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Former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail to drum up support for Joe Biden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

The small turnout for Obama was in stark contrast to the huge audiences he once commanded during his two terms as U.S. president.

Biden is polling ahead of President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Pennsylvania that Trump narrowly won in 2016.

But you couldn't tell judging by the light turnout for Obama's speech. Normally, an Obama appearance attracted thousands of adoring supporters. But only about three dozen people turned up at a drive-in campaign rally to hear Obama speak in a Philly park.

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Afterwards, Obama strolled through the neighborhood with his Secret Service protection. He stopped to speak with a handful of Biden/Harris volunteers at a Voter activation Center (VAC).

There, he picked up a megaphone and spoke to the handful of volunteers, who didn't know what to make of the odd scene. The gaggle of reporters and photographers outnumbered the volunteers and onlookers.

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Obama is hoping to motivate young Americans and Black voters in the final stretch of the White House race. Polls show Black male voters are shifting away from the Democratic Party.

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Isaac Hayes III (left) says rap legend Snoop Dogg is having second thoughts about Joe Biden.

In an interview with Rolling Out's "A.M. Wake-Up Call," Hayes discussed the abandonment of the Democratic Party by some of hip-hop's elite.

Hayes was disappointed that rap legend Ice Cube is apparently supporting President Donald Trump in the upcoming election.

"I was disappointed that Ice Cube would have a conversation with the Trump campaign. I'm not opposed to anyone trying to bring about change. The thing that concerns me is the timing and who you are talking to. The result was that the Trump campaign used Ice Cube to reach out to Black men. It's not the move at the right time."

When asked what message he had for Ice Cube, Hayes said:

"My message to Ice Cube would have been that Trump is different. He's radioactive. He'll tank your business. You can't align yourself with this man when he won't denounce White supremacy. He says racist things. He stokes division between the Black community and the police. I would have told Cube that this isn’t the guy to have a conversation with. [With] everything that Trump has in his plan he can make a change now. He's dangling change like a carrot to Black people for votes. We have to remove this guy from the office and start fresh."

Hayes said he spoke with Snoop Dogg, who expressed his concern about Biden's plans for Black America.

"Snoop Dogg and I spoke, and he expressed why there is a concern with the Biden campaign," Hayes said. "I had to push back and let him understand that we're trying to get this racist demigod out of office. I know people who have stood in line for 11 hours to vote."

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Joe Biden says his 1994 crime bill that decimated the Black community was "a mistake."

Biden made the remark during his town hall event with ABC News on Thursday night.

When asked by ABC News' George Stephanopoulos if the bill was a mistake, Biden replied, "Yes, it was. But here's where the mistake came. The mistake came in terms of what the states did locally."

Biden said the bill was created in response to a spike in crime in the inner cities in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

A member of Biden's campaign later took to Twitter to clarify that Biden was referring to the 1986 crime bill, not the controversial 1994 crime bill.

Biden wrote both bills.

The 1986 bill, which Biden also authored, toughened the sentences for possession of rock cocaine, aka "crack", while lessening sentences for people who used powder cocaine.

As Fox News pointed out on Friday, the 1994 crime bill incentivized states to "fill up prisons" in exchange for federal cash in state coffers.

Biden, 77, claims he was tougher on crack users because he was told crack cocaine was worse than powder cocaine.

"We were told by the experts that '[with] crack, you can never go back.' It was somehow fundamentally different. It's not different. It's trapped an entire generation."

A young Black male who participated in the town hall told the presidential candidate that Black males will be sitting at home on Election Day.

A recent poll shows President Trump's support among Black males increased to 45% from just 8% in 2016.

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Black Twitter expressed outrage tonight after Joe Biden equated Black people in America with the criminal justice system.

Biden made the remark during ABC's town hall event on Thursday night.

A Black male asked Biden, "Besides 'you ain't Black,' what do you have to say to young Black voters who see voting for you as further participation in a system that continually fails to protect them?"

Rather than discuss his views on police reform, Biden saw a Black man standing there and immediately equated him with the criminal justice system and being poor.

"In addition to dealing with the criminal justice system to make it fair and make it more decent, we have to be able to put Black Americans in a position to be able to gain wealth," Biden said.
 

Black viewers were understandably upset. One man wrote: "WOW, a black man asks why Joe is worthy of his vote and the FIRST thing Joe mentions is criminal justice system? He just lost my vote."

Another user wrote: "He must have forgotten about his crime bill in 1994 that has sent more black men to prison than all previous crime bills combined."

And a third wrote: "Criminal justice system? Black wealth? So when he thinks of black folks, he thinks poor and criminal... ouch."

Biden's full response to the question is below.

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If Kanye West is out of the race for president, he hasn't gotten the memo. The mega producer unveiled his first campaign ad on Twitter on Monday.

He captioned the ad: "we stepping out on faith."

