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Jay Z & Beyonce

Black Rage Over Whiteout at Tidal

5/28/2015 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jay Z's office photo at Tidal is kinda like playing Where's Black Waldo? -- and Jay Z is Waldo.

The pic popped up on Beyonce's website this week, and shows Jay and Bey mugging with a few dozen staffers at the HQ for the streaming service -- and the ONLY black people in the pic are the owners.

On the surface, this seems like something to celebrate. Progress and stuff, right? Problem is, Jay played the race card a few weeks ago, when he called out the black community for not backing his company... the way it supports Apple, Nike and Google.

As a result ... the Internet has its knives out, making comments like:

- "Jay tried to guilt trip us ... but his staff are all white"
- "Jay does a 'Pro-Black' freestyle but then releases a picture of #Tidal's all White staff."
- "Those who complain of no blacks in white owned institutions. Well here u go Jay Z OWNS TIDAL. U going to protest?"
-"Jay ain't hiring u n***as"

Keep in mind, the Tidal office is in Norway -- where the black population is around 2%. Sooo ... what's a black mogul to do?

Chris Brown

Baby Mama Says

He Cheaped Out on Royalty's Birthday

5/28/2015 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chris Brown's daughter Royalty got a phone call from her dad on her first birthday ... but a source close to his baby mama says that's it.

Sources close to Royalty's mom, Nia Guzman, tell TMZ ... Brown didn't show up for the 1-year-old's birthday, didn't send a gift and didn't contribute to the cost of the Chuck E. Cheese's shindig. Nia says her boyfriend, King Ba, paid for the whole thing.

Ba -- who's listed on the birth certificate as Royalty's birth father -- seemed to take pleasure in Chris' absence and captioned one pic of Royalty by writing, "Wouldn't Miss This Day For Anything In This World."

Chris' people say he was in Miami shooting a music video with Pit Bull, and tried Facetiming with his daughter but Nia's phone was acting wonky.  

Wale

Bryce Harper Is My Cousin

5/28/2015 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Hip-hop superstar Wale just revealed a super awesome branch of his family tree ... telling TMZ Sports Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper ... is his actual cousin.

Wale was out in L.A. when we decided to do a little D.C. sports rundown with the DMV representer, asking about the Wizards and then about Harper ... who's currently tearing up the Major Leagues.

That's when Wale dropped the bombshell that's sure to make Donald Sterling's skin crawl ... telling our camera guy that he loves Harper ... mainly because Bryce is actually his cousin!!!

Ok ... so maybe he was joking ... but maybe he's not ... why can't they be related?

Watch the clip ... and open your freakin' mind.

Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez

Together Again for God ...

But Not for Each Other

5/28/2015 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Slow down, Jelena fans -- yes, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez hung out Wednesday night ... but they are not dating again. Not yet anyway.

The reunion of everyone's favorite on-again/off-again set the Internet on fire, but here's what really went down.

Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. -- who counts Bieber and the Kardashians among his flock -- posted a series of videos from a gathering Wednesday night in L.A. ... and both Bieber and Gomez were there.

According to our sources, the exes were cordial, but that's it. In fact, Bieber brought rumored girlfriend Hailey Baldwin with him -- another sign there's no reunion on the horizon.

We're told this isn't the first time Bieber and Gomez have been together lately -- they've both been to a few of Pastor Rich's gatherings in recent weeks.

So, no romantic sparks for now. Give it time, they'll be back together -- and broken up again -- eventually.

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Walk Off the Earth Singer

United Airlines Booted Me

'Cause My Kid Was Crying

5/28/2015 12:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0528_sarah-blackwood_facebook_sidexsideUnited Airlines has a problem with crying infants according to alternative rocker Sarah Blackwood ... who says she was kicked off a flight because her 1-year-old son got fussy -- but the airline claims the kid was a safety risk.

Sarah -- Walk Off the Earth singer -- is 7 months pregnant and says UA kicked her off the San Fran to Vancouver flight ... after less than 10 minutes of Giorgio squirming and crying. She says he fell asleep after the fit, but for the airline the damage was done. Sarah says the plane stopped taxiing and returned her to the terminal. 

Sarah's fellow passengers saw her and her son get escorted off the plane -- and many of them took to social media to express their outrage over the situation. Let's face it ... babies cry on planes all the time.

We contacted United and a rep says the flight crew made a difficult decision, but made the correct one “based solely on safety concerns." The rep claims, "the child was not seated, as required by federal regulation to ensure passenger safety, and was repeatedly in the aisle of the aircraft before departure and during taxi."

Sarah's calling BS on that. On TMZ Live, she told us she was in a window seat and her fellow passengers can vouch for her that Giorgio was not cruising the aisles.  

Sarah also recorded a sympathetic United employee ... who suggested she use the power of social media to put pressure on the airline.

Rick Ross to 50 Cent

It's Not My Fault ...

You're a Loser!

5/28/2015 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0528-rick-ross-50cent-tmz-01Rick Ross is getting personal in his legal battle with 50 Cent ... saying the only reason 50 sued him is to cover up the fact he's just not as famous as he used to be.

As TMZ first reported, 50 sued Ross to cover his own ass in a lawsuit he's facing over a leaked sex tape ... claiming it is Ross' fault the video was posted in the first place ... so Ross should pay, not him.

But Ross -- through his lawyer, Xavier Donaldson -- says 50's only gunning for him in "another attempt to draw attention to his descending entertainment career and one of several desperate, last minute attempts he's made to avoid and deflect legal and financial responsibility for his own actions."

