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DJ Funkmaster Flex ripped into DMX's music industry "friends" for not helping him when he was struggling with drug addiction.

The New York deejay took aim at DMX's music industry pals for not helping the troubled rapper beat his drug addiction.

The 50-year-old Ruff Ryders star is currently in a "vegetative state," at a Plains, NY hospital, according to reports.

He reportedly suffered a heart attack overdosing on drugs on Friday, April 2. Speaking to Page Six about DMX, Flex said, "(The music business) is a gorilla. It's a bottomless pit of happiness or depression. I don’t wanna say people don't help you but I do want to say there are people who actually know (when a star is struggling, but don't help) sometimes.

He continued: "You don't always get the best help when money is being made. It's rough for someone like a DMX who may be in a mental and emotional state of childhood trauma that has happened to him and then being thrown into the money and fame."

Flex hopes DMX's story will serve as a cautionary tale for up-and-coming rappers: "I know he shares his demons and we may have to amplify that demon and amplify his story and his feelings so that the next generation can kind of see a little better, a little clearer."

DMX's drug addictions started at age 14 when he was tricked into smoking a marijuana cigarette laced with cocaine.

DMX, which stands for Dark Man X, rose to fame in the early 1990s when his debut album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot sold over 251,000 copies within its first week of release.

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A vigil was held for him outside the Hospital on Monday April 5. DMX's ex-wife Tashera Simmons (left) and his fiancee Desiree Lindstrom (right) were among those in attendance.

DMX's family, friends and supporters played his music and recalled their favorite memories of the star, who was born Earl Simmons. Some of his 15 children were also present.

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Quindon Tarver, best known for his performance in Romeo + Juliet, died in a single car accident, according to multiple reports. He was 38.

Tarver died after he crashed his car into a wall on the President George Bush Turnpike in Dallas, Texas on Friday, April 2, his uncle Willie Tarver, told the Daily Beast.

He gained fame as a child for his vocal performance in Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

"He loved everybody," another uncle, Kevin Tarver, told the Daily Beast about his nephew. "He loved music since he was young, and singing eventually took him all around the world. That was his passion."

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Tarver started out singing in church choirs and appeared as a choir boy in Baz Luhrmann's modern adaptation of the William Shakespeare tragedy. He performed covers of Prince's "When Doves Cry" and Rozalla's "Everybody's Free."

He also appeared in Madonna's "Like a Prayer" music video, and on seasons 2 and 7 of American Idol.

In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2017, Quindon Tarver said his career tanked after he spoke out about being sexually abused by his former manager when he was on the same record label as B2K.

"I was hurting. I had been molested, I had been raped, I had lost my career, which is what I had dreamed of doing all my life," he said.

Tarver struggled with bisexuality, drugs, alcohol and suicidal thoughts. He was invited to sing "When Doves Cry" at a 2016 Prince tribute in Los Angeles, which he credits as a turning point in his life.

The singer released a new version of "Everybody's Free" in 2017, and came out with a single, "Stand Our Ground," in October, 2020.

In his final post on Instagram on March 25, Tarver spoke about suicidal thoughts and his belief in God.

He captioned the video:

"When I think of being at my lowest point in life & suicide was my only way out in 2012. After the attempted try that landed me on life support for 17 hours on a breathing machine... it was NOBODY BUT GOD that put breath back in my body! This @dorindaclarkcole song has been a testimonial song for me & it will hold dear to me heart forever! I thank God for being God!!!"

 

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Rapper Jeezy and TV personality Jeannie Mai will soon be husband and wife. The power couple picked up their marriage license one year after they announced their engagement, according to TMZ.

According to the Fulton County clerk's office in Atlanta, Jeezy and Jeannie Mai applied for their marriage license on Monday, March 29. The couple now has a 6-month window before they have to file again for another license.

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This will be Jeannie's second marriage.

The 42-year-old Capricorn was married to her high school sweetheart Freddy Harteis from 2007 until 2017. The couple divorced after she discussed their childless marriage on the Fox TV-owned talk show "The Real."

Jeanie previously discussed having two wedding ceremonies to honor both of their cultures.

