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Damon Dash

Judge Sides With Ex-Wife

... You've Got A Weed Problem

10/8/2015 5:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1008-dash-roy-tmz-getty-01Damon Dash was shut down in court Thursday during a custody hearing for his two kids, and a judge made it very clear ... Damon hurt his chances by smoking too much pot. 

Dash wanted an LA judge to drop the monitored visits he currently has with seven-year-old Tallulah for regular visitation and overnight stays. Dash's ex-wife Rachel Roy claims he smokes too much weed around their kids ... and during one visit they ate Damon's pot-laced cake and rice krispies.

In the end, the judge agreed with Rachel. He upheld the monitored visits and ordered Damon stay away from the green stuff for 24 hours before each visit.

We're told Damon was extremely upset and went off on the judge and was almost dragged out of the court. Big difference from 24 hours ago, when he was still optimistic about his chances. 

Michael Jackson's Kids

I Don't Want Them to Feel Trapped

... Says Guardian TJ Jackson

10/7/2015 2:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson went to such extremes to hide his children from the public, it seems shocking they're doing a reality TV series -- but Prince, Paris and Blanket are only doing what they want to do ... according to their cousins.

TJ Jackson and his brothers Taryll and Taj joined us on TMZ Live to talk about "The Jacksons: Next Generation." TJ has a unique perspective on how Michael's kids are raised ... since he was named their legal co-guardian a few years ago.

Tito's sons revealed why their younger cousins were starting to feel trapped by their secluded lifestyle -- and it sounds like the Lifetime docuseries is giving them a chance to turn that around.

Check it out ... TJ seems wise beyond his 37 years, and talks about wanting to make his uncle MJ proud.

Diddy's Son

I'd Do 'Empire' in a Heartbeat

No Matter What My Dad Wants

10/7/2015 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Quincy Combs is drawing the line on the subject of family loyalty -- it doesn't matter that his pops, Diddy reportedly has issues with "Empire" ... he'd love almost any role on the show, except Jussie Smollett's.

Quincy was leaving 1 OAK Tuesday when our photog asked if he'd toe the line with his dad in his beef with "Empire." Rumor is the show wanted Quincy for the Hakeem role, but Diddy squashed it because FOX would own all the music he made.  

Check it out ... Quincy makes it sound like the rumors were false, because he says he'd absolutely take a role, but he's not experienced enough to play a gay character -- presumably because there are scenes involving overt affection.

He's not saying anything disparaging about gays ... he just doesn't think he could pull it off.


Rachel Dolezal's a Hero

... Black Game Changer!

10/6/2015 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1006-rihanna-dolezal-getty-instagram-01File Under: Didn't See This One Comin' ... but Rihanna just went to bat for faux-black person Rachel Dolezal ... saying her ultra-tan charade was less disgraceful and more HEROIC! 

"I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit," Rihanna told Vanity Fair

"Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up."

Dolezal was mocked relentlessly for pretending to be black -- and resigned from her position as the President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP after she was exposed. 

But now with Rihanna's support ... is it possible Dolezal can make a legitimate comeback? 

Tupac Shakur

'Thug Life Is Dead' Jailhouse Letter

Up for Sale for $225k

10/5/2015 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1005_tupac_message_letter_launchTupac Shakur's declared "Thug Life" was dead to him in an emotional letter that included a road map for his "homiez" to make it out of the hood -- and that letter is now up for sale.

Tupac's 5 page correspondence to a Death Row employee was written in 1995 while he was in jail for rape. The letter includes some deep thoughts about being ready to let someone else rep the thug life -- which he famously tatted on his torso.

He wrote, "U must play the game, not let the game play u. A regular Playa plays women, a Boss Playa plays life. A Boss Playa is a thinker, a leader, a builder, a moneymaker, a souljah, a teacher and most of all, a Man! " 

Tupac also said, "I want all my homiez to know there is another level."

The letter is being sold by a memorabilia site called Moments in Time, and we're told the $225,000 price is fixed. First come, first serve!


I'll Campaign for Kanye ...

But I Can't Vote for Him

10/2/2015 5:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West's presidential campaign for President is picking up steam fast -- he could have a campaign manager in rapper Noreaga, who's ready to get out the vote ... up to a point.

We got N.O.R.E. leaving 1 OAK nightclub on Sunset, and he was showing Yeezy a ton of love -- first, for North's nickname. Earlier this year, Kanye joked that he calls her Norrie as a tip of the hat to the rapper.

But N.O.R.E. really started gushing about Kanye in 2020 ... pushing his clear choice for prez, but he is gonna have one BIG problem when it comes time to vote.

At least he can laugh about it. 

Nile Rodgers

Working His Magic with Gaga & Urban

... Justin & Smokey Next?

