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ABC/Randy HolmesChris Brown apparently is persona non grata on 30 Rock.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, when episodes of the former NBC sitcom moved from Netflix to Hulu earlier this month, an episode featuring mention of Brown was edited to remove any reference to the singer.

The season-three episode, "Goodbye, My Friend," originally featured a joke about Brown, including a bit where Tina Fey's lead character, Liz Lemon, sings a bit of "With You," to prove she's hip.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reference to Brown has been replaced with a reference to Ne-Yo.

The Hollywood Reporter reached out to Fey and Hulu but messages were unreturned.  NBC had no comment on the report.

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Kacie TomitaAfter completing the finishing touches on his track "Shot Down," Khalid had one goal in mind: to make his friend cry after listening to it. 

He tells Billboard that after a trip to Krispy Kreme with said friend, who was going through a rough patch with his girlfriend at the time, he "ended up playing "Shot Down," in the hopes that the track would make him cry. 

The star was, in fact, successful at his attempt, adding, "The friend in me is like, 'I don't want him to cry. I want him to be happy.'" 

"We're sitting in front of my house and the record's playing. In the middle of the song I kind of look to the left. Boom. Just tears, just falling down his face. My friend is really crying over a box of doughnuts right now in his car in front of my house." It's not a good look." 

Still, some good came from his friend's sad moment, as Khalid recalls. 

He says, "So after the song is over, I ask him,  'How did you feel?' And he thanked me. He told me, 'Thank you for creating your song.'"

"For me, that was a win. Not just because the song made me cry. But because I recorded a song that meant something." 

"That made someone feel. That shook someone up, but that made someone feel better." 

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Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesRemember the Fyre Festival fiasco that happened in April? 

Well, Ja Rule, who helped organize the two-weekend festival, is now planning to "fight a series of lawsuits" against him. 

The disastrous event left attendees stranded in the Bahamas eating cheese sandwiches instead of promised gourmet meals, according to Page Six

Ja claims that he was also "bamboozled" by ex-partner and Fyre Festival co-founder Billy McFarland, who was arrested for fraud in July and currently faces 20 years in jail. 

He has been released on $300,000 bail. 

Ja Rule was not arrested with McFarland at the time. 

As previously reported, investigators alleged that McFarland lied to investors, claiming he made millions in revenue from 2016 to 2017, and also provided false documents as a means to secure a $1.2 million investment in his digital company, Fyre Media. 

In a court hearing on Wednesday, Ja's lawyer, Thomas Herndon, said that his "client got wrapped up in this unintentionally."  

He added that "Billy McFarland ran the show" and continued to say that Ja Rule's "ideas got hijacked by McFarland." 

According to Page Six, McFarland was not present during the hearing nor represented by a lawyer.   

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ABC/Paula Lobo50 Cent and Vivica A. Fox are poking fun at their former relationship drama in Wednesday night's episode of BET's 50 Central.

In a clip from the show, posted on Fox's Instagram, a therapist asks the the two why they're in couple's therapy.

"I believe we have a strong connection and I don't want to lose it," Fox tells the therapist.

50 then responds, "Cuz she dragged me down here," which prompts Vivica to take out a hidden butcher's knife and brandish it at 50.

"Keep on, keep on," she says as the therapist interrupts and tells Vivica there was no need to "set it off."

50 also reposted the same video on his page, adding the caption, "Catch 50Central this Wednesday expect the unexpected 10:30pm on BET. #50centralbet."

The two, who dated in 2003 and had a war of words online in 2015, finally made up in January at at New York Knicks basketball game.

“I walked to him and I said, ‘Happy New Year,'” Vivica told Wendy Williams then. 

“It is so time for this to be over with, as far as beefing back and forth.”

50 Central airs tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET on BET. 

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ABC/Jeff NeiraToni Braxton is putting to rest rumors that she's tied the knot with Birdman.  

Us Weekly says that the "Let It Flow" singer and the "Money to Blow" rapper "are not married," contrary to other reports.  

