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Director Spike Lee and son Jackson Lee attended the “Bad” And Jaeger-Le Coultre – Glory To The Filmmaker 2012 Award photocall during the 69th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2012 in Venice, Italy. Lee was honored with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award while at the event.

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The last time Wiz Khalifa was asked about fatherhood, he said that children were in his scope. “I definitely want to have kids for sure,” said the rapper. “[Amber] will have my baby in life, and you guys will know when she’s pregnant. But it’s not the time now for people to start going crazy.”  Well, maybe it is time for people to start going crazy.

Seventeen-year-old Diggy Simmons has music in his blood. With hip-hop legend Rev Run from Run DMC as a father and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons as an uncle, music is constantly around, but pursuing a music career was a choice for Diggy. “I was never pushed into it,” Diggy said. “But it’s just in my blood. I loved hip hop from a very young age.”

Diggy was gaining fans and making mixtapes early on. One of his mixtapes made it to Atlantic Records in 2009 and the rest was history. The young emcee was signed to Atlantic when he was 14-years old. “It was awesome. I was on my way to getting to that next level. It’s a pretty amazing thing to accomplish by that age,” he said.

From there, Diggy released hit after hit, making his mark in the world of hip-hop. He released his debut album “Unexpected Arrival” in March of this year and has yet to stop his epic rise to the top. Diggy recently kicked off  the Scream Tour Next Generation Part 2 in Miami, which features the OMG Girlz, and Jawan Harris.

Visit www.diggyworld.com for a complete list of tour dates.

Iviona, daughter of rapper Lil Boosie, recently released a new song just in time for the start of the new school year titled “Education.” For Iviona, education is very important. She is on the Honor Roll at her school for the gifted and would like to inspire young folks to take their education seriously. In her hook, Iviona raps:

“I want my education, I need my education because education mean everythang.”

Stay tuned for the upcoming release of Iviona’s album “Daddy’s Little Girl.” For now, check out Iviona hanging on the schoolyard in her video for “Education.”

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Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty died of a gunshot wound outside of his Bronx apartment in New York on Thursday, August 30, 2012. The NPR reports, “[Lighty] was found at his home in the Bronx with a gunshot to the head and was pronounced dead there, police said. No note was recovered, but a 9 mm handgun was found and there was no sign of forced entry, said Paul Browne, New York police spokesman. The shooting appears to be self-inflicted, authorities said.”

Several artists gave their condolences to Lighty’s family upon hearing of the tragedy. Rapper 50 Cent said, “Chris has been an important part of my business and personal growth for a decade. He was a good friend and adviser who helped me develop as an artist and businessman. My prayers are with his family. He will be greatly missed.” Sean Combs, a.k.a. Diddy also tweeted, “The man that saved my life! In shock.”

During his career as manager, Chris helped performers like Mariah Carey and Diddy, advance on the industry. Lighty even had a hand in 50 Cent’s popular ‘In Da Club’ single becoming a hit.

The celebrated mogul leaves behind five children and estranged wife Veronica. Lighty was 44-years-old.

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As a single father, Raymond Scott, a.k.a. Benzino, makes it a practice to allow his children to be individuals within the reigns of law and order. “I like to let them know you gotta get out there in the world and smell, touch, be a part of things. Keep a good balance of everything. Though I let my kids do a lot and experience a lot, I am strict,” says the producer.


Zendaya Coleman, 15, has been busy on her “Swag It Out” Tour.  Nevertheless, the “Shake It Up” star made some time and stopped by the Seventeen office to talk about her new movie “Made in Japan,” her best friend and co-star, Bella Thorne, and more. Check out the highlights below:

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Spike Lee is once again thinking outside of the box in his new film, Red Hook Summer. Financed by the director himself, the movie explores teenage life from an African-American standpoint. Lee’s film also sheds light on family and the African-American church in the community.

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Although Nicole Parker and Boris Kodjoe juggle numerous commitments on top of parenting duties, they have not lost their passion for one another. While one would think that the ability to keep the sparks in a seven year marriage while parenting two children is nearly impossible, Boris and Nicole say prioritization holds their relationship together.

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