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President Obama still thinks Kanye West is a jackass

Barack Obama and Kanye West

Remember when President Obama called Kanye West a jackass for interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards? Well, he meant it.

Answering the question "Kanye or Jay-Z?," posed to him by the Atlantic, the head honcho didn't miss a step in picking the latter." "Although," he added, "I like Kanye. He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He's very talented."

Very talented, and, well, that other thing.

“He is a jackass,” Obama said when reminded of his earlier remark. "But he’s talented."

So much for following in Jay-Z and Beyonce's footsteps with an invitation to hang out at the White House any time soon — and if Kanye now really does see Kim Kardashian as "his Beyonce," as Us Magazine alleged this week, that could further complicate West versus West Wing relations.

Remember, the Obama family isn't exactly nuts about Kimmie K. either, despite that "great show" comment to Khloe Kardashian during a 2010 L.A. Lakers visit to Pennsylvania Avenue.

"Barack really thinks some of the Kardashians — when they watch that stuff — he doesn’t like that as much," First Lady Michelle Obama told iVillage last year regarding her daughters' TV habits, adding that the first father sees the adventures of the Kardashian sisters franchise as a great example of what not to do in life.

What Kim has done well is trump the president with her number of Twitter followers, having bested him last month above 14 million and pulling ahead him by a quarter-million or so.

Kanye, meanwhile, is hanging back there in the neighborhood of 7.1 million followers.

At least least he's ahead of Johnny Knoxville — star of the "Jackass" franchise.

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Photos: President Obama, left, and Kanye West. Credits: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images, left; Craig Barritt / Getty Images.

 


Are Kim and Kanye dating? Ms. Kardashian plays it coy

Kim Kardashian: Are she and Kanye West dating?

Are Kim Kardashian and Kanye West really dating? There was no straight answer to be had from the reality-TV star Friday morning, so for now paparazzi pictures of the two out on the town together will have to speak for themselves.

"I completely respect and understand that you have to ask these questions," Kardashian told Ann Curry on the "Today" show, "but as I've said before, Kanye and I have been friends for years." (We don't hear a "no" in there, do you?)

Then again, she added, "You never know what the future holds or where my life will take me. So ... I like the song!"

She was referring to "Theraflu," the new tune from West in which he says that he fell in love with Kim "‘Round the same time she had fell in love with him," referring to her soon-to-be ex-husband, Kris Humphries.

West and Kardashian were photographed leaving "The Hunger Games" together on Thursday night and lunching at New York's Serafina on Friday; also, according to TMZ, Kardashian was snapped Friday morning leaving the building where West lives, wearing the same outfit from movie night.

As for the fate of Mr. Humphries, and the possibility of an annulment, Kardashian said she'd be in favor of one, she's just not sure they'd qualify. And no, she said again, the wedding wasn't done for ratings, because she doesn't need better ratings.

"Anyone that knows me knows that I love really hard, I fall really hard, and I followed my heart."

In "Theraflu," incidentally, West also alludes to appreciation of fur, taunting, "Tell PETA my mink is draggin’ on the floor" -- so he and Kardashian have that in common, as she told Curry that despite a "flour-bombing" attack by a PETA-affiliated protester, she isn't giving up her personal furs any time soon.

"I have vintage furs that were my great-grandmother's that mean the world to me, with her initials inscribed in them, and I won't get rid of that memory of my great-grandparents," she said. "So I think it's a personal choice, but I don't think it's OK to assault anybody."

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Photo: Kim Kardashian in Beverly Hills in February. Credit: Vince Bucci / Associated Press


Kim Kardashian reportedly dating Kanye West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are dating

This post has been updated, as indicated below.

Looks like Kim Kardashian is making beautiful music again, this time with rap star Kanye West.

Though her contentious divorce proceedings rage on with ex Kris Humphries, longtime pals Kardashian and West are said to have taken their relationship to the next level.

"Kim and Kanye have now just started dating," a source told People magazine, adding that the duo are "keeping it light" and "seeing where it goes." 

Kim and Kanye have been pals for some time, with West even appearing on "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," just one show in several Kardashian franchises over at E! 

West has a predilection for model types, most recently bombshell blond Amber Rose (now engaged to rapper Wiz Khalifa). Karashian has been trying to offload Humphries since she ended their 72-day marriage. The NBA player is holding up proceedings until Kim forks over $7 million he's demanding.  

[Updated at 2:48 p.m. April 5: One sweet little bit to add: On Kanye's newest track, "Theraflu," which leaked online Thursday, he expressed his affection for Ms. Kardashian, rapping, "I'll admit, I fell in love with Kim / 'Round the same time she had fell in love wit' him / Well, that's cool, baby girl, do ya thing / Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop him from the team." 

The "him" in question, of course, would be Humphries; the last bit refers to West opting against asking for a favor from buddy Jay-Z, who's a part owner of the New Jersey Nets -- the team Humphries plays for. Listen to the track via Perez Hilton, if you can handle the profanity.]

