Barack Obama

President Barack Obama weighed in on a headline-grabbing hate crime committed by 4 young black people on a mentally disabled white man in his hometown of Chicago.

In two separate interviews on Thursday, President Obama referred to the attack as a “despicable” and “terrible” hate crime.

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Nicki Minaj Meek Mill split

Rappers Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill confirmed their split on social media today (Jan. 5). Whether it’s true or just another publicity stunt, the Internet is having a field day at Meek Mill’s expense. This is what counts for black entertainment these days. Sad, isn’t it?

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Royalty Hightower, Quvenzhane Wallis in NYC

Young actresses Royalty Hightower, left, and Quvenzhané Wallis, right, attended the 2016 National Board Of Review Gala in New York City on Wednesday. 13-year-old Quvenzhané thrilled audiences as “Hushpuppy” in the independent film Beasts of the Southern Wild. After starring in the 2014 remake of Annie, Q fell off the radar. Now 11-year-old Royalty is making a similar splash as a young boxer in the independent film The Fits. Look for her to be a big star.

Photos: Splash News | Richard Buxo / Splash News

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Kendrick Lamar

Rapper-of-the-moment Kendrick Lamar hopes his new $109 Reebok sneakers will promote peace, unity and equality in the world.

The 29-year-old Compton, California native became a “brand ambassador” for the sportswear giant in 2014, and he has used similar ideological guerrilla marketing to sell sneakers to his fans.

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