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Bobbi Kristina

Funeral Ends With

Send-Off From Whitney Houston

8/1/2015 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0801-bobbi-kristina-program-launch-getty-tmz-01The funeral for Bobbi Kristina has come to an end and Whitney Houston was the one to give her daughter a final goodbye. 

During the ceremony, members of both the Brown and Houston families spoke as well as Tyler Perry. The final song played was "Jesus Loves Me" by Whitney.

Although he was not listed as a speaker, Bobby Brown wrote a special message in the funeral's program which read, "I also will always love you."

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Leolah Brown

Booted from Bobbi Kristina's Funeral

8/1/2015 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bobbi Kristina's funeral was interrupted Saturday morning by an outburst from Leolah Brown, Bobbi's aunt, who was swiftly removed from the church with the help of Tyler Perry.

An eyewitness tells TMZ, Pat Houston was getting ready to speak when Leolah began screaming, "Pat you know you are wrong for this!"

We're told security descended on Leolah and escorted her out. Tyler Perry followed to help diffuse the situation.

Leolah spoke with photogs outside of the service and made one thing clear ... she says Pat Houston will be haunted by the ghost of Whitney.

We're told Nick Gordon was not at the service. 

As we reported, the Browns and Houstons are feuding again. Several members of Brown's family are upset that Pat Houston has solicited funds instead of flowers for her charity.

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Bobbi Kristina

Casket Arrives for Funeral

8/1/2015 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0801-bobbi-kristina-funeral-splash-01Bobbi Kristina's casket arrived at the church where her funeral will be held ... and the mood is tense.

The casket was taken inside St. James United Methodist Church in Atlanta for today's funeral, where the Brown and Houston families will no doubt be separated.  There is extreme tension between the families ... centering on money, control and just bad blood.

0801-sub-pat-cissy-houston-fame-01The funeral follows Friday's wake, where various family members, including Pat and Cissy Houston paid their respects. 

Snoop Dogg

Busted In Italy

Carrying Too Much Cash

8/1/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0801-snoop-dogg-italy-flag-tmz-getty-02Snoop Dogg found himself in some hot water with Italian Customs agents after facing a problem most people wish they could have ... he was carrying too much money.

Reports say that Snoop was stopped at an Italian airport with approximately $422,000 in cash ... WAY more than the $10K you can move across European borders without claiming.

Half of the money was impounded but in most cases it's returned after fines.

Snoop hasn't had the best of luck in Europe ... he was arrested after officers suspected he was under the influence of pot in Sweden last week.

Mo' Money, Mo' problems.  

Melba Moore

I Love Bill Cosby

'Nobody's Perfect'

8/1/2015 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Singer Melba Moore has nothing but love for Bill Cosby, saying he's a kind human being and adding, "nobody's perfect."

Moore was leaving the Gramercy Park Theatre in NYC Friday night and told our photog Cosby has done wonderful things for her, providing support on many personal family issues.

As for the sexual assault allegations, she says she doesn't know, but her support is strong.

Nicki Minaj to Ex Safaree

Safaree's Too Dumb

To Write My Rap

7/29/2015 2:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nicki Minaj wants to make one thing clear: "no bitch ass n****" wrote her lyrics.

We just got this video of Minaj in concert where she goes off on her ex, Safaree Samuels, who claims he ghostwrote lyrics in some of her biggest hits.

Check out the video ... she has unbridled contempt for Safaree, who she says isn't smart enough to own her words.


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Tyrese

White Radio is Racist

They Won't Play My Song!

7/28/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

White radio will ONLY play R&B/Soul if it's performed by white guys ... so claims the black guy who has the #1 R&B/Soul album ... Tyrese.

Tyrese does not mince words ... he says he can't get white radio DJ's to play his single "Shame" to save his life ... it's only played on black stations.  

He then ups the ante, claiming white radio would love "Shame" if it was performed by Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith or Robin Thicke.  

Tyrese grouses, urban stations play white artists with no problem ... it's just not a 2-way street.

He's pissed, but he's also #1 ...


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Nicki Minaj's Ex-BF Safaree

She's a Hip-Hop Thief

And Meek Mill's Fat

7/28/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nicki Minaj's former BF is putting her on blast and embarrassing her new BF Meek Mill in the process, claiming he ghostwrote some of the biggest hits on her latest album, "The Pinkprint."

Safaree Samuels just dropped a new song, "Lifeline," in which he accuses her of the Cardinal hip-hop sin ... not writing her own verses. It's the same charge Meek leveled against Drake.

But Safaree is brutal toward Meek, rapping "This n**** bent outta shape with a gorilla face/ My bars on 'The Pinkprint' no one will ever match/ My dick- print lil n**** u could never match."