Jeezy explained why he proposed to Jeannie in an interview on the Fat Joe Show.

"When you get the one, you can't even play with it," he said. "When you locked in mentally, that's the battle right there. You want to build, you want to grow."

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The 43-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper is a little gun shy about marriage. He was engaged previously to an African woman named Mahi, whose daughter he treated as his own. He also has two grown sons, Jadarius and Shyheim.

The couple started dating in 2018 and announced their engagement following a whirlwind courtship.

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For many couples who wait 3 or 4 years to tie the knot, the Dopamine has already faded and the bare bones of their relationship are exposed.

What happens next depends on how equally yoked they are.

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Demi Lovato is protesting heterosexuality by shaving her head bald.

The 28-year-old singer made the announcement in an interview with Glamour magazine.

She slammed society's heteronormative standards after her previous relationship with a man didn't work out.

"This past year, I was engaged to a man, and when it didn't work, I was like, 'This is a huge sign.' I thought I was going to spend my life with someone. Now that I wasn't going to, I felt this sense of relief that I could live my truth," she shared.

Lovato said she's waiting for the right time to break out of the "heteronormativity box" she was "confined in for years".

"I know who I am and what I am, but I'm just waiting until a specific timeline to come out to the world as what I am. I'm following my healers' timeline, and I'm using this time to really study and educate myself on my journey and what I'm preparing to do," she said.

Reflecting on a moment in 2014 when she dyed her hair pink and shaved half her head, she admitted she was upset by the negative public response.

"It reignited that fear inside of me of being who I really am."

Democrats like Lovato are working toward a future goal of eliminating gender and heterosexuality as society's standard.

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Denzel Washington expressed his support for soldiers and police officers who put their lives on the line so Americans have the freedom to complain about what they do.

The Oscar-winning actor declared his support for the military and law enforcement in an interview in which he called out people who "put down" the men and women for whom Washington says he has "the utmost respect."

"I have the utmost respect for what they do, for what our soldiers do, that sacrifice their lives. I just don't care for people who put those kind of people down. If it weren't for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do," he told Yahoo Entertainment.

Washington was promoting his latest film, The Little Things in which he stars as a Los Angeles County Sheriff who hunts down a serial killer (played by Jared Leto).

Watch the movie's trailer below.
 

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Music mogul Dr. Dre issued a statement from Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he was transported after reportedly suffering a brain aneurysm.

Dre, real name Andre Romelle Young, issued a statement through his publicist Tuesday night, saying, "Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes. I'm doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team. I will be out of the hospital and back home soon. Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!"

Sources tell TMZ, Young, 55, suffered a brain aneurysm Monday and was rushed by ambulance to Cedars and taken directly to ICU, where he is "resting comfortably," an attorney for Dre told Billboard.

Dre is in the midst of a bitter divorce battle with estranged wife Nicole Young, who wants $2 million a month in temporary spousal support and $5 million for attorneys fees, but a judge refused her request for $2 million a month.

The couple has two children, son Truice, 23, and daughter Truly, 19. Dr. Dre also has four adult children from previous relationships.

Young's celebrity pals took to Twitter to express get well wishes on Tuesday night.

"Dre is recovering nicely," wrote LL Cool J.

"Prayers up for Dr. Dre and his family for healing & Strength over his mind & body," tweeted Missy Elliot.

"Praying for Dre," wrote Ellen DeGeneres.

"Send your love and prayers to the homie Dr. Dre," wrote Ice Cube.

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Restaurants are shuttered in California and other blue states amid the Covid-19 outbreak, but business is booming in Atlanta.

Business is so good in Atlanta that music mogul Ne-Yo and his wife Crystal Renay Smith are opening a restaurant in College Park. The couple is partnering with reality TV personality Karlie Redd in the business venture.

The restaurant, named Johnny's Chicken & Waffles, is set to open in January 2021, according to the eatery's website.

"The 85-seat indoor dining space will provide full-menu service and will feature booths, tables, high tops and bar seating. A take-out counter will serve pies baked fresh daily and a selection of café goods."

Ne-Yo and his business partners are currently hiring managers, waiters and busboys.

