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Old school rapper Busta Rhymes (left) showed off his dramatic weight loss on Instagram after fellow rapper T.I. (right) dissed him as too old to battle rap.

Busta, who has a new album coming out, asked T.I. to battle him on Verzuz. But T.I. turned him down flat, saying, "I salute and respect Busta a whole lot. I just think the generational gap might be just a little too much."

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Busta responded, saying "age don't make no difference, and "it don't matter when you came out. I know people that been out before me that I put out more albums than them after I came out after them. This ain't got nothing to do about generation."

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The 48-year-old rapper, born Trevor George Smith Jr., continued:

"Just let the world know truly that you don't want this bust a** that you was about to get. It's okay. Cause, see, the difference between me and you, my brother, and we're both kings. I'm actually a god."

Busta then took to Instagram to share before and photos after working out in the gym to prove he's never too old to compete with the younger generation.

He captioned the photos:

"DON'T EVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF!! LIFE BEGINS RIGHT NOW!!! MY DEDICATION IS DIFFERENT!! I WOULD NEVER PUT OUT AN ALBUM AND NOT BE IN THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!! I RESPECT MYSELF TOO MUCH AND I RESPECT Y’ALL TOO MUCH!!! I’M ONLY HERE TO INSPIRE!!"

 

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Tip "T.I." Harris defended fellow rapper Ice Cube for sitting down with President Donald Trump to discuss his ambitious Contract with Black America.

Ice Cube, real name O'Shea Jackson, met with both political parties to discuss his plan for economic recovery for the Black community. Only Trump was willing to share his $500 billion plan with Jackson. The Biden camp told him they would get back to him after the election.

T.I. told Power 106 that people should "give Cube the benefit of his reputation." He said only one party was willing to give Jackson a viable plan to develop businesses in the Black community.

"To add input to this initiative for the greater good of your people, and only one side responds? That's not Cube's fault. If we ain’t never known or seen or caught Cube on no bullsh*t - doing no tap dancing and bending over backwards for no white supremacist. Why you think he gon' start right now 35, 40 years in? Why? You've got to give him the credit of his credibility. And if you ain’t never known him to be on bullsh*t before, why you gon' just automatically put him in the mix of some bullsh*t now?"

T.I. also revealed that Polow Da Don told him that Trump and his team wanted to meet with him.
 

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Activist Angela Davis (center) and actors Mahershala Ali (left) and Tip "T.I." Harris (right) have been added to the cast of HBO's special "Between the World and Me."

The special, being produced under strict COVID-19 guidelines, combines elements of documentary footage and readings from Ta-Nehisi Coates's New York Times best-selling book.

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Coates' novel, published in 2015, is written as a letter to his teenage son. The book recounts Coates's experiences growing up in Baltimore's inner city and his fear of daily violence against the Black community.

Other new cast members include Mimi Jones, Ledisi, Greg Alvarez Reid, Nate Smith and Olivia Washington, according to The Wrap.

The full cast includes Angela Bassett, Alicia Garza, Jharrel Jerome, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Ledisi, Janet Mock, Jason Moran, Joe Morton, Wendell Pierce, Phylicia Rashad, Mj Rodriguez, Kendrick Sampson, Yara Shahidi, Nate Smith, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, Courtney B. Vance, Pauletta Washington, Susan Kelechi Watson, Michelle Wilson and Oprah Winfrey.

The special event is set to premiere on HBO on November 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. EST/PT.

Watch the HBO teaser below.
 

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Over the weekend, the King of the South, Tip "T.I." Harris celebrated his 40th birthday at a private dinner in Atlanta.

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T.I. celebrated with his faithful wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris. pictured with her pregnant daughter Zonnique.

According to Talkingwithtami.com, Tiny, 45, wore an off white Alex Perry satin crepe portrait twist cape sleeve dress from the Spring 2020 Collection.

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Tiny, pictured here with La La Anthony, accessorized her outfit with Rene Caovilla sandals and a bejeweled Rich And Delicious Candy Bar Clutch by Judith Leiber Couture, which retails for $3,995 at Bergdorf Goodman.

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Party planner Hannah Kang (left) poses with Tameka "Tiny" Harris. Hannah, co-founder of event planning firm MusicBusinessPolitics, organized the event and designed the decor.

Family and close friends who attended the party were tested for COVID-19. Most partygoers declined to wear face masks.