A rep for Braxton tells the magazine that "Toni is dating." 

Toni and Birdman's rumored love affair began last year after the two were spotted together backstage at her Brooklyn concert. 

As previously reported, sources confirmed to entertainment website Rolling Out that the pair were, in fact, an item. 

Toni is currently prepping her newest album, Sex & Cigarettes, for its release next year. 

Her latest single, "Deadwood," is out now.  

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ABC/Eddy ChenJohn Legend’s daughter, Luna, appears to be following in her dad’s footsteps… but in her own adorable way. 

The 1-year-old was captured in a recent photo by the singer perched next to a mini White piano, apparently taking a break from eating a savory-looking rib. 

In the caption, John writes, “At the piano, eating a rib. It doesn’t get any better than this.”  

Luna's personal Instagram account also features several recent pictures of her chowing down on "dem ribs." 

So, perhaps she's taking after both her musician dad and cookbook author mom Chrissy Teigen.  

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Courtesy of BETGucci Mane and Keyshia Ka'oir are now officially husband and wife. 

The couple got married Tuesday evening at the Four Seasons hotel in Miami. 

The lavish ceremony, which was broadcast live on BET, cost a whopping $1.7 million, according to People.  

A number of high-profile guests, such as 2 ChainzRick RossSean "Diddy" CombsLil Yachty and Big Sean with his girlfriend Jhené Aiko, attended the affair. 

Fans can ogle photos of Gucci and Keyshia wearing their jaw-dropping wedding attire on their respective Instagram accounts.  

People adds that Guwop wore "a white tux with silver sparkly loafers," while Keyshia donned an extravagant "beaded, long-sleeved gown with leaf-like embroidery," along with a "crystal headpiece," "blinding drop earrings" and a "bouquet made of what appears to be real diamonds."  

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Trae Patton/NBCAlicia Keys is returning to The Voice.

The singer will be back in the red chair for the show’s 14th season, after sitting out this current season. She’ll join Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and first-time coach Kelly Clarkson on the coaches’ panel.

Kelly helped announce Alicia’s return in a new video clip. In the video, she attempts to reveal the fourth coach by opening the stage door, but Blake and Adam keep messing with her. Finally, Alicia pops out and she and Kelly have a little lovefest before they vow to “kick these boys’ a****.”

The last time Alicia was a coach, in season 12, her contestant won.

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ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaThe season five trailer of Tamar & Vince is here and judging from the looks of it, fans are in for a wild ride. 

The teaser-trailer, streaming now on YouTube courtesy of Entertainment Tonight, shows explosive scenes of "Stay and Fight" artist Tamar Braxton navigating a new chapter in her career, while trying to hold her family together. 

She's also seen lying in a hospital bed and revealing what appears to be a jaw-dropping secret that could leave fans breathless. 

The new season of Tamar and Vince premieres Thursday, November 9 at 9 p.m. ET on WeTv.  

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Dennis Leupold/EssenceBelieve it or not, Mary J. Blige found confidence while taking on the role of Florence Jackson in Dee Rees' drama, Mudbound. 

She tells Essence, "Shedding Mary J. Blige for Florence gave Mary J. Blige some confidence...like, a lot of it."  

She adds, "[On set] I could hear people whispering, 'She's so beautiful.' And I was like, 'Who the hell are they talking about?"

The "Love Yourself" singer also talks about the difficulty in taking on the character of Florence while dealing with the dissolution of her 14-year marriage to Kendu Isaacs, along with her already busy schedule. 

"I had just come back from performing on the Bad Boy Family Reunion tour with all the nails and the wigs, and I wasn't trying to depart from that." 

"So when it came time to get into character, I was like, 'Can I wear a lace-front wig? Can I get some lashes?'"  

However, Mary J found a way to get the job done and portray Florence: "If I didn't let go and give into the character, the movie probably wouldn't be what it is right now. It was the one thing that needed to be done, and I couldn't let Dee down."   

You can watch Mudbound on Netflix November 17, and read the rest of Mary's interview in the November issue of Essence, which hits newsstands this week.  

