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    Rapper Lil Nas X might take his horse to the “Old Town Road,” but his collaborator Billy Ray Cyrus is gonna cruise down that road with 454 of them --  the horsepower of a Maserati GranTurismo. The luxury vehicle is now one Cyrus owns, thanks to Lil Nas X, who surprised him with the gift as the song remains on top of the charts. >> Read more trending news  “Wait a minute,” Cyrus says in a video the rapper posted on Twitter. “There’s no way.” The country music veteran joined Nas X, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, on the remix of the rapper’s song “Old Town Road,” which was controversially removed from the Billboard country music charts in March. In the song, Cyrus sings: “Baby's got a habit: diamond rings and Fendi sports bras. Ridin' down Rodeo with my Maserati sports car.' “I loved the song the first time I heard it. Country music fans decide what they like. Not critics or anyone else,” Cyrus said in a statement, according to the Washington Post. “Waylon Jennings once told me every once in a while the industry outlaws someone because they’re different. Country music fans don’t need to be defined by critics. I’ve always said, don’t think inside the box, don’t think outside the box. Think like there is no box. So, I’m honored to collaborate with Lil Nas X on ‘Old Town Road.’” Related: Billboard removes rapper Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' from country charts The genre-bending single has spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and seven of those weeks at No. 1. It also set the single week streaming record. The catchy tune earned the title with 143 million U.S. streams, far surpassing the record set by Drake with “In My Feelings,” which drew 116.2 million streams. Both Lil Nas X’s original version of “Old Town Road” and the remix featuring Cyrus counted toward the streaming total. Related: Country remix: Billy Ray Cyrus joins rapper Lil Nas X in 'Old Town Road' The official video for the song is a five-minute movie filled with celebrity cameos, including Chris Rock, Rico Nasty, Vince Staples, Diplo, Ha Ha Davis, Jozzy and the song’s producer, YoungKio. On Monday, Wrangler launched a new collection inspired by the song. Lil Nas X sings, “Cowboy hat from Gucci / Wrangler on my booty.”  The limited-edition capsule collection includes denim pants, shorts, tops and T-shirts.  Not everyone was excited about the partnership between the rapper and Wrangler, saying it was making a mockery of the country music genre and cowboy culture. Some said they would stop buying Wrangler products because of the collaboration. Despite the backlash, many of the items from the collection are selling fast. The shorts are already out of stock and Wrangler said it plans to make more. 
  • Rapper NBA YoungBoy and his record label, Atlantic Records, are reportedly offering to cover funeral costs for a man killed in a shooting that targeted the musician. The Blast reported that 43-year-old Mohamad Jradi died in gunfire when 19-year-old YoungBoy and his entourage were leaving Trump International Beach Resort Miami on their way to Rolling Loud Music festival. >> Read more trending news  Jradi was a Hertz rental car employee who was killed after a stray bullet hit him, The Blast reported. The stray bullet came from people in YoungBoy’s camp, who all legally had weapons and returned fire, claiming self-defense, The Miami Herald reported. According to The Herald, four other people were injured in the shooting, including  YoungBoy’s girlfriend, Kay Marie; a Texas man; his girlfriend and her 5-year-old son.  “He was the victim of an assassination attempt,” the rapper’s defense lawyer, James Manasseh, told The Herald, adding that his client wants to help the family of the victim. “He told me, ‘I wish they would have gotten me, not him,’” Manasseh said. Miami-Dade police said the rapper’s entourage will not be charged because they shot back in self-defense, The Advocate reported. YoungBoy is currently on probation stemming from his guilty plea to aggravated assault with a firearm from a November 2016 shooting in Baton Rogue, Louisiana. The Advocate reported Friday that, during a review of YougBoy’s probation, a Louisiana judge ordered the rapper behind bars until at least June 21. Manasseh told TMZ YoungBoy was taken into custody because of a social media post he made. According to the judge, a video posted online shows the rapper “talking trash and smack” after the Miami shooting. That post violated a condition of his probation that says he should refrain from all social media activity.