Damn.

Donaldson says he's yet to be served with the suit, but plans to fight it aggressively.

Steph Curry's Daughter

Hijacks Press Conference Again

... Sings Big Sean Song

5/28/2015 7:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Best video of the day. 

Steph Curry's adorable daughter, Riley, stole the show at the Warriors post-game press conference -- AGAIN -- and this time, she capped off her performance by singing some Big Sean into the mic. 

Watch the video ... just when you think it can't get any better, Riley kicks it up a notch. 

Remember when those reporters complained that she was detrimental to the press conference process?

Yeah, screw those people. 

Charlie Sheen

Sooo Dripping Wet

... Over Justin Bieber!!??

5/28/2015 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Get Charlie Sheen a towel ... a BIG one ... or maybe just a life preserver -- 'cause the guy was absolutely drowning in his own sweat at 1:30 AM in Hollywood.

This video is insane, and literally soaking wet. We saw Charlie slipping out of Sycamore Studios early Thursday morning ... where a bunch of Justin Bieber fans also happened to be hanging out waiting for Justin to exit.

It's unclear what the hell Charlie was doing at the studio at that time -- we're pretty sure he's not recording an album ... but who knows with him.

Just watch ... screaming Bieber fans, a seriously drenched warlock ... oh, and a one-finger salute to Charlie's fave TMZer.

Guns N' Roses Guitarist

Concert Fight

... Over an E-Cigarette!

5/28/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba's e-cigarette vapor pissed off a Vegas concertgoer so badly ... the guy put an ass whupping on Axl Rose's axman. 

It's not the most rock 'n' roll brawl we've ever heard of ... but here's what went down. Ashba was at Planet Hollywood over Memorial Day weekend to see Romeo Santos perform. Our sources say when the guy said something about the e-cig ... Ashba shot back, "What are you going to do about it, buddy?"

That question sparked the fight, and we're told the guy's girlfriend even got in the mix.

Security escorted all of them out, but cops determined Ashba was the victim ... and the couple got cited for misdemeanor battery. 

New Found Glory

Band Connects with Horse

Saves Her From Death Row

5/27/2015 5:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0527-newfoundglory-horse-2New Found Glory’s guitarist Chad Gilbert,  just saved a very special horse from getting turned into glue.

Chad tells TMZ he was doing a Twitter search recently for fan reactions to the band’s tour, and he came across an ad for an old mare that happens to share the band's name, but was just hours from getting slaughtered.

After doing some digging, he found out it would only cost a measly $350 to rescue the ole girl -- so he got approval from his bandmates to adopt her. Chad says, “everyone thought it would be great for the band." 

He says they got the cash to auctioneer just in time, and then -- with the help of Freedom4Horses -- found an owner in Texas with wide open spaces where she can roam.

The new stable owner's gonna get NFG gussied up before the band comes to visit their horse. Of course.

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E-40

If Golden State Beats Houston

... I'll Supply Victory Booze!

5/27/2015 5:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0527-e40-warriors-game-INSTAGRAM-01There could be a slurricane heading for Oakland ... 'cause rap legend E-40 says if the Golden State Warriors squad wins the NBA title, they'll get UNLIMITED booze from his winery for the rest of the year!!!

FYI -- E-40 is a major player in the booze biz ... he's the owner of the Earl Stevens Selections wine company ... and also puts out the "Slurricane" cocktail drink. 

He's also a HUGE Warriors fan ... and made the team the following offer: 

"If they win the Western Conference I will supply them with a celebration toast with Slurricane."

"If they win the NBA Finals, the whole team will get as many bottles of my Mangoscato wine from Earl Stevens Selections as they want until next season begins."

Mr. 40 adds, "I am very confident they are going to bring the title back home and do it for the YAH AREA!!!! We won’t stop 'til we get a ring!"

Lil B

LEBRON GOT PROBLEMS

Cavs Haven't Ducked Curse Yet!

5/27/2015 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lil B is DOUBLING DOWN on his threat to curse LeBron James ... claiming the King is in "big, big trouble" for stealing B's famous dance move. 

Lil B appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" today (from an undisclosed location) and told us he appreciates Iman Shumpert's olive branch ... but the Cavs aren't off the hook yet. 

As we previously reported, B's upset the team used his famous "cookin' dance" in a post-game celebration last night ... and didn't give him the proper credit. 

Now, B's got demands if the team wants to escape the curse before the NBA Finals. 

Make sure to watch "TMZ Hollywood Sports" weeknights on Reelz.

Ice Cube to Rabbi

For You, a Beatdown!

Casino Fight Alleged

5/27/2015 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0527-ice-cube-tmz-01So a rabbi and Ice Cube walk into a casino, and the rabbi catches an anti-Semitic fueled ass whuppin' -- at least that's what the rabbi's claiming, but Cube says that's a load of crap.

P. Taras, who says he's a rabbi ... tells TMZ he was at the MGM Detroit on May 24 when he literally bumped into Cube outside an elevator.

Taras claims he said something like ... hey, watch out -- and the rapper/actor responded by having his boys attack. While he was getting stomped, Taras claims he heard several epithets. He thinks that's because he was wearing a yarmulke. 

Taras has filed a lawsuit against Cube for assault and battery, and wants $2 million for his troubles.

Ice Cube's rep says, "Not only are these accusations a lie, he doesn't even know who this guy is."

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