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Atlanta is wide open as the coronavirus fades after the city achieved herd immunity before any other city. Atlantans simply refused to stay locked indoors until after the elections. They know that herd immunity cannot be achieved successfully if they wear masks and stay locked inside.

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ATLANTA, GA (September 25, 2020) Music and entertainment icon Tip "T.I." Harris is celebrating his 40th birthday on Friday, Sept. 25, by releasing the self-directed visual for his latest single "Ring" feat. Young Thug, which premiered on a billboard in Times Square.

Directed by T.I. and Phillyflyboy, the vibrant music video features the two Atlantan trap stars out-styling each other. Released via Grand Hustle, the track is produced by DY Krazy and Chopsquad DJ.

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While ringing in his milestone birthday, T.I. has also formally announced that his highly anticipated 11th solo studio album - The Libra (The Legend Is Back Running Atlanta).

Marking nearly 20 years since his debut album, T.I. is continuing to deliver hits that resonate with fans across the world while serving as president of Grand Hustle Records, which has produced multiple breakout artists.
 

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris shared advice for people taking advantage of the government's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Harris noted the empty racks and shelves at high end stores, and he advised his followers to stop spending money on brand names and buy property instead.

"All y'all getting all this money from the government... ain't no more mink coats in the stores. And it's summertime - ain't that some sh*t? Ain't no more Cartiers. It ain't no more Louboutins, no more Louis [Vuitton]... Go get you some property please! Please y'all, go buy some property."

T.I. held up a baseball cap with the word "Owner$hip" on the front, before urging his followers to buy a "patch of dirt" in their neighborhood. "It ain't got to have a house on it," he said. "Just buy it. Just buy it and hold it.

In unrelated news, there are reports that federal agents are knocking on doors and arresting people who fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits using false information.

Residents in California report that agents are disguised as utility workers and census workers to catch people who committed unemployment fraud.
 

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R&B singer Tameka "Tiny" Harris clapped back at internet trolls who criticized her daughter, Zonnique Pullins, for falling pregnant out of wedlock.

The 24-year-old Pisces surprised her parents with the announcement that she's expecting a baby girl with her rapper boyfriend, Bandhunta Izzy. But not everyone was happy about the news.

Critics jumped on social media to point out the mom-to-be isn't married to her child's father, real name Israel James.

Now her mom is fighting back, insisting she wasn't married when she fell pregnant with her first child, Zonnique, who "turned out fine".

Tameka reminded her critics that Zonnique was a good girl who never embarrassed her family.

"Zonnique is a very well-rounded woman," Tameka tells PageSix. "She's not fast. She's not doing nothing no different than most women or her peers out there.

Tameka, 45, fell pregnant with Zonnique when she was a member of the girl group Xscape.

"I did not struggle. I was out there getting my money. I mean, I had a baby father but we weren't married and I lived a great life. Zonnique lived a great life; she did not want for anything."

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris, 39, helped raise Zonnique, aka Nique Nique, since she was a toddler. Zonnique and her biological father, Zonnie "Zebo" Pullins, are very close. She honored both of her dads on Father's Day.

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Tip "T.I." Harris's stepdaughter, singer Zonnique Pullins, is about to make the hip-hop star a grandfather at age 39.

The 24-year-old Pisces, whose mother is former Xscape co-founder Tameka 'Tiny' Harris, is said to be expecting her first child with her boyfriend, rapper Bandhunta Izzy, and she did little to silence the rumors during a weekend Instagram Live session.

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Zonnique, aka Nique Nique, kept the camera zoomed in on her face, and told fans bombarding her with questions about her alleged pregnancy that she didn't owe them any answers.

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"I wanna be on my Nicki Minaj s**t. Not on motherf**king Live (Instagram) answering to y'all like I got to," she responded.

Her reference to rapper Nicki Minaj left viewers convinced she had all but confirmed her pregnancy, as the "Anaconda" hitmaker recently went public with her first pregnancy after dodging baby questions for months.

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Tiny, 45, and 39-year-old T.I., who helped to raise Zonnique from the age of five, have yet to comment on the pregnancy speculation.

Nique has four brothers named Messiah, King, Major and Domani, and two sisters named Deyjah and Heiress. A third sister, Laiyah, was stillborn.

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Zonnique maintains a close relationship with her biological father Zonnie "Zebo" Pullins, who is a constant presence in her life. She honored both of her dads on Father's Day.

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Zonnique, right, is best known as a singer and dancer in the group OMG Girlz (2009-2015) alongside members Bahja "Beauty" Rodriguez, left, and Breaunna "Baby Doll" Womack, center, who replaced Bahja's younger sister Lourdes Rodriguez in the group.