Standing against a backdrop of a black and white flag, Kanye said, "America. What is America's destiny? What is best for our nation? Our people? What is just, true justice? We have to think about all these things together as a people."

The father of four went on to discuss his vision for America.

"To contemplate our future, to live up to our dream, we must have vision. We as a people will revive our nation's commitment to faith, to what our Constitution calls the free exercise of religion, including, of course, prayer. Through prayer, faith can be restored," he said.

Kanye, 43, hopes to become this nation's 46th president. But he has a steep uphill climb against Donald Trump and his challenger Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

"We as a people are called to a greater purpose than ourselves," said Kanye. "We are not only a beacon to the world, but we should be servants to each other. To encourage each other, to help each other to lift up each other.

"Our fellow Americans, that we may all prosper together. We have to act on faith, with the sure knowledge that we are pursuing the right goals and doing the right things. We will build a stronger country by building stronger families. Families are the building blocks of society, of a nation. By turning to faith, we will be the kind of nation, the kind of people God intends us to be."

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Kanye West took an opportunity to promote his U.S. presidential bid at a London fashion show during London Fashion Week.

The 43-year-old rapper and his 7-year-old daughter North West were spotted in the English capital on Friday, Oct. 9, where they attended the Bottega Veneta fashion show at Sadler's Wells Theater.

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Arriving at the venue, the stylish father and daughter were photographed each wearing matching black sweatshirts that read "Vote Kanye" in bold white letters.

In one photo, Kanye and his daughter walked closely together while proudly showing off his presidential merchandise. He completed the look with a pair of black sunglasses and army pants, and the pair also wore face masks.

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In another snap, the "Gold Digger" star switched up his look to rock a bright blue T-shirt and black leather pants while North wore an oversized black sweatshirt promoting her dad's presidential bid.

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Their London appearance comes a week after the Yeezy mogul took to Twitter to send well wishes to incumbent President Donald Trump and his wife Melania following their positive coronavirus diagnoses.

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Kanye pleaded for civility between the 2 major political parties in the U.S.

"There's a crying need for civility across the board. We need to and will come together in the name of Jesus," tweeted the husband of Kim Kardashian. "I'm praying for President Trump's and Melania's full recovery, just as I would for Joe and Jill Biden if they were stricken, as well as everyone else with COVID-19.”

President Trump, 74, spent three days receiving treatment at Walter Reed Military Medical Center. A week later he was cleared by his doctor to return to the campaign trail.

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Kanye West reportedly splashed out a lot of cash on his struggling presidential campaign.

The 43-year-old mega producer and fashion mogul shelled out almost $6 million out of his own pocket to finance his presidential campaign, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The majority of the funds came from a personal loan he made to his campaign, according to a finance report that was filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday.

The "Gold Digger" rapper has spent $5.86 million so far, with most of that money going toward consultation and other fees. He apparently loaned his own campaign more than $6.7 million during July and August.

Other sources of income reveal that Kanye has received small donations from other people supporting his bid for the Oval Office.

The hip-hop star's presence in the race has proven controversial, with Democratic Party officials accusing him of running as a "spoiler candidate" to siphon votes away from their nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Meanwhile, Kanye and his Sunday service choir were in Atlanta over the weekend. They were spotted filming at Pinewood Studios early Sunday morning. This photo was snapped by @shopperfindssalesforyou who posted it to Instagram.

She captioned the image: "Morning service with Kanye West filming by my house this morning. Like walking on water!"

A source tells Sandrarose.com that Kanye attended Teyana Taylor's baby shower in Atlanta last night. Invited guests included Future's ex-girlfriend Lori Harvey and her new beau.

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In other Kanye news, he is reportedly shopping for a ranch to call his new home in a suburb outside of Atlanta. That's right, Kanye is moving to the Atlanta area!

As you know, Kanye and his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, parted ways 2 years ago after the musician moved to Wyoming.

Kanye, who was born in Atlanta, apparently wants to get as far away from the Kardashian Klan as possible.

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Kim Kardashian continues her criminal justice advocacy by demanding "sensible moderate" police reform in the United States.

While the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star's estranged husband Kanye West is running for President from his ranch in Wyoming, the reality star, who is raising two sons on her own in Calabasas, is urging her followers to vote yes for police reform on California Senate Bill 731.

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The 39-year-old tweeted: "Right now it's ok if a police officer in California breaks the law while on the job. They cannot be sued for breaking the law. Please vote YES on #SB731 for sensible moderate police reform."

She added. "This will just make police officers accountable if they break the law. Please we are calling for your leadership, @AssemblyDems and @Rendon63rd. #YesOnSB731."

The tweet comes days after police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, four times in the back as he leaned into his SUV. He is paralyzed from the waist down and may never walk again.

