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Drake Fan Sofia Sanchez Shares Update on Transplant Journey

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Sofia Sanchez, the 11-year-old from the Chicago suburbs who got her wish to meet Drake while awaiting heart surgery visited the “Today” show Tuesday to give an update on her progress since successful transplant surgery five months ago.

The bubbly pre-teen first met Drake when he surprised her at Lurie Children’s Hospital last year. He’d seen a video she made of her getting out of a wheelchair and doing a perfect rendition of the viral Kiki Challenge dance, and asking for him to come visit her for her birthday.

Soon after their meeting, Sofia got another wish: a new heart. 

On “Today” Sanchez was accompanied by her mother Natalie where she said “I’m really great now. I’m better than I was before.”

Sanchez also took the opportunity to made a plea for others to consider organ donations. “Early donations are so important because they give another person a second chance at life,” she said. 

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‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett Pled Guilty To DUI, Providing False Information To Law Enforcement in 2007

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As the police investigation into the alleged attack against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett continues, it was revealed Tuesday that in 2007 Smollett pleaded no contest to DUI, driving without a license and providing false information to law enforcement, the L.A. City Attorney’s office confirmed to NBC News.

Smollett, now 36, was sentenced to two years probation and a choice of a fine or jail in the 2007 case, an LA City Attorney’s spokesman told NBC News.

The case is coming to light as Chicago Police investigate whether Smollett made up a story about being the victim of a racially, motivated hate crime. Chicago Police have requested LAPD provide them information about the 2007 arrest, according to multiple law enforcement sources familiar the investigation.

Chicago Police officials say they have shifted their focus from a hate crime investigation to one of filing a false report.

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At this point Chicago police have said Smollett is neither considered a victim nor a suspect and are waiting to hear from him.

Police sources tell NBC News that the LAPD made the initial arrest. The case was handled by prosecutors with the LA City Attorney’s office in the Van Nuys branch.

On Tuesday Chicago police were investigating a tip that on the night Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe.

Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the person who lives in the building or was visiting someone there reported seeing the three together the night last month that Smollett says two masked men hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him, beat him and looped a rope around his neck.

Guglielmi says police haven’t confirmed the person’s account. Detectives plan to interview the person on Tuesday.

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‘I Can No Longer Sit Silent’: Kim Kardashian West Slams Knock-Off Clothing Websites

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Kim Kardashian West took to Twitter to call out websites that advertise knock-off versions of the outfits she wears.

“Only two days ago, I was privileged enough to wear a one-of-a-kind vintage Mugler dress and in less than 24 hours it was knocked off and thrown up on a site,” Kardashian West wrote. “But it’s not for sale. You have to sign up for a waitlist because the dress hasn’t even been made to sell yet.”

The 38-year-old entrepreneur and reality star said she could “no longer sit silent” as companies create reject versions of her husband Kayne West’s Yeezy clothing brand and the designs she flaunts at public events.

Kardashian West said these websites often deceive people into signing up for their mailing lists by making it seem like she has partnered with them when she has not.

“So, as always, don’t believe everything you read and see online,” Kardashian West warned her followers. “I don’t have any relationships with these sites. I’m not leaking my looks to anyone, and I don’t support what these companies are doing.”

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Goodbye Madea: Tyler Perry Says ‘Family Funeral’ Right Time to Walk Away From Signature Role

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Get your hankies out America… and get ready to say goodbye to everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed, wisecracking grandma.

After 11 plays and 12 films that have grossed $496 million and counting, Tyler Perry is putting Madea out to pasture following the forthcoming “A Madea Family Funeral.”

Perry, who’s acting roles also include parts in 2014’s Ben Affleck thriller “Gone Girl” and the current Oscar-nominated “Vice” where he plays Colin Powell opposite Christian Bale, admits to being a bit nostalgic about walking away from his signature character, but believes it’s the right time.

“I’m so, so grateful for everything Madea has brought to my life, but, you know, I’m turning 50 and I certainly don’t want to be her age playing her,” he says. “I feel she’s had a great run and I’m full of gratitude for it.”

Perry believes Madea has etched out a place in cinematic history that, much like the character, might not be entirely expected but has meant a lot to audiences. “I think lots of people found a voice through Madea and the thing that makes me happiest is that Madea has given people some really good, fun times and given entire families a way to laugh together,” he says.

“A Madea Family Funeral” hits theaters Feb. 28.

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