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris is calling for $44 trillion to be paid out as "reparations" to Black Americans who can prove they are descendants of African slavery.

T.I., 39, called for reparations during an appearance on The Breakfast Club on Thursday.

T.I. plans to sit down with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to make his "goal" a reality.

"This is my goal. My goal is to get every black person in America that's a descendant of slavery one million dollars, at least. That'll take about 44 trillion. So that's my goal, so I'm working up on 44 trillion."

He also called for Black ADOS to spend their money at Black businesses only.

"Everything black people spend money on, it should be a black company that provides it," he said. "If we make up for 13 percent of this nation's population, we should make up for 13 percent of the ownership of land. We should be representing at least 13, 14 percent on boards, financial institutions, and so on and so forth. That should be persistent or consistent throughout, but it is not."
 

Co-host Charlamagne tha god agreed, saying "militias" and "white supremacists" are going crazy in America.

"You spoke about the militias and the white people going crazy," said T.I. "This is only happening because they see that their position is dwindling. This is only happening because they're becoming irate, because it's becoming known that the hateful racist whites, their run is over. Period. Their run is over. The jig is up."

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris and his wife Tameka 'Tiny' Harris enjoyed a late dinner date at Craig's in West Hollywood. Tiny took extra precautions against COVID-19 as she is seen rocking a mask while TI opted to go mask-free.
 

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NFL star Odell Beckham Jr gets frisky with girlfriend Lauren Wood while leaving a star-studded birthday party at "Love 40" in West Hollywood.
 

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Lamar Odom and Sabrina Parr are spotted out for a walk in Palm Beach, FL. Lamar is spending some time at Hippocrates Health Institute, a wellness center spread over 55 acres. The former Laker who appears to have turned his life around and embarked on a wellness journey since he started dating Sabrina, looked happy as he posed with his fiancé in front of the center.

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Family, friends, dignitaries, elected officials and community leaders gathered Tuesday to remember the life of Rayshard Brooks at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

The 27-year-old Black man was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer on the night of June 12th. His death sparked national and international outrage.

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Tomika Miller, the wife of Rayshard Brooks, weeps while holding their 1-year-old daughter Dream during his funeral in Ebenezer Baptist Church.

According to a press release, Brooks' family selected Ebenezer Baptist Church for the private funeral service because of its global historic presence.

"We're here to provide ministry as they walk through the valley of the shadow of death," said Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer. "It's Ebenezer's mission to show up in a time like this, especially given the way he lost his life."

Pastor Warnock added: "Rayshard was not a member of our church but his loved ones are a part of our family. We are a sanctuary for the suffering. We are a house of prayer for all people."

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Notable guests included Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, former Mayor Kasim Reed, Rev. Bernice King, former Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams, rapper/actor/activist T.I. (pictured hugging Tomika Miller) and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris.

Due to Covid-19, only 200 guests were allowed inside the sanctuary, which was marked for social distancing.

Singers Kelly Price, Yolanda Adams, Pastor Smokie Norful, actress/singer Tamela Mann, Kurt Carr all provided songs of comfort.

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Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., addressed the crowd saying, "Having a father killed when I was only 5 years of age, my heart deeply grieves for [his daughters] Dream, Memory, Blessing and [stepson] Mekai. I know the pain of growing up without a father and the ongoing attention around his tragic loss. I am and will continue to pray for each of you."

During the eulogy, Rev. Warnock reflected on the time he’s spent with Brooks' family in the past few days. "I met 8- year-old Blessing, such a sweet and precious child," he told the congregation.

"On the same day her father was killed, they had been celebrating her 8th birthday. What do you do with that when you're 8-years-old?  These precious children of God will need the village to surround them and support them and embrace them and love on them and reassure them that they are not alone."

Today's service can be viewed on the church's website, www.EbenezerATL.org.

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Professor Tip "T.I." Harris will join the faculty at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) to teach trap music to CAU students this Fall.

T.I. will teach a class titled the Origin, Culture and Business of Trap Music at Clark University this Fall.

The university is partnering with the three-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist, actor, producer, songwriter and entrepreneur to create an amazing experience for CAU undergraduate students this Fall, according to a press release.

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T.I. will be teaching alongside Dr. Melva Williams to bring an understanding of the origins of trap music.

