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Why Will Smith Is Mentoring Bryshere Gray from “Empire”



Will Smith is looking out for another West Philly native … Empire star Bryshere Gray. HipHollywood caught up with Smith at the premiere of his latest film Focus where he told us he’s been mentoring Bryshere on how to take his career to the next level.  So what advice has he given the 21-year-old rapper turned actor?

“He’s surrounded by a whole lot of strength and a whole lot of love so as long as he adds discipline he’ll be alright,” said Smith whose personal bodyguard Charlie Mack is also watching over Gray.

And Gray is heeding the advice and is quite thankful. “Its like Uncle Will, who is better to give you advice … he’s the greatest and it’s making me well prepared to work with Taraji and Terrence Howard.”

On Fox’s Empire Bryshere plays Hakeem Lyons, a rising hip hop star, and the youngest son of Lucious and Cookie Lyons. Off screen, Bryshere goes by the name Yazz The Greatest and has opened for artists like Fabolous and 2 Chainz.


Exclusive Details: Trey Songz Arrested For Domestic Violence + Singer’s Public Response



HipHollywood can confirm that singer, Trey Songz, was arrested on Monday morning on domestic violence charges.

The Los Angeles Police Department tells us that Tremaine Neverson, the r&b crooner’s legal name, was taken into custody around 6:30am. The arrest stemmed from an alleged violent incident on February 18.

We are told the singer was let out on bail, which was set at $50k.

After being released, Songz took to Instagram to respond to the arrest, writing on Twitter:

“For weeks my lawyers & Mgmt have asked me not to comment on this and I initially agreed but this morning I feel that my fam, the women that raised me, my friends & fans especially the youth need to hear from me. I am being lied on and falsely accused for someone’s personal gain”

He added, “I won’t be speaking too much more on this but would like to thank you for all the prayers and support.”

The singer was also clearly unbothered by the arrest because he went as far as to share a string of stories on Instagram, which included him raving about the beautiful day and blasting music throughout his home.

As previously reported, during All Star Weekend, a woman claimed Songz unleashed fury during a Hollywood Hills party after he spotted her talking to another man.

Following the incident, the woman went to the hospital where she was treated before calling police.

The alleged victim’s lawyer, famous women’s rights attorney Lisa Bloom, even took to Instagram earlier this month to ask for any witnesses. “Went with my client today for her second police interview re her allegations that Trey Songz choked and punched her earlier this month,” Bloom tweeted. “Many were present. We need just one to have a conscience and step forward as a witness.”

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