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Raven-Symone

I Have a Girlfriend

But Don't Call Me Gay OR African American

10/6/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

100614_raven_symone_own_launchRaven-Symone came out of the closet to Oprah Winfrey Sunday night, but made one thing very clear -- she's not down with putting a label on herself ... and that includes being called African-American.

During Symone's interview with the Big O ... Raven spoke for the first time about her tweet celebrating the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage last year -- and explained she's in a relationship with a woman, but added, "I don't want to be labeled gay, I want to be a human who loves humans."



Raven continued, "I'm tired of being labeled, I'm an American. I'm not an African-American; I'm an American."

Check out the video to hear her explain the African-American comment. It's debatable ... she's clearly not trying to offend, but much of the Black community could take it as dissing her roots.

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Hulk Hogan

Threatens 'Nephew' Over Bisexual Reality Show

... You're Not a Real Hogan!

10/3/2014 11:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Hulk Hogan is vowing to drop the legal hammer on a "nephew" who's pushing a reality show about finding the perfect 3-some ... telling TMZ Sports he's a DISGRACE to the Hogan name. 

The man behind the reality show is David Bollea -- who calls himself King David Hogan ... a pro-MMA fighter who last stepped in the ring back in 2012 and claims to be Hogan's "nephew."

King David is trying to shop a reality show called, "My Girlfriend Wants a Girlfriend" ... in which he sorts through 16 different ladies to find the perfect addition to their freaky sexual lifestyle. 



But Hulk is PISSED -- telling TMZ Sports he barely knows the guy and can't believe he would try to cash in on the Hogan name without permission.  

"I've only met him twice in my entire life ... he knows nothing about the Hogan family, the Hogan name and has no right to use it," Hulk says. 

And now for the threat ... "I will pursue legal action against him for diminishing the Hogan brand." 

Ball's in your court, brother ... er, nephew ... er, "nephew." 

Nicholas Sparks

Sued By School Headmaster

He's A Racist, Homophobic, Anti-Semite

10/2/2014 9:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_barScott Schwimer, Sparks' entertainment lawyer, tells TMZ, “As a gay, Jewish man who has represented Nick for almost 20 years I find these allegations completely ludicrous and offensive.” Sparks' lawyer for this case, Theresa Sprain, adds, "We deny these allegations." 
update_grey_gray_barNicholas Sparks is a homophobic, anti-Semitic racist who ironically also disrespects Alzheimer's patients ... according to the Jewish ex-headmaster of Sparks' Christian school.

Saul Hillel Benjamin claims in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- he was hired to run the Epiphany School for Global Studies founded by Sparks in 2006.

Benjamin says he began complaining to the author of "The Notebook" and others ... the school had virtually no African Americans -- 2 out of 514 students.  Benjamin claims Sparks responded, "Black students are too poor and can't do the academic work."  

Benjamin also says Sparks got incensed when he [Benjamin] met with the NAACP North Carolina chapter, telling the headmaster to "engage only in private and less visible contact with African Americans." 

The lawsuit goes on ... claiming Sparks ignored bullying claims by gay students and even lent support to a student group that wanted to enact a "homo-caust."

Benjamin also claims Sparks publicly humiliated him by forcing him to get up in front of the entire school and justify his Jewish heritage. He says the parents of the students hurled insults at him while the board applauded.

Benjamin says he was fired and Sparks -- who famously wrote "The Notebook" about a couple's love transcending Alzheimer's -- telling others in the school to ignore Benjamin's claims because he was suffering from Alzheimer's.

Benjamin's lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, tells TMZ ... "Apparently, despite the efforts our society has made, Mr. Sparks wants to travel back in time and vilify those who promote diversity and tolerance of all people regardless of their sexual orientation and race."

We reached out to Sparks' people ... so far no comment.

Aries Spears

Cracks Michael Sam Gay Joke on ESPN

'I Probably Won't Be Back'

10/1/2014 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Aries Spears says he doesn't expect to return to ESPN after cracking a gay joke about Michael Sam live on "SportsNation."

The comedian was sitting on a panel with Michelle Beadle and Marcellus Wiley when he brought up Sam -- the first openly gay football player in the NFL.

"I went out and got my first Michael Sam jersey," Spears said ... "It's got 15 S's on the back."

Beadle shot him a cold stare. Wiley told him, "You ain't right."

After the show, Spears tweeted, "Just left sports nation on Espn! Great crew I probably won't be bk though! Didn't know it was Disney operated! LOL."

Heidi Fleiss

Dirty Birds Terrorizing Ex-Girlfriend

9/30/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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turned her birds loose on her ex-girlfriend's house in a way that would have made Alfred Hitchcock gasp.

Heidi -- who was famously the Hollywood madam of choice for Charlie Sheen and a bunch of other celebs -- hooked up with Judy Bailey-Savage and lived with her at her home in Temecula, CA.  

Judy claims Heidi's pet parrots destroyed the house by ripping wood and drywall from the walls and eating the doors and hinges of kitchen and bathroom cabinets.  They also pooped like CRAZY.

And this is the best part ... Judy claims in legal docs, "I am unable to enter the residence to have a contractor give me an estimate  because I am attacked by birds. I have been bitten on several occasions."

And to add insult to injury ... Judy claims she caught Heidi stealing plants from her medical marijuana garden in the middle of the night.

Judy scored a restraining order keeping Heidi 100 yards at bay for the next 2 years.

Problem is ... the restraining order is NOT for the birds.

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Ronda Rousey

Fallon Fox Has Unfair Advantage

But I'd Still Beat Her Ass!