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Getty Images via ABCShe looks fabulous all the time, but Rihanna recently detailed "the pleasure of [having] a fluctuating body type" to fashion and culture websiteThe Cut

She said, "One day I can literally fit into something that is bodycon, and then the next day  -- the next week -- I need something oversized; I need a little crop here and a high waist there to hide that part, you know?"

"I really pay attention every day when I go into the closet about what's working for my body that morning," she adds. 

"I feel like that's how everyone should go after fashion, because it's an individual thing."

"And then, if you take it further, it's like: What week are you having? You having a skinny week? You having a fat week? Are we doing arms this week? We doing legs this week? We doing oversized?" 

The "Pour It Up" singer also gave her two cents on what she finds most sexy in a man's closet: "Black!"

"This is new for me; this is recent. I love a man in black," she says. 

"It's so sexy and mysterious; confident and secure -- all the things I love about a man. So, I'm into that."  

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Raven VaronaCardi B just made another money move. The "Bodak Yellow" star signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.  

"Thank you THANK YOU @sonyatvmusicpub...when eater be poppin s*** under my comments like ooo 'she don't write her s*** sooo how I got a publishing deal then?" Cardi B writes

Cardi adds, "Too much muf***** done doubted me that's why I have to prove it."

Her hit track, "Bodak Yellow" is nominated for a 2017 Soul Train Award in the newly-dubbed Rhythm & Bars Award category, which was formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year. 

"Bodak Yellow" dropped from the number-one spot to number two this week on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, thanks to Post Malone's "Rockstar."   

At three weeks at number-one, Cardi became the first solo female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 in 19 years, and the first female solo artist overall to reach #1 on the Hot 100 with a debut single since Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" in 2014.   

She's also the solo female rapper with the longest-running Hot 100 number one.   

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Brad Barket/Getty ImagesAzealia Banks wants RZA to leave her name out of his mouth. 

Entertainment website Baller Alert captured a number of now-deleted messages from Azealia, in which she gives the Wu-Tang Clan member a stern warning.

"RZA has to stop talking about me in the media. Until he is ready to apologize to me publicly he can go back to sucking Russell Crowes [sic] d*** for invites to Hollywood parties," she writes.  

She continues, "Nobody understands how badly I wanted to die the moment rza LIED and told the world I deserved to be spat. People laughed at me and said I lied. @RZA I HOPE YOU DROP DEAD." 

RZA is currently promoting his latest movie, which he directed, called Love Beats Rhymes.  

The upcoming film stars Azealia as an aspiring rapper named Coco seeking her big break, so it's going to be hard RZA to mention the movie without referring to its leading lady.  

You may remember, RZA and Azealia had a falling out last year after RZA brought Azealia as his guest to actor Russell Crowe's Beverly Hills Hotel party. 

Azealia and Russell allegedly got involved in a spat in which the rapper claimed the Gladiator star spit on her, choked her and called her the n-word. 

What isn't in doubt is that she was ejected from the party.

As previously reported, following that incident, Azealia blamed RZA for her alleged tiff with Russell, while RZA said that he regretted having no knowledge of Azealia's alleged mental issues.  

Love Beats Rhymes arrives in select theaters and on demand December 1. 

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ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaIf you're looking to purchase a brand-new mansion, Tamar Braxton and hubby Vincent Herbert are putting theirs up for sale

According to Variety, the couple's 13,716-square-foot Mediterranean home in Calabasas, California is on the market for $15 million. 

They bought it in 2013 for $10.5 million. 

Tamar and Vince's three-story estate comes complete with seven bedrooms, nine full and two half bathrooms, a home theater, game room, office, wine cellar with tasting room, recording studio with an elevator, and a poolside guesthouse.   

The mansion is located inside the double-gated Estates at The Oaks, in which a number of other celebrities live, including Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian and Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson

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Carlota GuerreroNominees for the 2017 Soul Train Awards have been announced and leading the pack is Solange, with seven nominations, including a nod for Best R&B/Soul Female artist and another for Album/Mixtape of the Year, for her album A Seat at the Table.

