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Eminem will be freestyling at 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher 

Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 4:53 PM

Rapper Eminem is freestlying a verse at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, host DJ Khaled confirmed.
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Rapper Eminem is freestlying a verse at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, host DJ Khaled confirmed.(Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Eminem will be returning to the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher, host DJ Khaled confirmed on Twitter Tuesday. XXL Mag reported the news Tuesday.

On the BET website, though, Em isn’t listed. Fat Joe, Kash Doll, Rapsody and Cyhi the Prynce are named as artists who will be in the cypher.

The Detroit rapper’s appearance was initially a surprise, according to a tweet from Khaled Monday.

“Did the @eminem freestyle verse come in yet!!” Khaled posted on Twitter Tuesday, with the big reveal:

Eminem previously had a cypher at the show in 2009 with Black Thought and Mos Depp. In 2011, he rapped on the Shady 2.0 Cypher with Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, Joe Budden, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5’9”.

and The 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards air Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT.

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What is Graves’ disease? Wendy Williams opens up about her condition

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 7:04 PM

Television personality Wendy Williams hosts the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 28th Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Hilton on November 21, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Teresa Kroeger
Television personality Wendy Williams hosts the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 28th Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Hilton on November 21, 2016 in Washington, DC.(Teresa Kroeger)

Fans of the “Wendy Williams Show” will have to watch re-runs for nearly a month, because the media maven is taking a three-week hiatus to treat her Graves’ disease

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She made the announcement on air Wednesday, revealing that her doctor is requiring her to take a break from work to “get her levels and medication in sync,” a show representative told People

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“Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work. But her health and well-being must be put before all else,” the spokesperson said in the statement. “Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ disease for many years, in addition to hyperthyroidism...A live show was produced today so that Wendy could speak directly to her fans and explain her condition.”

Learning about the illness for the first time? Here’s what you should know. 

What is Graves’ disease?

It’s an immune system disorder that is caused by the overproduction of the thyroid hormones, according to the Mayo Clinic. In healthy adults, the thyroid function is regulated by a hormone released by the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain. For those with Graves’ disease, a thyrotropin receptor antibody takes on this role, overriding the work of the pituitary gland and causing overproduction of the thyroid hormones. 

What are the symptoms?

Common signs include anxiety, irritability, tremor of the hands, weight loss, heat sensitivity, thyroid gland enlargement and rapid heartbeat. 

Patients also experience Graves’ ophthalmopathy, where inflammation affects the muscles and tissues around eyes. The condition can cause bulging eyes, light sensitivity, double vision or even vision loss. 

Some also have Graves’ dermopathy, which is the reddening and thickening of the skin, particularly on the shins and tops of the feet. 

>> Related: Wendy Williams cancels talk show for the week due to flu 

How is it diagnosed?

Doctors generally conduct a physical exam to check the size of the thyroid. They also order blood samples to determine the levels of the thyroid-stimulating hormone, which is usually lower for those with Graves’.

Physicians also administer ultrasounds and imaging tests to view images of the thryroid, eyes, and iodine uptake patterns. Iodine is needed to produce thyroid hormones.

How is it treated?

Some have radioactive iodine therapy, where patients take radioactive iodine by mouth. The iodine seeps into the thyroid cells and the radioactivity gradually destoys the overactive ones. 

Patients often are prescribed anti-thyroid medications, which can limit the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones. Beta blockers are also available. While they don’t stop the production of thyroid hormones, they do block some of the Graves’ disease symptoms. 

Who is affected?

It affects 1 in 200 people, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Women are more likely to be diagnosed, and people younger than age 40 generally develop it. 

>> Related: Watch: Wendy Williams faints on live TV

Rappers Missy Elliott and Rapsody as well as former president George H. W. Bush also have Graves’ disease. 

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JAY-Z leaves $11,000 tip on $80,000 bar tab for friend’s birthday celebration

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:28 PM

Jay-Z and Beyonce Through The Years
Jay-Z and Beyonce Through The Years

JAY-Z reportedly spent big at a New York bar over the weekend.

According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the rapper and father of three spent a combined $110,000 at three locations in the city while celebrating Roc Nation Sports president Juan “OG” Perez, who is also a close friend of Hov.

