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Gary Miller/Getty ImagesBun B's quick reaction to a home invasion led him to shoot an armed intruder in his home, ABC 13reports. 

According to Houston, TX police, the rapper faced a harrowing ordeal on Tuesday night after an individual rang the doorbell of his home, brandished a weapon and demanded that his wife Angela "Queenie" Walls fork over her valuables.  

Walls reportedly offered the intruder the Audi sitting in the garage, and that's when the Trill OG lyricist heard the commotion from upstairs and sprang into action.

A shootout then ensued between Bun B and the intruder, as the latter attempted to break into the luxury vehicle. Once the robber was shot, he dropped his gun and fled the scene on foot. 

ABC 13 has identified the alleged robber as DeMonte Jackson, who's now facing three felony charges.  Houston police captured him after he showed up at a local hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound.

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Courtesy of @xonie_Schoolboy Q's highly-anticipated new album, CrasH Talk, is due to arrive on Friday. But while we wait, the L.A. lyricist has released another cut from the project to tide us over: "CrasH."

Over the Boi-1da production, Q grapples with the reality of his fame and his past missteps, and searches for inner peace. 

"Got my daughter that mansion/Gave my mother that million/Sold my soul to my feelings/Can’t go blind about these women," he rhymes over the dialed-down record, which barely clocks in at three minutes. 

Ahead of his new album, the Grammy-nominated lyricist spoke with GQ about the follow-up to 2016's Blank Face LP. According to Q, he ultimately recorded and scrapped three entire albums prior to CrasH Talk because he believed "they were trash."

"I'd be in the house smoking weed, just waiting to go to the studio every day," Q told GQ. "That's not a good life. That brings on depression." 

CrasH Talk, featuring guest spots from Kid Cudi and Travis Scott, will be available for streaming everywhere Friday.

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FOX via Getty ImagesJussie Smollett's future on Empire may up in the air following his alleged hate crime hoax, but the rest of the cast , including Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, completely support his return.

In a letter obtained by Deadline, addressed to FOX and ABC executives, including Empire co-creator Danny Strong, Howard, Henson, Gabourey Sidibe and other series regulars issued a strongly worded plea for Smollett to rejoin the cast.

"Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season of Empire," the letter begins.

The letter goes on to defend Smollett's character, and notes that although "the past months have been difficult to process," they know Smollett is innocent.

"He is kind. He is compassionate. He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity," the letter reads. "He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped. We are confident in his lawyer’s assurance that the case was dismissed because it would not have prevailed."

After listing some of his charitable efforts, contributions. and activism in the LGBTQ community, the cast then calls out the "extreme political climate," which they say has "has only made our system of justice and the court of public opinion more unjust."

The letter ends with the cast asking that Jussie be allowed to "move forward with his life."

"We understand that this show is a business. And that business matters to us as well," the letter reads. "We are confident our fans will welcome our 'Jamal' back into the Empire family as enthusiastically as we will."

21st Century Fox – which produces Empire – is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.

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Courtesy of Def JamAfter debuting it at Coachella, YG has gifted fans with an official release of his new single "Stop Snitchin," as well as the record's accompanying graphic video

In the grisly clip, the Compton rapper is transported back to the early 18th century, where he's enslaved on a large plantation. Along with a few of his cronies, YG plans a rebellion, which is nearly foiled by a "snitch." 

The single itself is a diss track aimed at Tekashi 6ix9ine, and was premiered during YG's set at this year's Coachella alongside a picture of the incarcerated artist. The "Gummo" rapper is reportedly cooperating with federal prosecutors after being arrested for nine felonies, including racketeering and firearms charges.

YG’s new album, 4REAL 4REAL, is due to arrive on May 3. It's the follow-up to his 2018 LP Stay Dangerous.

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ABC/Image Group LACardi B is using her platform to denounce the popular celebrity blog, The Shade Room

Tuesday, the Grammy-winning rapper took to Instagram to share a series of videos blasting the site for what she describes as frequent attacks on her husband Offset, and their colleagues. The rant follows the news that the Migos front man is facing felony charges for an arrest stemming from 2018.

"Offset donated 25K to the Ellen foundation for the kids in Africa. Did The Shade Room post it? No," Cardi says at one point. "Is The Shade Room posting how this man is promoting a cancer-free campaign? No."

