"American Idol" is NOT racist against Black contestants -- the lawsuit filed by 10 former Idol wannabes who claimed they were cut over race ... has been dismissed, but mostly on a technicality.
TMZ broke the story ... the contestants claimed "Idol" producers dug up criminal charges from their pasts -- including crimes for which they were never convicted -- and this was done strictly because they're Black.
According to new court docs, however ... all but 1 of them waited too long to file their cases, and since the statute of limitations ran out ... they had no leg to stand on. A judge tossed the cases.
The one who DID file in time -- Chris Golightly ... had his case dismissed when "Idol" proved to the court the reason he was booted was because he'd violated a show rule by being in a band.
Idol -- 10 ... Plaintiffs -- 0
Ex-En Vogue Singer
I Want Money for Lifetime Movie
Or I'll Sue!
11/20/2014 1:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former En Vogue singer Dawn Robinson will sue Lifetime if it dares to air a movie about the group that doesn't include her character.
Lifetime has "En Vogue Christmas" on it's schedule this weekend ... it's a fictional movie about a family that convinces the group to reunite to save a local concert house. Issue is ... Dawn's character is nowhere to be seen. Two of the original 4 members of the group are in the flick.
Dawn has a problem ... she gave up all "En Vogue" rights years ago, after leaving the group in '97.
Robinson says at the very least she will boycott Lifetime, telling us, "I have no interest in watching it. It looks horrible. I'm sad for them," adding, "After seeing the Aaliyah biopic, I'm extremely worried that this is going to be a trainwreck.
Lifetime had no comment.
'I LOVE TOM COUGHLIN'
But It's Rough Being a Giants Fan
11/20/2014 7:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Don't worry Tom Coughlin, the Jonas Brothers got your back.
With Tiki Barber calling for Coughlin's job, Nick Jonas -- a huge NY Giants fan -- is still supporting his favorite head coach, telling TMZ Sports he loves the guy ... despite the team's 3-7 record.
The G-Men are set to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday ... we'll see if Nick's feelings about Coughlin change after the game.
Iggy & J.Lo
Scare the Crap out of ABC's AMAs
With Their Booty
11/20/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez have created excruciating stress on several ABC staffers -- the censors who will have their hot little fingers on the button during Sunday's American Music Awards.
Our spies tell us ... Iggy and J.Lo will perform "Booty" ... and network honchos are nervous ... real nervous. The execs have set the ground rules ... no cracks, no rubbing. There will be a 3-4 second delay, but these shows have a rich history of raunchy performances slipping through ... the cracks.
It's interesting ... we're told ABC has not put the kibosh on spanking ... something fairly prominent in the music video. But that's as sexual as execs will allow.
The question ... will Iggy and/or J.Lo cross the line?
Lose Yourself and a...
Ton of Brain Cells
11/20/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
'I'm Not Gay No More' Guy
I Went Viral
Now I'm Makin' Records!
11/19/2014 5:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The man who almost broke the Internet for screaming, "I'm not gay no more" has a new moneymaker ... a musical version of his anti-penile mantra that he's hawking on iTunes.
Andrew Caldwell's vow -- in front of 40,000 people at the Church of God in Christ's Holy Convocation Convention in St. Louis -- is now heavily auto-tuned, with backup vocals and plenty of catchy beats.
He'll impress the ladies for sure ... as he's already sold more than 200 copies.
Can Broadway be next?
Fab Five Freddy
Yo! Rapping Athletes ...
Don't Do It!!
11/18/2014 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rap legend Fab Five Freddy has a message for athletes trying to moonlight as MC's ... put the mic down and back away slowly.
We asked Freddy -- the first host of "Yo! MTV Raps" -- about the trend of athletes busting rhymes. Shaq and Kobe did it back in the day ... and, of course, guys like Iman Shumpert, Lance Stephenson, and LeBron James are doing it now.
Here's the thing about OGs like Freddy -- they rarely mince words ... so you gotta see him explain why most of these guys are in for a "rude awakening."
Silver lining for Lakers fans ... Freddy actually thinks Kobe has skills on the mic. So, he's the one.
