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Colin Kaepernick Sits During Anthem I'm Not Going To Show Pride For A Country That Oppresses Black People

8/27/2016 12:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0827-colin-kaepernick-gettyColin Kaepernick is defending his action to stay seated during the national anthem Friday night, saying he's got no desire to support a country that oppresses minorities. 

Kaepernick has taken a TON of heat since the pregame ceremony against Green Bay in which he stayed seated on the bench during the anthem's entirety.

0827-colin-kaepernick-twitterThe 49ers QB has allegedly since come out and told reporters, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

He continued ... "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

The NFL released a statement, saying, "Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem."

Robo-Kanye Lords Over Kardashian Brood And A Bunch of Dummies

8/27/2016 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0827-launch-kanye-west-art-exhibit-gettyWorry not ... the Kardashians are still alive and well, and so is Taylor Swift, Donald Trump and Chris Brown. They're all silicone and part of Kanye's big L.A. art exhibit. Problem was ... Kanye was in NYC.

The art exhibit features the life size celeb figures from 'Ye's "Famous" video  ... each was handcrafted over several months and equipped with breathing mechanisms to give them a lifelike feel. We're also told the hair on each figure was placed one at a time ... talk about detail. 

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So check out his solution ... it's super awesome. Kanye appeared in robot fashion, manipulating the device 2,500 miles away with a joystick so he could chat up the room. 

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

8/27/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0826_scars_stars_tmzRyan Lochte's been hammered into the ground, but enough's enough, right? And Casper THINKS he'll get back with J Lo. So we gotta ask ...



Ariana Grande My New Dude's A Total Looker

8/27/2016 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0827-ariana-grande-mac-miller-splash-hi-resAriana Grande and Mac Miller are already starting to keep a safe distance from one another.

The new couple were out in NYC Friday night -- and one thing's for sure -- if Mac was trying to be incognito, it didn't work. 

We're guessing the two are in town for Sunday's VMAs ... will be interesting to see if they hit the carpet together.

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Jeezy Man Shot & Killed At Event Hosted By Rapper

8/27/2016 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A man was shot to death at nightclub where Jeezy was hosting ... and the suspects are still at large. 

Reports say Virginia Beach police responded to a call around 1:30 AM to Club Embassy for a shooting ... once they arrived, they discovered a man dead on the dance floor. A video from inside the club shortly after the shooting shows someone performing CPR on the victim, he was allegedly shot in the head. 

At this point, it's unclear if Jeezy was onstage or still at the club when the shooting happened ... there are no suspects at this time.

Story developing ... 

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Diddy & Cassie A Little BDay Cake Makes It All Better

8/27/2016 9:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

If there was any doubt Diddy and Cassie were actually back on good terms -- let it be put to rest -- because the two spent her bday together.

In a video from Cassie's 30th Friday night, you can see an overly-excited Diddy shouting happy birthday to his gf. The rapper also posted a birthday montage for Cassie, saying, "I love you always."

So safe to say, fight officially officially over. 

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Paris Hilton I Feel Bad Kim and I Burned Tara Reid

8/27/2016 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Paris Hilton has regrets over humiliating Tara Reid in one of the most epic videos in the history of TMZ.

It's the 10-year anniversary of Paris and an unknown -- Kim Kardashian -- sauntering into Hyde nightclub in WeHo, as Paris' former BFF and then enemy Tara Reid watched behind the velvet rope. Paris gave Tara a stare will live in infamy.

But on her way into LAX Friday, Paris said she feels bad about the whole thing.

Too bad there was no 10-year anniversary reunion of the Lindsay Lohan/Brandon Davis/Paris Hilton "Firecrotch" video.  

Dwyane Wade Cousin Shot & Killed Pushing Baby Stroller

8/27/2016 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0827-dwayne-wade-tmz-02Dwyane Wade's cousin, a 32-year-old mother of 4, was killed in Chicago Friday in what the NBA star is calling an "act of senseless gun violence."

Nykea Aldridge was pushing a baby stroller in Chicago's Parkway Gardens neighborhood when two men opened fire on another.  Aldridge was caught in the crossfire and struck in the head and arm ... she was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

0827-Nykea-Aldridge-facebookWade said Friday night, "My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough"

You'll remember ... Wade took the ESPYS stage a few months ago with Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul to spread a message of peace and to end senseless violence. 

Cops are questioning two men in connection with Aldridge's death. 

Attention TMZ Users Hot Body Photo Gallery Featuring YOU!!!

8/27/2016 7:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0825_hot_body_photo_contest_promo_3Calling all hotties!!!

Gotta body that don’t quit?!? Wanna show the world???

Send us your best beach bod pics or sexy selfies and let the people decide! 18 or over and no nudes!

Be sure to check back Labor Day Weekend to see all the hot pictures!

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Reggaeton Star J Balvin Survives Plane Crash

8/27/2016 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Reggaeton star J Balvin is lucky to be alive after a small plane he was traveling in went down just after takeoff. 

The plane was leaving the Bahamas Friday when the wreck happened. A rep for the singer says he was not injured and at this time it's unclear what caused the crash.

Balvin posted a photo of the wreckage just after it happened with a message thanking God for his survival. 

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V Live Strip Club Strippers Go Cray At Chi-Town Casting Call

8/27/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Get those dollar bills ready, Chi-Town ... it's about to go down next week when V Live Chicago opens its doors, and TMZ has video of the wannabe strippers looking to twerk the poles.

We're told over 1,300 people poured into the Hard Rock Hotel for an insane casting call that featured strippers strutting their stuff in VERY flexible ways ... we'll leave it at that.

Around 160 will end up getting hired.

The job fair looked for everything -- strippers, bartenders, waitresses and security. But check out the vid ... the strippers had the joint cracking ... and totally outdid T.I.'s casting call in Atlanta. 

Throw it up, throw it up ... 

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What's the Big Frigin' Difference?!

8/27/2016 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0823_frigin_launchThings are looking bright in these almost identical Hailey Baldwin pics ... Study the stylish photos and see if you can find the differences between these two summertime shots. 

**HINT -- There are THREE differences in the above photographs!** 

Britney Spears Flaunts It Before VMAs

8/27/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Britney Spears is deploying her super hot body in an all-out media blitz ... before the eve of a huge appearance at the VMAs and right after the rollout of her new album.

We got the cover of "Flaunt" magazine, which is about to come out, the day before she hits the stage for what we're told is a high-tech performance to push her new album. Our VMA sources say there are no big surprises -- like a Madonna kiss or 12-foot python -- it's all about music.

Britney is everywhere ... her James Corden Carpool Karaoke went viral, she and Kanye are the clear stars of Sunday's VMAs, and her album, "Glory," just dropped.

BTW ... Britney said on Corden's show she was done with men. She was serious, at least in terms of the VMAs, because we're told her backup dancers for the show are all women.

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