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Lil Wayne's 'doing fine' after seizure reports, daughter says

Lil Wayne is “doing fine,” said his daughter, Reginae Carter, who is assuring fans after reports surfaced that her dad was hospitalized over the weekend due to seizures.

He was taken to a hospital Sunday after suffering seizures in Chicago, TMZ reported. The rapper also known as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. has been hospitalized before for the same reason in years past.

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Here are Carter’s recent posts giving updates on her dad’s condition:

Carter is the daughter of Lil Wayne and his ex, Toya Wright. They teamed up for their daughter’s 16th birthday bash and the star-studded extravaganza was featured on MTV’s “Super Sweet 16” in February 2015.

“Her dad was like, ‘Give her whatever she wants,’” Wright said of her ex-husband during an interview at her boutique, Garb, in Smyrna, Georgia. “I’m big on budgets. We ended up pulling it off.”

>> Report: Rapper Lil Wayne suffers seizures, cancels show

“The most exciting part was getting my cars: I got a Ferrari and a BMW X4,” Carter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time. “That’s what I asked for but I didn’t know they were going to get it for me so that was surprising. I can’t really drive the Ferrari. I drive the Beemer a lot. That’s my every day car.”

The best gifts from her parents, though, are priceless.

“The best thing I inherited from my mother was the way she raised me to be humble and grounded,” she said. “With my father I’ll say his work ethic. I’ll go from singing to acting – I just like to do a lot of things. That’s what my father likes to do. It’s never enough.”

Oh, JibJab, you’re not fine: Toni Basil sues over use of “Mickey” 

Toni Basil thinks that JibJab’s use of her No. 1 hit “Mickey” is not so fine.

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The singer-choreographer, whose one-hit wonder “Mickey” has been a staple on music video channels since it debuted in 1982, is suing the digital entertainment studio, TMZ reported.

According to the lawsuit, Basil, whose real name is Antonia Christina Basilotta, charges that JibJab used her voice, image and likeness when it released a “Mickey” video promo in February for its musical e-cardss, TMZ reported. She also charged that JibJab did not verify who owned the musical rights to “Mickey,” and that the company used the e-card it designed as a promotional ad to entice customers to subscribe to its other products and services.

Basil, 73, said in the lawsuit that she has become "despondent and physically ill" over JibJab’s actions and now suffers from sleep deprivation, nightmares and anxiety. She is suing for damages, lost profits and emotional stress, TMZ reported.

JibJab claims it did obtain a license for the video, but honored her request to take it down once it learned she was in a separate dispute over the rights, TMZ reported.

“Mickey” was released as a single in September 1982 and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 two months later. It was certified gold and in early 1983 hit platinum for sales of more than two million copies in the United States, according to Billboard. The music video for the song was an early favorite on MTV.

Music documentary filmmaker Murray Lerner dead at 90

Murray Lerner, a music documentary filmmaker of the 1960s and ′70s who recorded historic footage of Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Jazz Festival, died Saturday in Long Island City, New York, Variety reported. He was 90.

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Lerner also captured Jimi Hendrix and The Doors giving the final performance of their careers in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Lerner died following an illness of about three months, according to his son Noah Lerner, a writer and producer at HBO. “He was a complete filmmaker,” Lerner told Variety. “A cinematographer first and foremost, but someone who also wrote, edited, produced and directed.”

Lerner won an Oscar for best documentary in 1981 for “From Mozart to Mao: Isaac Stern in China,” but it was his second film, “Festival,” released in 1967, that made him famous, Variety reported. The chronicle of the Newport Folk Festival from 1963 to 1966 earned Lerner his first Academy Award nomination.

In the months preceding his death he was working on a documentary about Joni Mitchell, titled “Both Sides Now: Joni Mitchell Live at the Isle of Wight 1970.” Due for release in 2018, it is the eleventh complete project from the concert.

Lerner was born in Philadelphia and raised in New York City. He attended Harvard on a full scholarship, according to his son, graduating in 1948. He is survived by his wife Judith, to whom he was married for 60 years; his son; daughter-in-law Julie; and two grandchildren. Private services will be held Wednesday in New York.

Report: Rapper Lil Wayne suffers seizures, cancels show

Rapper Lil Wayne was taken to a hospital Sunday after suffering multiple seizures in his Chicago hotel room, a representative for the singer confirmed to TMZ.

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Lil Wayne, 34, whose given name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, spent several days at a Los Angeles hospital four years ago, Reuters reported. Upon his release, he told radio station Power 106 he was epileptic and prone to seizures, Reuters reported.

Lil Wayne’s representative said the rapper’s show in Las Vegas, which had been scheduled for Sunday night, had been canceled, TMZ reported.

Lil Wayne was found unconscious in his Westin hotel room in Chicago, TMZ reported, and suffered another seizure after being taken to the hospital.

Dave Hlubek, lead guitarist of Molly Hatchet, dead at 66

Dave Hlubek, the lead guitarist and co-founder of Molly Hatchet, has died at age 66.

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The southern rock band, which was founded in Jacksonville, Florida, announced Hlubek's death on its official Facebook page.

Hlubek was the one of the original lead guitar players in the band that started in the 1970s.

