Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty died Thursday morning after he shot himself during an argument with his ex-wife inside his Bronx apartment, sources told the Daily News.
Lighty, 44 — a longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey — put a gun to his head and fired after a spat with his former wife, Veronica, inside the South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m., police sources said.
Law enforcement sources said Lighty — who divorced his wife last year — may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing about $5 million to the IRS.
Lighty, founder of Violator Management, merged with another talent company to form Primary Violator around the time his divorce.
Musicians began Tweeting about Lighty soon after news of his death spread.
“R.I.P. Chris Lighty,” posted Fat Joe on his Twitter account. “That man saved my life.”
Rapper Beanie Sigel, government name Dwight E. Grant, was in the passenger seat of a car that was pulled over for erratic driving this morning. And now he’s been arrested for getting caught with a stash and a gun.
38-year-old Beanie was riding in the passenger seat of a tan Ford Fusion when the car was pulled over for swerving and following another car too closely. The Pennsylvania State Trooper stopped the car on I95, and found prescription drugs, codeine syrup and over $4K in cash in Beanie’s pockets. Weed was found on driver Gerald Andrews. Continue reading
Kris Humphries has just been sued by a woman who claims he gave her herpes … TMZ has learned.
Kayla Goldberg claims she met Kris in August, 2010 at the Newsroom Cafe on Robertson Blvd. in L.A. They flirted, exchanged numbers, and she claims that night they met up at Trousdale nightclub on the Sunset Strip.
According to the suit, Kris came on to Kayla, touching, kissing and dancing with her. Kayla claims he took her to his hotel and they had sex multiple times … including oral sex. The suit claims during a portion of the sexual encounter Kris did not wear a condom. Continue reading
Usher‘s ex-wife Tameka Raymond just lost in the former couple’s bitter custody battle — TMZ has learned, a judge has awarded Usher primary custody of their two sons.
It’s a shocking development — considering both sides were trying to strip each other of custody. Tameka felt the singer was an absentee father who was too absorbed in his career to be a good dad. She also accused him of using drugs in front of the kids.
Usher argued Tameka was inattentive and irresponsible.
The ruling marks the end of an emotional custody trial — involving wild accusations and name-calling … Usher even broke down at one point on the witness stand.
But today, we’re told a judge sided with the singer — awarding Usher primary custody of the ex-couple’s two sons, which means the children will be spending the majority of the time with their father.
Tameka still retains some custodial rights — but the extent to which Tameka will be able to see her kids is unclear.
NeNe Leakes opened up to In Touch Magazine recently about her adorable granddaughter Bri’asia and her new role as a grandmother. She also revealed that her son Bryson and his girlfriend Ashley had initially kept the pregnancy a secret.
But it wasn’t really a secret since the blogosphere has been talking about this since last year. But we digress. NeNe said she only found out because she ran into Ashley and she was 6 months pregnant. So….once the baby arrived…so have the photoshoots:
“I only found out about everything because I ran into Ashley when she was more than six months along. I said, ‘You look pregnant.’ And she said, ‘Hasn’t Bryson told you?’ But he hadn’t because he knew that I wouldn’t approve of him having a child so young.”
“I didn’t feel like he was ready for such a big responsibility. I was his age when I had him, so I know how tough it is. I didn’t want him to make the same mistakes that I did. I needed to let it sink in.” Continue reading
KeKe Palmer just dropped her second follow-up single from her self-titled mixtape, KEKE PALMER. Check out “Dance Alone”.
Rapper Juvenile was arrested once again last night in Miami. After performing with former Hot Boys member Lil Wayne at LIV nightclub last night, Juve was arrested around 7am this morning at the Fontainebleau Hotel (home to LIV) where a “disturbance” was taking place. The 37-year-old was booked for disorderly conduct after reportedly, he was involved in a brawl with approximately 100 people that started inside the club and then spilled over outside.
He is being held on a $500 bond. Continue reading
Jada Pinkett Smith has used her Instagram account to allow fans an intimate look at her life with husband Will Smith and their kiddies. In the throwback photos, we see Will and Jada on their wedding day, a flick of Jaden being introduced to Muhammed Ali, the birth of Willow and Jaden holding his lilttle sister: The other day we told you about Willow’s letter to Tupac, now here’s a shot Jada posted of a letter Jada received from Tupac while he was locked up. Koren is Jada’s middle name.
As her reality show “R&B Divas” premiered on TV One tonight, Faith Evans has announced that she’s releasing a companion album to the show called R&B Divas on October 2.
The first single off the album is “Tears of Joy,” which was written by songwriter and producer (respectively), Claude Kelly & Chuck Harmony.
The album also features “Dumb,” a retro-soul uptempo track written by Faith and produced by the group 1500 OR NOTHIN’.
Also, the LP features the show’s theme song, “Lovin Me,” which was co-written by fellow R&B Diva, Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert-Daniels, Belle Johnson and Gharah “PK” Degeddungseze.
The album will benefit the WHITNEY E. HOUSTON ACADEMY OF CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS.
Faith spoke about the project saying,
“I’m extremely excited about executive producing this Faith Evans R&B Divas album and working beside some of the premiere female R&B vocalists of our generation. I’m also proud to honor to my dear friend and music Icon, Ms. Whitney Houston and give back to the community in doing my part to help save performing arts in schools. Making this album has been an incredible experience, and every true fan of R&B music will be touched by these beautiful songs of love, hope and triumph!”