Natina Reed, member of the R&B group Blaque and star of the 2000 cheerleading flick Bring It On, has died at age 32 after being struck by a car near Atlanta, E! News has confirmed.
According to a press release sent from the Gwinnett (Ga.) Police Department to E! News, police received a call of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. yesterday. “The driver of the vehicle contacted 911 to request assistance,” the press release states. “Natina Reed was pronounced dead at Gwinnett Medical Center at 10:59 p.m. E.S.T.”
“Preliminary information indicates that Reed was in the roadway on Lawrenceville Highway near Hamilton Road when struck,” the release continues. Though the investigation is ongoing, the release states that the driver “was determined to be not at fault and there are no charges pending.”
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Reed was a protege of TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who herself died in an car accident in 2002. Reed is survived by her 10-year-old son, Tren Brown, whose father is the rapper Kurupt. Sunday would have been her 33rd birthday.
Fellow Blacque members Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears-DeVoe issued a joint statment today:
“We are devastated by the loss of our group member, sister and friend Natina Reed. Because of the enormous support of Blaque fans and our love for each another, Blaque officially reunited this fall and we were in the process of working on a new album and a reality show. Natina continuously embodied the pioneering spirit of Blaque and her undeniable creativity touched the hearts of fans everywhere. Natina was a mother, sister, accomplished songwriter, artist and friend. We ask for your prayers at this time for Natina’s family. She will forever be missed and her global influence eternally felt. We thank God for the experiences we shared.”
Twitter has also been teeming with tributes to Reed.
“Last night the world was changed forever, life will never be the same….she was my sister,” tweeted her bandmate Williams.
“#RIP #Sad #BringItOn,” her Bring It On costar Gabrielle Union added.
Questlove of The Roots offered, “man. in eerie Left Eye fashion….rip to Blaque’s Natina Reed,” also posting a link to a Blaque video.
Our hearts go out to her family…
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Lil Wayne was just released from the Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, Louisiana after suffering his second seizure in just 24 hours. During a flight from Texas to Los Angeles, Lil Wayne allegedly began convulsing, and the flight was immediately re-routed to Louisiana.
Wayne had been admitted to a Texas hospital on Thursday night after his initial seizure, but was released hours later, with his rep claiming he was just suffering from dehydration and migraines. But when Wayne was back on the plane, headed to Louisiana, he suffered a second attack and was admitted to a hospital in Louisiana.
TMZ obtained photos of Wayne leaving the hospital on Friday evening and getting into an awaiting SUV.
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Our prayers go out to him.
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Famed rapper Shyne shares his thoughts on Game weighing in on his critique of Kendrick Lamar’s new album, which Shyne insists was “nothing personal. Shyne reveals that he’s disappointed in Game’s public response to the situation, and wishes that he would’ve talked to him in private instead of on Twitter, given their long history. Shyne also reveals whether he’ll ever work with Game in the future after this incident.
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Rising rapper Angel Haze releases her new mixtape Classick today and one song in particular is drawing a lot of attention because of its raw honesty and emotional power. On the song “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” which borrows the beat from Eminem’s song of the same name, Haze reveals in detail how she was sexually abused for years beginning at the age of seven.
“This might get a little personal, a lot, actually,” Haze says in a disclaimer at the beginning of the song. “Parental discretion is advised.”
Over the track’s four and a half minutes, Haze describes being raped in a basement and in her own bed by an unnamed predator who went on to make a habit out of the sexual assaults. She explains myriad unsettling physical and psychological effects that the attacks had on her, including thoughts of suicide, anorexia and even her attraction to women.
In an interview yesterday with The New York Times, Haze said that the song was the most difficult she had ever written.
“This is one of the most honest songs I have ever done in my entire life, and I was extremely nervous to put it out because of that,” she said. “I’m anxious, because I don’t know what the response is going to be. I don’t know how crazy it’s going to sound. I literally bared my soul there. So it’s a giant step for me, and hopefully it helps a lot of people.”
Haze said she made the song both to exorcise some of her own personal demons as well as to inspire others who have been through difficult circumstances.
“My ultimate goal was to let go of all of it, the things that kind of haunt me in a way,” she said. “I know it’s important in music to be honest with who you are, because this world is so full of lost kids who go through the same thing I went through, whose end result is ultimately suicide or drugs. And they don’t know they are strong enough to get through it. They don’t have an example. Too many people are afraid to say, ‘This happened to me and look what I did with it.'”
You can listen to “Cleanin’ out My Closet” here. Classick is scheduled for release later today.
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Jim is know for having hits, and 60 Racks is no exception. Most of the time when you be come a reality star you tend to fall off. Most of those show are used to re- Vamp peoples careers. In Jim’s case it seems that he is going to ride this train until the wheel fall off.
The new Vamp Life line that he is rocking has a nice look to it. Even though you can clear see that the V L letters are taken form the Louis Vuitton logo, but some how it seems to work for me.
Musically he has never sounded better. Jim is one of those artist that knows how to change with the time, but keep his style still classically Jim.
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The world Hip Hop may be in a total and utter tizzy over the release of Kendrick Lamar’s studio debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, but there’s one emcee out there who doesn’t believe the hype: Kendrick Lamar. Now, in a recent interview with Hot 97, the Compton emcee explains why his Aftermath/Interscope album shouldn’t be called a classic.
While speaking with Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg, K. Dot said that he doesn’t feel his critically lauded debut LP isn’t worthy of being labelled a classic yet, saying that it needs at least decade to marinate. He added that while he’s proud of the quality of his effort, he’s just happy that he was able to work with a group of people who believed in his vision.
“It ain’t a classic yet – it’s got to be at least ten years,” he said. “Oh yeah, definitely [it’s the best I could have made it], just off the fact that I had 100% creative control on it. That’s what I most proud of – [having] people that respect what I’ve been doing prior to me signing a major deal and they wanted to continue that.”
Georgia rapper Yung Joc responds to Gucci Mane taking shots at him on his latest mixtape, “F**k the World,” revealing that he’s never had anything against Gucci, and there’s no beef coming from his end. Joc goes on to explain that Gucci Mane originally built his name on starting beef with Young Jeezy, and Joc thinks that Gucci’s still keeping up with his reputation.
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