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Grammy Winning Producer
DJ Official Gunned Down
On LA Street

by Cheryl Lakes

Grammy Award Winning Producer Killed In LA Shooting:  Grammy award-winning producer DJ Official, né Leslie André Wakefield Jr., was killed in a shooting in Los Angeles on Friday.  The producer, who has worked with artists including Cardi B, Tyga and Chris Brown, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. He was 26.  According to KTLA, the shooting occurred in a south Los Angeles neighborhood. Two men were sitting in a car when another vehicle drove up next to them. Several shots were fired, hitting both men. One victim was pronounced dead, while the other is in stable condition, the outlet reports.

The Los Angeles Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.  “All he did was go to work and come home,” the producer’s grandfather told NBC Los Angeles. “He didn’t belong to [a] gang or nothing like that.”  Following news of his death, DJ Official’s music industry colleagues paid tribute to him on social media. “How the f— they gon’ take @prodbyofficial?” singer Ty Dolla $ign wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of himself with the producer. “Who the f— was mad at my bro? A father, a successful producer, a solid homie who meant a lot to all of us… We had so much fun on this tour and every time I ran into u it was love and good vibes. LONG LIVE OFFICIAL.”  Record producer DJ Mustard wrote: “I’m beyond hurt I’m devastated I’m sick to my stomach I love you lil bro forever @prodbyofficial.”   According to Vibe, DJ Official was the father to a newborn son, and had won a Grammy earlier this year for his work on Cardi B‘s album Invasion of Privacy.

Jay Z’s Legal Team Offers Help To Black Phoenix Family Accused Of Shoplifting: After a Phoneix family’s shocking encounter with police went viral, they’re getting support from high places.  BOSSIP reports…As previously reported Dravon Ames and his fiancé Iesha Harper were driving with their daughters, ages 1 and 4, before they were terrorized by police. Officers approached the family after the 4-year-old slipped a Barbie into her backpack unbeknownst to the parents.  Police overreacted to the alleged theft and pulled out their guns threatening to kill Iesha who’s currently pregnant, in front of her children. An officer also told Dravon  “I’m going to put a cap in your a**, I’m gonna shoot you in your (expletive) face” before pulling him out of the car, kicking him in the right leg, and punching him in the back.

Now Jay Z’s Roc Nation legal team, Team ROC, is swooping in to help (pro bono!) as the family pursues a $10 million lawsuit against the city of Phoenix. The couple says the officers committed battery, unlawful imprisonment, false arrest and infliction of emotional distress in addition to violating their civil rights.  AZ Central reports that Team ROC is not only offering to provide legal support, Team ROC’s calling for the termination of the police officers and “ensuring the well-being of the children,” according to Didier Morais, a PR spokesperson for the organization.  Team ROC has secured high-profile attorney Alex Spiro to join the family’s legal team and they’re planning to pursue a child neglect charge against one of the officers.  “There is no place for that behavior in our world – let alone our justice system – and we are calling for the immediate termination of the police officers in question,” said Roc Nation Managing Director of Philanthropy Dania Diaz. “We are committed to supporting the family to ensure that justice is served.”  In case you forgot, Team ROC is known for getting results. The legal team stepped in to stop the deportation of 21 Savage.

Wendy Williams’ New Guy Defends Himself:  Wendy Williams’ new boyfriend is sick and tired of people thinking he’s hanging with her in hopes of landing a sugar mama … because he insists he’s not about that life.  Sources close to Marc Tomblin tell TMZ … he doesn’t care at all about fame and he’s not the type of guy who’d let a woman take care of him financially. They’re told the only reason he’s kicking it with Wendy is because they enjoy each other’s company. 

TMZ is reporting that Tomblin hasn’t asked Williams for a dime since they’ve been together and won’t in the future — don’t let those pics of them hitting an ATM fool you.  He’s also telling friends that the NYC shopping spree they went on was not funded solely by Wendy … he purchased his own things.  Sources say Marc’s been getting a lot of flak from people who are suspicious of his motives, so he’s been blocking them … along with anyone who reaches out to him to talk crap about Wendy.  As TMZ reported … Wendy’s ignoring all the haters and naysayers and living her life how she wants. As she put it to us, “I am a 54-year-old grown ass woman. I know what I’m doing.”  She’s also been careful about not calling Tomblin her boyfriend, but making it clear she’s having a lot of fun with him … enough to keep him around in NYC with her much longer than expected.

Street In Front Of NASA HQ Renamed To ‘Hidden Figures Way.’  NASA paid homage to the pioneering mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson with a permanent tribute at the space headquarters.  According to Vibe, The women, who were portrayed in the critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures, were the inspiration behind naming the street in their likeness. The black women who did NASA’s math used to be hidden. These  so-called “human computers”  did the complex calculations that made space travel possible. Now, you’ll be reminded of what the women did even before you pull into NASA headquarters because the street on which the building sits has been renamed Hidden Figures Way.   The families of Johnson, Vaughan and Jackson were on hand for the ceremony, as was Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of “Hidden Figures.”

The Reality Star Who Filed Charges Against Remy Ma Arrested:  The “Love & Hip Hop” star who claims rapper Remy Ma assaulted her is now facing charges of her own — for attacking a witness, the Post has learned.  Brittney Taylor, 30, was busted early Friday morning for the alleged assault inside Dina Khalil’s West 42nd Street apartment near 11th Avenue, police and sources said Saturday.  Taylor began arguing with Khalil around 6:45 a.m., when Taylor allegedly scratched her, cops said. Taylor then allegedly followed Khalil to the lobby and threw a cell phone at her face.  Taylor was arrested at the scene and charged with assault.

She appeared before a judge Friday, where she was released on her own recognizance, a Manhattan court clerk said.  The reality TV star and up-and-coming rapper claimed months ago she was attacked by castmate Ma, whose real name is Reminisce Smith. Smith allegedly slugged Taylor in the right eye at the “Pretty Lou Benefit Concert” at Irving Plaza on April 16, police said at the time.  Smith turned herself in on May 1 and was charged with third-degree assault. But Smith’s civil lawyer, Eric Sanders, said the arrest raises concerns for the assault case against the rapper.  “Obviously this arrest creates a major credibility issue for the prosecution and [Taylor’s lawyer in the case] Mr. Rubenstein to contend with,” Sanders said in a statement to the Post. “Either way, we intend to continue pressing forward to ensuring Remy is totally vindicated.”


My best friend has ended our relationship because I asked her boyfriend to dance at a party and she felt I was out of order.  She won’t talk to me.  Any suggestions on how I make this better?

by Sarah Smart

Q.  My best friend stopped speaking to me and has ended our relationship because I asked her boyfriend to dance when we were all out at a party.  She says I was rude and inappropriate and I disrespected her.  I tried to explain that it was only a dance.  I apologized, but she won’t hear it.  She has accused me of hitting on her guy.  Should I give up on the friendship?  What would you do?


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Everyone claims to want the truth when they’re in a relationship, but few are brave enough to hear it or say it.  Personally, I think that if you genuinely care about the person and you want out, you feel compelled to be honest, to help them be better…even if it’s for someone else.  Yet, that same honesty should reflect your creativity such as, “I no longer feel we have a chemistry match, which I feel is important to the relationship.”  However, the people I interviewed for this article felt honesty in ending a relationship with a guy is an impossible route to take.  Meet them…


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