  • The fallout from Gov. Brian Kemp’s signing of the “heartbeat” abortion bill and his dismissive attitude toward Hollywood is having a real impact: multiple TV and film productions that were planning to come here have decided to go elsewhere. >> Read more trending news  Time magazine reports that an Amazon Prime drama called “The Power” was planning to shoot in Savannah and has been scouting locations for months but pulled out after Kemp signed the bill earlier this month.  The show’s director Reed Marino, who won a directing Emmy for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” told Time: “We had no problem stopping the entire process instantly. There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there.” >> Related: Ron Howard says he will boycott Georgia if abortion law takes effect Time and The Wrap also confirmed a film co-written by actress Kristen Wiig calld “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” has abandoned Georgia after the bill’s signing.  Kris Bagwell, who runs EUE Screen Gems in Atlanta, said he just lost a Netflix movie that was supposed to come to his studio because of the bill, a production that would have provided jobs to 300 crew members. He also represents the Georgia Studio and Infrastructure Alliance, a six-member lobbying group.  Bagwell said he has heard at least three TV shows, including “The Power,” have decided to go elsewhere.  This is clearly the worst crisis the state’s burgeoning entertainment business has faced since the sweetened tax credits were passed in 2008. The Georgia film industry now generates an estimated 92,000 jobs and billions in direct spending. It’s the third largest state for film and TV production in the United States behind only California and New York. It also hands out about $800 million in tax credits a year, more than Canada or any other state in the union.  Several independent productions companies - including the one that brought three “Hunger Games” movies to Georgia - have publicly stated that Georgia is now a no-go state for them. Dozens of actors such as Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, Gabrielle Union, Uzo Aduba and Don Cheadle have vowed to avoid the state as well.  Major film and production companies are taking a more “wait-and-see” attitude publicly, but some may just choose to go elsewhere without ever saying so until the matter is settled.  There were some minor ripples two years ago when the state legislature passed a “religious liberty” bill two years ago but Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed it. Last year, a bill unfavorable to the LGBTQ community briefly slowed traffic to the state.  But Kemp signed this particular bill unapologetically and only stoked the fire over the weekend when he told the Georgia Republican Convention that “we value and protect innocent life — even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk.” Several productions were already well into planning stages and others had already started when Kemp signed the restrictive abortion bill into law. Given the disruptive and expensive nature of moving a production at this juncture, many producers are choosing to stay put but making public announcements saying they will donate money to organizations fighting the law such as the ACLU.  Among those taking that stance include Ron Howard (Netflix movie “Hillbilly Elegy”),  J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele (HBO series “Lovecraft Country’) and  Peter Cherninand Jenno Topping (”Fear Street” film trilogy, Starz’ drama series “P-Valley”).  “Some shows are leaving or not landing, yes,” said Bagwell, whose studio has been home to “The Hunger Games,” “Flight” and BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” to name a few. EUE Screen Gems is currently housing multiple Netflix projects, including “Insatiable,” starring Alyssa Milano, a vocal proponent of the boycott who is contractually obligated to work here right now. But he said plenty of shows are choosing to fight from within: “Leaving is easy. Digging in is harder but makes a much bigger difference.” Existing shows that have shot here for years are unlikely to uproot and leave - at least not immediately. Jason Bateman’s Netflix show “Ozark,” for instance, is shooting its third season but he said he will move the show if the law actually happens next year.  >> Related: ‘Ozark’ star Jason Bateman boycotting Georgia if ‘heartbeat bill’ survives court challenges AMC purchased a studio in Senoia a couple of years ago, deeply committed to the production of “The Walking Dead” since 2010.  Bob Lucas, who owns Central Atlanta Props & Sets in East Point, said he hasn't seen a slowdown in his own business as of yet. 'We have had many new shows opening up accounts in the last couple of weeks,' said Lucas, who owns nearly 300,000 square feet of space for props ranging from artwork to clothing to furniture. He moved to Atlanta from Los Angeles in 2014 as the business in the state was ramping up and has since provided props for films as large as the past two 'Avengers' films and 'Black Panther' and TV shows like 'Stranger Things' and 'MacGyver.'  But the state may see new productions dry up in the coming months. What other films and TV series Georgia loses may be harder to ascertain because producers may simply knock the state off their wish list before they even start thinking about where to shoot.  If the courts stop the fetal heartbeat law before it’s set to go into effect in early 2020, Georgia may escape additional pain. Even if that’s the case, many believe the state’s reputation has been marred by Kemp’s actions and the impact might ripple for years, especially if more bills like it pass the legislature in the near future.  “There was some skepticism in the industry about Kemp early on and justifiably so,” said Rhonda Baraka, a local screenwriter who directed the Atlanta-produced film “Pride and Prejudice Atlanta,” which comes out on Lifetime June 1. “I think the bill - and the mentality behind it -cast our state in a negative light. It sends a message about us that does not accurately depict who we are. Even if this bill is scuttled, I don’t think people will easily forget.”  >> Related: Alyssa Milano calls for “sex strike” in protest of Georgia’s strict anti-abortion bill Bagwell said “the passage of this law threatens to destroy a significant portion of 11 years of goodwill between Georgia and the national film and television production industry. Isn’t the first rule of job creation ‘Don’t shoot the jobs you already created?’”
