BURR! BURR!: Gucci Mane’s Barnes & Noble Books Signing Was Interrupted By Animal Rights Activists (WATCH)

Gucci Mane’s book signing at a New York Barnes & Noble was interrupted by animal rights activists on Tuesday (Sept. 19).

During the release day meet-and-greet for The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, Guwop was approached by an activist, who had been posing as a fan. “Word on the street is that you thinking of going vegan,” he said. “But you can’t be vegan if you keep wearing that fur!”

After shaking Gucci’s hand, the man was joined by a woman. Together, they chanted “Shame on Gucci, animal abuser,” while being escorted out. Meanwhile, DropTopWop stood calmly while his security swiftly took action.

Taking to Instagram after the signing, Gucci thanked fans for their support and did not mention the incident. “Off probation today and my book is in stores NOW! What a day,” he wrote, adding, “On jet headed to tour in Ohio leaving NYC thanks NYC for showing love and supporting me at book signing.”

Gucci isn’t the only one who’s been approached by activists during a book signing. In April, anti-fur protesters interfered with Kelly Rowland during her meet-and-greet for Whoa, Baby!

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CONTROL: Janet Jackson felt like a ‘Prisoner’ in Her Marriage, Husband Wanted a Traditional Muslim Wife

Janet Jackson reportedly felt like a “prisoner” in her marriage to Wissam Al Mana.

The newest issue of Us Weekly featured sources close to the Jackson family offering an inside look into Jackson’s marriage to Al Mana, which recently dissolved after five years together.

The feature described Jackson’s desperation for stability after her brother, Michael, died and after she split from Jermaine Dupri.

“He swept in at just the right time,” an insider said of Al Mana. “He bailed her out and whisked her away to the Middle East.”

“Janet lived a very lavish life with him,” the source added. “His money could afford them a lot of privacy, which was what she craved.”

What’s more, Al Mana awakened in Jackson a desire for a family.

“Janet was never very maternal before, but that changed with Wissam,” the insider said. “He really wanted a baby and she was ready. She realized she found the right guy.”

However, over time, Al Mana’s desire for “a traditional wife who stuck with Muslim traditions” began to change things. She started to wear burkas and became isolated.

“Janet felt like a prisoner,” another source recalled.

Finally, after canceling her tour in April 2016 to focus on her pregnancy, “Janet felt like her music was suffering and she resented Wissam,” the insider said.

Jackson finally “put her foot down and said no,” the insider added, saying, “Janet wanted to get her life back.”

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Karrueche Tran Opens Up About 5 Year Restraining Order Against Chris Brown: “It’s What I Felt I Needed”

Karrueche Tran is opening up about the restraining order that she obtained against her ex, Chris Brown.

During an interview with Hot 97, the model-turned-actress revealed that she filed the court order for her “safety.”

“I’m always positive and I’m focused, more than ever right now, on work,” she said. “That’s the goal for me. There’s no drama or anything like that. I do have the R.O. in place, but it’s all good. We live our own lives. That’s how we move.”

When asked about it further, she acknowledged that she was afraid and that she wanted to move forward without drama. “It just got to the point where I can’t,” she said. “I live in L.A. I’m from L.A. and I move around how I wanna move. That’s what I felt that I needed.” Later, she added: “I just focus on myself and work.”

In June, the “Claws” actress obtained a 5-year restraining order against Brown, after she accused him of beating her and threatening her with a series of text messages that were presented in court.

Brown denied these allegations. “What’s even more fucked up is that, they played off my past by saying I abused her,” he said. “…Opening old wounds to make Kae a victim, that’s some evil shit. Sad part, y’all believe it. ‘Lever her alone.’ Provoking me to spazz so they can have something. Notice this shit happens when they need to promote something. No one cares, especially me. That’s why I’m being slandered.”

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ARE WE STILL DOING THIS?: Suge Knight Wants You to Know He Think Tupac May Still Be Alive

Suge Knight, the incarcerated former leader of Death Row Records, says he believes that Tupac Shakur might still be alive.

