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Dr. Dre On Dee Barnes Assault: "I Was Out Of My Fu**ing Mind At The Time"

"Any man who puts his hands on a female is a fu**ing idiot."

Valuable insight from some of the music industry's heavyweights can be found within HBO's four-part program, The Defiant Ones. Helmed by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the documentary takes a look at their careers and how they paved the way for other superstars to get their just due.

Sunday's (July 9) episode debuted to rave reviews, but part two of the installment made headlines for an incident that stems back to the '90s. According to TMZ, Dr. Dre took a moment to express his regret for reportedly physically assaulting journalist Dee Barnes at a club in Los Angeles, California.

"Any man who puts his hands on a female is a fu**ing idiot. He's out of his fu**ing mind, and I was out of my fu**ing mind at the time. I fu**ed up, I paid for it, I'm sorry for it, and I apologize for it," he said, per TMZ. "I have this dark cloud that follows me, and it's going to be attached to me forever. It's a major blemish on who I am as a man."

As detailed in an in-depth article by Highsnobiety, Barnes was on the set of Boyz N The Hood preparing to interview rapper Yo Yo for Pump It Up! in 1990.

During her Q&A, Ice Cube (who starred in the film) interjected their on-camera conversation to say a few choice words about N.W.A since they were at odds at the time. Prior to this event, Barnes spoke with N.W.A, also for Pump It Up! Once both segments were complete, producer Jeff Shore told Barnes he planned to combine the instances, which she was completely against.

At the top of 1991, Barnes arrived at a release party for Bytches With Problems, which was also attended by Dr. Dre. According to reports, Dre allegedly attacked Barnes over the Pump It Up! package, which resulted in a $22 million lawsuit against the Aftermath leader for assault and battery.

Once Straight Outta Compton was released in 2015, many wondered if Dre's assault on Barnes would be depicted, which she also addressed. During the biopic's debut, Dre also issued an apology "to the women I've hurt." Barnes then utilized Gawker's platform to publish her response and questioned whether his statement was a "PR move by Universal," the conglomerate that housed Straight Outta Compton.

"The hypocrisy of it all is appalling. This is bigger than me and bigger than hip-hop," Barnes wrote. "This is about respect and awareness. As a result of speaking on my personal experience with violence, I have been vilified."

R&B singer Michele'le also recalled a time Dre allegedly enacted physical violence, which she discussed on The Breakfast Club in 2015.

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Grammy-nominated singer H.E.R. appeared on NPR's "Tiny Desk" set on Dec. 12, to deliver a 4-piece-medley from her last four projects.

Tucked neatly behind her dark sunglasses, the songstress began her set strapped to a mustard yellow guitar with a host of back-up musicians accompanying the 21-year-old on her first solo journey with "Tiny Desk." She previously appeared on the performance series in June 2018 alongside collaborator Daniel Caesar to bring their single "Best Part" to life.

The singer began with "Going (Interlude)," a low-tempo song ushering a heavy-hearted feel into the 18-minute-performance. Keeping with the melancholy vibes planted by the first single, Gabriella Wilson – best known by her three-letter-moniker –  delivered a stunning rendition of "Feel A Way." With two-final transitions, the singer-songwriter concluded her act with "Focus," a throw back from the 2017 EP that gained her worldwide recognition, H.E.R. Volume 1.

Switching from strings to keys, Wilson sat peacefully before a keyboard playing the melody she crafted for the crowd favorite. Chaperoning the performance to a close, Wilson and her background singers played a vocal game of tag as the band jazzed up the slow beats until the set officially wrapped.

Watch as H.E.R. rocks the "Tiny Desk" set in the video above.

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Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer Nancy Wilson Passes Away

The world has gained another talented angel. Grammy-winning jazz singer and legend Nancy Wilson has sadly passed away. Wilson reportedly died peacefully in her home on Thursday (Dec. 13) after suffering from a long illness, her manager, Devra Hall Levy confirms.

While Wilson originally entered the music industry with a focus on R&B music, she later showcased her talent on jazz ballads. She made her debut in 1961 with the single "Guess Who I Saw Today." Her breakout hit came in 1964 on "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am," which hit No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also earned her her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. She would later win two more Grammys in 2005 and 2007.

In the 1990s, Wilson was cast as the host of NPR's "Jazz Profiles," a documentary series featuring jazz legends. She later retired in 2011, after nearly six decades in the performing business. She attributed her departure to wanting to spend time with her family. It is unclear what illness Wilson was suffering from at the time of her death.

John Legend was among the many artists who mourned the loss on social media Friday morning (Dec. 14). "So sad to hear about the passing of the great Nancy Wilson. She was a magical performer. I'm so glad I was able to spend time with her and hear her beautiful voice in person," he wrote.

Wilson is survived by her three children and five grandchildren. Per her request, there will be no funeral service. Her family will hold a celebration of life ceremony in Feb. 2019 instead.

So sad to hear about the passing of the great Nancy Wilson. She was a magical performer. I'm so glad I was able to spend time with her and hear her beautiful voice in person.

— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 14, 2018

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Racist White Woman On Subway In Viral Video Arrested And Charged With Assault

A viral video of a white woman named Anna Lushchinskaya hurling racist insults and attempting to kick and slap an Asian passenger on a NYC subway had a happy ending. According to ABC7 in New York, Lushchinskaya, 40, was arrested at the 36th Street station and charged with felony assault.

The video of her antics, shared by Twitter user @PlatanoMan, showed her becoming irate after another passenger bumped into her on a northbound D train (note, it's almost impossible not to bump into someone on the subway).

The enraged woman begins to pull back her hair and tries multiple times to slap and kick the 24-year-old woman. While other Asian passengers restrain her and tell her to stop, she attempts to hit and prod the woman with her umbrella. Later on, she calls the woman and the man who restrained her a racial slur and tries to spit on the woman.

"Everybody was just looking at each other like, 'Are you sure you just heard that? Did you just hear that?'"said Juan Ayala, one of the helpers, to Eyewitness News.

The woman who was targeted in the attack, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she's thankful Lushchinskaya wasn't carrying any weapons.

"I'm lucky that she didn't have anything like weapons on her -- like knife, gun -- because it could have got a lot worse," she said. "I'm lucky that people were on the train who were helping me, especially the first Asian guy who stood in front of me right away because he wasn't recording. He just stood in front of me to help me, because I know other people were recording, but their recording didn't do anything until later on when it escalated."

This isn't Lushchinskaya's first brush with the law on the D train; she allegedly pepper-sprayed a man during the summer.

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— PL∆T∆NO M∆N™ (@PlatanoMan) December 12, 2018

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— PL∆T∆NO M∆N™ (@PlatanoMan) December 12, 2018

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