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On Witnessing His Parents' Divorce
"My mother and father divorced, but I don’t think it’s intended to be that way. I think that people should be able to work through their issues and their problems but I feel like if you’re at a place where two things together don’t create a positive exchange that makes you feel better and me feel better, then it’s not meant to be. I think I was always afraid. I’ll say this much, after making the decision to be married, if I had ever considered getting out of a situation because it was too much, the thing that made me hesitant about divorce earlier I think was just watching my [parents'] situation. My mother and father decided not to work it out so I was always challenging getting to that point. I don’t know what caused them to not work out but I didn’t want that experience because I wanted to feel something different than what I felt as a child. I wanted to know that my father and mother loved each other and that they got along and that they were positive and there was no negativity in the air in our house and I think the only thing that sheltered me from that is maybe them not being together. [Laughs] But I think children should be exposed to a positive structure. I think that them seeing dysfunctional relationships only leads them to have dysfunctional relationships in the future. So I aspired to have something different than what they had."

On The First Thing His First Son Did That Made Him Proud
"The one thing that made me the most proud about Usher [V] is he taught himself how to walk. I remember we were standing in the kitchen and I just kept hearing [makes thumping noises]. He just kept falling on the ground and I looked over the counter and I recognized he was pulling himself up on the doors of the cabinet and walking around the kitchen, and he would get himself to a point where he would turn his leg and begin to walk. So when I saw him making the effort I said, 'Cool, you really wanna walk? You ready now?' So I took him into the bedroom, this huge bedroom, long, long carpet, and I stood him up and I begin to walk with him and coach him and move him forward. I would hold his hands and let him get started and I would let him go and make him stand there and, of course, he would decide to either step back or either sit down—a lot of times he’d just fall over—but the fact that he decided that, I wanna walk now. It wasn’t like [In high pitched voice], 'Okay come on we’re gonna walk today!” He decided."

On A Song He Wished Was More Successful
"There’s this record called 'Realest One' that JD did. I really wish that it could’ve been a success. See it’s odd for me. Because maybe I’m not the best articulator. Or maybe people can’t understand my conversation. It’s hard because the only way that I’ve ever been able to speak to my audience about my life’s choices and my life direction and my feeling and where I’m headed is through music. And that probably was disconnected for a minute because people just didn’t understand my choices. ’Cause I didn’t really have a forum, like a conversation for people to misconstrue. For some reason, in music it’s undeniable to the point that they’ll believe something that ain’t even real"

On The New Artists He Cosigns
"The young artists that are blazing new trails. That ain’t just one person. That’s a formula that was set partially by myself, partially by Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, the people that are following that, that’s the future of R&B. I can’t [name anyone]. Too big of a statement. It takes a lot of time to even… I wouldn’t want to be offensive to the people who actually set the form, like Prince. Like D’Angelo. Like Anthony Hamilton, who I know are incredible artists that understand the essence of what R&B is. Like Raheem DeVaughn. The people who study the classics are the ones that will be represented. It ain’t even a specific person."

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G-Herbo Arrested In Atlanta On Battery Charge

According to the Atlanta Police Department, G Herbo was arrested Wednesday, (April 17.) The rapper was booked with a simple battery charge and has yet to be released. The circumstances surrounding the arrest have yet to be revealed to the public, however, an Instagram video from six days ago shows what appears to be the Chicago native being physically attacked by his ex-girlfriend Ariana Fletcher.

The video may originate from the night of Herbo and Fletcher's son's birthday party, which the two celebrated together. Videos from the celebration showed the two seemingly getting along and throwing cake in each other's faces.

This is not Herbo's first run-in with the law. In February of 2018, his limousine driver reported Herbo and a few of his friends to the police for carrying handguns. All three were arrested and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Herbo nor his representatives have spoken out in regards to his Wednesday arrest.

More updates to follow.

