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Atlanta's best and brightest turned out Thursday night for the annual BMI Atlanta holiday party. The festivities included a private dinner at famed steak house, Del Frisco's in Dunwoody, Ga, with a menu featuring some of the restaurant's most popular dishes.

BMI Vice President Creative, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton (2nd from left) poses with hip-hop producer Sonny Digital (left), BMI's Byron Wright (2nd from right), and DJ/producer TM88 (right) at BMI's Atlanta Holiday Party on Thursday.

Gentleman Jack and Tequila Herradura co-sponsored the event, with the tequila brand providing personalized BMI branded bottles for guests to take home and enjoy.

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R: Atlanta hip-hop royalty, TI (left), takes a photo with Gospel legend Kirk Franklin during the 2021 BMI Holiday party in Atlanta.

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L: Rising rap star Flo Milli stops by the 2021 BMI Atlanta Holiday Party at Del Friscos.

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GRAMMY-nominated singer and Empire star V. Bozeman attends the BMI Atlanta Holiday Party at Del Friscos.

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BMI Vice President Creative, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton poses with country music hitmaker Dallas Davidson at the 2021 BMI Holiday party in Atlanta.

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Producer Sonny Digital (left) and CEO of Adella Thomas Management, Rico Brooks, pictured at the 2021 BMI Holiday party in Atlanta.

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(L-R): Record producer Troy Taylor, BMI Assistant Vice President Creative, Los Angeles, Wardell Malloy and singer/songwriter Travis Malloy catch up at the 2021 Atlanta BMI Holiday party.

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Dallas Davidson and BMI Vice President Creative, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton proudly display a personalized gift from Tequila Herradura, a co-sponsor of the 2021 BMI Holiday Party.

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BMI's Marché Butler (left) and super producer Keyz catch up at the 2021 BMI Holiday party in Atlanta.

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This year's holiday party brought together (L-R) BMI's Akil Pinckney, Christopher Scott-Wallace, BMI Assistant Vice President Creative, Los Angeles, Wardell Malloy, BMI's Marché Butler, BMI Vice President Creative, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton, BMI's Reggie Stewart, Shaurice Flowers, Omar Grant, Melanie Thomas and Byron Wright.
 

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Rep. Thomas Massie drew criticism when he shared a pro-gun holiday photo of his family on social media over the weekend.

The photo shows Massie and his family holding rifles in front of a Christmas tree, just days after a teenager killed four students during a shooting rampage in Michigan.

The Republican U.S. representative from Kentucky captioned the image: "Merry Christmas!, ps. Santa, please bring ammo."

The photo outraged Michigan and Montana residents who are still in shock in the aftermath of mass shootings recently.

One Twitter user referenced the photo as an example of white privilege.

"It's funny how the existence of this photo won't ever interfere with these kids lives moving through the world because this is viewed as "American" but if this was a black family, this photo would be used to deny them access to anything good in life."

Another person tweeted: "So true, i can't even believe this photo. Especially after the Shooting in Montana recently smh #raiseyourchildrenbetter."

And a third Twitter user wrote: "Grossly insensitive and unnecessary! A photo like this should end any politicians career."

But others cautioned Twitter users to stop making everything about race.

One person tweeted: "Turning every issue into race diminishes your cause."

While another wrote: "Welcome to America where everything is about race but let’s act like it isn’t so it doesn't diminished the cause."

And a third person Photoshopped a Christmas photo using the mugshots of Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley and his parents.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump invited children to their Halloween celebration at the White House in Washington, DC, on Sunday, October 25, 2020.

Trump and the first lady were tickled to see a boy dressed in a Trump costume.

The holiday celebration comes weeks after President Trump recovered from a mild Covid-19 infection. Melania recently made her first public appearance after testing positive for the coronavirus. They are both immune to the virus.

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President Trump returned a youngster's salute as Melania looked on. The first couple maintained social distancing behind a row of flowers. Hand sanitizer was placed out for children and their parents.

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Some children wanted to get up close and personal with the Trumps, who were amused at children walking right up to them despite the barrier.

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Neither Trump nor the first lady wore face masks as they welcomed the children to their home. Due to Covid-19 they did not hand out candy to the children. Instead, bags of goodies were set up on tables off to the sides for families to pick up during the event.

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A rapper posted an image of french fries on his lap as he dipped his hairy legs in a swimming pool while on holiday in the Bahamas.

The ex-convict wore Louis Vuitton swim trunks as he lounged by the pool eating the high fat, high cholesterol snack.

You still can't guess who he is? Here are a few hints:

He's a 32-year-old Taurus who dated a female rapper who was once at the top of the rap game.

He took his first jail mugshot when he was 14.

Can you guess who he is? Scroll down for the answer.

 

If you guessed the snacking rapper was Meek Mill, you were right! Pat yourself on the back!
 

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In a Thanksgiving photo shared by his stepson Gabrielle Union, Zion Wade, 12, posed on curved steps with Union, his father, Dwyane Wade, and his 1-year-old sister Kaavia. In the photo, Zion wears acrylic stiletto nails.

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Stiletto nails are all the rage among celebrities, such as Beyonce, Rihanna, and Cardi B (pictured below). But the tips are considered dangerous due to their sharp pointy tips.

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Stiletto nails are hard acrylic nails painted with layers of polish and often decorated with tiny art or rhinestones.

Wade's fans praised him on social media for allowing the boy to live in his truth. They said 12 is not too young for the child to express his sexuality at an age when he should be playing sports.

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Zion is Wade's son with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches. Wade's oldest son with Funches, 17-year-old Zaire Wade, is a top ranked high school basketball star.

Union, 47, was let go as a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent last week. She has since opened up about being fired from the show.

"When the world feels like it's falling apart. Try to find your peace," she captioned a video clip.

In a tweet, Wade, 37, said he was proud of Union for "standing up for what she stands for" and practicing what she preaches to their daughter Kaavia.

"As proud as i were of her being selected as a judge on #AGT— I am even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that’s US. So [cheers] to you @itsgabrielleu on not losing sight of the lessons we've talked about teaching our daughter and for kicking ass while you were on that platform. Number 1 judge on one of the biggest shows in the world."

Jennifer Lopez has a lot to be thankful for. She is engaged to be married to former MLB star Alex Rodriguez and she's still in demand as a performer and an actress at age 50.

But some of J-Lo's fans were baffled when Alex, 44, posted photos of Lopez and his two daughters Natasha, 15, and Ella, 11, on Instagram. The images excluded J-Lo's twins by her ex-husband Marc Anthony.

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The girls are A-Rod's daughters by his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis, whom he divorced in 2008. J-Lo reposted the images on her Instagram.

Lopez's fans were annoyed that the family pictures didn't include J-Lo's 11-year-old twins - Emme and Maximillian - who were right there in the kitchen with them.

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Lopez did post shots of her daughter Emma (2nd from right) and her son Max - but the images were inside a gallery and not prominently displayed like the family portraits.

Men don't know any better, but J-Lo's fans felt she should've included her kids in the family shots - especially when the photos are posted on social media for all the world to see.

Question: What do you think of A-Rod and J-Lo's Thanksgiving family portraits? Should she have included all four children in the shots?

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