Shawn Stockman Gina Rodriguez Can Sing 'N***a' ... Latinas Are Black!!!

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Shawn Stockman is giving Gina Rodriguez a pass for singing the n-word ... he says it's totally fine because her parents are Puerto Rican, and Latinos are black.

We got the Boyz II Men singer Wednesday at LAX and asked him to weigh-in on the backlash Gina's getting after saying "n***a" while singing along to The Fugees on social media.

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Shawn says he's not offended by Gina's use of the word, and he goes one step further ... saying people of Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican and Mexican descent can say "n***a" because they're all different shades of black.

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Gina quickly apologized after her social media post went viral, saying sorry for offending anyone and explaining her connection to Lauryn Hill and The Fugees. But, Shawn thinks Gina has absolutely nothing to apologize for.

Shawn's letting Gina off the hook for this one ... but he tells us the one thing she should change the next time she's singing along to music.

Felicity Huffman Forget 14 Day Sentence ... 13 Days and She's Free!!!

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Felicity Huffman won't even spend a full two weeks behind bars despite her 14-day prison sentence ... TMZ has learned.

Felicity will only spend 13 days behind bars. That's because when she was initially arrested at her home, taken in and booked, that counts as one day toward completing her sentence ... even though she was only in custody for a few hours.

So, she entered FCI Dublin Tuesday, October 15, and Federal Bureau of Prisons officials tell us she'll be out October 27. Do the math, and use your hands if you must -- 13 days.

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This must be especially galling for prosecutors, because as we reported they initially wanted Felicity to serve a year behind bars -- although they never said that publicly. When they did get around to a public proclamation, they said they wanted 4 months, but when they realized the probation dept. wasn't supporting that, they reduced it to 1 month and only got half that.

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Dublin is located in Northern California -- and offers inmates a wide variety of activities -- from board games to sun tanning. The food ain't too shabby either ... Felicity's first day menu featured a chicken patty for lunch and pepper steak for dinner.

'Tarzan' Star Ron Ely Wife Stabbed to Death at His Home ... Cops Fatally Shoot Suspect

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The home of Ron Ely, who played Tarzan on TV, is a crime scene after his wife was murdered there ... and police shot and killed the suspect, who might be related to the actor.

Santa Barbara Sheriff's deputies responded Tuesday night to a domestic disturbance at Ron's Hope Ranch property, and found an elderly woman dead inside with stab wounds. TMZ has obtained police dispatch audio where a first responder describes an "elderly gentleman" on scene saying his son was somehow involved in the incident.

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Law enforcement sources tell us the victim is Ron's wife of 35 years, Valerie Lundeen.

Ron himself was unharmed, but responding deputies searched the premises and found the male suspect, who the Sheriff's Dept. says "presented a threat."

Several deputies opened fire and killed him. The Sheriff isn't confirming the suspect's identity ... or what his relationship was with Ron and his wife.

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Ron played "Tarzan" on the 1960s TV series, and had several other appearances on other hit shows. He married Valerie (a former Miss Florida) in 1984. They had 3 children together.

Valerie was 62.

Pete Buttigieg Celeb Donation$ Keep Pouring In

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Pete Buttigieg is nipping at the heels of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren when it comes to campaign donations -- thanks, in no small part, to Mayor Pete's strong celebrity backing.

We combed through 2019 Federal Election Commission filings to find which celebs keep cutting checks for Pete, Bernie and Liz ... and Buttigieg has the upper hand.

Alyssa Milano is leading the way for Mayor Pete after throwing down $3,050 this past quarter ... while Michael J. Fox, Jennifer Garner and David Hyde Pierce all plunked down $2,800.

Zachary Woods is right behind with his $2,500 donation ... and Pete got $1,500 from both Anthony Rapp and Emmy Rossum, plus $1,000 each from Ben Platt, George Takei and Christine Taylor.