The controversial figure, who was in the same car that Tupac was fatally shot inside, revealed this information while speaking with rap legend Ice-T and veteran journalist Soledad O’Brien for their Fox special “Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?”

“When I left that hospital [where Shakur was taken after being shot], me and ‘Pac was laughing and joking,” said Knight in a clip released by TMZ. “I don’t see how somebody can turn from doing well to doing bad.”

When asked if he believes that Shakur might still be alive, Knight added: “I’m gonna tell you that with ‘Pac, you never know.”

The interview is part of the “Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?” special, which is set to air Sunday (Sept. 24) on Fox. Throughout the story, O’Brien and Ice-T interview various people about the still unsolved murders of Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace and 2Pac.

Shakur died Sept. 13, 1996 after being shot in Las Vegas, while Wallace died March 9, 1997 after being shot in Los Angeles. Despite various theories and investigations, neither murder has been solved.

Additional clips from the film can be viewed below.

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QUEEN BACK!: Beyoncé and JAY-Z to Headline Hurricane Benefit Concert in October

Beyoncé and JAY-Z are set to headline a benefit concert for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The concert, according to Us Weekly, will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday, October 17.

In addition to Beyoncé and JAY-Z, several other Roc Nation artists will be performing, though this is notable as the first time Beyoncé has returned to the stage since she gave birth to twins four months ago.

Beyoncé also appeared during the Hand in Hand telethon in a prerecorded video message, pleading for people to reach out to each other in compassion, love, and understanding.

“During a time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools and nursing homes,” she said in her message before going on to urge everyone to “come together in a collective effort to raise our voices, to help our communities, to lift our spirits and heal.”

She also recently visited evacuees in her hometown of Houston and helped to distribute food.

“This, today, is a celebration of survival,” she told evacuees at St. John’s Church. “Y’all are my family. Houston is my home. I thank God that y’all are safe, that your children are safe. The things that really matter are your health and your children, and your family and your life.”

Are you excited to see Queen Bey return to the stage for a cause?

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THEY DID WHAT TO WHO?: Cardi B Says a New York City Cop Put Her in A Choke Hold & Slammed Her; Offset Confirms

Tuesday night, Cardi B tweeted and quickly deleted that she was put in a choke hold by an NYPD officer. Her boyfriend, Migos rapper Offset, has now shared his perspective on the incident in a short interview with TMZ. He explained that Cardi called him shortly after she was forcefully restrained by the cop.

“At first when she called I didn’t think she was being serious,” he said. “[There were] two other people fighting, and they ain’t touch the dudes who were fighting, they touched her. So I don’t understand what’s going on.”

Offset didn’t have too many details to share, but he was skeptical of the cops in general. “I don’t know what happened, but I know you can’t stop the police — the police kill people everyday and get away with it,” he said.

Later on, the rapper was asked about whether or not he believed that there’s a special unit dedicated to policing rappers. “Hip-hop police? Oh yeah, they’re real for sure,” he said, but didn’t venture too far into the subject. “I don’t know, I can’t talk about the police, I don’t know what they got going on.”

So far, Cardi’s only comment on the incident is her initial tweets. “I can’t believe this cop put me on a choke hole just now shit is crazy these NY cops don’t know how to do they job FUCK 12,” she wrote, before confirming to a fan that the officer was white.

In happier news, Cardi’s single “Bodak Yellow” reached its peak at No. 2 on the Hot 100 last week. It’s very possible that the song could top the charts next week, dethroning Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.” Cardi released the official remix with Kodak Black, whose track “No Flockin” inspired the flow on the hit, earlier this week.

Cardi B and Offset are expected to collaborate on Migos’ upcoming album Culture 2. The album is currently without a release date, but Quavo has taken a page out of the group’s breakout hit “Versace,” and instructed fans to “wait on it.”

