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N.W.A's Former Manager, Jerry Heller, Dies At 75

The cause of death is still unknown.

Early Saturday morning (Sept. 3), news broke that Jerry Heller, manager of the 1980s rap collective N.W.A, died at the age of 75. Billboard reports that Heller's cousin, Gary Ballen, confirmed the music industry veteran's passing, but the cause of his death is still unknown.

Heller's likeness recently made an appearance in the 2015 blockbuster N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton. His controversial dealings of the group's monetary endeavors sparked a rift within the storied rap collective, and eventually led to their parting. He also assisted in making Ruthless Records a household name within the industry, which saw the release of platinum-selling albums Eazy-Duz-It, 100 Miles and Runnin', and the critically-acclaimed Straight Outta Compton.

Once the movie made its rounds, Heller sued Dr. Dre, Eazy-E's estate, Ice Cube and others involved in the making of the film for defamation of character, and sued for $110 million in damages, Rolling Stone reports.

Ahead of the movie's release, Heller spoke about Eazy-E's importance to not only the group, but rap music in general, and was aware that his image wouldn't be portrayed in a positive light given the "animosity" between him and the film's producers.

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Lee Daniels Details 'Empire' Cast's Latest's Feeling About Jussie Smollet

The cast of Empire is currently in the process of healing in the aftermath of Jussie Smollet's hate crime scandal. In a new interview with Extra, series creator, Lee Daniels detailed how the actors and crew feel about Jussie and the whole debacle.

"The cast is upset," he admitted. "It is a sad time and we are slowly healing."

Daniels did not reveal whether the cast believes Smollett staged his alleged hate crime earlier this year, but he said that he will not judge him. "What I am learning right now is that I can’t judge," he explained. "That that judgment is for that man wearing that black coat with a gavel and God. I can only support him because he is like my son, he is my son, so I am with him. I can only support him and I can only give him compassion."

As previously reported, the actor, who stars as Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox drama, told Chicago police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on Jan. 29. As the investigation continued, the attention turned to Smollett. He was arrested on Feb. 20, and indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report and allegedly staging the incident. Those charges were subsequently dropped, but the city of Chicago is suing the actor for $130,000 for the time spent investigating the matter.

Check out Lee Daniels interview with Extra in the video above.

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Lil Uzi Vert Returns With "That's A Rack" Music Video : Watch

Lil Uzi Vert is back! The rapper just dropped the music video for "That's a Rack" on Wednesday (April 24).

Nudity must be the theme of this video. The visuals open with Uzi weaving through rows of naked violinists and cellists. As it progresses, the camera shifts to naked women bathing and posing in blue paint.

"That's a Rack" arrives shortly after Uzi decided to come out of retirement. It follows "Sanguine Paradise" and "Free Uzi." "Free Uzi" was reportedly removed from streaming services, however, due to "licensing issues and copyright concerns."

Lil Uzi Vert is prepping for his next album, Eternal Atake. It's unclear when the album is slated to drop as Uzi has previously cited scheduling and production issues.

Watch the video for "That's A Rack" above.

 

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Jordyn Woods Talks Being "Bullied By The World" After Tristan Thompson Drama

In her first interview since appearing on Red Table Talk, Jordyn Woods shed light into the bullying that she endured in the aftermath of the Tristan Thompson cheating scandal that may have ended her relationship with the Kardashian-Jenner crew.

As previously reported, Woods was busted kissing Thompson, Khloe Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend, during a party at his house. After her Red Table Talk interview, Khloe attempted to blame Woods for ruining her family, but after receiving backlash, the reality star changed her tune.

During an appearance at Nigeria’s Homecoming Festival last weekend, Woods spoke about how the public backlash gave her an understanding of what it feels like to be a black woman.

“My little sister was bullied in school and I wanted to show her that if I was bullied by the world you can [get through it],” she said in a video from a panel discussion that was published by the Daily Mail. “I understood for the first time what it’s like being a black woman in  society, and how we can be so disrespected and nobody can really understand to that extent until you have to live it.”

The appearance in Nigeria marked Woods’ first trip to the Motherland. Despite being bullied online, Woods has seemingly bounced back stronger than before the Kardashian drama. After her initial interview with Jada Pinkett-Smith, Woods was flooded with support and has reportedly been scoring various business opportunities in light of the incident.

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