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Jay-Z Is The First Billionaire Rapper!

Jay-Z has become hip-hop’s FIRST billionaire rapper!

And he might have more…

A “Forbes” report says $1 billion is a conservative estimate.

Jay-Z In Concert At The Pearl

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

In addition to music, Jay-Z’s empire includes liquor, art, real estate, and stakes in companies like Uber…

And he’s done it all in less than 25 years.

Here’s a rough breakdown:

$310 million for Armand de Brignac champagne

$220 million in cash and investments, including a $70 million stake in Uber

$100 million for D’Usse cognac

$100 million for Tidal

$75 million for Roc Nation

$75 million for his music catalog

$70 million art collection

$50 million in real estate

He’s self-made . . . he grew up poor in Brooklyn’s notorious Marcy housing projects, and he was a drug dealer before becoming a musician.

Are YOU surprised Jay-Z is the FIRST billionaire rapper? What other hip-hop artists do you think are close to billionaire status?

Marlon Wayans Shut Down His Followers For Hating On His Support For His Gay Daughter

It’s Pride Month, so Marlon Wayans posted a photo of his daughter, who’s gay, and shared his support.

Happy pride ???? to my pride and joy. I wouldn't change one effing thing about you. Love you to the moon around the sun through the galaxies and back again.

114.9k Likes, 5,790 Comments - Marlon Wayans (@marlonwayans) on Instagram: "Happy pride ???? to my pride and joy. I wouldn't change one effing thing about you. Love you to the..."

That’s cool . . . but it’s even cooler how Marlon defended her when the homophobes started hating on it.

One person said, “Damn.  Unfollow.  Sad [S-word].”

Marlon responded, “Bye.”

One person said, “She’s not old enough to understand what that’s really all about . . . Don’t teach her that.”

Marlon shot back, saying, “She’s 19.  She’s who she is . . . I love her for her.”

2015 March Of Dimes Celebration Of Babies - Arrivals

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

And someone else said, “You think if you support her, you are good???  Being a parent is not about saying yes to everything . . . [You’d] give up being a grandfather because of this stupid decision that she made?”

Marlon responded, “There’s technology, and I got the means.  So thanks, you shallow [effer].  Go hate your own kids.”

Of course, these were outliers…

Most of the comments applauded his love and support.

And when one supporter said he should just delete the negative stuff, Marlon said, “I thought of [it] . . . but I need the world to see the ignorance that still exists.”

How would YOU have responded to these comments? Do you think Marlon was right to respond, or should he have ignored the haters?

New “Lion King” Teaser Features Beyonce

Disney has a new TV teaser ad for its live-action version of “The Lion King” and we hear Beyonce as the voice of Nala for the first time!

In the clip, you get to see Beyonce as a grown-up Nala imploring with him to take his place as king.

New THE LION KING (2019) Trailer

New The Lion King (2019) live action TV spot + trailers.

There’s not much to go on in the newest trailer, but the images are stunning and Beyonce’s voice as Nala seems to be a great fit.

Disney has had success with its live-action remakes, but “The Lion King” is expected to break all kinds of box office records when it hits theaters on July 19.

Which other classic Disney film would YOU like to see get the live-action treatment?

It’s Over: James Holzhauer Lost on “Jeopardy!” Last Night!

James Holzhauer’s reign as “Jeopardy!” champ FINALLY came to an end yesterday!

After 32 straight wins and more than $2.4 million in winnings, James lost to a Chicago librarian named Emma Boettcher.

And the tragedy is that James came into last night’s game only about $58,000 short of Ken Jennings’ all-time record of $2.52 million.

James ends his run with $2,464,216.  That includes the $2,000 he “earned” last night for coming in SECOND.

So how did James lose?

Well, he entered Final Jeopardy TRAILING Boettcher…

He had $23,400, and she had $26,600.

They both got the correct answer, but James had only bet $1,399, while she wagered $20,201…

That gave her a grand total of $46,801, so she beat James by $22,002.

The tinfoil hat crowd is already out there saying James lost ON PURPOSE…

But James explained his wager, and it does make sense.

"Jeopardy!" Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament Show Taping

Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

James knew that Emma would bet enough in Final Jeopardy to beat him even if he BET IT ALL, which she did…

She ended up with $46,801, while James would have had $46,800 if he went all in.

The third player went into Final Jeopardy with $11,000, and if he got the right answer, he would have had $22,000.

With James’ bet of $1,399, he would have ended up with $22,001 if he got the wrong answer.

Remember, James is a professional gambler…

So, he ran the odds and decided that the only way for him to win was for Emma to get the question wrong, and for him to not bet so much that if HE got it wrong too, the guy in third ended up winning.

In the end, though, everyone got it right, and even if James HAD doubled down, he still would have come in second.

Have YOU been following James’ run? Do YOU think he lost on purpose or was his bet strategic?

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Tracy Marie has 10+ years in the radio industry and has produced major market morning shows, worked in marketing, promotions, digital and programming. She's currently Digital Program Director with Beasley Media Group, and can be heard on-air, Sundays 10-3pm. Follow her on Instagram @ItsTracyMarie