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French Montana Cops Profiled Me That's Why I Called 'em Out

9/28/2016 3:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0928-french-montana-tmzFrench Montana's adamant his "Black lives matter" shout-out wasn't a wisecrack at cops -- instead he was reacting to what he saw as harassment of his crew ... for no good reason.

The rapper tells TMZ, NYPD pulled over his SUV just one block from Aces strip club where they were partying. He says the officers told them they were checking to see if the driver had been drinking.

French says his guy was sober and when all his paperwork checked out, they peace'd out.

But he thinks cops were hoping to find something more incriminating. French believes he and his friends were targeted as they left Aces because they're black and famous. He says he only yelled "Black lives matter" to remind the cops it's "pathetic" to stop him for nothing. 

We reached out to NYPD for comment, so far no word back.

Ice Cube Forget Clinton & Trump ... We Need Obama Back

9/28/2016 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ice Cube has a very bold take on the election ... saying we're screwed either way, and the only way to fix it is to get Obama back in the White House for 4 more years.

Cube appears on Too $hort's BoomBox podcast with Bobby Loco Wednesday and the upcoming election is a major talking point. It's interesting -- Cube urges the public they've got to work hard no matter who gets elected prez -- but he says the best solution for everybody is to just get Obama back in office.

Ice Cube's the inaugural guest on Short's podcast ... but the veteran rapper has a whole season of celeb guests lined up, and a new episode will drop every Wednesday.

Curt Schilling Dead Serious About Political Career ... Eyes White House in 2024

9/28/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

President Curt Schilling??? 

It's possible ... because the ex-MLB superstar tells TMZ Sports he's 100% serious about launching his political career ... starting with a senate run in Massachusetts in the VERY near future.

Schilling is a staunch republican and says he's seriously leaning toward challenging Elizabeth Warren for her senate seat in 2018. 

After that, Schilling says ... "I'd love to give the White House a try."

He's not kidding. He's even got a plan ... and says he loves that he lives in a country where his presidential aspirations could very well be a reality. 

Hail to the (future) chief?

Marco Rubio Senate Tribute To Jose Fernandez 'He Was The American Dream'

9/27/2016 9:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Marco Rubio took over the Senate floor Tuesday morning in D.C. to pay tribute to Jose Fernandez -- calling the late MLB star "the pride of Miami."

Senator Rubio admitted he never met Fernandez personally -- but felt connected to the pitcher because of their common Cuban American heritage. 

"This young man meant a lot to a lot of us for different reasons and different ways," Rubio said.

"And now, just as quickly as he came into our lives, just as he was coming into his own and really, starting to fulfill his athletic potential, and just as we were really getting to know him, he is gone."

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Presidential Debate Best Coverage Award ... 'Thanks a Lot Bitch' Reporter

9/27/2016 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's first presidential debate coverage was largely predictable and even boring -- but Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett rose above the fray to go viral with 4 simple words.

Check out the vid ... Halkett got caught in a sea of people pre-debate. During the pushing and shoving one woman bumped Halkett from behind. She was clearly pissed about missing out on something, quickly turned and said, "Thanks a lot, bitch!"

We tried to get Kimberly on the phone, but she's still on her grind ... doing live reports -- and didn't have time to chat. It's cool. Wouldn't want to push her.  

Respect the hustle.  

UFC Champ Threatens Trump Keep Ferguson Outcha Mouth ... Or I'll Put My Fist In Yours

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

UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley has a major problem with Donald Trump talking about Ferguson, MO -- warning the GOP nom to shut his mouth about his hometown ... or else. 

Woodley's beef is based on the fact that Trump has never been to Ferguson -- yet he mentioned the city in the debates Monday night when referencing cities with bad relationships between cops and citizens. 

"I got something for you Donald Trump," Woodley said ... "Quit mentioning Ferguson. Because you ain't never been to Ferguson and that's where I'm from." 

"He gotta keep Ferguson out his mouth so he can keep my fist out of his mouth." 

"I take that personally because he hasn't been there."

By the way, Woodley ain't a huge fan of Hillary Clinton either. Check out the clip. 

Boxing's Bob Arum Hillary Knocked Out Trump!

