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Talib Kweli America Wanted Payback for 'N**** President' ... That's Why Trump Won

4/25/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Talib Kweli thinks Donald Trump's rise to the White House was powered by America's desire for revenge after Barack Obama was elected the first African-American president.

Talib was brutally honest at LAX Monday ... about President Trump's first 100 days in office, and his belief the bar is set incredibly low for white Commanders in Chief. He also referred to Obama as the n-word president, so ... there's that.  

Check out the rant -- Talib does say there's a way for Trump to turn things around, but his demands are lengthy. 

Ellie Goulding Rides Ex in Midair For 'Magic Mike Live'

4/25/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ellie Goulding ran into her ex bf during his gig in "Magic Mike Live," and decided to take him for a ride ... suspended above the stage.

Ellie was sitting front row Saturday at the new Las Vegas revue when her ex, Jackson Williams, pulled her onstage for one of his airborne stunts. You can probably figure it out from the video, but the stunt is called the "air f***."

Sources at the show tell us a bachelorette is supposed to be called up for the segment, but Jackson called an audible and chose Ellie instead. She didn't seem to mind catching up with her former backup dancer turned bf.

We're guessing Ellie felt safe with a guy who's been trained by Channing Tatum himself.

Marriott Hotels Robin Hood Confesses to Cyber Attack Public Made Out On My Revenge Plot

4/24/2017 5:27 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Marriott Hotels 'Robin Hood' now admits he slashed his ex-employers' hotel rates -- to the delight of customers -- purely to get revenge for being unfairly fired ... he claims.

Juan Rodriguez tells TMZ he was happy to help consumers get cheap rates -- some as low as $10 per night -- but he was even happier to screw the assistant general manager who fired him for disappearing from his post at a Fairfield Inn & Suites for 90 minutes.

He claims other employees at the hotel told him the asst. GM was going to make up a story about Rodriguez renting rooms under the table, so he wouldn't be able to collect unemployment.

Rodriguez says that's when he hatched his plan to strike first. He says he connected remotely to Marriott's booking network with a company password that was still active -- and started slashing rates ... knowing his old bosses would have to fix it manually.

"I actually wanted them to work. I also wanted to teach them not to keep your password out there."

As we reported, Rodriguez was busted earlier this month and charged with computer tampering and computer trespass. He says he's confessed to cops, and his attorney is trying to get the charges reduced.

UFC's 'Platinum' Mike Perry I May Have Ended Ellenberger's Career ... And I Don't Care.

4/24/2017 4:51 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

UFC rising star "Platinum" Mike Perry says he knows the devastating right elbow he used to K.O. Jake Ellenberger could've ended the guy's career ... but it hasn't fazed him one bit!

Perry joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Monday night on FS1) and told us he met with Ellenberger after and thinks he'll bounce back, but if he doesn't ... so be it.

Perry is a monster in the Octagon -- he's 10-1 with all 10 wins coming by way of KO/TKO.

He's also only 25 years old.

Watch out for this guy.

Jesse Williams Seeks Joint Custody of Kids in Divorce

4/24/2017 4:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jesse Williams isn't looking for a fight over child custody in his divorce ... according to docs.

TMZ obtained the divorce petition filed by the "Grey's Anatomy" star on April 11, and he is requesting joint physical and legal custody of their 3-year-old and 1-year-old kids.

Jesse and Aryn Drakelee-Williams got married in 2012. The docs do not list a date of separation.

As for spousal support -- Jesse checked the box asking the court to deny her spousal support. That sometimes means the couple has a prenup ... but we're told that's not the case for Jesse and Aryn.

Aaron Hernandez Prison Cell Letters NOT for Gay Lover ... Attorney Insists

4/24/2017 2:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Letters were found inside Aaron Hernandez's cell when his body was found, but none of them were written to a gay lover.

Hernandez's lawyer, Jose Baez, tells TMZ Sports, "Rumors of letters to a gay lover, in or out of prison, are false. These are malicious leaks used to tarnish somebody who is dead."

The D.A. announced Thursday 3 letters were next to Hernandez's Bible, and that's when the rumors began.

Baez said he is not prepared to say whether Hernandez's death was suicide or foul play. He says, "There is still plenty we are investigating."

Mel B's Ex-Nanny I'm No Homewrecker ... Pics Prove Mel and I Were Girlfriends

4/24/2017 2:10 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mel B's ex-nanny has dozens of photos to back her claim she wasn't just the hired help, and the singer seduced her into three-way sex with Stephen Belafonte.

We broke the story ... Lorraine Gilles filed a defamation lawsuit against Mel for saying Gilles got knocked up by Belafonte. Gilles insists Mel was totally in on and aware of the sexual escapades with Belafonte.

As part of her lawsuit, she submitted more than a couple dozen shots she says were taken during her 7 year relationship with Mel and Stephen. The pics certainly make it seem like she was tighter with the couple than your average nanny.

Then again, it's clearly much happier times. As we told you ... Mel admits they had three-ways, but insists Gilles and Belafonte had sex separately from her, and without her knowledge.