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Although his wife, Beyonce, daughter, Blue and in-laws, Tina Knowles Lawson and Richard Lawson, were at the NBA All-Star Game, Jay was reportedly at Zuma, a high-end Japanese restaurant, for dinner. He and his friends, other Roc Nation executives, spent about $13,000, according to Page Six.

The tabloid also reported that the group later went to Manhattan’s Made in Mexico Mexican restaurant and spent $9,000 on drinks.

The last stop was Playroom nightclub, where Page Six reported Jay was seen handing out bottles of his own Ace of Spades Champagne to tables. His group paid full price for 40 bottles of the drink.

People reported that a server posted a photo of the tab at Playroom, showing the bottles totaled more than $80,000. The group left an $11,100 tip.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Through The Years

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Wendy Williams announces 3-week hiatus due to Graves’ disease

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:13 PM

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Wendy Williams is taking three weeks off from her talk show.

The former radio personality turned daytime TV show host was candid with her live audience Wednesday as she made the announcement. The 53-year-old has Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism, both of which she has spoken about in the past. 

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“Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work. But her health and well-being must be put before all else,” a show representative told People. “Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ disease for many years, in addition to hyperthyroidism. Yesterday, Wendy’s doctor prescribed a necessary three weeks of rest to get her levels and medication in sync. The show will be in repeats during this unplanned hiatus. A live show was produced today so that Wendy could speak directly to her fans and explain her condition.”

TV personality Wendy Williams announced she's taking 3 weeks off of her daytime talk show as she get treatment for Graves disease and hyperthyroidism.(Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for AHA)

“My doctor has prescribed -- are you ready? As of today, three weeks of vacation,” she said.

Williams then described the symptoms that come with Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism.

“Along with hyperthyroid and Graves’ disease, it promotes nervousness,” Williams said. “No, I’m not nervous. Anxiety, please. I’m over 30 years in this game.”

Related: Watch: Wendy Williams faints on live TV

The wife and mother to a teenage son did admit she has some symptoms, including a rapid heartbeat.

“Now, I can cop to irritability, but I’m just thinking it’s me micromanaging,” she said. 

Ever the workhorse, Williams said she would be back in less than three weeks.

“I’ll be back in two (weeks). I’m not an heiress. Who is going to pay my bills? Are you serious? I’m just saying, I come from working class,” she said.

Williams said she blamed her symptoms on the stresses of being a working wife and mother, encouraging women to put their health first.

“What I want to say to women, more than men, is stop putting everyone first because if we’re not good, they’re not good,” she said. 

Williams took three days off last week after she said she was “feeling flu-ish.” It was the first time she was out sick from the show since it started in 2009. 
In October, Williams fainted on-air while introducing a segment.

Related: Wendy Williams addresses fainting on live Halloween show

“That was not a stunt,” Williams said at the end of that episode. “I overheated in my costume, and I did pass out. But you know what? I’m a champ and I’m back.”

CNN reported that there will not be a fill-in host for the show. Repeat episodes will air during the hiatus.

Watch Williams’ message to viewers below.

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Toni Braxton confirms engagement to Birdman

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:42 PM

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23:  Birdman and Toni Braxton attends Lifetime
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Birdman and Toni Braxton attends Lifetime"s Film,"Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story" red carpet screening and premiere event at NeueHouse Madison Square In New York, NY on January 23, 2018. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Lifetime)(Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Lifetime)

After months of speculation, Toni Braxton has confirmed she is engaged to rapper Birdman.

In a trailer for the singer’s upcoming season of “Braxton Family Values,” Braxton tells her sisters, “I have an announcement to make: I’m engaged!”

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The reality TV show looks at Braxton’s life with her sisters, Trina, Towanda, Tamar and their mother, Evelyn.

E! News reported that Birdman and Braxton met in 2002 and were reported as an item in May 2016. They made their public debut as a couple in June of that year at the BET Awards.

On Wednesday, Birdman, born Bryan Williams, told Wendy Williams he was not married to Braxton "yet."

“That's my girl, my friend, my family,” Birdman told Williams. “That’s my love, my soldier, my life… she's my life. I love her to death.”

This is the second marriage for Braxton, who was married to Keri Lewis from 2001-2013. She has two sons from that marriage: Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis, 16, and Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis, 14. Birdman has two adult children, Bryan Williams Jr. and Bria Williams, from a previous relationship.

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