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T.I. When Was America EVER Great For Black People?!!

7/26/2016 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

T.I. is worried Donald Trump's version of making America great again will be a throwback to a time that wasn't the least bit great ... for the African-American community.

It's no secret T.I. won't be voting Trump, but he spelled out exactly why Monday at LAX.

Check it out, Tip is really strong here. Question is -- extremely pessimistic or just realistic?

Either way, it's the antithesis of what Michelle Obama said just a few hours later in Philly.

Michelle Obama I Live in a House Built By Slaves But America's Already Great

7/25/2016 8:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michelle Obama delivered a powerful speech at the DNC about gender, race and the American Dream ... and threw in more than a few digs at Donald Trump.

FLOTUS hit the stage Monday night in Philly to publicly endorse Hillary Clinton -- but also spoke about how she and President Obama teach their daughters to ignore people who "bully" their father about his religion or heritage. She never mentioned Trump by name, but everyone got the point.  

She was most poignant when she talked about how far African-Americans have come, saying ... "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves."  

Check out some highlights, including Michelle's final not at all subtle punch -- "Don't let anyone tell you we need to make America great again ... because this is the greatest country on Earth."

Of course, she almost immediately got a shout-out from POTUS. Smart move on his part ...

Esai Morales Latino U.S. Prez (On TV) Might Be a Trump Supporter

7/25/2016 8:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Actor Esai Morales is going against the grain in the Latino community -- admitting he's giving serious thought to voting for Donald Trump.

The "La Bamba" and "NYPD Blue" star recently played a Latino U.S. prez for the HBO show, "The Brink" ... but seems shaky on when that could happen in real-life. As for whether Donald Trump can dig himself out of the hole with Hispanic voters -- Esai thinks it's possible. Although, his reasoning might be a little controversial.

Watch the clip -- Esai says the Donald's already won him over on one issue, and he's at least willing to listen on others.  

Miley Cyrus Out with Liam ... Mocks Trump

7/25/2016 6:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0725-miley-cyrus-liam-hemsworth-make-america-gay-again-hat-AKMGSI-01At first glance, Miley Cyrus looks like she's all in for team Trump ... but always read the fine print.

Miley and Liam Hemsworth hit up Nobu in Malibu on Sunday, and she walked out sporting what looked very much like one of Donald Trump's campaign caps. Not exactly -- the red cap actually reads, "Make America Gay Again."

Seemed like Miley was trying to avoid cameras as they left the hot spot, but she ain't gonna get it done wearing that hat.

Just sayin'.

Melania Trump Topless Mural Takes Dig at Hillary

7/24/2016 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0724-melania-trump-im-with-her-SPLASH-01Melania Trump's going topless Down Under on a giant mural ... and it doesn't look like the artist is much of a Hillary Clinton fan.

Melbourne street artist "LushSux" slapped up the potential future First Lady on an alley wall, and jacked Clinton's unofficial campaign slogan -- "I'm with her" -- for the piece.

The boobs DO appear to be Melania's and not Michelle Obama's

If the work looks familiar that's because "LushSux" previously did a version of Kim Kardashian's naked selfie in a different alley. 

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Barack Obama His Own Blood's Voting for Trump

7/24/2016 7:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0724-malik-obama-barack-obama-donald-trump-TMZ-GETTY-02Prez Obama's half brother is jumping ship -- he's disappointed in Barack's administration and says he'll be casting a vote for Donald Trump.

Malik Obama, a longtime Democrat, says he won't back Hillary Clinton for several reasons ... including her email scandal, same sex marriage and Moammar Khadafy. Malik -- who lives in Kenya -- told the NY Post he blames Clinton and his brother for killing the Libyan dictator, who he considered a close friend.

Malik thinks Clinton "should have known better" than to use her personal email for classified material -- and says he feels like he's more Republican now because he doesn't support same sex marriage.

The President's bro used to live and work as an accountant in Maryland, and says he's still registered to vote there.

Lou Holtz I'm NOT A Racist Regrets Immigration Joke

7/23/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0722-main-lou-holtz-gettyLou Holtz says he regrets making a crack about foreigners at an event during the Republican National Convention ... telling TMZ Sports it was meant to be a joke, nothing more. 