9/27/2016 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum ain't going to the scorecards -- he saw the debate as a TOTAL KNOCKOUT for Hillary Clinton

Arum -- who worked with Muhammad Ali, Pacquiao, De La Hoya and more -- was excited about Hillary's performance while arriving to Craig's Monday night ... claiming Clinton smoked Trump. 

"She showed what a phony he is," Arum said ... "She was brilliant, she's gonna make a great president."

Then again, Arum hates Trump so much -- he challenged him to a FIGHT earlier this year. 

Howard Dean Low Blow Against Trump 'Coke User?'

9/27/2016 6:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0927-donald-trump-howard-dean-coke-tweet-GETTY-TMZ-TWITTER-01Howard Dean punched below the belt Monday night, tweeting, "Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?"

Dean, the 2004 failed Presidential candidate, made the comment mid-debate.

Trump famously abstains from alcohol and drugs, in part because his older brother was an alcoholic who drank himself to death.  

Martin Luther King III Dad Would Have Challenged Donald AND Hillary

9/27/2016 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The son of Martin Luther King Jr. says his father would have been frustrated by both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, because neither seriously addressed the real reason many African-Americans are suffering and dying.

Martin Luther King III told our photog at LAX Monday night, he thinks both Trump and Clinton did well ... to a point, but when it came to helping the African-American community they spent too much time talking cops and not enough on the fundamentals.

LeBron James I Respect Kaepernick, But I'm Standing for the Anthem

9/26/2016 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

LeBron James says he will NOT follow Colin Kaepernick's lead when it comes to the National Anthem ... and vows to STAND when "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played during the NBA season. 

James was speaking with reporters at Cavs Media Day in Independence, OH when he explained his position. 

"Me, standing for the national anthem is something I will do," James said ... "That's who I am. That's what I believe in."

"But that doesn't mean I don't respect and don't agree with what Colin Kaepernick is doing."

There's more ... check out the clip. 

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Joe Biden Carson Wentz Is My Guy ... It's Our Year!

9/26/2016 10:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0926-joe-biden-carson-wentz-getty-04Joe Biden is ALL THE WAY ONBOARD THE WENTZ WAGON!!! 

The Vice President just dished out some HUGE compliments to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on Twitter ... essentially saying the rookie is gonna fly the bird gang all the way to the Super Bowl. 

"Heart, guts, and poise from my guy, @CJ_Wentz. Huge game, strong start for the @Eagles. @DrBiden (Jill Biden) is pumped. It's our year."

Biden -- a huge Eagles fan -- had already bragged about Wentz to President Obama ... but that was before he beat up on the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Been a pretty big day for Wentz ... Eagles head coach Doug Pederson compared him to Peyton Manning (when it comes to film study). 

No doubt the guy's playing great ... but before we clear out a section in Canton, remember ... IT'S ONLY WEEK 3!

Brad Pitt Angelina's UN Ambitions ... UN-Safe For Our Kids!!

9/25/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0923-brad-pitt-angelina-jolie-tmzAngelina Jolie is so obsessed with becoming the head of the United Nations ... it caused major marital issues with Brad Pitt

Sources close to the couple tell us ... Brad became increasingly upset over Angelina's political ambitions ... we're told her dream is to become the top UN official ... she was never specific. Toward that end, we're told she has 2 political advisers and a "war room" to help with decisions and image.

Brad, we're told, was especially upset that Angelina had taken the kids to various war-torn countries, including Lebanon and Iraq. We're told Angelina would always make sure to bring a security team that was the best of the best on her trips ... but for Brad, it still wasn't enough.

We're told things got extremely tense when Brad and Angie argued over taking the kids to Syria to help rebuild the war torn country..

Our sources say Brad was always supportive of Jolie's solo charity work, but travels with the kids became a bone of contention for several years.

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Oprah There's a New Emmett Till Every Day Now

9/23/2016 2:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Oprah's connecting the dots between the recent police-involved shootings, and the civil rights movement of the '50s and '60s ... telling us it sometimes feels like not that much has changed.

We got O in D.C., shortly after she made her first trip to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture -- and she said the Emmett Till exhibit hit her hard ... in light of recent events. 

Till was lynched in 1955, his death helped spark the civil rights movement.

She also gave us her 2 cents on people anointing Prez Obama as the greatest black man of all-time. You gotta see if she's on board with that sentiment. 

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