Josh Holloway's wife, Yessica, chipped in $3,000 ... while Thomas Lennon contributed a little under $900, Cherry Jones and Meredith Baker added $200 and Harvey Fierstein gave $100.

All told, including non-celebrities, Mayor Pete's campaign raised north of $19 MILLION in the 3rd quarter, and only Sanders ($25.2 mil) and Warren ($24.6 mil) raked in more among Democrats.

The list isn't as long, but Sanders and Warren are getting some support in Hollywood. Bernie's includes $550 from Mark Ruffalo and $250 from Jason Mraz and Matthew McGorry ... plus $2,500 from Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson.

David Pierce is hedging his political bet, plopping another $2,800 down for Warren ... and she also got $1,000 from Lance Reddick, $500 from Rosie O'Donnell, $284 from Lily Tomlin, $250 from Chelsea Peretti and William Baldwin and $200 from Adam Arkin.

We've seen it before -- in 2016 and 2018 -- too much celeb support can be a turnoff to some voters. So, there's no guarantee they'll get you elected, but their money definitely helps.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Hundreds Of Birds Crash Into Building ... Kill Themselves

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Hundreds of birds launched themselves into the side of the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Tuesday night, killing themselves ... and the surreal scene was all caught on video.

A woman in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina filmed the chaos ... saying for OVER AN HOUR -- birds continued to kill themselves by running into the building's windows.

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According to the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue ... 310 birds total were found at the scene -- with 97 dead on arrival and another nine needing to be euthanized once they got to the shelter.

CWR officials add that 103 more are injured ... while 102 others are expected to survive after initially being stunned.

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As for why they slammed themselves into the building ... a CWR spokesperson tells TMZ Sports, "These birds don't normally travel at night so we believe that their roosting area where they sleep was disturbed."

The org is asking for donations to help the injured birds ... calling the situation serious and saying they "desperately" need volunteers to help feed the wounded fowl.

Travis Scott Bum Knee Means I'm Club Hopping ... For Real, Crutches and All!!!

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There's no holding back Travis Scott when he's in the mood to go clubbin' ... not even a dislocated knee.

The "SICKO MODE" rapper hit some of the most poppin' clubs in WeHo Tuesday night ... and we got him at almost every stop. Travis made his first stop at The Nice Guy -- where we saw him walking with a severe limp ... hopping into his waiting Bentley.

We also got someone on his team loading Travis' crutches into a separate car. Travis and his crew later headed to Delilah before showing up at Bootsy Bellows. On his way out, Travis needed help from a handler.

Dislocated knees are no joke, but obviously ya gotta keep the party going!

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TMZ broke the story ... Travis hit up orthopedic specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache at L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute where he was diagnosed with a dislocated knee that might require surgery.

Travis injured the knee last weekend while performing at NYC's Rolling Loud Festival ... landing wrong on his leg while jumping. Our sources had said doctors want to wait another day or two before conclusively deciding if surgery's needed.

Travis' night on the town might not be doctor's orders, but it was working for him!

Food Network Chef Carl Ruiz Died from Blocked Arteries

Food Network star and celebrity chef Carl Ruiz died from a hardening of his arteries ... TMZ has learned.

A spokesperson for the Maryland Department of Health tells TMZ ... Ruiz died after succumbing to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease -- typically a buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances in arteries which restricts blood flow.

The finding confirms the suspicions of Carl's family ... that he died of a heart attack.

The Dept. of Health also lists his death as natural, which just means there was no foul play.

As we reported ... Ruiz died in his sleep last month at just 44 years old. His death shook the food community ... with several chefs reacting publicly to the loss. Guy Fieri said he was heartbroken.

Carl was Cuban-American and known as an expert in Spanish cuisine. In addition to being a popular fixture on the Food Network ... he'd just opened his restaurant, La Cubana, in NYC earlier this year.

Lindsie Chrisley Didn't Double-Cross Todd ... I Talked to Tax Chief to Shield My Kid!!!

