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Legendary DJ Kay Slay is reportedly in a New York hospital on life support after battling COVID for 2 weeks.

Covid-19 is a novel coronavirus that causes flu-like symptoms. People most affected by COVID include the elderly, the immunocompromised, morbidly obese, smokers, and people with pre-existing conditions.

Music manager Wack 100 first announced the news on Tuesday. He wrote on Instagram:

"Pray for my brotha @djkayslay it's not looking good. He might be mad at me for this those that know Slay but he needs all the support he can get... Been 14 days fighting Ovid and he's just be put on a ventilator. Keep him in your prayers please [sic]."

Hot 97 radio station tweeted:

"Legendary #HOT97 @djkayslay's family sends their appreciation for the outpouring of prayers, love and support as he works through a current health issue.

They ask everyone to please respect his privacy during this time, and continue to send your positive energy and prayers."

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DJ Kay Slay, real name Keith Grayson, is a popular mixtape DJ, graffiti artist, and record executive who released 4 studio albums, including The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1 and The Champions: North Meets South (with Atlanta's own Greg Street).

Grayson first came to prominence after he was featured in the 1983 hip-hop documentary, Style Wars as a prominent graffiti artist.

"I didn't so much set out to be a DJ," he said at the time. "It was just something to do that was fun and that I enjoyed doing."

When the graffiti movement faded in the late 1980s, Grayson began dealing drugs and landed in jail in the late 1980s.

He was released from jail in 1990, and went on to sell hip-hop mixtapes to make ends meet.

Grayson's mixtapes were wildly popular and gained a large following. His studio became the destination for many rappers and artists including 50 Cent, Eminem, Foxy Brown, Kid Capri, and more.

LL Cool J was among the celebrities paying tribute to Grayson on social media.

LL wrote: "Send strength @djkayslay. Love u bro."

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LL Cool J has restored the red Audi from the cover of his Bigger and Deffer (BAD) album.

LL, who was inducted into the HOF last week, is giving back to the organization by donating the antique car from his second album cover.

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The Audi was LL's first big purchase after signing his initial Def Jam record deal. He kept the car all these years -- storing it in the garage at his grandmother's house -- which he also kept in the family.

According to TMZ, LL towed the car to custom auto body shop Unique Rides in NYC to restore it.

The shop's owner, Will Castro, tells TMZ that LL approached him last year during the pandemic, asking if the UR crew could restore the rust bucket.

He said the Audi 5000 was in pretty bad shape and needed new bodywork, fresh paint, custom 2-tone black leather interior with red piping, stereo system with Blaupunkt cassette deck, amps and subs, red lighting, BBS wheels and a full engine rebuild.

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Castro says the final tab came to around $35,000.

The BAD album, released in 1987, featured LL standing on the hood of a red Audi outside his former high school in Queens.

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LL, 53, attended Andrew Jackson High School until he dropped out in the 10th grade to pursue a rap music career. LL is pictured with his then-girlfriend Simone Johnson in 1988.

The BAD album, which many LL fans consider a classic, featured the No. 1 hit "I Need Love", as well as the singles "I'm Bad", "The Do Wop", "My Rhyme Ain't Done" and "The Breakthrough."

In 1988, the BAD album made the Source magazine's 100 Best Rap Albums list.
 

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research raised over $2.3 million at the Angel Ball Summer Gala, honoring Simone I. Smith and legendary model Maye Musk, in Southampton, NY, on August 20.

Pictured (L-R): Denise Rich, Lamar Cardinez and his wife Italia Smith Cardinez (LL Cool J's daughter); LL Cool J, his wife Simone I. Smith, and their daughters, Nina Symone Smith and Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith.

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation focuses on finding less toxic treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other related blood cancers.

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The evening honored Simone I. Smith, Designer & Co-Founder Simone I. Smith jewelry, and legendary model Maye Musk (pictured).

Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter hosted the event in memory of Gabrielle Rich Aouad, to benefit Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.

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Denise Rich is a renowned singer-songwriter, socialite, philanthropist and political fundraiser. She has written hit songs for Sister Sledge, Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, and more.

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Jill Martin, host of Shop TODAY with Jill Martin and Lifestyle Contributor to the TODAY Show served as the emcee for the event.

Dinner chairs included Mary J. Blige and Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch along with Honorary Chair, Brock Pierce who made a $100,000 contribution via cryptocurrency, the first crypto donation in the Foundation’s history.

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Notable guests included: LL Cool J, pictured right with Honorary chair Jonathan Tisch; Isaac Boots, Lorraine Schwartz, Dr. Stephen Nimer, Pritika Swarup, Fer da Silva, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Blosette Kitson, Jean Shafiroff, Ronny Kobo, Stalking Gia, Dottie Herman, Cuba Gooding, Jr. Russell Simmons, Jonathan Tisch, Frank Rella, Michele Rella, Jean Shafiroff, Maribel Lieberman, Lizzie Asher, Casey Kohlberg, Nitin Gambhir and Elena Ulansky of Tethys Art, and many others.

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Later in the evening, Star Jones led a paddle raise to help raise funds and Melyora de Koning, Senior Special Phillips Auction, led the event’s highly anticipated live auction which featured exclusive opportunities and items - including an original Peter Tunney; a luxury vacation to Discover Albany, Bahamas; Lorraine Schwartz earrings and a one-of-a-kind digital NFT artwork by Marcel Van Luit and Cutting Edge Apollo.

