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Nipsey Hussle attends the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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Nipsey Hussle Laid To Rest During Private Burial At Famous Cemetery

Nipsey Hussle has been laid to rest. Close family and friends, including his longtime girlfriend Lauren London, attended a private burial ceremony at Forrest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills Friday (April 12).

London was photographed at the cemetery with her children Cameron and Kross, the latter of whom is her 2-year-old son with Nipsey, along with his young daughter, parents, siblings, and more loved ones of the 33-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper and community activist.

A motorcade of vehicles were spotted at the gravesite led by a black hearse presumably carrying his casket. Neighborhood Nip joins several other celebrities buried at Forrest Lawn, including Rick James, Michael Jackson, and actors Britney Murphy, John Ritter, Paul Walker, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.

Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was celebrated by 21,000 fans, friends and family members during a three-hour celebration of life at the Los Angeles Staples Center Thursday (April 11). Nipsey’s parents,  Angelique Smith and Dawit Asghedom, his brother Sam, London and her son Cameron, Snoop Dogg, and Min. Louis Farrakhan were among the speakers at his funeral, which featured performances from Stevie Wonder and Jhene Aiko.

The ceremony was followed by a 25-mile procession around Los Angeles, giving thousands of fans who didn’t score tickets to the public funeral, a chance to pay respects to the slain recording artist who was gunned down outside of his Marathon Clothing store two weeks ago.

Prior to Friday's burial, Nipsey’s family and friends attended a Los Angeles City Council meeting to mark the unveiling of the Nipsey Hussle Square sign which will be located at Crenshaw Blvd. and Slauson Ave. The city council voted unanimously to officially rename the intersection after the Grammy-nominated rhymer.

“I am honored to announce that the LA City Council voted unanimously to name the intersection at Crenshaw and Slauson as ‘Nipsey Hussle Square,’” Los Angeles City Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson tweeted Friday. “Thank you to his family and community for coming out to celebrate this monumental occasion.”

See more from the ceremony below.

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Cardi B Awarded Crossover Artist Of The Year At 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards

2019 has been a pretty successful year for Cardi B. In February, Cardi won a Grammy Award for "Best Rap Album," and as of Thursday (April 26), the Bronx beauty was awarded Crossover Artist of the year at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

The 26-year-old beat out Demi Lovato, DJ Snake and Drake in the category. Cardi's been featured on some of the hottest Latin records that have ruled both 2018 and 2019. She has her hit song "I Like It" with Bad Bunny and J. Balvin, and she's featured in the tracks "Taki Taki" and "La Modelo" as well.

Cardi's win makes her the first female rapper to ever win a Billboard Latin Music Award. The MC took to her Instagram stories to thank the publication for the award, a move that comes after a recent squabble she had with gossip page "The Shade Room."

On Wednesday, in a series of now-deleted Instagram videos, Cardi slammed the gossip page for posts she felt harmed her husband Offset's image. In the video, Cardi called out TSR for allegedly only sharing negative news about her label mates at Quality Management, rather than uplifting them and the rest of the black community.

“Everybody that they know that I’m cool with, they always try to get them set up for people to talk sh*t,” she said. "Offset donated 25K to the Ellen foundation for the kids in Africa. Did The Shade Room post it? No… are they posting any positive sh*t and investment talk that he’s been talking about in his interviews? No. But they sure post the way he had drama with his baby mom. They sure posting about his court cases, right?"

Congrats to Cardi on her win.

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Jussie Smollett's Potentially Final 'Empire' Episode Draws Low Viewership

It hasn't been revealed whether Empire will return for a sixth season. However, if the show returns, there's no word on if Jussie Smollett will reprise his role as Jamal Lyon.

Regardless of the unknown, it looks like fans weren't all the way tuned-in to what may have very well have been Smollett's last episode on the show. Per Variety, Jamal's groundbreaking wedding episode garnered low ratings for the Fox series.

"The episode, in which Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon tied the knot in TV’s first-ever black, gay wedding, returned a 1.1 rating in the key 18-49 demo and 3.8 million total viewers," reports the site. "Those numbers are a tick up on the 1.07 rating of the previous two weeks, but are still down on the season 5 average, which currently sits at around 1.4."

Smollett's character was written out of the last two episodes of the fifth season, due to his highly-publicized arrest in February for allegedly filing a false police report claiming that he was attacked physically and verbally in Chicago. All 16 charges against him were dropped in March.

Recently, his Empire family penned a letter of support for their cast member, urging the show's producers to allow him to come back for the unannounced sixth season.

"[Smollett] is kind. He is compassionate," the letter says. "He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity. He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped."

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SWV Reacts To Female R&B Artists H.E.R, Teyana Taylor, And More

SWV recently sat down for BuzzFeed's "Cocoa Butter" video series to react to the new generation of female, R&B vocalists, and the veteran trio's facial expressions said it all.

The first singer the ladies reacted to was H.E.R. "I'm partial because I just love H.E.R. So she could sing dookie on a stick, and I'll still be like, oh she sounds nice," Tamara Johnson-George said.

"I wanna hear her do something different though," Coko chimed in, adding that she should experiment with more upbeat tempos.

Another notable reaction was given to Chloe x Halle. While the women agreed that the duo sounded a lot like their mentor, Beyonce, they felt that they hadn't heard any songs that "pop."

SWV didn't jump up and down for everyone, but they collectively loved Teyana Taylor. "She's going to be around for a minute," Leanne "Lelee" Lyons says.

The trio started to really dive in and dissect the artists when they moved on to Queen Naija. Although two-thirds of the group said they like Queen, Coko's facial expressions said something else. "You heard her sing live?" She askd. "I just like to hear them sing live because nowadays these girls sound like a computer."

SWV also reacted to Jhene Aiko, Kehlani, and Syd. See their reactions below.

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— Cocoa Butter (@cocoabutterbf) April 25, 2019

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