 

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TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh __________ #TSRExclusive: #GHerbo is currently locked up in a #FultonCounty, Georgia, jail on a battery charge. __________ Fulton County sheriff’s records show G Herbo was arrested Wednesday but the circumstances surrounding his arrest were not immediately available. __________ It’s unclear when his next court appearance will be and records show that he was still in custody late Thursday morning. We’ll keep you up-to-date on this tea, #Roommates.

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Rihanna Calls Donald Glover "A True Gem To The Culture"

Rihanna and Donald Glover's short film Guava Island debuted at Coachella after Glover's set at the music festival last weekend. It was subsequently released on Amazon Prime to reach the non-attendees of the annual event and now since its premiere, RiRi is speaking out on it.

On Wednesday night (April 17), the "Diamonds" singer took to her Instagram page to express her gratitude to Glover and thanked her fans for their responses. "So happy you guys felt the beauty in this film," she wrote. "@childishgambino you are a true gem to the culture. I'm so proud of you and the work you put into making this film. I felt how close this was to you and your entire team."

Guava Island tells the story of Deni and Kofi, played by Glover and Rihanna, respectively, and how Deni as a musician hopes to liberate the people of the country by holding a festival. Glover and RiRi play love interests in the film that also features Black Panther's Letitia Wright and Nonso Anozie of Game of Thrones.

 

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wow! the response to #GuavaIsland has been quite overwhelming. So happy you guys felt the beauty in this film! @childishgambino you are a true gem to the culture. I’m so proud of you and the work you put into making this film. I felt how close this was to you and your entire team! Thank you for trusting me with this role! It was the greatest experience being in Cuba, phones off, present with life and art! It was humbling! I loved watching every second of it! Go to @amazonprimevideo to watch if you haven’t already! #GuavaIsland

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The short film, written by Glover's brother Stephen Glover, has received a Rotten Tomatoes audience score rating of 87 percent, additionally spawning memes on social media from fans requesting the soundtrack to the movie, to poking fun at the Atlanta actor's dancing.

me hearing die with you and saturday in guava island pic.twitter.com/SBu2ipWzb3

— naked brothers band stan (@sorryimlikealex) April 14, 2019

guava island is 55 minutes of this pic.twitter.com/xoFzdvMY4w

— im baby (@thursdaygirIie) April 15, 2019

childish gambino: rihanna: pic.twitter.com/ULtEqIKGdr

— B7 ✨ (@M_eazyyyy) April 14, 2019

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Idris Elba Is The Black Superman In The New 'Hobbs And Shaw'

The Fast & Furious enterprise is known for gravity-defying stunts, larger-than-life explosives, a few expensive cars going way over the speed limit and fight scenes so intricate and lethal, they look like poetry.

All that and more are on display in the second full-length trailer for the forthcoming Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw. Slated for a summer release, Dwayne Johnson plays Hobbs who must work with his nemesis Shaw (Jason Statham) to take down Brixton Lore, (Idris Elba) a genetically enhanced fighter who fancies himself the black Superman.

Shaw's sister, played by The Crown's Vanessa Kirby, stole a chemical from Lore that can wipe out half the population, and now Lore and his team of ruthless mercenaries are on a vicious hunt to retrieve it.

While Fast & Furious fans are curious to see if Johnson can carry a franchise film on his own, not everyone was supportive of the spinoff.  Tyrese Gibson seemingly took issue when rumors of the film were swirling. Johnson, however, didn't care and reportedly called  Gibson and Vin Diesel a bunch of "candy-asses."

The first Fast & Furious hit theaters on June 18, 2001, and was made with a $38 million budget. The film earned more than $200 million domestically setting it up to be one of Hollywood's most successful franchises. The series went onto have eight films, the last being The Fate of The Furious. It's been dubbed the final film since Paul Walker's 2013 death.

Fast & Furious Presents: HOBBS & SHAW - Official Trailer #2 Are you ready, we’re back with our SECOND WORLDWIDE @HobbsAndShaw trailer🔥THIS SUMMER AUGUST 2ND👀#HobbsAndShawpic.twitter.com/n8YHfa5SET

— Idris Elba (@idriselba) April 18, 2019

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