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Kim recently reached a critical point in her marriage to Kanye, after he revealed sensitive private details of their marriage at a campaign rally last month in South Carolina. Kanye told attendees the couple had planned to abort eldest child North West while also ranting about legendary civil rights figure Harriet Tubman.

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Kanye's campaign has been plagued with setbacks as he failed to get on the ballot in a majority of states, including his adoptive home of Wyoming as well as his native Illinois, and the key swing state of Wisconsin. He also missed filing deadlines or was rejected in states including California, Florida and Pennsylvania.

The "Gold Digger" rapper is suing Ohio's elections chief after he was denied a spot on the state's ballot.

Kim has asked for sympathy for his worrisome behavior, which she attributes to his battle with bipolar disorder.

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Kanye West is serious about his quest to become the 46th president of these United States. The 43-year-old rap and fashion mogul has been added to more ballots in multiple states.

Utah is the latest state to add West's name to the ballot. According to the Associated Press, West qualified for the Utah ballot as an unaffiliated presidential candidate.

State Elections Director Justin Lee said his office verified that 1,000 signatures collected by West's campaign were from registered voters.

According to the NY Times, some Republicans are helping West, including Lane Ruhland, a lawyer who has worked for the Trump campaign, and Mark Jaboky, who worked for the California Republican Party.

West has hinted that his goal is to divert Democratic votes away from Joe Biden.

Some states booted West from their ballots, claiming the signatures were invalid.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the state Democratic Party filed a complaint against West for bogus signatures like "Mickey Mouse" and "Bernie Sanders".

But West challenged the complaint, insisting that the DNC prove the signatures aren't Mickey Mouse or Bernie Sanders.

Affidavits from six people say they were tricked into signing their names on West's paperwork.

"If the affidavits are true, crimes were committed by the West campaign," said attorney Michael Maistelman.

West's campaign is gaining support. Biden has began to slip in the polls after picking Calif. Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.

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Kanye West is making believers out of people who initially laughed at Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

While Democrats and Republicans have written off Kanye's campaign, Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner said Democrats and Republicans would be foolish to ignore Kanye.

"Democrats cannot ignore him because he could split the vote," she told Page Six. "No one can ignore a black candidate, even though they may think whatever they think about Kanye," she said.

Trump, a former reality TV star, drew laughter and ridicule when he announced his intentions to run for president. He shocked the world when he beat the odds-on-favorite, Hillary Clinton, to win the 2016 election.

Faulkner says Kanye could pull off a similar November surprise by siphoning off Democratic votes from Joe Biden.

"They kind of have to keep an eye on him because he's going to pop up on the ballot in certain places and they better hope it's not in a swing state," Faulkner said.

She added the GOP "can't ignore him either," because Trump and Kanye are pals and Kanye has already hinted that he would act as spoiler to Biden's campaign.

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Joe Biden picked California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 presidential elections.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Biden, 77, said, "You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President. I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021," Biden wrote in an email from his campaign to supporters.

The unpopular 55-year-old mixed race senator becomes the third woman to run as a presidential running mate.

Susan Rice, another close contender, tweeted: "My warmest congratulations to ?@KamalaHarris . I am confident Biden-Harris will prove to be a winning ticket. I will do my utmost to help them win and govern."

Politico.com accidentally let the cat out of the bag in July when it leaked Harris would be Joe Biden's choice for his vice president.

The Internet's response to Biden's pick was mixed. Many Blacks were relieved when Harris dropped out of the presidential race because of her tough-on-crime stance in California.

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Kanye West seemed relaxed and worry-free after arriving in Miami on Sunday, following a family vacation with estranged wife Kim Kardashian-West and their four children.

A source tells ET that Kanye is "in a great place" after spending a week with Kim and their children, daughters North and Chicago and sons Saint and Psalm.

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The source added that Kanye is "feeling creatively inspired" by the trip abroad for a little fun in the sun.

Paparazzi photos show the family, their nannies and security team exiting a private jet in Miami after vacationing in the Dominican Republic.

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"The family seemed fine. The kids were having a great time," an eyewitness tells ET. "You could see [the kids] running around as they waited to get off of the plane. Kim got off the plane with the kids first. When they were about halfway down the runway Kanye exited the plane."

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"Kim seemed fine and not worried at all; she had the kids close by her," the witness said. "Kanye didn’t seem worried either. He walked with his head up the whole time."

On Friday, the independent presidential candidate fired back at Wisconsin Democratic Party for spying on his presidential campaign.

In documents obtained by TMZ, Kanye claimed the Democrats hired a private investigator to spy on him, as part of an "organized effort of harassment and intimidation".

He also said the Democrats were wasting their time because nothing they turned up can harm his presidential chances.

"The goal is to win," he tweeted on Aug. 6.

Kanye needed 2,000 signatures from registered voters to get his name on the ballot in Wisconsin.