"In higher education it is important that we challenge, empower and equip our students with the proper resources to excel," said CAU President George T. French Jr. "I believe the best way to do this is to understand their culture and create life-long experiences that will not only motivate our scholars but present them with opportunities to help them become globally competitive."

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"HBCUs have a vital role in our community and have managed to withstand even while being some of the most under-resourced institutions," said T.I. in a press release. "Our national HBCUs continue to underscore the fact that we have always had to do more with less. I am excited to be partnering with Clark Atlanta University in my hometown – Atlanta."

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"I applaud their innovative approach to ensuring their students are educated beyond the traditional textbook curriculum. I am honored to lend my voice and unique experiences to the betterment of today's young people and to do my part to lift the legacy of historical black colleges and universities across the nation," T.I. said.

Trap Music is a sub-genre of hip-hop music and is a cultural phenomenon that involves a variety of art forms. The genre has been embraced worldwide, has been infused with other types of music and has become a part of everyday living. The effect of Trap Music is well known, but the business of Trap Music and its ability to enlighten and educate will be explored on the campus of Clark Atlanta University.

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Tameka "Tiny" Harris thanked her husband of 10 years, rapper Tip "T.I." Harris in a Father's Day post on Instagram on Monday.

The 44-year-old mother-of-5 thanked her main man for their combined 8 children, writing:

"I wanna thank you for our Amazing blended family. My Luvs Messiah, Domani, Deyjah to our 4 babies King, Leiah, Major, Heiress to my kid u loved & took care of as your own Zonnique!! The best parts of my life!! Happy Father’s Day to my man... I love U Big Daddy."

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Tiny's followers were impressed that Tiny remains faithful to her man after the well-publicized drama in their lives over the years. But he's a good provider to his blended brood.

In another post, Tiny also paid tribute to her late father, Charles "Speedy" Pope, who passed away in 2013.

"Hey good looking fella!! Happy Heavenly Father’s Day! My creator!! My twin!! Miss u dearly! #SpeedyWasTheMan ... #WhereIGetItAllFrom ... #StaightFromAuburnAve.”
 


 

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Tip "T.I." Harris had a strong reaction to a viral video that shows a Clayton County police officer holding 5 Black teens at gunpoint.

The incident happened on Monday night in Clayton County, Georgia after police received a 911 call about a group of teenagers who allegedly robbed a convenience store while waving a gun.

Clayton PD released audio of the 911 call to the local news media. In the 911 call, the clerk tells the dispatcher the boys appeared to be fighting in the parking lot.

According to 11 Alive News, an officer arrived within minutes and was told the direction that the boys ran in.

Body camera footage shows a group of Black teens on foot. He got out of his police cruiser and pointed his service weapon at them.

"Stop! All of y'all stop! Get your hands up! Up! Walk toward me," he shouted at the teens. "Get your hands up or you're going to get hurt... Just relax. Please, I don't want to hurt any of y'all."

The incident was captured on cellphone video and quickly went viral.

Someone is heard saying, "Please, sir. They kids. Don't shoot."

"Why you got a gun out?" another person shouted.

"Because I'm being safe," the officer responded.

When backup units arrived, an officer searched the boys and recovered a BB gun from one of them.

T.I. was irate after viewing the video on Tuesday.

"Why don't we ever see little white kids being held at gunpoint?" the "ASAP" rapper asked.

Other activists and community leaders called for the cop's immediate termination.

A protest march is scheduled for Wednesday.
 

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Tip "T.I." Harris is no fan of conservative commentator Candace Owens. He says Owens is a lost cause, due to her endless criticism of George Floyd, the Black man who died when a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes.

During an appearance on Nick Cannon's Power 106 radio show, T.I. called on Black Twitter to cancel Owens, according to EURweb.com.

"We can have an intelligent discussion. You can either change my mind. I can change your mind. But we still moved forward," he continued. "I don't think dropping each other off is the answer all the time."

But when it comes to Owens, T.I. said she's a lost cause.

"Candace Owens. She got to go. She can't come," he said, before suggesting she's a "paid plant" whose goal is to "come out here and speak against everything the majority of us are standing for."

"So white people are always right? You telling me law enforcement is always right? You telling me the United States of America has always been right when it comes to dealing with us? And that's her story. And you can't trust that story because we have facts that tell us otherwise ... She seems to have forgotten that she's black. She has turned in her black card and crossed over."

T.I. and Owens butted heads during the 2019 REVOLT TV summit in Atlanta, where the rapper called Owens "dangerous" and claimed she was "being used for propaganda."