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Our President, Y'all: Barack Obama Delivers Christmas Presents To Children's Hospital

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas."

Our President Barack Obama melted the hearts of humans everywhere after stopping by Washington D.C.'s Children's National Hospital to hand out toys and visit with families.

While a long white and snowy beard was absent, the 44th President of the United States showed up with red Santa hat and toy sack in tow. Obama was greeted by the sounds of singing staff members, who treated him to a rendition of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas."

"I just want to say thank you to all of you guys," Obama graciously told them. "I got a chance to talk to some of the wonderful kids and their families, and at a time that obviously is tough for folks. As a dad of two girls, I can only imagine in that situation to have nurses, staff, and doctors and people who are caring for them, and looking after them, and listening to them, and just there for them and holding their hand. That's the most important thing there is."

Visiting room-after-room, the 57-year-old politician passed holiday toys and plenty of joy to children and families who would be spending their holidays in the hospital. Obama also recorded messages for patients he was unable to visit, wishing them a happy holiday season.

A kind act with enough love to melt even the Grinchiest of hearts, Obama helped remind everyone what the true holiday spirit is about.

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Rick Ross Announces ‘Port Of Miami 2’ Release Date

The wait is finally over. Rick Ross’ Port of Miami 2 album will be released on the 13-year anniversary of its predecessor, the Maybach Music head announced Tuesday (July 16).

The album's cover art features Ross holding a pendant with a photo of his close friend and manager, Black Bo, who passed away in 2018. In addition to the art work, Rozay debuted a minute-long album trailer where he appears to undergo a baptism.

"Port of Miami started me on this journey,” Ross wrote in June in an Instagram post announcing his 10th studio album. “It's only right I bring it back to where it all started. For my day ones to the new ones, this album is for you."

Earlier in the month, Ross released the singles “Big Tyme” featuring Swizz Beatz and “Act of Fool,” featuring Wale.

Watch the Port Of Miami 2 trailer below.

 

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Rapper Tay-K 47, whose given name is Taymor McIntyre, is on trial for the capital murder of Ethan Walker during a botched home invasion. He pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery, but not guilty to the capital murder charge.
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Tay-K Pleads Not Guilty In Capital Murder Trial, Faces Life In Prison

Texas rapper Tay-K has pleaded guilty to an aggravated robbery charge but pleaded not guilty to the murder of 21-year-old Ethan Walker.

Tay-K, birth name Taymor McIntyre, was in court Tuesday (July 16) for Walker's murder, who was killed during a botched home invasion in 2016. The rapper pleaded not guilty to capital murder and to a separate count of aggravated robbery for the robbery and shooting of Walker’s roommate, Zachary Beloate.

The Star-Telegram reports Beloate survived the shooting after he was shot in the shoulder. Tay-K was 16 at the time of the shooting but was determined the teen would stand trial as an adult. He's one of seven defendants accused in the robbery and fatal shooting.

While prosecutors have claimed Tay-K moved will intention to kill (he and two other defendants rushed into the home with guns), Jeff Kearney of Tay-K's defense attorneys said the rapper only intended to participate in a robbery.

Two young women reportedly approached Tay-K with plans to rob Beloate and Walker's home, believing Beloate was in possession of drugs and money. With one of the female defendants being the girlfriend of Belotate's, Tay and two of his friends were given the address where they found Walker and his girlfriend Alyssa Rowell playing video games.

Kearney said the rapper has accepted responsibility for his actions but had no intentions to kill Walker.

Tay-K is known for his song "The Race" that highlights the incident and went viral as he was on the run from the police. The track was met with praise and a slot on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also featured in Donald Glover's hit series, Atlanta. 

The rapper is also charged in a second capital murder case that occurred while on the run. McIntyre reportedly robbed and fatally shot 23-year-old Mark Saldivar. He also attacked and robbed 65-year-old Skip Pepe before he was captured in New Jersey in April 2017.

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Singer R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Courthouse following his status hearing, in relation to the sex abuse allegations made against him, on May 07, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
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R. Kelly Held Without Bail, Pleads Not Guilty To Sexual Misconduct Charges

R. Kelly was ordered without bond at a hearing in federal court after prosecutors deemed him a danger to young women.

The Chicago Times reports Kelly would not receive bail due to his "unique ability to influence and intimidate witnesses and victims, and that continues to this day,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull told Judge Harry Leinenweber on Tuesday (July 16).

Prosecutors at the hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago also explained to Leinenweber Kelly's ability to reach young women through colleagues and friends without directly speaking to them. Kelly's Chicago charges mirror his recent indictments in New York which include sexual misconduct and the production of child pornography. Kelly faces a combined 18 counts for alleged crimes against 10 victims.

But his defense has argued the once awarded singer isn't a flight risk due to his literal fear of flying. “Unlike his most famous song, ‘I Believe I Can Fly,’ Mr. Kelly doesn’t like to fly,” Kelly's lawyer Steve Greenberg said.

“How could he flee? He has no money. The money’s in concerts and he doesn’t play concerts these days. There’s no evidence that he’s a risk to minors at all at this point." He also claimed his celebrity might put him in danger behind bars. “The man’s entitled to be held in a humane situation. Mr. Kelly is a difficult person to have [at the facility] because of other prisoners … because of his notoriety.”

Other defendants in his Chicago case include Kelly’s longtime manager, Derrel McDavid, and Kelly employee Milton “June” Brown.

Kelly faces a maximum prison sentence of 195 years in Chicago and a mandatory minimum of 10 years in New York.

In unsurprising fashion, Kelly's live-in girlfriends Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary were at the hearing to support Kelly. Both women met the singer when they were in their teens and hoped to work with Kelly to further their music careers. Their parents believed their daughters were brainwashed by the singer, causing them to cut off contact from family and friends.

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