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Photo: Kim Kardashian with Kanye West at West's women's wear presentation during Paris Fashion Week in March. Credit: WireImage

 


Kanye West: Picking up where Steve Jobs left off -- only better?

Kanye West went on a Twitter tear

Kanye West has a lot of ideas. So many ideas, in fact, that they should be shared with the public somewhere other than Twitter. But that's where West chose to chat about Donda, his new design company, on Wednesday night. In 140-character increments. For three hours.

West started off talking about his love of fashion design, something he's been passionate about since he was a boy getting in trouble for drawing Nikes in class. Now he's had his fashions on display on the runways of Paris. But he's getting more ambitious.

How ambitious? Really ambitious.

"DONDA is a design company which will galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce there dreams and ideas...," West wrote. "I am assembling a team of architects, graphic designers, directors musicians, producers, AnRs, writers, publicist, social media experts... app guys, managers, car designers, clothing designers, DJs, video game designers, publishers, tech guys, lawyers, bankers, nutritionist ... doctors, scientist,teachers...."

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Kanye West makes New Year's DJ debut in Las Vegas

Kanye West debuts as a DJ
Anyone curious about what's on Kanye West's personal playlist got some answers this New Years Eve, as the rapper made his DJ debut at the grand opening of nightspot 1 OAK in Las Vegas.

Fergie and Josh Duhamel ring in 2012At Sin City's Mirage hotel and casino, West took to the tables under the name "Yeezyworldpeace" playing hits of his own, natch, like "Gold Digger." "Good Life" and the ubiquitous "...In Paris" with Jay-Z. He also included hip hop, pop and '80s tunes for the three-hour set. 

Hosted by Fergie, with husband Josh Duhamel in tow, the glamorous opening attracted Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who is on the verge of pulling a Gwyneth with his singing lately), Topher Grace, Kid Cudi and Jason Ritter.

The bold names got down over plenty of champagne, as Fergie stole a midnight kiss from her man while he snapped a photo with his smartphone. Onlookers say Kanye did have a female present in the booth, and lucky he wasn't around the night before.

On Friday, a private party at 1 OAK saw a visit from West's ex Amber Rose and her current beau, Wiz Khalifa

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Photos: Top, Kanye hits the turntables. Left, Fergie snuggles up to husband Josh Duhamel. Credit: WireImage.



Kanye West to debut his women's collection at Paris Fashion Week

Kanye West

Kanye West is headed to Paris Fashion Week, but don't expect to find him on his usual front-row perch. Come October, the rapper will be debuting his own clothing collection instead.

Though news of his womenswear line was confirmed in July, it was uncertain when West would debut it and how: a large-scale fashion event, or a quiet run-through for high-profile editors?

Predictably, Mr. West isn't starting small. During the Parisian runway shows, arguably the most important to the global industry, Kanye has a calendar listing on the heels of master Jean Paul Gaultier and label Loewe. He'll show at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

West collaborated on the duds with Christine Centenera, fashion editor for Australian Harper's Bazaar, which tres surprisingly broke the news of his participation in the upcoming shows. Perhaps his stylish new role will now ensure unfettered access to after-parties.

West adds this full-scale garment design effort to a 2009 sneaker collaboration with Louis Vuitton. That of course along with his day job, watching the throne.

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Photo: Kanye West performs in July at the Splendour in the Grass music festival in Woodford, Australia. Credit: Chris Hyde / Getty Images



Pregnant Beyonce flaunts baby bump, Jay-Z jumps for joy [Video]

Beyonce is pregnant

Beyonce's red-carpet baby bump tipped off the world to her pregnancy -- but her performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards let her shout her joy from the rooftops Sunday night.

Clad in a sparkly Dolce & Gabanna tuxedo jacket with elastic-waist suit pants (let the fabulous maternity wear begin), she asked the audience to "celebrate the love that's growing inside of me" and then belted a new track, "Love on Top."

After her crooning, Beyonce unveiled her baby-on-board to the world by tossing her microphone, popping open her jacket and rubbing the bun in the oven that's bound for her and Jay-Z's household.

"I have known for quite a while," Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland told People on Sunday night, "and she's happy, and Jay is happy, and that's all that counts."

Speaking of Papa Jay, he and pal Kanye West lost their minds over the revelation, jumping for joy in the audience as Beyonce accepted audience adoration. Check it out, below.

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Photo: Beyonce waves to fans after performing "Love on Top" at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


Kanye West finds his inner Hitler

Kanye West

Know who really, really gets Adolf Hitler? Kanye West. Because when you think of brown-shirted white supremacists goose-stepping in time to a Wagner opera, you totally think Kanye West. Not true, you say? Too bad. Kanye West agrees with us.

