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Lee Daniels A Gay Rapper Topping The Charts It's Gonna Happen Soon

11/19/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lee Daniels thinks his hit show "Empire" has helped cure hip-hop's homophobia and it won't be long before a gay rapper dominates the real charts.

Daniels was on "Larry King Live" this week where he told King he thinks his show has "made gays okay” in the hip-hop world. 

For those who don't watch Empire... a big part of the plotline is the relationship struggle between hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon and his gay son, Jamal, who's an aspiring musician.

When we got Daniels at LAX Friday he gave us a timeline, and well, it's sooner than you'd think.

Wilder vs. Joshua Fight Negotiations Are Happening ... Deontay Confirms

11/19/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Deontay Wilder says official negotiations to get him and Anthony Joshua in the ring are "most definitely" underway ... and it's only a matter of time before the world's top 2 heavyweights throw down.

"My people have met their people and they're actually gonna meet again as well, too. It's getting closer," Wilder told the guys on the TMZ Sports TV show.

But there's a catch -- Deontay says Joshua is probably gonna take "a warm-up fight" to get ready for that action ... so it might be a minute before the Bronze Bomber gets his shot at the unified world champ.

But no matter how long he's gotta wait, his message to Anthony's the same -- "Stop being scared and just agree to the fight."

Ruben Studdard Gives American Idol Advice ... To NFL's Marvin Jones

11/19/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Detroit Lions star Marvin Jones listen up ... sure you might've killed your "American Idol" audition like O.J. in his prime, but that doesn't mean you're gonna win the show ...

UNLESS YOU LISTEN TO RUBEN STUDDARD RIGHT NOW.

We got Studdard, America's "Velvet Teddy Bear" and 'Idol' Season 2 champion, at LAX and asked him to rate Marvin's audition, and give him a little advice for the journey to the top.

First off, Ruben was sold on Marvin's voice -- makes sense, the MAN CAN SANG -- and as far as advice, he used his gorgeous voice to drop some knowledge on the kid.

BTW -- Did you know Ruben Studdard was a former college football player? Neither did we, but now that we think about it, makes sense.

Blac Youngsta Crazy Mickey D's Takeover Vid!!! This Got Manager Fired

11/19/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Blac Youngsta got a serious case of the late night munchies after a North Carolina gig, hopped a McDonald's drive-thru line and set off a string of hijinks that cost the night manager his job. 

The rapper hit up a Mickey D's last weekend in Raleigh, and even though it was only serving at the drive-thru ... the manager opened the doors wide when he recognized Youngsta and his crew. 

That's when the trouble began -- dancing on counters, ordering up burgers, play fighting and hanging out the drive-thru window. Full golden arches turn up!

But the whole thing went too far when Youngsta attempted to take orders from actual customers. Not cool if you're a non-BY fan who's jonesin' for fries at 3 AM. We're told someone complained to corporate, and the late night manager got axed.

Judging by the video, it was totally worth it. At least until rent's due.  

T.J. Dillashaw Hey, Cody Garbrandt ... Van Damme Can't Save You

11/19/2017 12:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

T.J. Dillashaw says Cody Garbrandt can get as many lessons from Jean-Claude Van Damme as he wants ... 'cause not even "The Kickboxer" can make him the better fighter. 

We told the T.J. -- the UFC bantamweight champ -- about sensei JCVD's trip to Cody's training center in Sacramento ... where he schooled Garbrandt, Urijah Faber and other fighters on the art of the kick.

Dillashaw thought that was pretty cool, but straight-up laughed at the idea of Van Damme actually helping his hated rival -- saying Jean-Claude doesn't know a damn thing about their sport!!

"I don't think Van Damme's gonna bring any wisdom into MMA fighting," T.J. said. 

Diddy Loses Brother Love Trademark To Nashville Rocker

11/19/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Diddy -- aka the man of a thousand names -- is gonna run into some issues if he wants to go slapping his new Brother Love alter ego on music and merch because there's already another BL in the game.

Rocker Larry Florman has been using the Brother Love alias since 2000 and has released 2 albums under the name. Florman told us he's shocked that he's the first to go after the trademark, considering he only did so a week ago after learning about Diddy infringing on the title.

It's also too late for wrestling's OG Brother Love, Bruce Prichard, who told us last week that he would be going after the trademark.  

Unclear how far Diddy was planning on taking his own Brother Love alter ego. He told us last week it was just the booze talking when he decided to make the change.  

WWE's The Miz Forget Brock Lesnar ... I'm a Waaaaay Bigger Deal

11/19/2017 12:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Brock Lesnar's good and all ... but he ain't an MVP WWE superstar like, say, THE MIZ -- this according to The Miz.

Here's the deal ... we got Miz chillin' in the Big Apple, and asked him to pick the winner of this weekend's "Survivor Series" main event -- Lesnar vs. A.J. Styles

Miz went with Brock 'cause they wrestle on the same show -- "Monday Night Raw" -- but made 1 thing very clear ...