Elton John Cancels Weeks of Vegas Shows Due to Illness

4/24/2017 1:57 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Elton John has canceled multiple shows due to an illness that has dogged him for several months ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.

We're told Elton has canceled shows between now and May 5 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Vegas, where he's performed for years. He's also canceled a gig in Bakersfield, CA.

A rep for the singer says Elton recently contracted a "harmful and unusual bacterial infection" during a flight home from Santiago, Chile. We're told Elton underwent treatment immediately and has been told by doctors to rest.

Elton is expected to make a full recovery and will hit the stage again June 3.

Pacman Jones New Arrest Footage Released 'Keep Yelling and See What Happens'

4/24/2017 2:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained new footage from the night Cincinnati Bengals star Pacman Jones was arrested for assault -- and it shows even MORE of the tense relationship between Pac and the cops.

Police had responded to Hyatt hotel in Cinci after a security guard claimed Pacman had gotten physical with him.

When cops arrived, Jones was being argumentative -- and the lead officer wasn't having it.

Watch the bodycam footage, the officer lets Pacman know right away he has no patience for the NFL star -- "You want to have a conversation? Have a conversation. Quit yelling like a little kid."

Jones' friend tries to talk to the officer and get him to release the NFL star by saying the arrest will hurt Pacman's reputation leading up to a youth football camp.

A short time later, Pacman is put into a squad car -- and that's when we he went crazy on the arresting officer ... wishing death upon him and telling him to, "Suck my d**k."

Jones was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing police officers. Pacman pled not guilty. He's due back in court May 16.

NFL's Alfred Blue Someone Crashed RB's Car Into Louisiana Swamp

4/24/2017 11:48 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Busy day for Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue -- who found out his beloved Chevy Camaro somehow ended up in a Louisiana swamp Monday morning.

Here's the deal ... cops and a tow truck responded to Highway 90 in Des Allemands around 9 AM after a single car collision. One witness tells us, "The car was in the water."

Law enforcement tells TMZ Sports the NFL player is the owner of the car -- but he was NOT driving during the incident and was not present during the crash.

So, what happened? Unclear exactly but cops say no arrests were made and miraculously no one was seriously injured.

We reached out to Blue's reps. Waiting for a call back.

Ex-'Deadliest Catch' Star Busted for Car Theft, Drugs

4/24/2017 11:22 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jake Harris was arrested this weekend for stealing a car and drug possession ... this after a long history of run-ins with the law.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the ex-"Deadliest Catch" star and a lady friend drove down to Phoenix from Washington state last week for what they called a "vacation." We're told the woman is married ... but that the 2 have hung out like this before.

Friday morning, the woman told cops she discovered Jake had split from their hotel ... taking her car in the process. We're told she reported the car stolen when she couldn't get a hold of him, but called the cops when she found him at a Circle K the next day. 

Phoenix PD officers showed up and searched him, where they say they found Xanax pills and crystal meth ... which we're told he admitted were for personal use. He was booked for 1 count of felony theft and 2 counts of felony drug possession.

This is the latest legal run-in for Jake -- who was busted for DUI in 2010, and then, on the flip side, was robbed, beaten and tossed from a vehicle in November in Washington. At the time his brother, Josh, said Jake was seriously injured.

Mel B Yeah, We Had 3-Ways with the Nanny, BUT

4/24/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mel B is not disputing what her former nanny claimed in her defamation lawsuit against the singer -- that Mel B, husband Stephen Belafonte and the then-nanny had 3-ways for 7 years ... but Mel B says the 2 of them crossed the line.

Sources connected with the singer tell TMZ ... Belafonte hired Lorraine Gilles and then convinced both her and Mel B to have 3-ways, which they did over a period of 7 years.

Mel B claims the deal was broken several years ago when Belafonte and Gilles had sex without her. According to Mel B sources, she claims sometimes they would have 3-ways, but other times Belafonte and Gilles would do it together without her knowledge.

Our Mel B sources claim Belafonte convinced her to have 3-ways with numerous people over the 10-year marriage.

In Gilles' defamation lawsuit, she calls BS on Mel B's claims that she had an affair with Belafonte, that he got her pregnant and that he convinced her to have an abortion. We're told Mel B has doubled down and continues to insist Belafonte got Gilles pregnant.

Migos' Quavo New Napoleon Complex Cost Me $35k in Gold & Diamonds!!

4/24/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Migos' Quavo now has his own piece of bling based off one of the group's hit tracks, but unlike Offset ... he decided to big up the song, "Dat Way."

Quavo threw down $35k for his new rose gold chain and Napoleon pendant covered in over 300 diamonds at a total weight of 10 carats.

It was made by Atlanta's Icebox Diamonds & Watches, where owner Zahir Jooma tells us Quavo is a regular. Zahir says Quavo asked for Napoleon pointing "dat way" since it symbolized power and progress.

Quavo was already rockin' the new bling last weekend at Coachella.

Remember, Offset was at the festival, repping for "Bad and Boujee" with his raindrop chain.