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While Donald Trump continues to have difficulties finding songs that are approved by the original artists to play during his rallies, that’s not the case for Hillary Clinton. Just look at the star wattage power speaking and performing at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The Hollywood love continues with this new clip.

Directed by Elizabeth Banks, an all-star group show off their vocal skills in the name of Hillary. Together with Rachel Platten, they cover Platten’s inspirational hit “Fight Song.” Some of the stars appearing in the clip are Eva Longoria, Jane Fonda, Idina Menzel, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Aisha Tyler, Sia and several of Banks’ Pitch Perfect co-stars. Check out the video below.

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Whether you’re a Republican or not, no doubt, you’ve been following the Republican Convention taking place in Cleveland, Ohio. I’m not even American and I’m fascinated by the entire thing. It’s like watching a circus on crack 😉

Hands down, one of the biggest stories from the first day of the convention was Melania Trump taking to the stage. At least one passage in Melania’s speech seemingly plagiarized a Michelle Obama speech she delivered at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

“In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success,” according to Jason Miller, the senior communications adviser.

Check out CNN’s side-by-side comparison of each lady’s speech below. It’s actually quite insane how similar one passage is. Also check out a hilarious tweet where Melanie gets the “Rickrolled” treatment. It’s LMFAO-worthy for sure.

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He fired her twice on The Apprentice, but in real life, Omarosa Manigault heard “You’re hired,” from the Donald instead. The Republican Presidential candidate has chosen Omarosa to become his director of African-American outreach for his campaign.

“It happened this week,” she told MSNBC at the Republican National Convention on Monday. “It’s really an extension of the work that the [National Diversity Coalition for Trump] has already been doing and so I’m very happy to take up that cause for Donald Trump.”

Manigault previously worked as the vice-chairman for the National Diversity Coalition for Trump.

Do you think Omarosa can help Donald Trump with African-American voters? Sound off below.

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The topic of black Americans systematically being gunned down by police has been thrust into the spotlight due to the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Plenty of celebrities have voiced their outrage and frustration on social media. Mic.com has corralled several of them for a powerful PSA titled “23 Ways You Can Be Killed If You Are Black In America.”

Alicia Keys kicks things off by saying, “Failing to signal a lane change,” referring to the Sandra Bland case. Beyonce, Rihanna, Pharrell, Janelle Monaé, A$AP Rocky, Pink, Chance The Rapper, Common, Queen Latifah, Talib Kweli, Swizz Beatz, Lenny Kravitz, Bono, Jennifer Hudson, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Taraji P. Henson and Adam Levine then follow with other cases where African-American citizens were shot doing non-aggressive actions including making eye contact, selling CDs, missing a front license plate and so on.

Watch the devastating clip below which sheds light on this horrific statistic.

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The Obama administration has officially ended the US military’s ban on openly serving transgender troops. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made the announcement at the Pentagon on Thursday.

“The Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of all talent possible in order to remain what we are now — the finest fighting force the world has ever known,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday at the Pentagon.

Transgender service members will also receive the same medical coverage and protocols as any other military member. For current members of the military, this coverage will include hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery if doctors determine that such procedures are medically necessary. Incoming service members must be “stable” in gender identity for 18 months before joining the military.

Watch the historic announcement below.

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Both Dustin Lance Black and Frank Ocean addressed the tragic events in Orlando in separate powerful essays shared today. Black, who is on location in Vancouver filming the ABC LGBT miniseries When We Rise, urged “It’s time to disarm hate” in his powerful letter, while Ocean covers a wide range of topics from sharia law to transgender rights and his own experiences as a child in his tumblr post.

“We must also act in more immediate ways that will protect not only LGBT people, but all citizens. My LGBT community has experienced the same kind of senseless violence that schoolchildren and their families have experienced, and that communities of color have suffered for generations. If there is one shining light in the darkness of our mourning, it is that we are not alone in this fight, and the time has come for LGBT people to join hands with others who have also suffered and demand gun control now,” Black writes for Entertainment Weekly.

read Frank’s entire post after the jump

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Approximately 10,000 dogs and cats will be slaughtered and eaten in the course of the next 10 days at southern China’s annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Celebrities have teamed up with the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation to film a PSA to raise awareness for this heinous practice of torturing dogs in China and other Southeast Asian countries every year.

Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Maggie Q, Russell Simmons, Kristen Bell, Joaquin Phoenix, Sia, Alicia Silverstone and Pamela Anderson are just a few who are speaking out against the Yulin festival which has been occurring since 2010.

Having a dog myself, naturally I’m in favor of ending this festival but I can’t help but feel a little hypocritical given that I’m not a vegetarian and enjoy chicken, pork etc… What are your thoughts? Share them after watching the emotional clip below. The graphic nature might be unsettling for some viewers especially if you have a pet.

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Anderson Cooper kicked off his CNN broadcast Monday night reading the full list of victims from Orlando just one block away from Pulse, the gay nightclub where the deadliest mass shooting in American history occurred. Before he recited all the names, the openly-gay 49-year-old journalist noted the gunman’s name or photograph would not be featured in the telecast.

“There’s one name you will not hear in the broadcast, one picture of a person you won’t see. We will not say the gunman’s name or show his photograph. It has been shown far too much already. Over the next two hours, we will tell you about the investigation, all the latest, what we know about what drove the shooter to do the unthinkable. But in text two hours, we want to keep the focus where it belongs, on people whose lives were cut short.”

As he read the names, photos of the victims appeared on the screen. Naturally, at certain moments the emotion overcame Cooper, pausing frequently and at some times choking up.

Meanwhile in downtown Los Angeles, Lady Gaga showed her support for the victims by attending a vigil. She made a touching speech and read the names of the victims as well. Like Cooper, she too, had to hold back the tears. Watch both clips below.

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