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Why Will Smith Is Mentoring Bryshere Gray from “Empire”

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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.

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Exclusive: Gerard Butler Reacts To 50 Cent’s Sex Tape!

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Yes, you read that right. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson showed Gerard Butler, and the rest of his “Den Of Thieves” cast his sex tape … and the reactions were priceless.

Earlier this week, Fiddy took to Instagram, as he so often loves to do, and posted a photo of himself showing Butler, Pablo Schreiber and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. his “sex tape” proving why he is the “star of the movie”.

So, of course, when we talked to the guys during the press day for “Den Of Thieves” we had to ask them all about Mr. Jackson’s “performance”. Let’s just say, one of the guys gave rapper two thumbs up, “strong work, strong work from Curtis!”

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