She continued, "Are they posting any positive s*** and investment talk that he’s been talking about in his interviews? No. But they sure post the way he had drama with his baby moms. They sure posting about his court cases, right?"

According to Cardi, because TSR founder Angelica Nwandu isn't authorized to post stories about her, Nwandu instead fuels negative publicity around those who are close to the "Please Me" artist, including Quality Control artist Yung Miami and the label's co-founder, Pierre Thomas.

Elsewhere in her tirade, Cardi suggested that drama-fueled urban blogs and gossip sites encourage improper representation for the black community across all media.

"Why are they making documentaries about R. Kelly? Why are they making documentaries about Michael Jackson? Because y’all make people feel like its O.K. to do so," she explained. 

"Why wouldn’t a white Caucasian person try to capitalize on the drama that happens in the urban and black entertainment business, when black-owned blogs capitalize on their own drama and problems?"

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Courtesy of Essence MagazineDiddy is sharing his truth and spreading his universal message of love as Essence's May cover star. 

In the spring issue, the music mogul opens up about fatherhood and how he's managed to cope with the death of his long-time partner Kim Porter. According to Diddy, his parental instincts have kicked into overdrive. 

“Before this, I was a part-time father, you know? My family was always first, but there are countless times when I chose work over everything else," Diddy told writer Dream Hampton.

"But every day I can hear her telling me to go and spend some time with the kids and make sure everybody’s all right, like she would do," he continued. "I’m just a lot more present, and, most important, now my kids come before anything else in my life.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Diddy shared that three days prior to Porter's untimely passing, when she first became ill, she made him vow to take care of her "babies."

The rap veteran shares four children with the former model: Christian, twin daughters D'Lila Star and Jessie James and Quincy, Porter's son from her previous relationship with Al B Sure!, who Diddy adopted. 

Late last month, Diddy expressed regret about the fact that he'd never married Porter, and even shared a piece of advice with his followers. 

"I was scared," he wrote on Instagram. "I wasn't ready and that's it. I'm ready now, but it's too late. Don't be like me."

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Daniel Zuchnik/WireImageEmpire creator Lee Daniels says he's standing behind Jussie Smollett, who's still under immense scrutiny following the controversy over what police called a hate crime hoax.

In an interview with Extra, Daniels says that Jussie's Empire family is working to process the scandal, which rocked not just the nation, but the show's set.

“The cast is upset, it is a sad time, and we are slowly healing,” Daniels explains.

The director, who is currently producing an Off-Broadway play while the Fox series is on hiatus, says during this difficult time for Smollett, he only wants to be supportive.

“What I am learning right now is I can’t judge... that judgement is for that man wearing that black coat with gavel, and God,” Daniels says.

He continues, “I can only support him because he is like my son; he is my son. So I am with him; I can only support him and give him compassion.” 

As previously reported, Chicago police allege that Smollett paid brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo to help him stage an attack on himself. The actor stands by his story that he had nothing to do with the incident, but he was subsequently charged with filing a false police report.

The charges were later dropped in exchange for the actor forfeiting his $10,000 bond. He was supposed to have reimbursed the city of Chicago $130,000, but he has not; the city is now suing him.

21st Century Fox – which produces Empire – is now a part of Disney, ABC’s parent company.

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ABC/Eric McCandlessBarry Jenkins' Academy Award-winning film Moonlight is headed to Netflix next month.

The streaming platform's Strong Black Lead account shared the news in a Tweet, adding a GIF from the movie, in which Mahershala Ali's character, Juan, swims towards young Chiron.

"It brings me great pleasure to announce that @BarryJenkins' Academy Award-winning film Moonlightwill be having its @netflix US debut on May 21," the tweet reads.

The film, which won Oscars for both Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture in 2017, follows Chiron, a young black man in Miami who struggles with his sexuality identity. 

The film also starred Ashton SandersTrevante RhodesNaomie HarrisJanelle Monáe and Ali, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film.

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Courtesy of FilmRiseStorm Saulter says there is an important purpose behind his coming-of-age drama Sprinter.

The film follows a young Jamaican runner who hopes that his success as an athlete will ultimately reunite him with his mother in America.

Saulter tells ABC Radio that the young man, played by newcomer Dale Elliot, struggles like many children with the idea of being left behind in their native country after their parents leave to establish a better life.

"If he can only run fast enough, he can only achieve a certain thing maybe he can get back to her and maybe he can bring his family back together," he explains.

