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Iggy Azalea

Fires Back At Eminem

I'm 'Bored' Of Your Rape Threats

11/21/2014 6:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Iggy Azalea is beefing with ANOTHER huge rapper -- blasting Eminem for saying he's going to rape her in a new rap song. 

Em went after Azalea in a track called "Vegas" from his upcoming album ... saying: 

"So, what’s it gon’ be?
Put that sh-t away, Iggy
You gon’ blow that rape whistle on me ... scream!"



Clearly, Iggy wasn't too happy about the lyrics and fired back on Twitter:

"Im bored of the old men threatening young women as entertainment trend and much more interested in the young women getting $ trend. zzzz" 

She continued, "Its especially akward because my 14 year old brother is the biggest eminem fan and now the artist he admired says he wants to rape me. nice!"

"Women in music have the bigger balls anyhow we endure much more harassment and critic."

It's interesting ... considering Iggy just wrapped up another huge rap war with Snoop ... who called her a "b*tch" and a "c**t."

Snoop eventually apologized. So far, Eminem has yet to respond to Iggy's comments. 

'I'm Not Gay No More' Guy

Church Threatens Legal Action

Over Song

11/21/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The church where the "I'm Not Gay No More" guy went straight is not only intolerant toward gays, they have an intense dislike for people who steal their tunes.

The Church of God in Christ insists Andrew Caldwell call in the lawyers ... because their now-famous parishioner jazzed up his hilarious moment with background singers and released it on iTunes.  

A church honcho says they're ordering him to stop hawking the song partly because they own the audio, but also because they feel Andrew is making a mockery of the service ... and that's hilarious.

But Andrew's calling BS, telling TMZ he's copyrighted the song ... and says it's his voice and only he -- not even God -- can claim ownership of it.

So maybe the dispute will be settled by a higher power -- Judge Judy.

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Marlon Wayans

I Call All My Friends N Word

Even White Chicks

11/20/2014 1:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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has just filed legal docs defending an Instagram post in which he called an extra from his movie "Haunted House 2" a n**** and a Cleveland lookalike ... saying the N-word is a term of endearment, and the dude DOES look like Cleveland.

Marlon says in the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- he grew up in the projects of NYC, where black men and women frequently used the N-word (with both an "a" and an "r") as a colloquial term of camaraderie.

Wayans says he doesn't restrict use of the word to his black friends, bragging in his declaration he calls his "Haunted House 2" co-star Jaime Pressly the N-word too.  And get this ... Jaime filed her own declaration saying, "Mr. Wayans has addressed me as n**** in the past and frequently uses it as a term of endearment with his friends and family."

As for the photo that triggered the lawsuit ... Marlon says it's ridiculous. Pierre Daniel posed for the pic and even has a scene in the movie where he's referred to as Cleveland.

So separated at birth.

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'American Idol'

Racial Suit Dismissed

You Snooze You Lose, Judge Says

11/20/2014 2:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"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
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1120_en_vogue_lifetime_getty2Former 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 its 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. ... After seeing the Aaliyah biopic, I'm extremely worried that this is going to be a trainwreck."

Lifetime had no comment.

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Aries Spears

I Hate Kobe Bryant

... He's No Michael Jordan

11/20/2014 8:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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112014_aries_spears_launchSo, probably safe to assume Aries Spears won't be getting a Christmas card from Kobe Bryant this year ... because the former "MadTV" star says he HATES the Mamba (and all things Lakers) with a passion.

"I'm the biggest Laker hater in the world," Spears told us at LAX yesterday. "I don't like Kobe."

There's more ... Spears says Bryant doesn't have a shot to win another championship during his career ... which is why Michael Jordan will always be considered the greatest of all time.

"As long as Michael Jordan is breathing, he's got that spot locked ... SIX, BABY!"

BTW, this isn't the first time Spears has taken a shot at Kobe -- check out what he did on "MadTV" back in the day ...

Iggy & J.Lo

Scare the Crap out of ABC's AMAs

With Their Booty

11/20/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111914_jlo_iggy_ass2assIggy 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?

Pray God.

'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta'

Benzino Fired

After Alleged Death Threats

11/20/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Love And Hip Hop Benzino Stevie JDeath threats from "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" star Benzino triggered his firing ... so claims Stevie J, but the guy who got the boot says it's a crock.