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Todd Chrisley thinks his daughter sold him down to the river to a Georgia tax official -- but she's calling BS ... saying the only reason they talked was to run interference for her child.

Sources close to Lindsie Chrisley tell TMZ ... her father is dead wrong by assuming she gave up dirt on him and the family to Joshua Waites -- the Director of the Georgia Dept. of Revenue's Office of Special Investigation, whom Todd is now suing.

We're told that, contrary to Todd's claims, Lindsie was only in communication with Josh to protect her 6-year-old son, Jackson, from seeing the ugliness of it all.

Case in point ... we're told Todd got served legal papers at his home back in 2017 while Lindsie and Jackson were both there, and she was uncomfortable having the kid around that scene. Therefore, we're told she stayed in touch with Josh for updates on when he and the Dept. would be coming around ... in order to keep the boy away.

In fact, our sources tell us that Lindsie is adamant ... she never EVEN met the guy in person.

That's basically it ... according to Lindsie's side, anyway. Of course, Todd and co. think something way more nefarious was going on between his daughter and the tax chief ... claiming they teamed up in an attempt to smear him and the Chrisleys in the media.

From Lindsie's POV ... we're told the fact that nothing came from the state tax case against Todd should prove in and of itself that she wasn't giving up the goods.

Unfortunately, her dad clearly isn't buying it ... and, apparently, even confronted Lindsie over this alleged conspiracy back in July -- which will be detailed later this week on "Dr. Phil."

Something tells us these two won't be at any father-daughter picnics anytime soon.

Mike Tyson Shadowboxing at 53 ... Still Scary As Hell!!!

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He hasn't fought in almost 15 years, but 53-year-old Mike Tyson can still hit like a Mack Truck ... and here's the video to prove it!!

Mike was hosting a bunch of UFC stars at Tyson Ranch earlier this month -- including Ottman Azaitar, a rising MMA star from Morocco.

During the meeting, Ottman and Tyson were talking about striking -- specifically a stick-and-move technique, when Mike decided it was time for the jacket to come off and the guns to come out.

Ya gotta watch the speed, power, footwork and movement ... it's still pretty damn impressive -- especially considering Mike has said he's stopped training, boxing, lifting weights etc. because it reminds him of the days when he was a monster.

But, maybe he's turning a corner ... and possibly thinking about coaching??

Of course, "Iron" Mike Tyson was 50-6 as a pro boxer -- with legendary victories over guys like Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks, Frank Bruno and Trevor Berbick.

Nipsey Hussle's Family Granted Guardianship of Daughter Lauren to Oversee Son

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6:35 PM PT -- There's been another big update in regards to guardianship within Nipsey's family. A judge just signed off on Nipsey's immediate family members becoming legal guardians to Nipsey's 10-year-old daughter, Emani ... this as opposed to her birth mother, Tanisha, who the family had called unfit.

The court said Nipsey's family provided sufficient evidence for their petition and as such ... Nip's siblings -- Samantha Smith and Sam Asghedom -- and his mother, Angelique Smith -- have been appointed as Emani's guardians.

Lauren London has just gotten a judge's approval to manage her son's finances with an eye toward the 3-year-old inheriting half of his dad's estate ... and he's poised to get a cool mil.

London was in court Tuesday to get a guardianship over 3-year-old son, Kross's estate. It's a little misleading because an estate is created when someone dies, but this case is different.  Lauren is the go-to person who will handle the financials that could set Kross up for life.

It's worth noting, there was never a dispute between Lauren and Nipsey's family when it came to Kross.

Things haven't been so smooth with Nipsey's other baby mama, Tanisha Foster, who battled with Nipsey's brother and sister over the care of Nip's 10-year-old daughter, Emani. The girl is expected to inherit the other half of Nipsey's estate. It appears there's at least 2 million on the line because the docs say Kross is expected to pocket a million bucks.

