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Barack Obama Becomes First POTUS To Cover LGBT Publication, 'OUT'

It was announced on Tuesday (Nov. 10) that Barack Obama has become the first President in U.S. history to cover an LGBT publication after being named "Ally of the Year" by OUT Magazine, CNN reports.

The publication, which celebrates the homosexual and transgendered communities and offers a fresh perspective on a multitude of industries, praises the 44th POTUS for leading the fight for marriage equality.

"...his late-hour conversion in 2012, which set the stage for the extraordinary succession of events that led to this year’s Supreme Court ruling, on June 26, making it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to wed," the website reads.

During an interview with the publication, Obama, who recently allocated $300 million in an effort to fight HIV infections for African women, said that his upbringing helped him realize that equality for all was necessary.

"...growing up as a black guy with a funny name, I was often reminded of exactly what it felt like to be on the outside," he told Out's Aaron Hicklin. "One of the reasons I got involved in politics was to help deliver on our promise that we’re all created equal, and that no one should be excluded from the American dream just because of who they are."

He also notes that the attitude shift of the younger generation, especially his daughters Sasha and Malia, when it comes to discrimination has been remarkable and eye-opening. "It doesn’t dawn on them that friends who are gay or friends’ parents who are same-sex couples should be treated differently than anyone else. That’s powerful," he explained. "The next generation is spurring change not just for future generations, but for my generation, too. As president, and as a dad, that makes me proud. It makes me hopeful."

READ: President Obama’s Congressional Black Caucus Speech Was All About The Ladies

During the conversation, he likened LGBT people's uphill battle for acceptance to the struggles of African Americans and other minorities. However, he said that as a country, things seem to be improving when it comes to LGBT issues.

"When we talk about LGBT issues, we emphasize the importance of universal human rights — the right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly and the importance of non-violence, non-discrimination and equality under the law — and those don’t change or go away just because someone is a member of the LGBT community," he said. "So, while some people try to claim that homosexuality doesn’t exist in their culture or that we are trying to impose 'foreign' values, the truth is that LGBT people are members of all societies and the protection of human rights is a universal value."

Can he get any more likable? Read the entire interview here.

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Gary Owen In Hot Water For 'N-Word' Tweet Referencing Damian Lillard

Gary Owen is in hot water with black Twitter regarding a recent tweet referencing the N-word, NBA star Damian Lillard and his coach, Terry Stotts.

While presumably watching the highly-discussed Portland Trailblazers’ first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, where Damian Lillard made an impressive, game-winning shot.

“If Portland’s coach could say the N word that was the perfect time. This N word just hit that sh*t. WOW,” he wrote in response to the shot. People who follow the actor-comedian or are just passing by are urging him to take down the tweet.

“Yeah this is why i have a problem with us letting these white folks all the way into the culture, because at the end of the day…” one Twitter user wrote under the tweet. Another responded, “Cookout invite retracted there, sir!”

Owen, who has been seen in many  predominantly black-lead films such as Think Like A Man and The Little Man, has not taken the tweet down yet.

yeah this is why i have a problem with us letting these white folks all the way into the culture, because at the end of the day...

— tiago sosa (@royce_rude) April 24, 2019

Been up too long...ain’t no deleting it now. Cookout invite retracted there, sir! pic.twitter.com/8VperfnuPW

— Nicole Campbell (@sssassy1981) April 24, 2019

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Bun B attends the 6th annual Save The Children Illumination gala at American Museum of Natural History on November 14, 2018 in New York City.
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Bun B Uses His Second Amendment Right To Shoot Armed Intruder

Quick thinking and the right to bear arms may have saved Bun B and his wife Angela "Queenie" Walls' lives.

The rapper, born Bernard Freeman, shot a suspected robber at his home in Houston, Texas. ABC13 reports the incident happened Tuesday (April 23) afternoon when the suspect rang the doorbell. With Walls under the assumption that it was a delivery, opened to the door. The suspect then held Walls at gunpoint in an effort to demand property, with Walls directing him to the Audi in the family's garage.

Bun B reportedly heard the commotion and grabbed his gun. A shootout occurred as the robber attempted to climb into the car. He later took off on foot, leaving his weapon behind and sought medical assistance at the Houston hospital for a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

The suspect was charged on two counts of aggravated robbery with a weapon and one count of burglary.

It isn't known if there were any other members of the family at the home.

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary To Add Eminem's Version Of "Stan"

Out of 640 words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Eminem's everlasting interpretation of the word "stan" is among the litany of terms. On Tuesday (April 23), the company tweeted the news with a gif of Beyonce's Homecoming documentary that premiered on Netflix (April 17).

Putting Slim Shady's "Stan" video into literary text, Merriam-Webster defines the title as "an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan" or "to exhibit fandom to an extreme or excessive degree: to be an extremely devoted and enthusiastic fan of someone or something." In 2017, the Oxford English Dictionary also added "stan" to its pages.

'Stan' has been added as both a noun and a verb. https://t.co/Dal0N79sAU pic.twitter.com/q1kBkKR1rn

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 23, 2019

In a lyric annotation for Genius, Eminem broke down the latter part of the chorus ("And even if I could it'd all be gray/But your picture on my wall/It reminds me that it's not so bad, it's not so bad"), performed by Dido, and shared how those lines set the stage for the rest of the song.

"When I heard 'your picture on my wall,' I was like 'Yo, this could be about somebody who takes me too seriously.' So I knew what I was going to write about before I wrote it," he said. "A lot of times when I'm writing songs, I see visions for everything I'm writing. This was one of those."

Revisit the 2000 video below.

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