9/19/2014 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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091414_ronda_rousey_launchRonda Rousey tells TMZ Sports ... she believes transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox has an "unfair advantage" over naturally born women -- but she'd still kick her ass anyway.

Rousey was at LAX when we asked about Fallon -- a post-op transgender who was born a man and now fights with the women. 

FYI -- Fox has won her last two fights ... and beat her last opponent so badly, she reportedly suffered a concussion, a broken orbital bone and required 7 staples in her head (video below). 



Rousey -- the reigning female UFC champ -- says she's done a lot of research on the situation ... and ultimately feels Fox needs to be fighting with the men -- especially with the damage she's inflicting. 

But when we asked if Ronda would be afraid to get in the Octagon against Fox, Rousey makes it clear ... she fears NO ONE ... Y chromosome or no Y chromosome.

'OINTB' Writer

Cuts Dongs Out

For Good After Divorce

9/15/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lauren Morelli wrote about women falling for women on "Orange is the New Black" ... and says the next thing she knows -- she'a a real life lesbian who dates Poussey ... or the actress who plays her on the show.

Good thing she never wrote for "Dexter." 
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'Orange is the New Black'

Writer Files for Divorce

Show Made Me Realize ... I'm a Lesbian!

9/13/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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One of the head writers for "Orange is the New Black" has filed for divorce ... the logical step since she's now realized she's a lesbian and is dating one of the female stars.

Lauren Morelli just filed divorce docs -- obtained by TMZ -- from her husband of 2 years, Steve Basilone.  It's actually a joint petition ... probably because Steve realizes that ship has sailed.

The story is amazing.  Lauren began writing for OITNB 5 months after she got hitched.  Lauren says as she started writing for the main character -- who had once been in a lesbian relationship -- she saw herself in the character.  Lauren says she began to feel like a fraud ... married to a man but clearly gay.

According to Lauren ... as she began writing about Piper's blossoming relationship with the very hot Alex ... "I found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like."

Enter Samira Wiley -- who plays Poussey.  It's Lauren's new GF.

According to divorce docs, it's all very amicable.  She gets her Lexus, her apartment and her sapphire engagement ring.  He gets the Mazda hatchback.

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Nick Jonas

Strips Some in Gay Bar

9/11/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Nick Jonas GayNick Jonas learned, when in Rome ... because he joined the crowd at a gay bar with some half naked men and became somewhat naked himself.

Nick teased the crowd at BPM's Gay College Tuesday's in NYC ... coyly leading the excited crowd into believing A LOT was about to come off. He stopped short of the full monty, but still did not disappoint.

He was there to promote his new single but had the urge to jump on stage with a bunch of shirtless dudes.

So close, fellas. So close.

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Winner

Security Beat ME Up

But I Got Arrested For Assault

9/11/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Season 2 winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" got busted for assault ... but he tells TMZ he's the one who got beat down by a security guard during an autograph session.

James Ross, who goes by Tyra Sanchez, tells TMZ he was signing autographs at the Rainbow-Cactus Company in Virginia Beach a few weeks ago ... when a guy in the crowd started heckling him.

Tyra claims he approached the man to try to calm the situation, but a security guard for the venue suddenly grabbed him, slammed him to the ground, and cuffed him ... though he eventually let him go. He claims he suffered a cut to his head, a sprained shoulder, and bruises.

On Monday, Tyra went to police to file charges against the venue ... only to discover there was a warrant out for HIS arrest. He says he turned himself in, posted bond, and was released.

Tyra says he still plans to take legal action against the guard and the Rainbow-Cactus Company. We haven't heard back from the venue.

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Martina Navratilova

Proposes to GF During U.S. Open

... She Said Yes!

9/7/2014 12:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0907-Martina-Navratilova-AP-01Tennis legend Martina Navratilova is finally gonna make an honest woman out of her girlfriend ... dropping down to one knee Saturday at the U.S. Open and popping the big question.

The 57-year-old proposed in between the men's semi-final games to Julia Lemigova -- her GF of 6 years -- and people in attendance cheered on as they watched the proposal on the big screen.

Martina told the AP she was super nervous ... describing it as an "out of body experience."

And you thought being on the Kiss Cam was romantic.

Michael Sam

Joining Cowboys Is

'Dream Come True'

9/3/2014 12:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0903_michael_sam_gettyMichael Sam  says he's incredibly grateful to Jerry Jones for giving him a shot with the Dallas Cowboys ... calling the opportunity a "dream come true."

Sam just went to Twitter and wrote, "As a kid growing up in Texas I always loved the Dallas Cowboys, so to join this incredible organization is really a dream come true."

"I want to thank the Jones family, the entire Cowboys organization, and the city of Dallas for giving me this opportunity."

"I look forward to putting my helmet and pads on every day to work my hardest to help bring a sixth Super Bowl Championship to Dallas!!"

Michael Irvin

Michael Sam to Cowboys:

I LOVE IT!!

9/3/2014 5:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Sam has the blessing of The Playmaker ... 'cause NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin tells TMZ Sports he "loves" that the defensive end signed with his beloved Dallas Cowboys.

"I like Michael Sam, I love that he's with the Cowboys," Irvin told us in front of Craig's in West Hollywood Tuesday night. 

"He knows how to get to the quarterback and we're happy to see that. When you're trying to get players, and the Cowboys need players, that can get to the quarterback, you sign Michael Sam."

"And I'm happy with that."

As we previously reported, Sam inked a deal with Dallas Tuesday to join the practice squad ... just as soon as he completes a physical.

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