The controversy began when Holtz was talking about immigration and said -- "I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team!”

We spoke with Coach Lou ... who tells us he's sorry for SOME of what he said.

"I like to joke. I wished I hadn’t said, ‘I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, and cheer for your soccer teams.’ It was said in jest. But I stand by the rest of what I said about coming to America to become us."

Holtz says he strongly believes that immigrants who come to the U.S. should learn English and adapt to American culture -- and for that, he will not apologize. 

"All 4 of my grandparents were immigrants. They all came through Ellis Island. When they wouldn’t want me to know what they were saying, they’d speak Ukrainian. I’d ask them to teach me Ukrainian. They’d say, ‘No, you live in America. You speak English.'"

The coach is also adamant he's NOT a racist or a bigot -- "I challenge you, I defy you to find one person who I’ve ever been racist toward."

When asked if he was bothered by the criticism, he replied -- "It doesn’t bother me. I know who I am. It bothers my wife. She’s very upset."

Hillary Clinton Visits Pulse And Victims' Families

7/22/2016 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0722_hillary_clinton_pulse_nightclub_launch_2Hillary Clinton paid her respects and read dozens of memorials Friday at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

The presidential candidate delivered a bouquet of white roses before sitting down with the families of the 49 mass shooting victims.

She also met with city and LGBTQ community leaders. 

Donald Trump 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' ... Really?

7/22/2016 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump's speech was all fire and brimstone ... loud and confident, and that made the choice of exit music more than a little perplexing.

Trump finished big Thursday night at the RNC, and as he took his bows, "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was pumped through the arena.

It's a bizarre message after a candidate lays out his platform. But it may not be a message at all. One high-level campaign source tells TMZ, it was "just a song on the playlist."  

At least it wasn't "Sympathy for the Devil." 

Donald Trump There Goes the Son

7/22/2016 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0722-main-barron-trump-getty-01Donald Trump captivated just about everyone at the RNC with his 1 hour 16 minute speech ... except his son.

Barron Trump started out strong, but faded midway through the longest acceptance speech in 44 years.

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The 10-year-old tried toughing it out but lost the battle toward the end.   

Father forgive him ...

Donald Trump 'Here Comes the Sun' Infuriates George Harrison Estate

7/22/2016 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ivanka Trump was one of the stars for sure at the RNC, but putting a star next to a song about the Sun creates problems.

George Harrison's estate is furious "Here Comes the Sun" was used for Ivanka's big entrance. They say, "The unauthorized use of #HereComestheSun at the #RNCinCLE is offensive and against the wishes of the George Harrison Estate."

The statement goes on, "If it had been Beware of Darkness, then we MAY have approved it!  #TrumpYourself."

Point made.

Peter Thiel Proud to be Gay, Proud to be Republican

7/21/2016 6:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel delivered a few lines at the Republican National Convention Thursday that were met with a surprising and even shocking reaction from the crowd.

Thiel is the first openly gay speaker at a Republican convention who addressed LGBT issues. He conceded the party platform was not his vision. In fact, the platform, which among other things seeks to repudiate the right of gays to marry, is considered by many draconian and hostile to the LGBT community.

Nevertheless, when Thiel presented himself to the crowd as a proud gay man, he was received warmly and, arguably, embraced by the crowd.

NBA How's This for a Bathroom Break? We Won't Play All-Star Game in Charlotte

7/21/2016 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

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The NBA is officially saying goodbye to North Carolina ... the 2017 All-Star Game will be moved to a state more friendly to the LGBT community.

The catalyst for the decision ... the North Carolina law that requires people to use bathrooms that correspond with their birth gender. The move to repeal the law failed.

The game -- which was originally scheduled for February 19, 2017 at Timer Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte -- will now be moved to another city ... as yet undetermined.

An NBA official says, "We do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2." 

All hope isn't lost for basketball fans in Charlotte ... the NBA says they HOPE to reschedule the ASG for 2019 ... providing Charlotte lawmakers 86 the bill.

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