Nipsey was killed outside his clothing store in Los Angeles earlier this year. During his memorial, Lauren took the stage with both Kross and Emani to say a few words.

Nipsey's alleged killer, Eric Holder, was charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm. He is currently awaiting trial.

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Kim Jong-un Quick, The Wisdom is Coming!!! Epic Ride to Holy Mountain

Kim Jong-un might be on the verge of some major policy shifts, 'cause he just Paul Revere'd his ass to a snowy mountain ... where he traditionally likes to sit and think.

The Supreme Leader/dictator released some interesting photos this week, showing himself galloping on a gorgeous white stallion through the snowy grounds surrounding Paektu Mountain -- an active stratovolcano on the Chinese-North Korean border.

The mountain is said to be a sacred getaway, with tons of symbolism and mythical history to a lot of Koreans. For this guy specifically, Kim has previously visited Paektu before major decisions for his country ... so a recent visit could mean he's up to something.

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Of course, the horseback outing is hilariously similar to Russian President Vladimir Putin's ride through the mountains of Siberia in 2009 ... when he famously went shirtless.

Kim wasn't so bold here ... keeping his shirt (and winter coat) on as he was made to look heroic in a photo shoot for the ages, with the help of trusty state photogs, who were obviously following nearby. N. Korea's version of a setup paparazzi shot, if you will.

Speaking of blind propaganda, the state media described Kim's eyes as "full of noble glitters" during the journey. In reality, they were probably full of cold wind and eye boogers.

A$AP Rocky Tells Angie Martinez ... I'm a Sex Addict!!!

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A$AP Rocky says he's a sex addict ... and has been since junior high school. Those are his exact words.

The rapper opened up to NYC host and Power 105.1 DJ Angie Martinez on her show, "Untold Stories of Hip Hop," and revealed the bombshell. It's no secret A$AP's been obsessed with orgies for a long time. He talks about it a lot, but this is the first time he's gone so far to say he's addicted.

In this preview clip, Rocky says he was always a horny kid. Angie presses him, pointing out there's a difference between being horny and being a sex addict. A$AP doubled down with his sex addiction diagnosis -- although it's unclear if that info came from a trained professional. Therapist, that is.

The 31-year-old rapper's been open about his thirst for women. He once told Esquire he needed a $100k bed "because I have a lot of orgies at my house with some very close female companions. I’ve photographed and documented many of them. The women that I’m around are into that free-spirited s**t like me."

He added that his first orgy came at 13. It's no wonder why he once said threesomes are normal to him.

Rocky also talks about his criminal past during the episode which airs Thursday on WE tv.

As for his more recent tumultuous trip to Sweden -- the interview was shot prior to that, so he won't be discussing his time behind bars.

Ted Cruz Goes Off On LeBron 'Kissing Up to Tyrants and Murderers Is a Bad Look'

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Sen. Ted Cruz has a blistering message for LeBron James ... "kissing up to Chinese communists and tyrants and apologizing for murderers, that's not a good look."

The U.S. Senator from Texas went off on LeBron over the NBA star's comments on China ... saying it sounds like Bron's "more interested in money and making bucks" than standing up for human rights.

"I don't have a problem with [athletes speaking out on politics]. What I have a problem with is when they don't know what they're talking about and they end up defending tyrants."

Cruz is obviously referring to LeBron's repeated condemnation of Daryl Morey's pro-Hong Kong tweet. Bron said the Rockets GM was "not educated" on the topic before creating an international incident.

But, Cruz says if ANYONE needs to be educated, it's LeBron -- "I would encourage LeBron to learn a little bit about the people of Tibet, learn a little bit about Falun Gong the religious persecution and the torture and the horrific human rights abuses that occur in China."

"Now, that doesn't mean we should never do business with China," Cruz says ... "but we don't need to adopt their values. We don't need to embrace censorship and propaganda, and sadly that's what the Chinese government wants the NBA to do."

When asked if he had advice for LeBron, Cruz said he'd tell LeBron what he'd tell any U.S. citizen.