TMZ broke the story ... Benzino got the ax right after the brawl on the reunion taping, which sent people to the hospital and resulted in criminal charges filed against Joseline Hernandez.

Stevie J tells TMZ ... Benzino wouldn't let it go ... he went on a campaign of terror, threatening the lives of him and Joseline, producers and other staffers. Stevie tells us, "He said flat out he was going to kill us."

The threats were too much for VH1 and we're told that's why Benzino was banished.

But Benzino tells us, "Stevie J is a habitual liar and VH1 has never given me a reason for being fired."

Benzino thinks this is all about star power and he's the scapegoat because "They wanted to keep the crackhead whore." 

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Derek Jeter

Vegas Reunion with an Ex-GF!

Not Her, Or Her, Or Her ...

11/19/2014 3:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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When you've banged as many chicks as Derek Jeter ... running into exes becomes an occupational hazard, and Tuesday night it was Jessica Alba's turn for the awkward moment.

Jeter and Alba were both guest speakers at the Goldman Sachs technology conference in Las Vegas. Jeter was there for his new website (theplayerstribune.com) and Alba was talking about her Honest Company baby products.

The after party went down at Hyde Bellagio Nightclub -- and sources inside tell us Jessica and Derek did have a 10-minute chat while they were there. Nothing hot and heavy, we're told ... just enough to talk about her kids and his retirement. 

Still ... Cash Warren and Hannah Davis can't be thrilled.

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LeBron James

I'm the King ...

Of Home Renovations!

11/19/2014 12:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111914_lebron_james_rehabaddict_launchLeBron James is finally wrecking something other than opposing defenses -- he's getting hands on to tear down and renovate a house in his hometown ... and it's all for his charity.

King James hooked up with Nicole Curtis, who hosts HGTV’s "Rehab Addict" ... and completely overhauled the home of a family in Akron, Ohio.

LeBron brought along his two sons and they didn't just watch ... they put in some work. 'Bron helped tear apart kitchen fixtures and even took a sledgehammer to a wall.

LeBron is certainly built for construction work ... but can someone get the man some pants? How about a pair of work boots?

Jimmy Ruffin

Motown Legend Dead At 78

11/19/2014 12:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1119-jimmy-ruffin-getty-01Jimmy 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.

Brokenhearted indeed.



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Dwight Howard

Baby Mama Throws Son's

B-day Party At Hooters

11/19/2014 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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A seven-year-old boy should be having his birthday at Chuck E. Cheese's, NOT Hooters ... but that's exactly what Dwight Howard's baby mama did for their son's 7th birthday. 

"Basketball Wives" star Royce Reed, the boy's mother, posted the photo on her Instagram showing Braylon grinning from ear-to-ear ... and it probably wasn't because of the wings.

As TMZ first reported ... Howard is angling for full custody, while simultaneously being investigated for child abuse.

In court docs, Howard has accused Reed of exposing Braylon to sexual situations. Howard claims his son has witnessed Reed engage in sexual acts with her "numerous companions."

We're told Howard believes this photo is just the latest example of his son being exposed to sex.

A source close to Royce says her son's birthday party was at a Monkey Joe's bounce house earlier in the day -- with his classmates -- and she merely stopped at Hooters for food. The source also says Royce has never had any man in and out of her house, and has never exposed Braylon to sex.

A rep for Howard tells TMZ, "Dwight isn't going to engage in the back and forth about his son in the media. He only wishes that his mother would do the same and protect the boy instead of exposing him.‎"

Bill Cosby

No Concert Cancellations

The Shows Will Go On

11/19/2014 10:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bill Cosby
may be out of favor with Netflix, but he's full steam ahead everywhere else.

We've learned execs at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas had a meeting Wednesday morning to review the most recent round of rape allegations against Cosby, and decided to go on with Thursday's show, which is almost sold out.

Cosby is also scheduled to perform in Melbourne, FL on Friday to a sold out audience and that show will go on as well. A rep for the King Center for the Performing Arts tells TMZ no one has asked for a refund.

And there's more. Cosby is scheduled to perform in Vegas a week from Friday, and that show we're told will not be cancelled. There are still seats available.

We've contacted various venues where Cosby is set to perform in January and all say the shows will not be cancelled. Virtually every venue told us it would be inappropriate to cancel the show based on allegations where no formal charges have been filed.

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