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10 Things Willow Smith Can Learn From Other Celeb Kids

She's only 9, but Willow Smith -- daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith -- already has a hit song, "Whip My Hair," a deal through Jay-Z's Roc Nation and a Justin Beiber-like buzz. But, can she avoid the pitfalls of being a celebrity kid? TheBVX uses the offspring of a few famous folks to teach young Willow some lessons.

 

The Celebrity Kid: Daniel "Diggy" Simmons
The Famous Parent: Run-DMC rapper Rev Run
The Lesson Willow Can Learn: Continue to surprise people by showing them how good you are.

Remember when JoJo Simmons tried launching a rap career? It didn't work--mostly because he delivered exactly what people thought he would: A half-assed rap album that didn't push any boundaries. His younger brother Diggy, on the other hand, is actually good--really good--on the M-I-C and he continues to prove it with every verse he drops. If Willow wants the world to take her music seriously, she needs to continue to do the same. Anyone (well, almost anyone--sorry, JoJo!) can make one hit record. But you need to show us what else you've got if you want to be a star.

 

The Celebrity Kids: Jeffrey and Marcus Jordan (pictured)
The Famous Parent: National Basketball Association legend Michael Jordan
The Lesson Willow Can Learn: Strive to become more than just Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's daughter.

Neither of MJ's sons seem to want to be anything more than MJ's sons. They play ball (at the University of Central Florida) just like dad, party just like dad and even gamble just like dad. Unless Willow wants to be known as "Will Smith and Jada Pinkett's daughter" for the next 80 years, we suggest she try to do things her parents haven't done in order to make a name for herself.

 

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Rita Wilson Remixes Naughty by Natures "Hip-Hop Hooray"

Many artists are coming together to raise funds for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Today (April 6), actress and singer Rita Wilson joined forces with Naughty by Nature for the "Hip-Hop Hooray (Remix)."

While recovering from COVID-19, Wilson posted an Instagram video of her rapping the classic record. She also sent it to the New Jersey rap group. Impressed with Wilson's microphone skills, and inspired by her recovery, Naughty reached out to Wilson for the remix.

 

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“We were totally shocked she could rap the verses so well,”  the rap group said via press release.

“’Hip Hop Hooray’ is like modern-day Shakespeare,” Wilson adds. “It took me a month to learn because it’s so complex and nuanced; it was like training for a marathon. The rhythms and tempos are so unique and creative. When I was quarantined and recovering from COVID-19 I wanted to see if I still remembered it, kind of like a brain exercise. To my surprise I did. I thought it would be fun to put it on my Instagram to show people I was doing OK and to make them smile. When Naughty by Nature commented about it, I couldn’t believe it,” she continued.

Back in March,  actor Tom Hanks, Wilson's husband, released a statement saying that he and his wife tested positive for COVID-19 while in Australia.

Listen the Wilson's remix above.

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Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson attends a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 30, 2020 in Hollywood, California.
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50 Cent's Big Meech-Inspired 'Black Mafia Family' Series Heading To Starz

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is heading back to Starz with another television series.

After the success of Power, the hip-hop icon-turned-entrepreneur-turned television executive producer is set to have a hand in Black Mafia Family. The crime series is inspired by the true-life story of Detroit drug lord Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and his brother Terry "Southwest T," who rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late '80s and gave birth to one of the most influential crime families in the country." According to Starz, the series will touch on the subjects of “love, family, and capitalism in the pursuit of the American dream.”

"I told you Black Mafia Family was coming and it’s going to be the biggest show on television," said Jackson in the announcement. "Meech and Terry are legends and I am excited to bring their story to Starz."

Starz president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch added: “This is a project Curtis has always been incredibly passionate about and we are excited to have him as our partner in bringing it to life.

“Black Mafia Family has all the hallmarks of a great drama, from the larger-than-life Flenory brothers to the deadly, high-stakes world they inhabited. This series is going to be an incredible ride for audiences around the world.”

No word on who will star in the series or when it will premiere. 50 Cent's current ABC drama, For Life—about former-inmate-turned-lawyer Isaac Wright Jr.—reportedly tallied the "biggest playback increase for any new broadcast midseason debut — scripted or unscripted."

Jackson's multi-million dollar deal with Starz includes another series titled, Vanguard, as well as other upcoming Power sequels: Powerbook II: Ghost, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, Power Book IV: Influence, and Power Book V: Force.

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Man Kills Wife And Himself Over Fears They Contracted Coronavirus

The families of a married couple are grieving after a 54-year-old Illinois man shot and killed his 59-year-old partner before turning the weapon on himself over assumptions they both contracted the coronavirus.

In a statement from the Will County Sheriff’s Office on Friday (April 2), police arrived at the home of Patrick Jesernik and Cheryl Schriefer and found the couple dead in separate rooms. Family members who arrived at the scene confirmed Patrick was worried he and his wife contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Cheryl was tested two days prior to her death after she complained about shortness of breath. "The family stated that to their knowledge, she had not received the test result.”

An autopsy report confirmed that Cheryl's death was a homicide and that she was shot in the back of the head at close range. Patrick died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. They also both tested negative for COVID-19.

Although the couple had little contact with the police over the years and no reports of domestic violence, the sheriff's office did warn the public about the surge in domestic violence cases. “During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the vast majority of service calls that Deputies have been responding to, involve domestic disputes and crisis intervention calls,” the sheriff's office said. As other departments are shut down in the wake of the pandemic, the sheriff's office has urged those in need of order of protection and any other resources to contact Will County Sheriff’s Office Police Social Worker, Bonnie McPhillips at 815-724-1878.

Elsewhere, the numbers continue to rise. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, pointed out how responses to domestic violence cases should be part of the national response to the pandemic.

"For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest — in their own homes," he said, via NPR. "We know lockdowns and quarantines are essential to suppressing COVID-19, but they can trap women with abusive partners. Over the past weeks, as the economic and social pressures and fear have grown, we have seen a horrifying surge in domestic violence."

In South Africa, authorities claimed there were close to 90,000 reports of violence against women in the first week of their lockdown. Australia also experienced a 75 percent increase in Google searches related to help for domestic violence victims.

Peace is not just the absence of war. Many women under lockdown for #COVID19 face violence where they should be safest: in their own homes.

Today I appeal for peace in homes around the world.

I urge all governments to put women’s safety first as they respond to the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/PjDUTrMb9v

— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 6, 2020

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