wit his daughter! Now wea is my brother @50cent get on his a*s!"

T.I. followed up his post, saying his previous post had nothing to do with King Von's death. He also sent condolences to Kayla and her family.

Elder statesman 50 Cent had some wise advice for T.I., reminding him that he was raised in a middle class neighborhood.

"A @troubleman31 you gotta chill, you bugging for saying anything. They got casualties this is real shit, I don't know what you was thinking but re think it now. They are hurting, they love that boy he was a way out. I bet you don't even realize they will kill you for what you just said. what hood you from again? come on now it's quiet time."

 

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50 Cent trolled his friend, President Donald Trump in an Instagram post on Friday. The rapper-turned TV executive laughed at the possibility of the president going to prison if he loses the election to Joe Biden.

"Man they gonna do Trump dirty, he going to jail. you ever heard a president say stop counting the f**king votes," he wrote in the caption of a mockup of Trump wearing a prison-issued orange shirt.

"If the election keeps going in this direction, Trump is gonna need @isaacwrightjr to fight his case. LOL,", he said, referring to the ex-con who started practicing law while in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Cent flipped on Trump after first endorsing the president for re-election last month.

TV personality Chelsea Handler caught flack for telling talk show host Jimmy Fallon she had to remind 50 Cent he was a Black man.

In the 1970s, the Justice Department set legal precedence that a sitting president cannot be indicted for crimes he allegedly committed while in office.