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Jessica Alba Powerful Anti-Gun Violence Message At Teen Choice Awards

8/1/2016 9:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jessica Alba stood shoulder to shoulder with young people who've lost family members to recent gun violence atrocities ... in the most poignant moment of Sunday's Teen Choice Awards.

Jessica and the teenagers made a plea to bring an end to the violence -- reminding the audience of the loved ones they'd lost in Newtown, Orlando, San Bernardino, Baton Rouge and more. 

The tribute brought many people in the audience to tears.

Justin Timberlake had his own message about tolerance and Americans coming together.

Soulja Boy Armed Robber Wanted His Cash ... Shot His Boy Instead

7/30/2016 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The armed robber who put a bullet in one of Soulja Boy's friends Friday was actually there for Soulja himself ... sources are telling TMZ.

We broke the story ... a bday guest of Soulja got shot in the arm outside of a recording studio in Hollywood. The victim is Killa J -- one of Soulja's artists. Sources connected to Soulja tell us he now suspects it was all an inside job.

We're told Soulja and his entourage noticed a black Ford SUV with four men in it waiting outside as they showed up to the studio to celebrate his 26th birthday ... and thought nothing of it at first.

As they wrapped up the party ... we're told Soulja's crew checked security cameras and saw the vehicle was still there. Killa J stepped out first to see what the deal was, and that's when four men rolled up and demanded Killa J give up Soulja Boy's Gucci bag, which is usually where he carries large amounts of cash.

We're told they asked for Soulja by name too. Probably not coincidentally ... he'd been flashing his bday stacks on social media during the party. 

According to our sources, Killa J refused to cooperate ... and that's when bullets started flying and the Memphis rapper caught one in the arm. He's expected to recover.

Cops say they don't have any suspects yet. 

Soulja Boy Shooting Incident Busts Up Birthday Party

7/29/2016 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0729-soulja-boy-sean-kingston-instagram-01Soulja Boy's 26th birthday bash in a recording studio came to an abrupt end when one of his guests got shot early Friday morning.

Soulja was hanging with friends, including Sean Kingston, celebrating his bday. Law enforcement sources tell us ... one of the guys stepped outside, and a male suspect wearing a mask pulled up in a car and attempted to rob the victim.

We're told a struggle ensued and the suspect shot the victim in the arm, and then fled by car. By the time police responded, Soulja Boy had bolted. The victim was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Cops don't have a suspect yet. Soulja posted pics of himself flaunting stacks o' cash during the party -- which couldn't have helped matters.

We're told Sean had already left the party when the shooting happened.

Phaedra Parks Bombing Suspect Is Former Client

7/28/2016 2:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-phaedra-parks-TMZ-02Phaedra Parks has history with the man who allegedly threatened to blow up her law office, because she was once his manager and lawyer ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Terrence Cook -- aka Drama -- tell us Phaedra managed his music career back in 2000 when he was an up-and-coming rapper in Atlanta.

She was also his lawyer in a 2003 robbery case before she was removed as counsel. Cook served 12 years in prison for that case.

0728-phaedra-parks-man-arrested-cook-in-custody-TWITTER-03We're told after Cook was released from prison in 2015 ... he told friends he was going to Miami to meet up with Phaedra and shoot an episode of 'Real Housewives.' While in Miami, we're told he got seriously injured in a skydiving accident, and has been on the mend since.

Sources close to Cook say he blamed Phaedra for his downfall in life ... including his long prison term, defunct rap career, and skydiving injury. For the record, Bravo says Cook was never invited to shoot a 'Housewives' episode.

As we previously reported -- Cook was arrested Thursday morning when he showed up to what he thought was Phaedra's law office claiming he had a bomb strapped to his leg. Cops said he had an envelope and book, but determined there was no bomb. 

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Glen Rice Jr. Accused of Beating Ex-NCAA Player ... AK-47 Found

7/28/2016 10:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0725-Glen-Rice-Jr-mugshotEx-NBA player Glen Rice Jr. allegedly beat up a former NCAA hoops player so badly, he broke the guy's jaw and knocked a tooth out ... this according to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports. 

We broke the story, Rice was arrested on July 25th in Georgia -- and according to the police report, one witness watched the violent scene unfold. 

The witness told cops ... Rice and ex-Tulane player Jordan Callahan pulled into a Kroger parking lot in a white Porsche ... and got out of the car to have a conversation. 

During the exchange, the witness says Rice clocked Callahan in the face -- knocking out the guy's tooth. The witness says Rice grabbed 2 bags from the car and ran down the street. 

When cops arrived, they found Callahan in a pool of blood -- and the witness pointed to where Rice fled. Cops tracked down Rice and arrested him ... and found 2 bags nearby, hidden under leaves. 

Inside the bags -- 2 guns (an AK-47 assault rifle and a Taurus .38 Special) and a bunch of bullets. 

Cops say a 3rd gun was found in the Porsche. 

There's more ... cops say Rice also had roughly $2,700 in cash and 6 cell phones on him at the time. 

He was initially booked for felony robbery, aggravated battery and marijuana possession -- but cops tell TMZ Sports officials are only moving forward with 2 charges ... aggravated battery and possession with intent to distribute. 

Rice's lawyer, Steve Sadow, told TMZ Sports that he's "confident his client will be found not guilty" and pointed out that the robbery charge has already been dropped.

Tyrese I Didn't Mean to Diss Jay Z

7/27/2016 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0726-main-tyrese-tmzTyrese wants to make it abundantly clear -- he was NOT calling out Jay Z, DJ Khaled and Future as hip-hop stars not doing enough for their community ... despite a post that seems that way.