But the Wisconsin Democratic Party accused the rap producer of submitting bogus signatures. They included affidavits from people who claim they were "tricked" into signing their names.

According to TMZ, the Elections Commission will review the legal papers and make a recommendation whether to allow Kanye's name on the ballot.

He was already kicked off the ballot in his home state of Illinois, where election officials claim more than half of his submitted signatures were invalid.

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Joe Biden is set to announce his vice presidential pick this week. Black leaders warn he "will lose" the election if his VP pick isn't a Black woman.

Biden's camp say he will announce his running mate this week -- after missing previous deadlines set by the Democratic nominee.

There have only been three women on a presidential election ticket in history: Geraldine Ferraro, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton.

Biden's VP pick is groundbreaking because she will likely be president of the United States at some point if Biden wins the election. He has said his VP choice must be prepared to step in as president "on day one."

Black leaders understand the historical significance of Biden's choice for running mate. In a letter they warned Biden "will lose" the election if he doesn't choose a Black woman.

More than 100 Black male leaders, athletes, and rappers, including Sean Combs and Lenard McKelvey, aka Charlamagne Tha god, signed the letter ordering Biden to pick a Black woman as his VP.

"Failing to select a Black woman ... means YOU WILL lose the election ... Black women are defining the future of politics so it's time you let one define the future of your campaign," they wrote.

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There are four Black women on Biden's short list for Vice President: Florida Rep. Val Demings (pictured), California Rep. Karen Bass, former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is considered a long shot.

The others on the list include Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is white, California Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who is mixed, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is white.

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Political analysts believe Biden has narrowed his choice to Rice or Whitmer (pictured). Whitmer reportedly chartered a private plane and flew to Delaware under the cover of darkness for a secret late night meeting with Biden on Sunday.

Flight records show a chartered plane left Lansing's Capital Region International Airport for Delaware Coastal Airport at 5:33 p.m. and returned at 11:16 p.m. on Sunday.

The governor's office declined to confirm or deny the secret meeting.

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Nick Cannon has endorsed rapper-turned-U.S. Presidential candidate Kanye West in the 2020 elections.

Mariah Carey's ex-husband told TMZ the U.S. needs another black man in office, referring to former President Barack Obama, who is biracial.

Cannon said of his longtime friend's campaign: "I love it! We need another black man in power."

The news comes amid reports that Kanye is under investigation for election fraud.

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CNN correspondent April Ryan tweeted, "Two states declaring #KanyeWest ineligible to be on #POTUS ballot due to faulty signatures could open him up to an #ElectionFraud investigation."

"Kanye West will also not be permitted on the New Jersey ballot due to faulty signatures. His 'campaign' withdraws petition."

Ryan continued saying, "I would imagine other states where reported GOP operatives assisted him to get on the ballot will soon be reviewing."

Last week, Kanye jokingly said he was campaigning to draw votes away from Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Nick sparked concern last month when he made headlines for anti-Semitic comments he shared on his podcast show, "Cannon's Class," in which he labeled white people "savages" who act "evil" and "rob, steal, rape, kill in order to survive".

In subsequent social media posts, he wrote that things "couldn't get any worse" for him, and he hinted at taking his own life after none of his A-list friends rushed to defend him.

The public fallout was swift and harsh as ViacomCBS severed longstanding ties with the comedian, taking millions of dollars in revenue with them.

Cannon's bank account took another hit as his daytime talk show, The Nick Cannon Show, has gone on hiatus and his radio show on Power 106, Nick Cannon Mornings, is temporarily suspended.

Since making the controversial comments, Nick has met with rabbis and learned about Judaism during a visit to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.

He also pledged his first paycheck from his daytime talk show to the Jewish center.

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Joe Biden said the Black community is not as "diverse" as the Hispanic community. He didn't clarify what he meant by that remark.

Biden made the comment during an interview with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) which aired on Wednesday.

National Public Radio's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked Biden whether he would stop the deportation of Cubans, if elected president.

"I'm going to look at every single country in the world... this guy [President Donald Trump] is sending them back," Biden said.

Biden assured Garcia-Navarro he would attempt to restore the Obama-Biden administration's policy of improving relations with communist Cuba.

Biden then added:

"And by the way, what you all know, but most people don't know, unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things ... it's a very diverse community."

Biden's comment drew mixed reaction on Twitter.com, with some accusing him of being an overt racist.

Twitter user @jg091297 wrote: "He could have said 'they all look alike to me' and this would have sounded less racist."

User @KenAndTonic tweeted: "Wonder how all of his VP candidates feel about this, you know, being all the same and everything."

User @NthingInPrtculr tweeted: "I'm Black and I find what Biden said incredibly condescending, clearly he thinks he can say whatever he wants & still get our votes & I fear that he is right."

But some Black Democrats shrugged off Biden's latest gaffe: @MrNicdraw wrote: "Still better than the alternative. Like wtf."