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LOVE IN THIS…SPA?: Usher’s Male Herpes Accuser Claims They Had Sex at a Spa in LA’S Koreatown

Usher’s John Doe accuser who claims the singer exposed him to genital herpes says he and the singer had sex in a Koreatown spa in Los Angeles, according to TMZ.

As previously reported, two women and one man are suing Usher for exposing them to the STD. The trio has since filed new documents providing more details about the encounters.

Also according to TMZ, the woman who has not divulged her identity now says she had sex with Usher at least twice and, after contracting herpes from him, her twins were stillborn. She says the stillbirth is a direct consequence of giving birth while infected with herpes.

According to the docs, Usher has refused to stipulate that he has herpes and he has also refused to take an STD test, the website reported. This just keeps getting messier, eh?

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YOU SHOULD KNOW: Nicki Minaj Is Determined to Make Her Next Album a Classic

Nicki Minaj has admitted that she doesn’t know when her next album will be finished.

In a recent interview with Dazed, Minaj revealed that she has spent most of the year so far working on the follow-up to 2014’s The Pinkprint, but refuses to put a deadline on the project. That doesn’t mean she hasn’t been working hard, though.

“I’m a little bit swamped,” she said. “Some days I’ll go into the studio at six in the morning, some days I won’t come out until six in the morning.”

Nicki explained that the main reason for taking her time on the album is to make sure her fans get a classic when all is said and done.

“I’ve seen my fans grow up for the last ten years, which is crazy. I’ve been following some of them for eight years on Twitter. Imagine that. There are kids who have gone to college tweeting me their freaking degrees when they graduate, or tweeting me pictures of their babies and I remember when they had just come out of high school. I’m just like, ‘Yo.’ It’s a beautiful thing. I don’t take that for granted. That’s why I’m not rushing the album, because it means so much to me. I have to release a classic at this point.”

Of course, Nicki’s impact hasn’t diminished much in the years since her last full-length album. Fans seem very interested in her budding romantic relationship with Nas, and she regularly features on major hits by stars like Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti and Fergie. She’s also been dropping loosies in the meantime, including “No Frauds” with Lil Wayne and Drake during her beef with Remy Ma.

In March, Minaj also broke Aretha Franklin’s record for the most Billboard Hot 100 tracks for any female artist in history.

Besides her worth ethic, Minaj didn’t reveal much about the album, and warned fans not to draw any conclusions from who they see enter the studio with her — “Not everybody that comes in leaves me with something I actually love or will rap on. I know people always think that. Trust me, you can’t take those pictures as hints all the time. I would never give it up like that.”

Are you looking forward to Nicki’s next LP?

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SHMONEY MOVES?: Cardi B May Be Cooking Up a Steve Madden Collaboration with Irv Gotti

Cardi B might still be reeling from an NYPD chokehold Tuesday night (Sept. 19), but an earlier lunch meeting with Steve Madden is cause for a little celebration. If you let Irv Gotti tell it, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper and fashion mogul are collaborating on a shoe, and Gotti is “powering” the endeavor.

“Y’all ready for this Collabo??” the Murder, Inc. founder wrote via Instagram. “Steve Madden and Cardi B!! Cardi’s Shoes!! Powered by Visionary Ideas.”

No confirmation from the Bronx native yet, but if the image below is an indication of anything, it’s that Cardi is still about her shmoney moves.

Y'all ready for this Collabo?? Steve Madden and Cardi B!! Cardi's Shoes!! Powered by Visionary Ideas.

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TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND…: Watch This Trailer for Xscape’s BRAVO Reality Show – “Still Kickin’ It” (WATCH)

The popular girl group Xscape hasn’t united on stage since their phenomenal run in the ’90s. But after 18 years apart, the girls are back and they’re bringing their reunion to the small screen on Bravo’s Xscape: Still Kickin’ It. In the new trailer for the four-part series, fans catch up with Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott as they prepare for their comeback tour.