"If you want to engage on an issue, actually engage on the substance and know what you're talking about and defend basic principles -- freedom is good, democracy is good, human rights are good. And, those principles are eternal and you shouldn't be willing to sell out freedom because you want to make a few bucks on sneaker sales."

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Chippendales Debut Just a Judge ... For Now

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Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino hopped onstage at a Chippendales show, but he didn't let it all hang out ... he judged how well other guys could hang.

The "Jersey Shore" star was in Vegas Sunday night along with his wife, Lauren, and Pauly D to watch Vinny Guadagnino reprise his now-legendary routine for one night only ... and his pal invited him up to join the fun.

Vinny asked Sitch to judge a contest to see which of 3 aspiring dancers was most fit to be a Chippendales performer, but he tried to coax Mike into trying out himself.

Check it out ... Situation insists to the crowd, including Lauren, he's just there to judge, but adds a "for now" ... hinting he might put his stripper background to use sometime soon.

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As we told you ... Vinny definitely thinks Mike has what it takes, but we're told Sorrentino was actually a little shy Sunday night -- he even refused to take his shirt off!!!

Pretty shocking considering The Sitch is all about his abs ... but maybe he's just saving up for his real debut.

Though, when he said he wanted to see some confidence from the contestants, Vinny declared, "I wanna see some d*ck!" ... so perhaps Mike's just not ready for that situation yet.

After all ... that wasn't part of his post-prison plan.

Stephen Jackson BACK OFF LEBRON!!! 'He's Coming from a Good Place'

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"This is not the time to try to crucify LeBron's character. We all know who LeBron is."

That's ex-NBA player Stephen Jackson going to bat for his pal, LeBron James ... telling TMZ Sports Bron ain't the kowtowing sellout some people are making him out to be.

Look, Jackson admits LeBron probably could have handled the China situation better ... but thinks people need to stop hatin' and consider all of the GOOD stuff Bron does for people.

"He's done so much off the court. We can't let this one incident when we knew he was coming from a good place [destroy his reputation]. He was coming from a good place, he might not know everything he's talking about but we know LeBron, and it's never coming from a bad place. I would stand to say that."

Of course, LeBron has been under fire for condemning Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey -- and suggesting the guy "wasn't educated" when he sent his controversial pro-Hong Kong tweet.

Bron's also taking heat for saying Morey should have waited another week before criticizing the Chinese government -- since the Lakers, Nets and other NBA personnel were in China for an exhibition game at the time.

But, Jackson -- star of the "All The Smoke" podcast with Matt Barnes -- says the people who are trying to cancel LeBron over the controversy were just LeBron haters in the first place ... and they were looking for a reason to go after Bron.

"We know who he is as a person," Jackson says.

We also spoke with ex-NBAer Al Harrington -- who WENT OFF on people attacking LeBron.

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Harrington also said the suggestion LeBron could say or do anything that would have a real impact on the China/Hong Kong situation is stupid.

"Anybody can speak on it, but what can you do? It don't matter if LeBron, it don't matter if President Trump say, 'Treat Hong Kong right' ... they're not gonna do it."

And, Al says anyone who thinks differently is just "full of s**t."

Guess Who This Turtleneck Kid Turned Into!

Before this brown-eyed boy would go on to star on a TV show all about a girl, he lived in a northern suburb of Chicago and grew up a fan of the Second City comedy troupe.

After attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, he started his own sketch comedy troupe in NYC before heading to Los Angeles to seek a career in show business.

In 2007, he landed bit roles in a few TV series -- including Man on Cell Phone in an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" -- before scoring a supporting role in a 2009 mockumentary starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera.

Two years later, he'd nab his most popular acting role on a FOX show ... which aired its series finale in May 2018.

His credits also include blockbusters like "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" and "Jurassic World" ... and he's believed to be the inspiration for the show "Drunk History."

Can you guess who he is?