However, Saulter makes clear that this isn't your typical immigration story.

"I wanted to tell a much more realistic and nuanced story of a modern Caribbean family -- not a stereotypical rags to riches type of story or these kind of tropes that we rely on -- [but] like... the real people," he says.

"This is middle of the road family going through life's normal obstacles, which more of us can relate to in a way," he continues. "And, I feel it's in that simplicity that makes the film feel a bit radical."

It's also a story that Saulter says is similar to his own.

"The theme of trying to get back to your mother is something that I was going through, because I had lost my mom," he explains. "I had lost her earlier than I expected. And I was thinking about how -- if there was only a way I could get back to her, to speak to her again. And I thought, there's this reality of this young man, who...maybe he can get back to his mom."

Sprinter, also starring David Alan Grier, is in theaters nationwide.

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Robyn Crawford, the woman who probably knew Whitney Houston best, is breaking her silence about her relationship with the late music superstar.

Nearly a decade after Whitney's tragic death, Crawford is releasing a new book, titled A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston.  For years, the duo were the subject of rumors they enjoyed a romantic relationship.  White it's not known whether Crawford will address that subject, the 320-page book will provide insight into Crawford and Whitney's first meeting as teens in the 1980s, and Houston's later rise to fame.  The book will also address Whitney's tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown and the birth of her late daughter, Bobbi Kristina

"With warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, Robyn gives readers insight into Whitney’s life and career," a synopsis of the book reads. "From countless sold-out world tours to her epic rendition of the US national anthem to the set of The Bodyguard, her tempestuous marriage, and the birth of her only child, Robyn was there."

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston is due to arrive November 5.

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ABC/Randy HolmesOffset's legal woes have continued, with the rapper now facing felony charges for gun possession, TMZ has learned. 

According to the report, Georgia's Clayton County District Attorney's Office has filed three charges against the Migos front man. Two of the charges are misdemeanor offenses for marijuana possession and an improper lane change. The other more serious charge, however, of firearm possession by a convicted felon could be costly for Offset. 

The charges originally stem from a July 2018 arrest.

As previously reported, the "Clout" rapper was pulled over for various traffic violations while driving through an Atlanta suburb. Initially, authorities claimed that the tint on Offset's luxury sports car was darker than the state's legal limit. During the traffic stop, however, police discovered three loaded weapons in his vehicle.

Due to Offset's criminal history, he was arrested immediately and charged with four infractions. But the rapper was able to have the charge of felony possession of a weapon during a crime dropped. That left the three counts he's currently fighting. 

According to his lawyer Drew Findling, Offset didn't break any laws leading to the traffic stop and believes the rapper was specifically targeted because of his race and status. 

"Unfortunately, people in his genre become a target for law enforcement who think that lifestyle is connected to some illegal activity...and that is a sad statement," Findling told TMZ around the time of the incident last year.  

Offset has since pleaded not guilty and due is back in court next month. 

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live NationLil Kim is pumping the brakes on the release of her new album, 9

Just a few short weeks after announcing its impending arrival, the Queen Bee took to Instagram on Tuesday to share the news that the project would be delayed. 

"[My label] eOne has pushed back the date of my album," the veteran rapper posted on her Instagram Story

She continued, "This has nothing to do with me. I am beyond upset with this and couldn't wait to show you all what I've been working on."

As previously reported, Kim was set to gift fans with her newest effort on May 17. When it's released, it will be her first album in over 10 years, following 2005's The Naked Truth.

The iconic femcee had teased the album's arrival late last month on social media, as well as during a recent performance in Atlantic City. Her Instagram account has since been wiped clean. 

In the years since her last album, Kim has released a handful of mixtapes, including the infamous Black Friday, as well one-off singles such as "Nasty One." 

Most recently, the Brooklyn-bred lyricist dropped off the runway-ready track, "Go Awff."

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ABCThe two Chicago brothers who claim Jussie Smollett paid them to help stage what police deemed a "hoax" attack filed a defamation lawsuit on Tuesday against the Empire actor's lawyers.

Abel and Ola Osundairo filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago, accusing Smollett's attorneys Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian of making false public statements about them which have damaged them both emotionally and economically.

The suit alleges that Gerogos and Glandian continued to foster the myth that the attack on Smollett was real, and portrayed the brothers as the perpetrators, defaming them in statements to the media.  But according to the brothers, Smollett directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose."

