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'Real Housewife' Phaedra Parks

Me and the Kids Are Going

To the Big House For XMAS!

12/18/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Phaedra Parks Visiting Apollo Nida Prison"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks says she's going to prison for the holidays, and she may be bringing her kids.

Phaedra's hubby Apollo Nida is serving an 8 year sentence for money laundering and check fraud, and it looked like it would be the loneliest of times because Phaedra said she would NOT visit him.

But she's softened for the holidays, and now says her and the kids will probably go on a field trip to the big house.

And check this out ... even though she's said she'll divorce Apollo, she's still wearing the ring.

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Bobby Shmurda

Arrested in Sting

Involving Drugs and Shootings

12/17/2014 11:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0828-bobby-shmurda-tmz-01Rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested Tuesday night during a sting involving multiple shootings and drug trafficking ... TMZ has confirmed.

The indictment is sealed and the specific charges have not been disclosed, but we know it's part of a long-term investigation conducted by the NYPD and a special narcotics prosecutor.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Shmurda was under surveillance by police and was arrested while he sat in a car outside a NYC recording studio.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday. 

Shumurda was arrested in October for smoking a joint with two friends while double parked on a Brooklyn street ... and in June for possession of a weapon.



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Gayle King

Surprised by Oprah ...

Sooo Much Cake to Camera

12/17/2014 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1217_gayle_king_60th_birthday_launchOprah Winfrey isn't surprising a talk show audience with lavish gifts ... but she can still uncork a great one for her BFF!

We're told Gayle King arrived with Oprah Tuesday night to Pier 59 Studios in NYC with a roomful of close friends and family -- all to celebrate Gayle's 60th birthday. Everyone was wearing 2 of Gayle's faves ... yellow and clogs (now that's love). 

Best part of the surprise though -- cake ... tons of cake! Oprah brought in 960 cupcakes from Baked by Melissa to spell out "Sweet 60th." That would be plenty for anyone else -- but this is Oprah and Gayle -- so the Melt Shop made custom grilled cheeses ... a truffle melt and a maple bacon melt.

Most delicious birthday ... ever!

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Cuba Gooding Jr.

I've Reached A Verdict on O.J.

12/17/2014 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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121714_cuba_gooding_jr_launch_v2Cuba Gooding Jr. is already stepping into OJ Simpson's Bruno Magli's ... and he's made up his mind about whether the Juice is guilty of murder. 

Outside the Paley Center in NYC ... Cuba told us he's excited about playing Simpson in Ryan Murphy's miniseries “American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson." But to really nail the role, Cuba says he has to go all in -- which raises the million dollar question.

So, does that mean believing OJ did it ... believing he didn't ... or KNOWING he did, and then lying to yourself?

Watch the video -- Cuba gives us an answer. It's cryptic, but telling.

So, we gotta ask ...

The Game and YG

The Grammys Hate Gangster Rappers

12/17/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

YG The Game Grammy Nominations
The Game and YG think the Grammys are rigged ... because gangster rappers are getting screwed over.

Game tells TMZ ... people at the Grammys "don't respect our culture or our music. Unless we cross over, we ain't winning s**t."

YG is incredulous ... his album, "My Krazy Life," debuted at #1 on Billboard yet he didn't get a single nomination. He told Big Boy Tuesday his music was way better than most, but he wouldn't be specific.

The irony ... both YG and Game think the Grammys shut out any rapper who is not mainstream, which is ironic given that YG sold more albums than just about anyone in the rap category in 2014.

Game's parting shot ... "We can’t even get police convicted of coldblooded murder, so we definitely ain't winning no f**king Grammy."

Wiz Khalifa

Sex Tape Off the Market

12/17/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Wiz Khalifa Porn
Sorry, celebrity porn fans ... looks like the tape featuring Wiz Khalifa and a Playboy model will not see the light of day ... because she's had a change of heart about selling it.

TMZ first reported ... Khalifa and Carla Howe filmed a home porn which Howe tried hawking, but Khalifa pitched a fit.

According to our sources, Howe had a meeting set with Vivid Entertainment -- which was prepared to make a big offer -- but she was a no-show.

We're told Wiz and Carla talked it out and eventually agreed not to release the tape. We don't know the terms of the agreement.

That's a little cynical, but ...

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Lavell Crawford

Rampage Is The Funniest Fighter

[Unless This Video of Me in the Gym Counts]

12/17/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

121614_lavell_crawford_launch_v2 "Breaking Bad" star Lavell Crawford knows funny ... even when funny can kick the living crap out you -- 'cause he thinks Quentin "Rampage" Jackson is the most hilarious fighter in the world.

