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Shaquille O'Neal To Cover Funeral Of Teen Who Accidentally Killed Himself On Instagram Live

"No mother should have to go through this," he said. "I can only imagine the pain that she and all of Malachi's family must be feeling."

Shaquille O'Neal has volunteered to pay for the funeral of Atlanta teen Malachi Hemphill, who accidentally killed himself while streaming on Instagram's live feature.

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According to NBC 11, Hemphill lost his life Monday (April 10). While showing friends the weapon in an Instagram live stream, he was told to put the safety on. As he tried to, the gun went off. “I heard a big boom. I couldn’t tell if it was gun shot or what,” his mother, Shaniqua Stephens told WXIA. “I just knew that it was something that was wrong.”

The family shared that Shaquille O'Neal visited their home Friday (April 13) to give his condolences and pay for the funeral. Malachi's grandmother Shantirea Bankston told reporters they were touched by gesture. "We just broke down and started crying because Malachi didn't have any insurance," Bankston said. "We weren't prepared to bury him this young. We didn't have insurance for him. So to have that from Shaquille O'Neal it was a blessing and very touching, and we appreciate everything he do for the community."

The retired Laker currently co-hosts Inside the NBA, which is filmed in Atlanta. O'Neal released a statement about the tragic incident. "No mother should have to go through this," he said. "I can only imagine the pain that she and all of Malachi's family must be feeling."

Police beleive the teen found the gun in the trash in his neighborhood. Bankston told reporters she thinks some of the teen's friends might've known about the gun days before his death. "If one person, one or two people would have called his mom and let her know that he was playing with this gun, he may still be here today," she said. "That’s the message we are trying to put out there: if you see something, say something. And Maybe Malachi would still be here with his friends dancing and joking around."

Shaq is no stranger to good deeds. The legend paid for the funeral of Shaniya Davis, the five-year-old who was murdered in 2009 after her mother reportedly sold her into sexual slavery. He also donated 2,500 pounds of pasta to the Greater Boston Food Bank the following year.

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Bibi Bourelly Shares Striking Video For "White House"

Singer-songwriter Bibi Bourelly continues to use her talented pen to spread a timely message. For her latest, the "Ballin" singer debuted the poignant video for "White House."

Images of the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center to footage of children detained in immigration facilities are depicted within the three-minute reel. The visual also puts into perspective the dire circumstances humans are currently living through and the future issues from the environment to politics that will alter the lives of generations to come. Bourelly also shared a mission statement behind the piece:

I am a girl.

A regular girl. I am not a pop star Or a politician. I am not a Straight A student. I am an artist. I try to tell the truth because My father taught me that lying hurts. Not only those around us , but ourselves. It hurts everyone. It jades our perspective and skews our principles. It confuses us and everyone around us. My father also taught me that when choosing to trust in or believe an individual you have to observe what they do before believing what they say. I look at the grown ups who are the representatives of our country and I don’t believe them. People like that never liked me. They never liked us. I know that because I’ve ran into them in encounters on the subway or the local community stores. They tell us to speak more like them and to stop writing poems. I’m a girl. I have never stolen anything. I am not a straight A student. I am a brown girl, an artist and a poet. I close my eyes sometimes and try to listen to the deepest part of my heart when things get scary or feel wrong to hear what it tells me like my father taught me to do and this is what came out.

In a previous interview with VIBE, Bourelly said one of her worries about being a creative in this industry is losing the ability to make tunes based on real-life issues.

"One of my biggest fears is that when I get to a certain level I will forget how to write about real life. I think that's what makes me an artist, the fact that I talk about the things that I experience. Music for me is an outlet," she said. "I feel things very intensely. Before I had the diction, the articulation to express what I felt I would create my music. The moment I begin to get a real understanding of diction and articulation, I begin to write about the things that were happening around me. It wasn't until people pointed it out to me that I was writing about the things that were happening around me that I realized it."

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Gucci Mane And Waka Flocka Put The Past Behind Them

After a years-long rift that resulted in subliminal statements and a torn friendship, Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka have arrived at a point of neutrality. The pair has been at odds in previous years due to personal and business matters, and at one point fans were convinced the Atlanta natives would remain outside of each other's orbit.

Now, Gucci said he was inspired to reach out to Waka after he was notified of the latter's public video message in November that called for a mediation between the two. "To be honest, with him going on the Internet like that, I reached out because I thought it was urgent," Gucci shared during an interview with Streetz 94.5 radio station. The "I Get The Bag" rapper continued to state that all has been settled between the two, reiterating that "everything's in the past now."

A month ago, Waka publicized his call to have a discussion with Gucci. Taking to Instagram, the "Hard in Da Paint" artist said, "All that playing over with. You know how to get me big dawg...You call me." Prior offenses included Waka's contention with Gucci's memoir and other business-related decisions, which Waka addressed on his song, "Was My Dawg."

 

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#GucciMane (@laflare1017) reveals that he and @wakaflocka have settled their differences and “everything is in the past now” 🚨| What do you guys think the conversation between Streetz Morning Takeover and Gucci Mane? Comment Below! 👇🏾 | #streetz945 #streetzmorningtakeover @moquickatl @joclive @shawtythecomedian

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Trick Daddy Calls Ebro A "Fake A** Charlamagne" After Kodak Black Interview

Many are throwing their comments and thoughts into the recent news regarding Ebro Darden and Kodak Black. The radio host attempted to facilitate a conversation surrounding the rapper's sexual assault allegations. The "Codeine Dreaming" MC left the interview shortly after being made uncomfortable.

While many are standing by Darden's stab at tackling the elephant in the room, many others are calling out the Hot 97 host for bringing up such a sensitive topic. One of the people upset with Ebro is rapper Trick Daddy.

"Ebro, you disrespected the homie. You tried a young n***a. Kodak my little n***a, n***a," he said in an Instagram video defending Kodak. "If nobody gon' step up, I'm gon' step up, n***a. I want smoke, n***a. You get on the radio, you're supposed to be an older n***a. You're supposed to be a n***a that's supposed to lead these n***as not into temptation. You're supposed to get these n***as and put them under your wing and teach them the right from wrong. But your b**ch a** -- you're trying to be a fake a** Charlamagne."

After the interview gained virality, Ebro took to Twitter to explain that he was trying to have a balanced conversation, and that he wasn't trying to "bait" Kodak for views.

 

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@cthagod @theshaderoom @balleralert @worldstar make sho y’all tell em I said it .. @kodakblack @djepps

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