The Osundairos' brothers lawsuit says that due to the attention and the negative comments from Smollett's attorneys, they haven't been able to find work, and their livelihoods have been negatively affected. They are suing Geragos and Glandian for $75,000 each. 

In a statement to ABC News, Geragos and Glandian said, "At first we thought this comical legal document was a parody. Instead this so-called lawsuit by the brothers is more of their lawyer driven nonsense, and a desperate attempt for them to stay relevant and further profit from an attack they admit they perpetrated."

The statement continues, "While we know this ridiculous lawsuit will soon be dismissed because it lacks any legal footing, we look forward to exposing the fraud the Osundairo brothers and their attorneys have committed on the public.”

As previously reported, Chicago police allege that Smollett paid the brothers to help him stage the January 29 attack.  The actor stands by his story that he had nothing to do with the attack, but he was subsequently charged with filing a false police report.

The charges were later dropped in exchange for the actor forfeiting his $10,000 bond. He was supposed to have reimbursed the city of Chicago $130,000, but he has not; the city is now suing him.

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ABC/Michael AnsellDMX is heading back to the silver screen, HotNewHipHop has learned. 

According to the report, the veteran rapper has been tapped to star in a new psychological thriller entitled Chronicle of a Serial Killer. Under the direction of Steve Stanulis, the film follows the story of Henry Bolin, a vicious murderer who preys on women who resemble his mother. 

X will be taking on the role of Detective White, who is tasked with tracking down Bolin.  The cast is also set to include Tara Reid and, as Bolin, Brendan Sexton

"When my casting director suggested DMX, it immediately resonated with me as a perfect fit" Stanulis told HNHH.

He added, "I have no doubt he is going bring a different dynamic to the role and I'm excited to have him part of this talented cast. I'm looking forward to working with him and everyone else this summer."

Production on the new movie will begin in June in New York City. 

This new role follows X's previous work in the KeKe Palmer-starring drama Pimp, which Lee Daniels executive-produced.

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BET NetworksAfter four illustrious seasons, Gabrielle Union is officially retiring her character of Mary Jane Paul tonight, on the series finale of Being Mary Jane.

Ahead of the two-hour BET movie, which will serve as the show's final episode, Union took to Instagramto pay homage to her character and the amazing journey she's had portraying the unrelenting journalist.

"In Spring of 2012, I got the opportunity of a lifetime - Pauletta "Mary Jane" Patterson came into my life," Union captioned her post, which showed her walking through the set in a glittery beige gown.

"In many ways we shared similar struggles and triumphs, loves and losses, and especially the penchant for epic reads."

She continued, "Finally, so many of us saw our beautifully complicated and rich lives as we tuned into @BETMaryJane. We've laughed, cried, cried some more, screamed, rolled our eyes, sucked our teeth, walked away and come back in frustration... whether we acknowledged it or rejected it, she at times was us, and we were her."

After asking fans to tune in to "see how it all ends," the actress shared that she's extremely moved by the ending of her beloved series.

"I will miss playing her, but more than that, I will miss our cast, Atlanta crew, LA writers and each and every fan who watched our show," she wrote. "We are grateful and we are humbled. We [love] yall and we never took you for granted."

"We apologize for the delay but we are here and ready to snatch wigs and moisturize elbows," she added. "Get ready!"

The two-hour finale of Being Mary Jane, also starring Morris ChestnutLisa VidalRichard Roundtree, Richard BrooksBJ Britt, and Raven Goodwin, airs April 23 at 8 p.m. ET on BET.

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Paramount PicturesWill Smith is his own worst enemy in the first trailer for Ang Lee's action thriller Gemini Man.

In the first promo, released on Tuesday, Smith is introduced as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin who is targeted by someone who can "seemingly predict his every move." Brogan soon learns that the young operative is himself.

"I think I know why he's as good as you," says Smith's co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead to an aging Brogan. "He is you."

Although both characters are played by Smith, CGI allows Smith to appear noticeably different -- and younger -- in the promo, as a slowed-down, distorted version of Alphaville's "Forever Young," is played in the background.

Gemini Man, also starring Clive Owen and Benedict Wong, is set to hit theaters October 11.

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Parkwood/Columbia RecordsBeyonce has sent the #BeyHive into yet another frenzy after dropping off a demo version of the fan favorite Lemonade cut "Sorry."