While there are loads of laughs and funny moments, the reunion doesn’t come without its drama. The women, now in their 40s, have a lot of baggage and are holding some serious grudges. Take Kandi’s issues with mega-producer Jermaine Dupri, for instance. While the other ladies acknowledge that he was responsible for giving them their start, Kandi seems to be holding on to how he treated them back in the day. The Housewives of Atlanta star also reopens old wounds regarding why the group broke up nearly two decades ago.

Tiny also finds that her patience is tested as she balances her troubled marriage, family and differences with her group members. And that seems to only be the beginning. “This is bigger than us,” Tamika Scott says. “This is God’s plan.”

In addition to playing shows nationwide, the quartet recently graced the stage at VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors: ’90s Game Changers. You can watch Xscape: Still Kickin’ It on Bravo on Nov. 5 at 9 p.m. EST.

Check out the trailer below:

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OH LOOK! LISA BLOOM GETS ANOTHER CHECK: Woman in Kevin Hart’s Extortion Case Comes Forward – “I’m a Victim Too!”

Montia Sabbag, the woman who claims to have spent time with Kevin Hart inside a Las Vegas hotel last month, stood front and center during a press conference Wednesday (Sept. 20) and said that contrary to what the comedian has alleged, she hasn’t done anything wrong.

“I’m not a stripper,” said Sabbag. “I have not broken any laws.”

Right before attorney Lisa Bloom took over, Sabbag also expressed regret. “I’m truly sorry for any involvement I had in this,” she told reporters.

Bloom, who represented Blac Chyna during her public feud with Rob Kardashina as well as women who have accused Tyga and Usher of crimes, said her client and Hart are victims who are both being played. “We are not suing him,” said Bloom. “We are not making any claims against him.”

The 56-year-old attorney insists Sabbag is the “victim of several felonies,” claiming someone snuck cameras into the room, and the Jumanji star is being extorted by someone else. “Kevin Hart appears to be the victim of this criminal just as Montia is the victim of this criminal,” Bloom said. “We will go to authorities immediately to report this matter. It is a crime to put a camera in a private place.”

Bloom did however say that Sabbag won’t be taking a lie detector test. According to ET, sources close to the 38-year-old actor say he and his team are “just riding out the storm right now.”

Last weekend, Kevin Hart took to Instagram to deliver an apology to his pregnant wife and children for what he claimed were “poor decisions.” Shortly afterward, it was discovered there was a “sexually suggestive” tape of Hart with another woman. TMZ reports the footage is not a sex tape.

The following week, things only got worse when Hart’s ex-wife, Torrei Hart, sat with Inside Edition to allege that what’s currently plaguing the box-office actor was the reason their eight-year marriage came to an end.

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NOT ME, GIRL!: JAY-Z Allegedly Turns Down Super Bowl Halftime Offer After Showing Support For Colin Kaepernick

Rumor has it the NFL has been eyeing JAY-Z to perform during the Super Bowl halftime this football season. It may seem like a great idea, considering the rapper recently dropped his 13th studio album, but the only problem with that plan is that Jay is not on board. According to a new report, the Brooklyn native has allegedly turned down the offer to play at halftime.

While it was never confirmed, Hov was rumored to perform alongside longtime collaborator Justin Timberlake at the fall game. “Lots of people have been saying Jay will perform with Justin Timberlake, but it is simply not the case,” an insider said according to Metro. “He has enough songs to create an incredible performance, but he really has no plans to do the halftime show.”

Jay’s allegedly declining the NFL’s offer comes briefly after the rapper announced his support of Colin Kaepernick at the 2017 Meadows Music & Art Festival. Jigga dedicated his song “The Story of O.J.” to Kaepernick, who has been blackballed by the league following his national-anthem protest. “I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight… I want to dedicate this song to anybody that was held back and you overcame whatever it was,” JAY-Z stated during his set on Sept. 15. It’s unclear whether JAY-Z’s actions had anything to do with Kaepernick, but it wouldn’t be the first time the artist has taken a stand in the name of politics or a social movement.

If the reports are true, it looks like the search is still on for another performer. Stay tuned as more details come forward. Would you have liked to see Hov at halftime?

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