Bruno Mars follows the "Cranes in the Sky" singer with six nominations, including Song of the Year for "That's What I Like," and Video of the Year for his hit track "24K Magic."  

Seven-time Grammy award winner Toni Braxton, who's releasing her new album, Sex & Cigarettes, next year, will receive the prestigious Don Cornelius Legend Award for her impressive contributions to the music industry. 

In addition, Grammy-award nominated R&B trio SWV will be honored with the third annual Lady of Soul Award. 

A number of other stars including SZAThe WeekndMary J. BligeKhalidLecraeTamela MannChance the RapperDJ KhaledCardi BLalah HathawayKehlani and Chris Brown are also listed as nominees. 

The 2017 Soul Train Awards airs November 26 at 8 p.m. ET on BET and BET HER. 

Here's the complete list of nominees: 

Best New Artist
6lack
H.E.R.
Kevin Ross
Khalid
Sza

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Bruno Mars
Bryson Tiller
Chris Brown
Khalid
The Weeknd

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Kehlani
Lalah Hathaway
Ledisi
Mary J. Blige
Solange
Sza

Soul Train Certified Award
Bell Biv Devoe
Johnny Gill
Lalah Hathaway
Ledisi
Mack Wilds

Video of the Year
Beyoncé -- "All Night"
Bruno Mars -- "24K Magic"
Chris Brown Ft. Usher & Gucci Mane -- "Party"
DJ Khaled Ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller -- "Wild Thoughts"
Solange -- "Cranes in the Sky"

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Chance the Rapper
Charlie Wilson
Kirk Franklin
Lecrae
Tamela Mann

Album/Mixtape of the Year
Bruno Mars -- 24k Magic
Mary J. Blige -- Strength of a Woman
Solange -- A Seat at the Table
Sza -- Ctrl
The Weeknd -- Starboy

Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year)
Cardi B -- "Bodak Yellow"
Dj Khaled Ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller -- "Wild Thoughts"
French Montana Ft. Swae Lee -- "Unforgettable"
Kendrick Lamar -- "Humble."
Yo Gotti Ft. Nicki Minaj -- "Rake It Up"

Song of the Year
Bruno Mars -- "That’s What I Like"
Childish Gambino -- "Redbone"
Dj Khaled Ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller -- "Wild Thoughts"
Khalid -- "Location"
Solange -- "Cranes in the Sky"

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
"Cranes in the Sky" -- Written by: Troy L. John, Solange Knowles, Raphael Saadiq (Solange)
"Location" -- Written by: Alfredo Emmanuel Gonzalez, Olatunji Olutomiwa, Samuel David Jimenez, Khalid Robinson, Joshua Scruggs (Khalid)
"Love Me Now" -- Written by: Blake Matthew Simon Mills, John Henry Ryan, John Roger Stephens (John Legend)
"Redbone" -- Written by: George Clinton, William Earl Collins, Gary Lee Cooer, Donaldmckinley Glover Ii, Ludwig Emil Tomas Goransson (Childish Gambino)
"Versace on the Floor" -- Written by: Christopher Steven Brown, James Edward Fauntleroy, Bruno Mars, Philip Martin Lawrence (Bruno Mars)

Best Dance Performance
Bruno Mars -- "24K Magic"
Chris Brown Ft. Usher & Gucci Mane -- "Party"
Dj Khaled Ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller -- "Wild Thoughts"
Solange Ft. Sampha -- "Don’t Touch My Hair"
Wizkid Ft. Drake -- "Come Closer"

Best Collaboration
Dj Khaled Ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller -- "Wild Thoughts"
Jazmine Sullivan & Bryson Tiller -- "Insecure"
Mary J. Blige Ft. Kanye West -- "Love Yourself"
Solange Ft. Sampha -- "Don’t Touch My Hair"
Sza Ft. Travis Scott -- "Love Galore"

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❤️ ✌🏾 & SOUL! The #SoulTrainAwards hit @BET & @BETherTV on November 26 at 8/7c & here's the full list of nominees. https://t.co/i5uwkCcfoC

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCThere's no denying the influence Nicki Minaj has had on the music industry and on pop culture at large.