The revisited single arrives with the album's re-release across all streaming services, to commemorate the third anniversary of its debut.  But in addition to opening up the former TIDAL exclusive to the masses, Bey threw in an added twist, gifting fans with an alternate version of "Sorry."

Unlike the album version, "Sorry (Original Demo)" is a somber ballad. While the lyrics in both versions are nearly identical, the demo showcases Beyonce's impressive vocal range. 

In the hours since its release, the Hive has taken to social media to praise the Grammy-winning powerhouse for her reprise of the track. 

"After listening to 'Sorry (Original Demo)' on repeat for the last hour, we’ve decided to hate JAY-Z again. Our sis was really going through it," one fan wrote on Twitter. 

Another echoed similar sentiments, writing, "I didn’t forgive JAY-Z back then and I sure as hell ain’t forgive him now. ESPECIALLY after listening to the 'Sorry Original Demo.'"

In other Beyonce-related news, the singer is encouraging her legion of fans to take part in the #BeforeILetGo challenge, a dance craze inspired by her cover of the Maze and Frankie Beverly hit of the same name. 

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Chelsea Lauren/WireImageKid Cudi was front and center at Coachella this past weekend, performing on Saturday night with special guest Kanye West, and then joining Kanye Sunday morning for his Easter Sunday Service.  But before those activities, he found time to help the needy.

As his record label announced last night, Cudi ordered more than $10,000 worth of food from the delivery app Postmates and had it delivered to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission for the hundreds of homeless people in Indio, California.  Postmates sent a car filled with meals, including 3,000 pieces of chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes and fries.

Cudi's partnership with Postmates also extends to a special "Munchies Menu," which is available in L.A., New York, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago now through May 25.  It's a list of his favorite items from his favorite restaurants in each city.

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Jussie Smollett addresss the press March 26 following the announcement that charges against him had been droppped; Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Kim Foxx, the Cook County, Illinois state's attorney whose office made the decision to drop all charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a hate crime attack against himself, has herself been receiving death threats, according to her office.

"We can confirm that the State's Attorney has received threats to her personal safety and security, a number of which have contained racially charged language," reads a statement released Monday by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, according to Chicago ABC affiliate WLS.

Smollett was indicted by a grand jury March 8 on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report in connection with the alleged January 29 attack, which investigators say he staged.  Smollett has insisted throughout the investigation that the attack wasn't staged. 

It was announced March 26 that First Assistant State's Attorney Joe Magats had dismissed the charges against Smollett.

Texts from Foxx, released last week and which were sent during the Smollett investigation -- from which Foxx had recused herself -- show she felt the charges against Smollett were excessive.

"[W]hen people accuse us of overcharging cases... 16 counts on a class 4 [felony] becomes exhibit A," Foxx wrote, in part.  She also compared Smollett's case to that of indicted alleged sex offender, R&B singer R. Kelly.

"Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts," texted Foxx, referring to Kelly. "Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it's indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should."

In a statement last Friday, Foxx wrote, in part, "I am aware of recent editorials and commentaries urging the State’s Attorney’s Office to comment further on the circumstances surrounding the Jussie Smollett case. ...I am committed to assuring a transparent review of how this office functioned in the Smollett case."

The statement further notes that the Cook County Office of the Independent Inspector General has agreed to perform a review of how the State’s Attorney’s Office handled the Smollett case, during which time, Foxx said, "I do not intend to comment publicly on the Smollett case."

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Mya has dropped off yet another visual for a cut from her latest album, T.K.O (The Knock Out). This time around, the veteran singer has gifted fans with a new video for "Down."

In the clip, scenic views of Indonesia take center stage as Mya sings of the importance of devotion. While the video was shot in the South Pacific, the song's infectious chorus has a Caribbean feel.

The visual's release marks one year since T.K.O's arrival, as well as the 21st anniversary of Mya's self-titled debut album in 1998.

The vocalist took to Instagram over the weekend to reflect on the monumental feat. 

"Wouldn’t have made it this far without you. Enjoy the art & goddess spring vibes from me & my amazing independent team. Love you all," she captioned a teaser of the Josh Sikkema-directed clip.

The video for "Down" follows a slew of singles that have also received the visual treatment from Mya, including “You Got Me”, “Damage" and “With You."

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