"He is on Raw ... I am the whole show."

Video evidence says otherwise, but hey -- Miz gonna Miz.

Conor McGregor He's a Boss, Don't Punish Him ... Says Kimbo Slice's Son

11/19/2017 12:05 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

All the Conor McGregor haters can take a seat ... 'cause Conor was just being a boss when he WENT OFF inside the cage last week -- so says Kimbo Slice's son.

"Baby Slice" fought at the Bellator Dublin event where McGregor got violent with MMA officials ... and says the UFC mega-star should get a pass for his outburst.

"I think that was pretty funny, man," Slice told TMZ Sports. "C'mon. We was in his hometown, his city. He probably felt invincible, think he can do what he wanna do. Probably can there."

FYI, Conor issued a "sorry not sorry" apology on Tuesday ... and no official punishment's come down from the UFC -- yet.

Stay tuned ... 

Meek Mill Wins Big Prison Victory Out and About with the Inmates

11/18/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill's been sprung from solitary confinement and moved to another prison with greener pastures ... literally.

An official at the State Correctional Institution in Chester, PA tells TMZ ... the rapper was just transferred to their prison and out of Camp Hill. He's now in general population and he has his own cell.

We broke the story ... Meek wanted out of solitary because he feared it would take a severe toll on his mental state.  

Meek can now hit up the yard in the morning or afternoon. He can ball out on the court or go for a jog. Should he fancy himself with a book, he can read it at the on-site library or in his cell. Gym time will depend on which job he ends up taking ... which, by the way, pays 19 cents an hour.

He'll be assigned a job and has 2 choices -- cleaning cells or cooking.

Kim K & Beyonce No Bad Hubby Blood Spilled at Serena's Wedding

11/18/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian and Beyonce aren't letting their famous husbands' longstanding feud affect them ... or so it seems.

Sources tell us Kim and Beyonce were more than cordial Thursday night at Serena Williams' wedding ... we're told they exchanged hellos, hugged and showed off some pics of their kids in the VIP section set up to avoid paps lingering outside.

As you know ... Jay-Z and Kanye West haven't spoken in a long time, ever since Kanye attacked Bey in 2016. That was followed by Ye's lawsuit alleging Jay's Tidal owes him over $3 mil.

While Jay and Kanye once had a super close relationship  ... the same can't be said about Kim and Bey. They're not friends -- in fact we're told Bey never really liked Kim, although Kim never harbored a grudge. 

Nevertheless, they still acted friendly around each other ... not that they had a choice. Not only do they have a ton of mutual friends, but running into each other was inevitable with just a handful of A-listers in the tent.

Leave the drama for the papas ...

Farrah Abraham Here's a Big Black Friday Deal for Ya!!

11/18/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Farrah Abraham's ass is going bargain basement, as in $1, for the biggest shopping day of the year. 

Farrah made 2 live appearances on the porn site, CamSoda, this year. She delivered on the first, but pissed off fans the second time when she backed out of the anal scene she promised to do.

The site had to offer refunds, but some marketing genius came up with a plan to recoup the dough. CamSoda will hawk all the videos Farrah's done with them -- streaming or download -- for $1.

That's right, you can now call her "1 Buck Butt!" Just for Black Friday, though. 

 

Ja Rule Just Joking About Banksy Search But Now I Got Some Leads

11/18/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ja Rule says he was just playing when he said he was looking for Banksy, but then things got real ... and now he's hoping to score a meeting in a dark alley somewhere.

We got the rapper at LAX Friday and asked him why he's trying to find the anonymous street artist ... but he's pretty secretive himself. What's interesting is he claims he got some "real feedback" from people who know Banksy ... but our guy's not really buying it.

He does tell us he's got a new project coming soon, and suggests he wants to collab with Banksy on it -- if he can find him.

So, Banksy, if you're reading this ...

Urijah Faber Jean-Claude Would Be A Damme Good UFC Fighter

11/18/2017 12:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

You MMA fighters are lucky Jean-Claude Van Damme is busy as an international movie star ... 'cause UFC legend Urijah Faber says if he wasn't doing that, JCVD could be kicking ass in the octagon.

Faber attended a kicking clinic Van Damme put on in Sacramento this week, a clinic also attended by Faber's Team Alpha Male cohort Cody Garbrandt

Van Damme got busy with his legs (as he always does) but when we talked to Urijah we needed to know if he thought the Muscles from Brussels could ever do it FOR REAL.

"Oh, absolutely."

BTW, this isn't just Faber's opinion, he told TMZ Sports JCVD actually went toe-to-toe with one of the guys from his squad, and things got a little interesting.

"He actually got in with one of our pros and was moving around, and they started going back and forth and he actually caught the guy in the face with a little heel kick and it almost got heated there we had to calm it down."

Guy obviously never saw "Bloodsport."

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