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Jay-Z and The Go-Go's are among the list of music legends to be inducted into the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHF) announced the New York-born hip-hop icon will be among the list of nominees to be inducted at the 2021 ceremony on October 30 in Cleveland, Ohio, reported Billboard.

He will join rock veterans The Go-Go's, Foo Fighters, singer-songwriter Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Queen of Rock n' Roll Tina Turner.

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Turner, King and Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl are already in the Rock Hall of Fame -- King is the first person in the Rock Hall as a performer and non-performer.

Turner was previously recognized as part of R&B duo Ike & Tina Turner; and Grohl with grunge icons Nirvana.

The RRHF was criticized for not inducting The Go-Go's into the Hall sooner. The group made history in 1982 when they topped the Billboard album chart as the first all-female band that wrote their own material and played their own instruments.

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Go-Go's members (L-R) Charlotte Caffey, Abby Travis, Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin, and Belinda Carlisle are pictured at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will also induct rap legend LL Cool J, singer/songwriter Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads. Electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, spoken-word poet Gil Scott-Heron and bluesman Charley Patton are joining the RRHOF under the early influence award category.

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Music executive and film producer Clarence Avant, 90, aka "The Black Godfather", is the recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun award. He is pictured with Jay Z (left) and Sean Combs.

The ceremony will take place October 30 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, with a radio simulcast on SiriusXM's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame radio channel. It will broadcast on HBO and stream on HBO Max at a later date.

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Former actress Maia Campbell was among 44 people arrested during a drag racing crackdown in Atlanta on Saturday.

Recently, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms promised to allow drag racing on a designated block in the city. The sport has exploded in popularity in recent years.

But police say drag racing has become a problem since the coronavirus pandemic. And the mayor walked back her promise to allow illegal street racing.

Police issued 114 citations and impounded 29 vehicles. Four firearms were seized, including a semi-automatic rifle.

Campbell, 43, is best known for starring as Tiffany alongside LL Cool J in the hit TV sitcom "In the House."

Campbell battled drug addictions over the years. She supported herself financially by selling her body on street corners.

LL Cool J tried to reach out to his former co-star after she went viral while hustling for change at a gas station in 2017. But she replied, "Don't call me, I'll call you."

"You can't help someone who doesn't want your help," LL wrote on Twitter.

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Celebrations have already begun around the world as revelers say goodbye to 2019 and ring in a brand new decade on Tuesday night.

If you plan on staying in, here is a list featuring New Year's celebrations and countdown shows on television.

New Year's Eve With Steve Harvey

Rapper/actor LL Cool J (pictured top) is the headliner on Fox's New Year's Eve hosted by Steve Harvey starting at 8 p.m. ET. Other performers include Tyga, The Chainsmokers, Florida Georgia Line, and The Village People, who will attempt to break the world record for the biggest "YMCA" dance.
 

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Dick Clark's Rockin’ Eve On ABC

Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve, hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Lucy Hale in New York's Times Square. Singer Ciara Wilson (pictured) will host from Los Angeles and actor Billy Porter is live in New Orleans.

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Ciara (pictured right) will be joined in L.A. by Megan Thee Stallion (pictured left), Paula Abdul, Salt-N-Pepa, and more. Porter will be joined by Usher, Sheryl Crow, and more. There are live performances by Post Malone, BTS, Sam Hunt, and Alanis Morissette in L.A. and the Jonas Brothers will perform in Miami, Florida. The show starts at 8 p.m. on ABC.
 

A Toast to 2019!

Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager host NBC's New Year's Eve special featuring Kristen Bell, Maya Rudolph and others. The fun starts at 8 p.m. ET.
 

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NBC's New Year's Eve 2020

Carson Daly and Julianne Hough host NBC New Year's Eve 2020, with live performances by Ne-Yo, Brett Eldredge, Julianne Hough, Leslie Odom, Jr., Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and more. The countdown begins at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

Simone Smith Italia Smith

Italia Anita Maria Smith, rap icon LL Cool J's 26-year-old daughter, is pregnant with her first child. Her proud mom, Simone Smith, (LL's long-suffering wife) shares a private moment with her eldest daughter, who turns 27 on Jan. 3.

"You have been my best friend. You call me... can I just tell you my daughter calls me everyday," says Simone, fighting back tears. "It's just been a pleasure raising you," she continues. "And I just absolutely love you to pieces.... And you look like me too!"

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LL Cool J, Chrissy Teigen, John Krasinski

LL Cool J's once chiseled good looks have been ravaged by the effects of plastic surgery. Some people have good genes and age gracefully, while others try and slow the aging process by going under the knife. Cool J posed with former SI swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen and John Krasinski at Spike's Lip Sync Battle screening at the Television Academy in North Hollywood.

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Nelson Mandela

South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela passed away at his home today. He was 95. Tributes and condolences flooded social networking websites as world leaders, former presidents, celebrities and citizens of the world remembered the anti-apartheid civil rights leader.

President Obama spoke on Mandela's passing from the White House about 45 minutes after the announcement that Mandela had died.

"He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages," said Obama, borrowing the words of Edwin M. Stanton, who, as Abraham Lincoln lay on his deathbed, said "He now belongs to the ages.”

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