The rock group is known for their hit song "Flirtin' with Disaster," on their second studio album, "Flirtin'" released in 1979.

"Our condolences and our prayers go out to his family during this time of loss. He will be missed but never forgotten, as the music lives on through his legacy in Molly Hatchet," the Facebook post read.

 

John Legend looking for actors for Trump supporter roles in music video

Springfield, Ohio, native and Grammy Award winning artist John Legend is apparently gearing up for a music video shoot that will tackle some serious social issues. 

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According to TMZ, Legend put out a casting call, courtesy of Casting Networks in Los Angeles, for a music video shoot Sept. 9. The listing asks for several groups of performers, including African-American males and females to play Black Lives Matter protesters, Caucasian males, ages 18-35 to fill the role of “white male protesters,” and a Caucasian and Hispanic woman to “show that there is no segregation in love” for a kissing scene.

>> MORE: John Legend calls Donald Trump racist

What’s gotten the bulk of the attention though is what’s listed as protesters who will play “Trump supporters.” The listing calls for Caucasian men and women, ages 35-65 who are “preferably out of shape.”

Legend has been widely critical of Donald Trump, including a candid, yet scathing interview in the New York Times in February.

In the interview, Legend said he doesn’t think Trump has ever read a book or knows what’s in the Constitution. 

Taylor Swift serves as bridesmaid for best friend

Singer Taylor Swift took time off from her musical schedule to serve as a bridesmaid for her childhood friend Saturday on Martha’s Vineyard. E!News reported.

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Abigail Anderson was married at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, and the 10-time Grammy winner held the back of her friend’s elaborate Stella York wedding dress as the bride entered the church.

Wearing a burgundy-colored floor-length gown, Taylor participated in the 4:30 p.m. ceremony, which took 20 minutes.

Anderson announced her engagement in June 2016 with an Instagram post of herself and fiancé Matt Lucier kissing, while showing off her ring. The newly engaged couple then threw an engagement party, which Swift attended.

Swift will release her sixth studio album, “Reputation,” on Nov. 10. Her first single from the album is “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Miranda Lambert asks deputies to help transport animals from Houston

Country singer Miranda Lambert contacted the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday about receiving help to unload animals from the flooded areas of Houston.

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Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation has been transporting animals displaced by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Two trucks from Houston-area shelters were headed to the Humane Society of Tulsa's emergency shelter in Bixby. Several Tulsa deputies volunteered to stay late Thursday night to help unload the animals.

>> Lambert’s foundation rescues 70 dogs

Lambert's MuttNation Foundation partnered with the Humane Society to transport the animals. They were already in shelters when Harvey hit and freeing up space will allow more room for animals displaced by the storm.

Guns N' Roses pays tribute to Glen Campbell

Guns N’ Roses surprised its audience Wednesday night in Edmonton, Alberta, playing a faithful cover of Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman,” Rolling Stone reported.

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“We're going to play something we've never played before. It might not be your thing, but we're just trying to pay a tribute to someone,” Rose told the Canadian crowd. “And it's not what you think.”

Campbell died Aug. 8 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.

>> Singer Glen Campbell dies 

During its Not in This Lifetime reunion tour, Guns N’ Roses has played a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” since the death of Chris Cornell in May. On Wednesday, the band added Campbell’s 1968 song as a tribute to the country singer who crossed over into the pop charts with No. 1 hits like “Rhinestone Cowboy in 1975 and “Southern Nights” two years later. 

“For Glen," Rose said as the song ended.

“Wichita Lineman” was released as a single in October 1968, and Campbell’s version reached No. 3 on the top-40 charts, staying in the top 100 for 15 weeks. The song was written by Jimmy Webb, who also wrote the title track for Campbell’s final album, “Adios,” a song that was a hit for Linda Ronstadt in 1990.

MTV VMAs: Transgender service members walk red carpet, speak out about military ban

Just days after President Donald Trump issued guidance on his transgender military ban, trans service members walked the red carpet Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards.

>> PHOTOS: Stars arrive for the 2017 MTV VMAs

According to Billboard, MTV invited Air Force Airman 1st Class Sterling James Crutcher, Air Force Staff Sgt. Logan B. Ireland, Army Capt. Jennifer Peace, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Akira Wyatt, Army veteran Laila Ireland and former Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brynn Tannehill to the awards show. They joined Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD.

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"Any patriot who is putting their own life at risk to fight for our freedom and stand for equality is a hero at MTV and to young people everywhere," MTV President Chris McCarthy said in a statement, Billboard reported.

In a pre-show interview with MTV, Peace offered some advice to young trans people pursuing a military career in the wake of Trump's ban.

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"It doesn't matter who you are; our nation is only safe if we have the best and brightest in our country serving the military," Peace said. "There was a time where blacks couldn't serve, where women couldn't serve, where gays and lesbians couldn't serve, and there was a time when trans people couldn't serve. But today, the Armed Forces are open to everyone, regardless of your race, gender, religion or anything else. If you're willing to serve our country and you're among the most qualified in the nation, you should be welcome in the United States Armed Forces just like everyone else."

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Tannehill spoke to CNN about what's next for the trans service members.

"Our people are naturally concerned about what's going to happen next, but we're going to continue to do our jobs day-in, day-out, the way we've done before and the way we'll continue to do."

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