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Tank Back Off Justin Timberlake People ... He's Not the Problem

6/29/2016 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tank thinks Justin Timberlake has gotten a raw deal from people on Black Twitter, who skewered him for responding to some of the things Jesse Williams said at the BET Awards.

The R&B singer appeared on "TMZ Live" Wednesday, and said Justin had a right to say there should not be a wall between blacks and whites, especially when it comes to music. Jesse accused white people of stealing from the black culture, and Justin said we're all one ... and Black Twitter attacked.

Tank makes the case for Justin, although he doesn't think every white singer deserves a pass.

BET Awards Weekend Strippers Wrangle Rack$ On Rack$ On Rack$!!

6/28/2016 4:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0628_BET_weekend_strippers_money_launchLet's give a hand for strippers raking in almost $100k during BET Awards weekend in L.A.

We broke the story, 2 elite strip clubs -- Ace of Diamonds and Crazy Girls -- flew in 50 of the nation's hottest strippers to meet demand from high rollers in town for the award show. Now, we've got the final tallies for the ladies, or as their customers might say ... the total damage.

Check out the gallery for the numbers and the booty.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Star Jesse Williams Go Tell Dead Black Victims Racism Is Gone

6/27/2016 6:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jesse Williams brought down the house at the BET Awards Sunday, with a powerful indictment of police brutality and racism in America.

The "Grey's Anatomy" star nabbed the Humanitarian Award for his work in civil rights, and used his time to remind the audience how far the country needs to come before it can truly say there is liberty and justice for all.

Rather than reading, you gotta listen ... it's unbelievably powerful.

Jamie Foxx Coolest Dude in Hollywood

6/27/2016 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jamie Foxx dissolved in tears during Jesse Williams' BET acceptance speech, but later Sunday night he was out on the town, chillin at Chow.

Jamie proclaims mad love for Samuel L. Jackson, and it's pretty hilarious.

Jennifer Hudson Pays Off BET's Prince Threat ... Look Away, Madonna

6/27/2016 7:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

BET did a lot of trash talking about Madonna's tribute to Prince ... and Jennifer Hudson had to back it up by performing that same song. No pressure.  

You'll recall ... the BET Awards called out the Billboard Awards for its tribute to Prince -- featuring Madonna and Stevie Wonder singing "Purple Rain." As they put it on Twitter ... "Yeah, we saw that. Don't Worry. We got you."

Sunday night, J. Hud had to put up or shut up ... check out her performance.  

Who sang it better?

Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar We Made a Big Splash at BET Awards

6/26/2016 6:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar just destroyed the big opening at the BET Awards -- mixing fire and water in spectacular fashion.

Bey led the charge at the Microsoft Theater in downtown L.A., singing "Freedom," before bringing out Kendrick ... they danced and stomped on a submerged stage with crazy pyrotechnics.

The only person having a better night than Beyonce and Kendrick ... Sam Jackson who rightly admired Bey's backup dancers.

BET Awards Weekend LAPD On Alert for Sizzurp Sippin'

6/25/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0624_lapd_training-for-lean_composite_gettyThe LAPD officers just got schooled on sizzurp, aka lean ... but the department swears there's nothing racial about it.

Law enforcement sources tell us LAPD brass has held meetings with cops to go over the basics when it comes to codeine. We're told they've been briefed on how users mix the syrup, how it looks, smells and most importantly ... to be on the lookout for double cups. 

The brass insisted it has nothing to do with this weekend's BET Awards show ... which will draw scores of rappers. They say cops will not specially hunt for double cups ... but officers will arrest anyone if they happen to notice during normal patrol.

Interestingly ... one of the LAPD divisions where a meeting was held was near the BET venue in downtown L.A. But the Hollywood Division didn't have such a meeting, and that's where lots of the after-parties will go down. We're told Hollywood cops already know what's up.

Desiigner BET Rehearsal MJ's Got Nothin' on Me!!!

6/25/2016 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Desiigner could steal the show at Sunday's BET awards, 'cause we got video of his rehearsal and his moves are pretty awesome.

The rapper hit the stage at the Microsoft Theater in downtown LA Friday, and his dancing has shades of Michael Jackson.

BET Awards Weekend Strip Clubs Join Forces ... to Import Highest Quality Ass

6/24/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0623-launch-bet-strippers-instagram-02How's this for rapper's delight ... 2 elite strip clubs are flying in more than 50 of the nation's HOTTEST strippers to meet demand from thirsty ballers in L.A. for the BET Awards.

Ace of Diamonds L.A. and Crazy Girls have both jumped in on the action ... and sources tell TMZ the strip joints expect to haul in at least $500k ... thanks to a swarm of rappers who have expressed keen interest. 

Some of the heavy hitters include Currency, Tokyo, Henny, Mercedes Fox and Malani Ca$h ... just some of the most sought-after strippers headlining clubs in New York, Houston, Miami and Atlanta.

Get those bands ready.

Prince Unreleased Music Debuts ... Gift to Donatella Versace

6/21/2016 10:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0621-donatella-versace-prince-h-and-m-fashion-show-REX-USA-02It could be a first glimpse into Prince's fabled vault of new music, and it premiered at Milan Fashion Week ... courtesy of Donatella Versace.

Donatella cranked the 11-minute mix during Saturday's show of Versace's men's collection. She says Prince, who was a longtime friend, would send her music all the time as a way of communicating.

It's unclear if Prince's estate approved the untitled music being used by Versace -- or if it would even need to do so ... if Prince had gifted it to Donatella.

Check out the music -- you gotta wonder if Prince would be happy it's gone public. 

Q Parker from 112 Someone Jacked My Ride on Father's Day

6/21/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0620-one-twelve-band-q-parker-INSTAGRAM-01Q Parker from 112 came under siege on Father's Day when his expensive ride was snatched during an ATL pit stop.

The singer tells TMZ it all went down Sunday morning on his way home from the airport after a show in Philly. He pulled into a gas station in College Park, Georgia to check a tire that was low on air. 

He says, out of nowhere, someone jumped into the driver's seat. Q says he tried to make his way back into the car, but the thief -- who Q says looked 14 -- floored it and took off.

The $90k Audi A8 is still missing, and there are no suspects ... but there's a popular 14-year-old out there.

Scarface Arrested Minutes After Accepting BET Award

10/11/2015 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Scarface was a man of multiple distinctions this weekend ... he received a career achievement award and a shiny pair of handcuffs, both within minutes of each other.

The rapper was at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta Friday night, having just accepted the "I Am Hip-Hop Icon" award, when cops descended on him, placing him under arrest.

Turns out there's an outstanding warrant against Scarface for unpaid child support.  He was taken to Fulton County Jail.  He was still there as of Sunday AM, according to the jail. 

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Busta Rhymes Alleged Threats at BET Awards Trigger Criminal Investigation

8/12/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0811-busta-rhymes-tmz-03Busta Rhymes is under investigation for allegedly threatening to slap fans at the BET Awards.

Kim Simpson says it all started when her friend accidentally bumped into the rapper while dancing at the June awards show. They apologized, but she says Busta went nuts, warning, “I’ll bite you and not that kinda bite” if it happened again.

Things escalated later when the two gals started snapping pics with reality star Deelishis, and Busta somehow got caught in the camera flash crossfire.

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His reaction … “Don’t make me slap you” and then charged them, but security stopped him.  

Kim filed a police report and cops are trying to find Busta to interview him.

We reached out to Busta's lawyer ... he had no comment.

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