Crawford was at Gracie Barra Ju-Jitsu in Los Angeles -- on his way to a workout -- when we asked the veteran stand up comedian which MMA fighters make him laugh ... intentionally or not.

We'll let Lavell explain his choice, but please, please, please -- watch this video to see LC get his grapple on with an instructor. We promise ... the aftermath is worth the wait.

Tyler Perry Star Tasha Smith

Getting the Big D

... And Paying For It

12/17/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tasha Smith Divorce

Actress Tasha Smith has jumped from filing a restraining order against her estranged husband ... to slapping him with divorce papers ... and right off the bat it's costing her a bundle of cash.

The "Why Did I Get Married?" star sought the split after she and Keith Douglas filed dueling TROs against each other -- and since she's the bread winner in the family ... the judge is making her pay him $50k in spousal support up front. 

We broke the stories ... a judge ordered Smith to stay a bizarre 2 yards away from Douglas -- while they were estranged, but still shacking up in the same house. A week later she filed similar docs to get protection from him. 

They'll be back in court next month for the restraining orders. As for the $50k payment -- we're told that's just to hold Douglas over until a permanent support agreement is hammered out in divorce court. 

Tyler Perry and his 'WDIGM?' writers should be taking notes.

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Justin Bieber

Singing for the Lord Again?

O-M-Gospel!

12/17/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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121614_tv_tune_in_kirk_franklin_launch_v2Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin is tight with Justin Bieber ... and he's obviously tight with the Big Guy Upstairs too -- but can he bring them together on a song? Maybe even a full album?

Much like Justin's hair -- we're dying to know!
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Bill Cosby

D.A. Rejects Sexual Assault Case

12/16/2014 2:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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The L.A. County District Attorney has just REJECTED the case involving a woman who claims that when she was 15 Bill Cosby sexually molested her at the Playboy Mansion.

Judy Huth has already filed a civil lawsuit against Cosby, but she also filed a police report ... 40 years after the alleged 1974 incident.

The D.A. squarely said ... the statute of limitations has long run on any possible case.

In rejecting the case the D.A. did not evaluate the merits of her claim, but said in order to take action, under the law at the time she would have had to make her complaint within 1 year. 

The D.A.'s report details the allegations ... Huth says Cosby gave her 3 beers and then took her to the Mansion. She says they were sitting on a bed and he tried to touch her vagina, but she blocked him by saying she was menstruating.

The report goes on ... with Huth alleging Cosby grabbed her hand, pulled his sweatpants open and placed her hand on his erect penis. She says he then masturbated himself with her hand. 

Cosby says Huth is a liar and an extortionist, who unsuccessfully tried to sell her story to the tabloids a decade ago and then demanded $250K from him in return for her silence.

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Deion Sanders' Ex

Tossed in Jail

for Violating Custody Agreement

12/16/2014 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Deion Sanders' ex-wife was sentenced to seven days behind bars today for failing to return their kids in a timely manner ... as they agreed to do in their divorce agreement.

Pilar Sanders was found in contempt, and immediately taken into custody. The judge ruled she did not bring their 3 children back to do Deion on time after a visit last July -- and also took them when it wasn't her turn.  

According to local reports, Pilar did not have an attorney with her ... and at one point told the court, “I am not a part of the United States corporation." As we first told you ... Pilar now believes she can only be judged by the Moroccan Empire (which does not exist). 

Deion is also suing her for defamation and the judge ordered Pilar to delete any disparaging social media comments about Deion.

Fabolous

I'm Down to Rap with Kevin Durant

... But He Better Be Good

12/16/2014 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Fabolous Kevin Durant Rapping
Fabolous has his eyes (and ears) on NBA superstar Kevin Durant -- not for courtside seats -- but to record a song because he thinks KD could be the Crockett to his Hip Hop Tubbs.

F-A-B-O-L-O-U-S was out in NYC when our photog asked him to pick a rhyming partner from the crop of athletes trying to spit lyrics right now.

Watch the video -- Fab doesn't hesitate to shout out Kevin, but he does seem to have some doubts about his pedigree on the mic.

Here you go Fab ... we did the research for you.

Kylie Jenner

I'm Going to Children's Hospital

Partly Dressed

12/16/2014 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1216-kylie-tyga-getty-01Kylie Jenner gave a bunch of sick kids exactly what they wanted this holiday season ... oh yeah, and she brought some toys too.

Wearing a white, shear, midriff-baring top, a pair of tight, ripped jeans, high heels, and camera-ready makeup ... Kylie showed up Monday with boyfriend Tyga to the Teen Impact Holiday Party at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

We're told the couple passed out about 30 gifts as they went room to room to visit sick kids, staying around an hour.

Maybe not the most appropriate outfit for young kids.

So we gotta ask ...

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