Motown Legend Dead At 78
11/19/2014 12:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jimmy Ruffin, the crooner who was a staple in Motown for decades, has passed away at the age of 78.
Ruffin reached legendary Motown status in 1966 with his hit "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" ... and had incredible staying power, hitting the Top 10 yet again with "Hold On To My Love" in 1980.
Ruffin's family ties were just as impressive ... his younger brother, David Ruffin, was the lead singer of The Temptations. David was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
Ruffin's 2 kids -- Philicia and Jimmy Lee -- confirmed that he passed Monday at his home in Las Vegas.
I'm Cool With My Mom's
... 32-Year-old BF
11/19/2014 8:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James is 29. The guy dating his mother is 32 ... and apparently, the NBA star is totally cool with it.
In fact, LeBron posed for a pic with his mom's BF -- a rapper known as Da Real Lambo -- after the Cavs beat the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.
Lambo has reportedly been dating Gloria James for about a year ... and he's already referring to her as his "wifey" on Instagram.
Clearly, Lambo loves the lifestyle ... posting pics in private jets, boats and expensive-looking resorts ... but it appears LeBron doesn't have a problem with it.
As long as he makes mom happy, right?
Seinfeld's My Boy, But ...
He Don't Know Crap About Rap
11/19/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jerry Seinfeld can team up with Wale to make hysterical skits -- but the rapper tells us there is a limit to Seinfeld's talent in the entertainment biz.
If you haven't seen 'em ... Wale and Seinfeld are like a new odd couple in a series of online vignettes -- and our guy asked Wale about the one where Jerry tells him how to rip music critics who left him off a "best of" list.
Wale gives JS major props for the comedy -- but you gotta see how his tone changes when we ask if Jerry's gonna help him record new music. Wale doesn't want to say it, but he's saying it: Stay in your lane, Seinfeld!
Something tells us Seinfeld (and the world) will be fine if Jerry doesn't rap.
Boycotts Club for
Banning Underage GF Kylie
11/19/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tyga pulled a no-show for a club appearance when the place shot down his demands to get his underage GF Kylie Jenner into the West Hollywood hot spot.
Sources at Greystone Manor tell TMZ ... Tyga begged and pleaded with promoters to get 17-year-old Kylie admitted -- calling several times throughout the day. We're told he even pushed his arrival time to 1:30 AM while trying to negotiate Kylie's entry.
When the club wouldn't budge -- y'know, because of the law and stuff -- he bailed.
We're told Tyga pulling out of the event pissed off a liquor sponsor in a big way. The club is trying to reschedule, but since the 21-and-over rule isn't changing ... seems pretty hopeless.
They may wanna call him back ... in four years.
That Baby Rocks!!
Here's Something to Bang
11/19/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A viral video of a baby drumming to a Pantera song rocks so hard ... the band's real drummer Vinnie Paul is sending the tot a mini-metalhead starter kit.
Vinnie tells TMZ ... he was so blown away by the clip of 8-month-old Wyatt faux-jamming (there's an adult moving his arms) to the Pantera classic "5 Minutes Alone" -- he reached out personally to the kid's parents in Kentucky.
Vinnie put together a $400 ddrum D1 starter kit for Wyatt -- 2 cymbals, snare drum, bass drum, 3 tom toms and sticks -- which he's shipping this week with a personal message.
"Walk" on, little Wyatt!
I WANT TO FIGHT JUSTIN BIEBER
11/18/2014 4:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Antoine Dodson wants to trade blows with Justin Bieber ... in a totally straight way ... which is why he's challenging the singer to a boxing match in a brand new call out video.
Dodson -- the Bedroom Intruder guy -- just wrapped up his first "celebrity" fight with a man who claimed to be the actual "bedroom intruder" from the incident that shot Antoine to fame a few years ago.
Antoine won the "fight" (see the ridiculous video below) ... and now he wants to take out his remaining aggression on Bieber, who's been training with Floyd Mayweather.
We reached out to Bieber's camp (no really, we actually did) ... but so far, no word back.