  • Kevin Hunter Jr., the son of talk show host Wendy Williams and her estranged husband, Kevin Hunter, has reportedly been arrested after punching his father at a store in New Jersey. “Entertainment Tonight” reported that officials with the West Orange Police Department confirmed Hunter Jr. was arrested. >> Read more trending news  According to police, the 18-year-old college student was charged with simple assault Wednesday. “Kevin Jr. was a bit aggressive towards his father and his father tried to control the situation,” an unnamed source said of the incident, according to “Entertainment Tonight.” “Kevin Jr. then punched his father in the face and the cops were called sometime later. Kevin Sr. and Kevin Jr. have always had a great relationship. Not everything is as it appears and Kevin Sr. looks forward to moving past this.” Related: Wendy Williams divorcing husband, manager Kevin Hunter amid rumors of affair “(Kevin Hunter Jr.) was arrested and charged with assault yesterday by the West Orange police. He was given a summons,” a spokesperson for Essex County Family Court told Us Weekly in a statement. “Basically this is a matter that will be handled in family court. … He was processed in West Orange and then released to appear on a summons at a later date.” In a statement to TMZ, Hunter Sr. said, “I love my son very much and I will not be pursuing this matter legally. Things are not always how they appear.” TMZ provided more details on the alleged incident, claiming that unnamed sources said Hunter Sr. and Hunter Jr. were arguing over Hunter Jr.’s demand for spousal support. According to the website, Hunter Sr. put his son in a chokehold and Hunter Jr. punched him in the nose to break away. Related: 'Trying to right some wrongs': Wendy Williams' estranged husband Kevin Hunter issues apology Williams filed for divorce from Hunter Sr. in April, citing “irreconcilable differences between the parties which have caused the breakdown of the marriage for a period of six months” and “no reasonable prospect of reconciliation,” according to “ET.” The divorce came after months of speculation that Hunter Sr. had an affair and rumors that he has a child with his mistress.  Related: Wendy Williams says she’s dating again, ‘rediscovering’ her love of men On her talk show, Williams has spoken about dating again, saying she’s “rediscovering” her love of men and living in New York, where her show is filmed. “I am working on my divorce pleasantly,” she said on her May 14 show.  “You don’t just throw away 25 years lock, stock and barrel. I’ve gotta tell you something right now, as a mature single -- almost single -- woman, I will tell you this: We do have our son, and he is away at college and he’s home right now. He’s home for college break. He sees me, he sees his dad.”
  • Days after the death of professional wrestler Ashley Massaro, a report has emerged about the cause of her death. Citing unnamed sources, TMZ Sports reported that the former WWE Superstar died of suicide. Her death is classified as “non-criminal,” according to the tabloid site. >> Read more trending news  According to Massaro’s lawyer, Konstantine Kyros, Massaro’s brain may be donated to science for study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which can only be definitively diagnosed after death. “It was her desire to donate her brain to be studied,” Kyros said in a statement to CNN. Related: WWE wrestler Ashley Massaro dead at 39 CNN reported that Massaro worked with the WWE from 2005 to 2008 and was among 60 pro wrestlers who sued the WWE in 2016, claiming the organization made them perform maneuvers that led to head injuries. The suit also claimed the WWE failed to care for injured wrestlers. The suit was dismissed by a federal judge in Connecticut in 2018, according to The Associated Press. TMZ Sports reported that mixed martial artist CM Punk called into WMGM and admitted he hasn’t spoken to Massaro in years, but speculated that she may have taken her own life. “Tremendously sad way to go,” he said. “It’s May. It’s Mental Health Month. I don’t know specific details. I heard a couple of things but if anybody’s out there and you’re listening to this and you’re depressed and things aren’t going your way, there's no reason to feel alone. “Just reach out to somebody. Text a friend. Call somebody. There’s hotlines. There's ways you can get help.” The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached for help online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org and by calling 1-800-273-8255.
  • Ciara says she’s always dreamed of going to college and now that dream is coming true. The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter announced on Instagram she has been accepted into a program at Harvard. >> Read more trending news  “I always dreamt of going to college, but by God’s grace, my music career took me on a path that I’m so thankful for,” she wrote. “This week I got accepted into Harvard! Words cannot describe my excitement!” Ciara will attend Harvard’s Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports program, with classes in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The $10,000 fee for the four-day course, which is under Harvard’s umbrella of executive education programs, covers tuition, books, case materials, accommodations and most meals, according to the Harvard website. The curriculum includes “enlightening cases featuring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, ‘Hamilton: An American Musical,’ MRC's ‘House of Cards,’ and The Walt Disney Studios, the program provides new insight into strategic entertainment business challenges,” the website states. “Leveling all the way up! I see you Momma,” Ciara’s husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, said on her post. “I can’t wait to see our daughter follow in your footsteps!” It looks to be the perfect program for someone whose net worth is estimated at between $16 million and $20 million. She released her seventh album, “Beauty Marks,” on May 10.  In addition to her singing career, Ciara has launched Beauty Marks Entertainment, a company that “positions music at the intersection of Ciara’s other passions: film, fashion, technology and philanthropy,” according to the company’s website. If that weren’t enough, Wilson recently signed a four-year, $140 million contract, making him the highest paid player in the NFL. Related: 'Seattle, we got a deal': Russell Wilson is the highest-paid NFL player E! News reported that Ciara joins an impressive list of fellow celebrities who have attended Harvard, including Barack and Malia Obama, Conan O'Brien, and Natalie Portman.