We checked ... and Safaree only has an A&R credit on "The Pinkprint," so it's a bold accusation.

And it gets worse. Safaree fat shames Meek, saying, "I heard you told Philippe Chow you ain't goin' there ... You outta shape anyway you need to eat a pear."

Stealing lyrics and overeating ... brutal.

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Whitney Houston's Daughter

Bobbi Kristina

Dead at 22

7/26/2015 5:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter Bobbi Kristina has died at the age of 22.

She passed away outside Atlanta in the hospice care facility where she's been since June 24 ... when her family decided to take her off all meds. As we first reported, a specialist had told them there was no chance of recovery

The family says Bobbi Kristina was surrounded by family and, "She is finally at peace in the arms of God."

Bobbi Kristina was found submerged in her bathtub on January 31, and police believe she was underwater for anywhere between 2 and 5 minutes. Paramedics were able to resuscitate her, but she was in a medically induced coma and placed on life support. 

Ultimately, Pat Houston and Bobby -- co-guardians for Bobbi Kristina -- had to make the decision to withdraw medications. It was a rare moment of agreement for the Browns and Houstons ... who had battled about BK's condition throughout her hospitalization.

TMZ broke the story ... the D.A. has been gearing up for a murder case, and her boyfriend Nick Gordon would be their first person of interest. Police said there were bruises on Bobbi Kristina's face and body after Gordon and a friend, Max Lomas, found her in the tub.

Of course, Whitney died from a drug overdose in 2012 while sitting in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Snoop Dogg

Arrested in Sweden

Claims Racial Profiling

7/26/2015 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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7/27 8:35 AM PT -- Swedish authorities tell TMZ ... Snoop was NOT driving at the time of the arrest, he was simply a passenger. But Snoop showed signs of being under the influence, and weed is completely illegal in Sweden ... thus the arrest.

FYI ... the driver was not arrested.

7/26 9:30 AM PT -- A police spokesman tells TMZ, Snoop's not in the clear. He says Snoop showed signs of driving under the influence and it will take 2 weeks to get the test results back. As for Snoop's allegation of racial profiling, the spokesman said, "We don't work like that in Sweden."  

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Snoop was arrested in Sweden and he thinks his offense was DWB .. Driving While Black.

Snoop says he was snatched out of his car Saturday and it was a clear case of racial profiling.

Cops say they arrested Snoop because they thought he was driving under the influence of narcotics, but Snoop says he was taken to the station, forced to pee in a cup and police determined he was clean.

The incident occurred in Uppsala, Sweden, after a concert he performed in the city. 

Chief Keef

Cops Shut Down Concert

He's a Bad Role Model

7/26/2015 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Several thousand concert goers were ordered out of an Indiana venue Saturday by cops, one song into a Chief Keef performance, and he wasn't really even there.

The rapper was actually appearing via hologram, because he felt he was going to get arrested if he showed up anywhere in the Midwest, because of outstanding warrants.

Keef was supposed to perform in Chicago, but changed his plans after city officials made it clear he was asking for trouble if he performed.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked the Chicago venue to pull the plug because Keef was a bad role model.  The venue obliged.

Keef then decided to make a faux appearance at Craze Fest in Hammond, Indiana, but he was actually in Beverly Hills and his performance was beamed in the form of a hologram.

One song in, the cops rushed the venue and shut it down.

Drake's 'Ghostwriter'

Drizzy Got Me Here ...

But I Don't Write His Raps

7/24/2015 2:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0724-drake-quentin-getty-instagramQuentin Miller, the guy accused of writing raps for Drake, is coming to the rapper's defense saying he’s never been and never will be a ghostwriter.

According to Miller, he was just your average baker with a passion for music when Drake took him under his wing. He says most of “If You’re Reading This It's Too Late” was done before he was brought in to collaborate on a few songs.   

He adds ... Drake didn't even really need him, and he was just happy to take notes from "the best in the game." Miller was responding to accusations -- from Meek Mill and others -- that he wrote Drake's rhymes on “10 Bands.”  

He didn't specifically address his version of "10 Bands" that leaked this week -- but says, ”I  could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together."

Chris Brown

Peace, Philippines ...

I'm Outta Here!

7/24/2015 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Chris Brown finally got out of the Philippines -- for real -- after being held there for 3 days because of a fraud dispute.

Brown had been in Manila since Tuesday, where he performed a show, but a promoter filed a complaint against him for allegedly bailing on a New Year's Eve concert ... so the government wouldn't let him leave

The singer was able to obtain a certificate permitting him to bolt ... and he boarded a private jet Friday headed for Macau, where he's performing tonight. 

The ordeal forced him to cancel a show in Hong Kong earlier in the week. He shoulda called Liam Neeson.

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