The singer tells TMZ ... his IG post was about all people of color needing to step up and come together -- especially powerful men like Jay Z, who has the stage and voice to influence real change ... like going to Congress to change gun and drug laws.

Tyrese tells us he's going to reach out to Jay to come up with some kind of plan to help save black men from killing each other and winding up in jail.

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Tyrese seemed to be pointing the finger at the trio after posting the pic Tuesday of the 3 rappers with a long caption calling 'em out for scheduling a music video -- Khaled's "I Got Keys" -- but not finding time to bridge the racial gap.

It should be noted other rappers -- T.I., Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and Pusha T -- were part of the video, but not in the photo.

Teen Nightclub Shooting 2 Dead Search On for Suspects

7/25/2016 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

072516_teen_night_shooting_fox4A Florida nightclub's teen event turned tragic when gunmen opened fire early Monday morning ... taking down at least 16 victims ... 2 of whom died from their injuries.

The mass shooting happened at Club Blu in Fort Myers. Police responded around 12:30 AM and found multiple victims in the parking lot.

The club says it had armed security at the event for kids aged 12 to 17. Police say the gunmen were not kids there for the event.

Three people were captured while fleeing the scene in a car, but police have not said for sure if they are the gunmen. They're being detained for questioning, but police say they're still searching the city for others who might have been involved.

Mass Shooting Chaos in Munich Mall

7/22/2016 9:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar12:50 PM PT -- Police now confirm 6 fatalities in the shooting.

12:05 PM PT -- Munich police confirmed there are "several dead and injured." There are reports that as many as 6 were killed but police did not confirm that number.

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Shoppers are fleeing a Munich mall after a gunman opened fire inside.

There are reports of as many as 15 people being hit ... and possibly one fatality.

Police are still looking for the shooter or shooters. There's been a massive response to the incident -- and cops are instructing citizens to stay indoors while the search continues. Munich's mass transit is all shut down too.

The shooting reportedly started at a McDonald's across the street from the mall ... and video has surfaced on social media which appears to be one of the shooters opening fire.

Germany has been on edge since 4 days ago when a 17-year-old with an axe attacked people on a train. 

Story developing ... 

German Train Horror Axe Rampage Injures More Than 20

7/18/2016 2:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0718-germany-train-axe-attacks-TWITTER-01An axe-wielding madman attacked a German passenger train -- and more than 20 people were injured ... and several could die.

The horrifying scene played out aboard a train outside the city of Wurzburg. The train line was immediately shut down ... and police responded on foot and with helicopters above.

Police reportedly shot and killed the suspect -- a 17-year-old, originally from Afghanistan -- as he was trying to flee from the train.

At least 3 of the victims are battling life threatening injuries.

Story developing ...

Yung Joc Cops Shoot Down His Claim ... We Aim to Tase

7/18/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cops in Georgia are refuting Yung Joc's claim whites get tased and blacks get shot.   

The Union City Police Department defended its tactics after the rapper voiced frustration about seeing cops tase a white man on Wednesday as he attempted to flee from court.

Joc says if it had been him, cops would have pulled their guns instead -- but the cops take offense to the rapper's comment. A spokesperson tells us, “We are a proactive police department and we are working with the community to build a better relationship with the citizens and specifically with the African American community."

Translation: Stop trying to make us look bad, Yung Joc.

One law enforcement source tells us UCPD is confident it followed protocol in the taser incident and insists officers would have done the same for any other suspect, regardless of race.

Peyton Manning I Loved LeBron's ESPY Speech ... 'Really Effective'

7/14/2016 5:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Peyton Manning tells TMZ Sports he was very impressed with LeBron, Carmelo, D-Wade and CP3 -- saying their passionate ESPYs speech was not only excellent ... but effective. 

The NFL legend was leaving LeBron's after-party at Le Jardin in Hollywood when we asked about the powerful opening moment at the award show. 

The 4 NBA stars spoke out against gun violence and racial profiling -- and challenged the athletes in the room to get involved in their communities to help solve the problem. 

Peyton says he got the message loud and clear. 

Jennifer Tilly Death Threat Target ... Suspect Talks Orlando Shooting

7/14/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0713_jennifer-tilly_tmzActress and poker champ Jennifer Tilly is getting death threats from some creep who has the Orlando nightclub massacre on the brain.

Law enforcement in L.A. tells us they got a call from Tilly last month when the suspect tweeted a photoshopped pic of her head next to a bloody knife ... with the message, "funny memes about the massacre in Orlando," and "kill the @Jtillathekilla2" -- which is Tilly's username. 

According to legal docs obtained by TMZ, the suspect posted several other images of decapitated people on his or her page with a caption about beheading women, written in Portuguese. 

The "Family Guy" and "Monsters, Inc." star told cops the posts made her scared for her family's safety as well. 

Our law enforcement sources say they've determined the suspect is located out of country and poses no immediate threat, but cops will be keeping an eye on the situation. 

NFL's Ben Watson Tip to Stop Police Violence ... 'Comply'

7/13/2016 3:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"Something I've been told from a very young age is to comply. When a police officer asks you to do something, you do what he tells you to do" -- NFL tight end Ben Watson

The Baltimore Ravens player appeared on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 to talk about the recent wave of police violence ... specifically, when it involves black people. 

Watson -- who wrote a book on race relations in America -- said the first step to reducing deadly police incidents is making sure people obey and submit to law enforcement ... though he acknowledges black men are on a "shorter leash." 

That being said, Watson adds ... "People don't deserve to be shot because they didn't comply."

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