But when it comes to finding inspiration for herself when writing lyrics, the "Roman's Revenge" rapper name drops three other major artists with ease:  JAY-ZLil Wayne and Foxy Brown.

"Those are the three I keep in my head when I'm writing because they've influenced me so much," she tells New York TimesT magazine

"I feel like I'm a part of all of them." 

Despite all her success, Nicki reveals that early on in her career, she felt as though she had "so much going against" her, and surprisingly, she still feels as though she still has to prove herself to the world.

"Being black, being a woman, being a female rapper. No matter how many times I get on a track with everyone's favorite M.C. and hold my own, the culture never seems to want to give me my props as an M.C., lyricist, as a writer," she explains. 

But, she adds, "I believe in my gift wholeheartedly. I kind of love that I've had to go through so many hurdles to get where I am because I feel like I deserve it."   

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Courtesy of Republic RecordsThe Weeknd is being recognized by the Recording Industry Association of American for his multi-platinum achievements.

The singer has received two huge plaques commemorating his success. 

One recognizes The Weeknd for being the only artist to earn a 2X multi-platinum album in the last year that also includes four platinum or higher songs.

The album, of course, is Starboy.   

The title track went platinum five times, “I Feel It Coming” went double platinum, and “Party Monster” and “Reminder” both went platinum.

The Weeknd also received a plaque for scoring 11 platinum or multi-platinum certified songs during the past five years. 

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Courtesy of BETTonight, fitness model and beauty entrepreneur Keyshia Ka'Oir [keesha kay-ORR] will tie the knot with her longtime boyfriend Gucci Mane in a BET live special called Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’Oir: The Mane Event.  

The special's the first installment of docu-series about the couple's romance.  But Ka'Oir, who first met the rapper on a video set in 2010, says she doubts married life will change their relationship.

"Nothing will change because -- it's kind of like, ever since he got out of prison this last time, we're inseparable," Ka'Oir tells ABC Radio, referring to the two-year period from 2014-2016 that Gucci spent behind bars on weapons charges.

"So, I can't see it being anything different from what we have now," she adds. 

"Like, we don't go over a couple of days of seeing each other. If I have to get on a plane -- or sometimes if he has a day off, he comes home."

While the cameras may be front and center during their wedding extravaganza, Ka'Oir makes it clear that the series won't document everything. Instead, it will highlight their "everyday lives."

"We've had the worst part of our relationship already, so now we're just enjoying our moment and enjoying each other and just living free," Ka'Oir explains. 

"We're not doing anything for social media or for the fans... we're just living our everyday lives. Some of it we might share with them and some we don't." 

Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’Oir: The Mane Event premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET. on BET. 

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Image Group LA/ABCWild, wild, wild -- DJ Khaled has been named the first-ever artist ambassador for the entertainment agency Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, located in New York City. 

The celebrated record producer's new role will include appearing at a number of Barclays Center and NYCB Live events and posting on the agency's social media accounts. 

In a statement, Khaled says, "I'm grateful to BSE and Roc Nation for this partnership." 

"After discussing opportunities with Brett [Yormark, CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment] and the BSE team, I knew this was the right opportunity for me. We really connected on music, our business vision, and our appreciation for family."  

DJ Khaled is expected to appear at the TIDAL X: Brooklyn disaster relief benefit concert in New York City on October 17. 

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Getty Images via ABCRihanna is getting a street named after her, right in her childhood neighborhood of Bridgetown, Barbados. 

Local Barbadian newspaper Nation News reports the singer and Fenty Beauty cosmetics mogul will be honored on Barbados' Independence Day, Thursday, November 30, when Westbury New Road will be changed to Rihanna Drive. 

RiRi grew up on Westbury New Road in the St. Michael parish of Bridgetown.  

The new street name will be revealed by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Rihanna at a two-hour event. 

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