The interior decor will feature platinum record plaques from Outkast, Ne-Yo, Ludacris and Usher, as well as a mural of the legendary Apollo Theater Harlem, NY.

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Karlie said in a statement:

"Ne-Yo and I aim to make everyone feel at home at Johnny’s Chicken & Waffles, and you never know who you'll see dining alongside you! Anyone who appreciates music will love the ambiance we created in our dining room, with awards and plaques from Ne-Yo, myself and some of our closest friends. Who doesn't love some amazing chicken and waffles, while listening to some amazing music! We hope to see you if you're in College Park."

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Whoopi Goldberg hasn't had eyebrows in decades. No one paid attention because Whoopi's missing eyebrows weren't a big priority.

But the internet just noticed, and they're demanding to know why Whoopi's lack of eyebrows managed to escape their scrutiny until now.

Thethings.com wrote a post titled "Here's Why Whoopi Goldberg Doesn't Have Eyebrows."

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No, Whoopi doesn't have a skin disorder and she didn't lose her lashes.

In a 2016 interview with VH1, Whoopi, 65, said she doesn't want hair on her face. So she shaves everything, including her wispy mustache and eyebrows. She even plucks her nose hairs.

It doesn't bother Whoopi that you didn't notice. That's the whole point of her shaving her eyebrows -- so you wouldn't notice.

By the way, eyebrows may seem pointless to people like Whoopi, but they're actually very beneficial to humans.

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Eyebrows keep forehead perspiration and rain out of our eyes. They also keep debris such as dirt, dandruff and dust out of our eyes.

Eyebrows also help us communicate our feelings to others. Furrowed eyebrows lets others know you're mad or upset about something. Raised eyebrows could mean you're curious or surprised. And one raised eyebrow means you're ready for a good time.

So don't discount the lowly eyebrow as insignificant. God put eyebrows on your face for a good reason.

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Legendary recording engineer Bruce Swedien has died, his daughter, musician Roberta Swedien, confirmed on Facebook. He was 86.

"He had a long life full of love, great music, big boats and a beautiful marriage," she wrote. "We will celebrate that life. He was loved by everyone."

The five-time Grammy winner is best known for recording and mixing Michael Jackson's best-selling solo albums Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. He also recorded Michael's albums Dangerous, HIStory, and Invincible.

Swedien chronicled his time spent with Michael in a book, titled In the Studio with Michael Jackson (pictured top). No one spent more time with Michael at the peak of his recording career.

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Swedien began working with Michael and Quincy Jones (right) on the soundtrack to The Wiz in 1978. Swedien and Jones are pictured together onstage in 2015.

Swedien began recording professionally at age 21. Early in his career he recorded legendary artists such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Dinah Washington.

After working with Quincy and Michael on The Wiz soundtrack, Jones asked Swedien to collaborate with Michael on his debut solo album Off the Wall in 1979.

Jones remembered his friend in a tribute post on Instagram:

"There are not enough words to express how much Bruce meant to me... I'm going to miss your presence every single day "Svensk", but I will cherish every moment we shared together laughin', lovin', livin', & givin'... Rest In Peace my brother."

 

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Rapper DaBaby paid tribute to his older brother Glen Johnson after he committed suicide on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The father-of-four reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Charlotte, North Carolina, hours after he posted a video of himself armed with a gun and crying about the way his life had turned out.

Sources say Johnson claimed he had been wronged in the past. Afterwards, he shot himself in the head. He was found in his car in a parking lot on Berkeley Place Drive off Mallard Creek Church Road, WSOCTV reports. Johnson leaves behind three daughters and a son.

Following the tragic news, the "Rockstar" rapper, real name Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, changed his Instagram bio to, "LONG LIVE MY BROTHER," along with a black heart and a white dove emoji.

DaBaby previously mentioned his brother's mental health struggles on his 2019 lead single "Intro" from his second studio album Kirk, according to Rap-Up magazine.

"My brother be thinkin' that we don't love him and let him struggle like we ain't family / Like I won't give up all I got to see you happy," he raps.

DaBaby also shared photos of himself in Charlotte offering to take voters to the polls as part of his commitment to the #NOCAP2020 project.

The rap star accompanied the pictures with just a black heart emoji in the caption.