10/2/2015 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

From Pharrell to Jagger to Daft Punk to Madonna ... virtually every music superstar who's had hits in the last 40 years can probably thank Nile Rodgers for at least one of 'em -- and the legend ain't done yet.

We got Rodgers, co-founder of the classic disco band Chic at LAX, and the genius behind the monster hit "Get Lucky" told us he's hitting the studio with Keith Urban and Lady Gaga.

It's no stretch to say the man who worked with David BowieRod StewartEric Clapton, Duran Duran, Diana Ross, Adam Lambert, and Cyndi Lauper (to seriously name just a few) ... is one of the most influential musicians ever.

So, how about a collab with a certain 21-year-old Canadian and a Motown legend? First, check out Niles' chatting with our photog ... AND then his and Gaga's remake of "I Want Your Love."

Dare you not to dance ...

Chris Brown

I Told You It Was B.S.!

Assault Case Effectively Closed

10/1/2015 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1001-chris-brown-tmz-01Chris Brown will not be charged in connection with an assault on his tour bus earlier this month -- the investigation turned up goose eggs.

Federal Heights PD in Colorado tells us the woman who initially filed the assault claim hired an attorney, and said she no longer wanted to pursue the case.

We're told cops interviewed other witnesses who were at the Denver strip club while Brown filmed a music video with Fetty Wap and French Montana -- and concluded they didn't have the goods to present the case for charges.

For now it's been ruled 'inactive,' ... which typically means put a fork in it.

Brown said from the beginning the whole claim was bogus ... looks like he was right.

Chris Brown

Wallaby Damned

... If I’m Not Going to Australia [TMZ TV]

9/29/2015 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Brown is fighting back against a looming ban from traveling to the land down under. Aussie politicians want to keep him out because of the Rihanna beating.

But now CB has a whole legal team on the case, trying to sway the vote in his favor. Crikey!tmz-on-tv-3

De'Aundre Bonds

I Didn't Get Jumped ...

'I Fall a Little, That's Life!'

9/29/2015 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Dope" co-star De'Aundre Bonds says he wasn't attacked in downtown L.A., and the gaping wound in his head was merely the result of taking a header ... all on his own.

As we reported ... Bonds was hospitalized last week when a friend found him unconscious. According to our sources, Bonds believed he'd been jumped by several attackers in DTLA, leaving him with a couple of nasty head injuries that required 10 stitches.

But when we got De'Aundre in Culver City on Monday ... he denied any attack. Listen to his version of events -- he's blaming diabetes and low blood sugar for the fall, and hints this kinda thing happens all the time.

As Bonds, who famously starred in "The Wood," puts it ... "I fall a little."



Sidewalk Freestyle

... Strictly for the Lovers

9/29/2015 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Got one of those cool Hollywood moments with Wale ... who decided to set a romantic mood for everyone pouring out of a nightclub by dropping an awesome freestyle. 

Wale was leaving Henry's Monday night when he ripped off a few verses to the melody of Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T." 

Throw in a sexy sidewalk saxophone, and a bunch of (likely) boozed up couples leaving the club -- and, yeah ... it's just good fun. 

Check it out ... makes you wanna party.

Chris Brown

Watch Out Britney, J-Lo and Mariah ...

I've Got My Own Vegas Deal Now

9/27/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



A person close to Chris tells us ... the deal includes 10 shows and could earn him even more money than $50K per performance.


Chris Brown is on the verge of creating his own Vegas residency dynasty ... he just signed on with a big time nightclub.

Sources close to Chris tell TMZ, the singer inked a trial run type deal with Drai's to perform at least 6 shows at $50k per pop. We're told the club has been so impressed with the large crowds and great shows Chris has put on in the past, they've decided to test out a long term deal.

But that's not all ... our sources say Trey Songz is part of the deal and will be rotating with Chris. We're told the total talent fee investment is around $500k.

It's still a far cry from the cash J-Lo, Britney Spears and Mariah rake in, but hey -- you gotta start somewhere. 

Let's just hope this time at Drai's, Chris doesn't lose his footing.

'Love & Hip Hop' Momma Dee

Arrested For Dine and Dash

9/26/2015 6:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0926-deborah-bryant-mug-shot-tmz-01"Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Momma Dee was busted by cops after she allegedly left a restaurant without paying.

Law enforcement tells TMZ Dee was arrested Saturday morning in Milwaukee for "fraud on inn keeper - nonpayment." AKA ... skipping out on a bill somewhere.

It was reported that Momma Dee was out with friends to celebrate her birthday and when a bill of around $500 came to the table, no one wanted to cough up the cash.

Dee was held behind bars for a few hours and released after posting a $250 bail.

Story developing ...

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