  • Media mogul Oprah Winfrey delivered the commencement speech at Colorado College over the weekend. When one Instagram user suggested she pay off the graduate’s students loans, as Robert F. Smith did for Morehouse College students, she explained she’s already helped hundred of scholars.  >> Read more trending news  During Morehouse’s graduation ceremony on Sunday, Smith vowed to eliminate the student debt of the entire Class of 2019. Meanwhile, Winfrey was inspiring a different group of graduates at Colorado College on the same day. After delivering her address, she posted a photo of herself and a Colorado College student on her Instagram. For the caption, she wrote, “I don’t know who this guy is but he sure is happy to graduate! I shook hands with all 571 members of Colorado College's Class of 2019 and gave them a copy of The Path Made Clear.” >> Related: Morehouse commencement speaker to pay off Class of 2019’s student loans Several people, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Holly Robinson Peete, left positive comments under the picture. However, one user replied, “Should have paid off their student debt.” The media mogul noticed the message, and responded with, “already paid 13 m in scholarships. Have put over 400 men thru Morehouse.” Some of Winfrey’s followers backed her up, thanking her for generosity and philanthropy throughout the years. Other users criticized the commenter who suggested Winfrey pay the students’ debt and explained how Winfrey’s contributions have impacted many.  >> Related: Forbes: These are the world’s 13 black billionaires Winfrey began awarding scholarships to Morehouse students in 1989. Her gift total now stands at $12 million. She’s also founded a school in South Africa for girls grades eight through 12. 
  • For many it’s the end of an epoch cable television era, a seismic cultural shift, as HBO’s wildly popular “Game of Thrones” comes to an end after eight seasons. >> Read more trending news  Whether you loved it or hated, many fans of the medieval realism and the epic violent struggles for control of the Iron Throne or independence from it on the mythical continents of Westeros and Essos are sad the series is ending. Fans took to social media Sunday night to express their opinions on the finale and the series’ end.   
  • Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of such blockbuster movies as “The Terminator” franchise, “The Expendables” and “Predator,” to name just a few, was drop-kicked from behind at his Arnold Classic Africa sporting event Saturday in Johannesburg. >> Read more trending news  Schwarzenegger, a former professional body builder, was talking to fans when a man ran up from behind him and kicked the 71-year-old in the back. In a testament to his health and physique, Schwarzenegger stumbled forward a bit but was essentially unharmed. >> Trending: Prince William, Kate release new family photos from duchess’ flower show garden “Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd,” the one-time Mr. Universe said about the incident in a Twitter post to his four million followers. “I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you.” “I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat,” the actor joked. The man was quickly apprehended by a security guard and handed over to police, the BBC reported. Schwarzenegger declined to press charges, although he did have one request. >> Trending: Robert Pattinson to star as new caped crusader in upcoming film ‘The Batman,’ reports say “If you have to share the video (I get it), pick a blurry one without whatever he was yelling so he doesn’t get the spotlight,” Schwarzenegger said. The Arnold Classic Africa takes place every May and features 90 sports, including bodybuilding and combat sports, and thousands of athletes. It’s part of the actor’s international fitness campaign.  
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released new family photos from one of the most famous flower and garden shows in the United Kingdom. >> Read more trending news  Kate Middleton designed a “Back to Nature” garden, along with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White, for the annual Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, also known as the Great Spring Garden Show, which dates back to 1912. “I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together,” Middleton said. The duchess’ design is part of her work on early childhood development issues and is an effort at encouraging more children to get outside and play. 'I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults,” she has said in the past, according to ITV. The new photos released by Kensington Palace show William and Kate romping through the “Back to Nature” garden Sunday with their three children: George, 5, Charlotte, 4, and 1-year-old Louis.  >> Related: Photos: Prince William, Kate, children romp in duchess’ garden at RHS flower show The children gathered moss, leaves and twigs with their parents to help decorate the garden. Over the months of work on the garden, the children also helped gather hazel sticks, which were used to make the garden’s den. The show runs for five days in May and attracts visitors from around the world.