West's personal Beer Hall Putsch happened this weekend at England's Big Chill Festival, where he was the closing act. At one pivotal point during his set, West experienced a revelation: He needed to educate the 40,000 people in the audience, right that very minute, on the two most important topics in the world: history and Kanye West.

So he said, "I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm ... insane, like I'm Hitler. One day the light will shine through, and one day people will understand everything I ever did."

You're welcome, booing fans!

West, of course, is not the first celebrity to get loose with the Hitler references. Megan Fox used to have a job providing eye candy for the "Transformers" franchise until executive producer Steven Spielberg reportedly got wind of a certain Hitler reference and had her fired. The reference was to director Michael Bay. Fox had said, "He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is."

Other celebrities who have invoked Hitler include disgraced couturier John Galliano -- who, literally, loves Hitler -- and Lars Von Trier, who put his foot in his Danish mouth during the latest Cannes Film Festival. Von Trier said, "I understand Hitler, but I think he did some wrong things." He later apologized. (Lars, seriously, next time, just put a Danish in your mouth. It's tastier, and it won't get you kicked out of a film festival.)

So why do celebrities keep bringing up Hitler even though they know it's just going to antagonize folks? Each celebrity Hitler gaffe is different, of course, but West's zinger might be the most clueless, according to two psychologists who treat stars.

"For Kanye West to compare himself to Hitler in that way, it suggests a certain level of narcissism," posited psychologist Jenn Berman, who treats celebrities at her Beverly Hills practice. "It was ignorant. To empathize with someone responsible for the deaths of millions of people, it can indicate a lack of  sensitivity to how other people are going to feel about your comments. And, again, it can be a sign of narcissism."

And, just in case we're not totally clear here, Kanye West is a narcissist.

"Kanye West's referencing of Hitler is about narcissism and identifying with people in positions of power," said Dr. Soroya Bacchus, a Los Angeles-based psychiatrist. "I think everyone can agree that he has had issues with narcissism in his career, which lends itself to associating himself with fame and power, whether positive or negative.

"In his comments, he also referenced Michael Jordan. By referencing both of these men, he connects himself with both the most famous and most infamous names in his mind. I don't get the sense that he is associating himself with Hitler's belief system –- he's obviously aware of racism –- but due to his narcissistic tendencies, he sees himself as big and powerful as men like Hitler or Jordan."

Or maybe West is about to do an album of Wagnerian opera covers instead. You just never know.

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Kanye West, Jay-Z party for 'Throne'; Paltrow hits the Hamptons

Kanye West and Jay-Z attend a "Watch The Throne" listening event.

Feud between Jay-Z and Kanye West? What feud? The Ministry has all the latest star sightings, including a very harmonious promo appearance by Jay and Mr. West to promote their joint album "Watch the Throne."

Despite rumors of creative differences in planning their hotly anticipated tour for the album, Jay-Z and Kanye turned up Monday at New York City's Hayden Planetarium, nestled within the American Museum of Natural History.

The two men beamed at one another as they played tracks for a few lucky fans, including Jay-Z's wife Beyonce, her Destiny's Child bandmate Kelly Rowland, rapper Nas and Beyonce's "Obsessed" costar Idris Elba.

The tension-free event doesn't mean the "Throne" tour will come without complication, however. Ticket demand and added dates have pushed a slated Sept. 22 start in Detroit to Oct. 29 in Atlanta, according to promoter Live Nation.

Gwyneth Paltrow goes buggy

Gwyneth Paltrow enchanted the Hamptons with mother Blythe Danner the day of the "Throne" preview, as the annual Baby Buggy Summer Celebration took place Sunday in the celeb beach haven.

Championed by Jessica Seinfeld, wife of funnyman Jerry, Baby Buggy supplies families in need with essentials to care for young children. Paltrow and Danner, Rachel Zoe, Gayle King, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos all came through, raising almost $300,000 for the cause.

Over on the Left Coast

Los Angeles has seen all kinds of summer sightings from off-duty celebs. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his on-the-mend son Christopher enjoyed some quality time recently in Santa Monica. The actor-turned-politician and his boy, hobbling a bit but in good spirits, were spotted together at the Fairmont Hotel.

Over in Malibu, close Kardashian family pal Brittany Gastineau hosted a day of girly glamour on a beachfront property for her mom Lisa and entertainment anchor Maria Menounous. "Entourage" star Jerry Ferrara stopped through with girlfriend Alexandra Blodgett while the ladies sipped VnC speciality cocktails and received Keratin complex dry shampoo treatments.

Also spotted out: Charlize Theron enjoying a business lunch at West Hollywood Italian joint Ago. Later on at dinnertime a newly single Kiefer Sutherland stopped through with two male pals ... Trace Cyrus relaxing at Hemingway's in Hollywood, telling friends he's kicking his smoking habit with a South Beach Smoke e-cigarette.

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Photo: Kayne West and Jay-Z attend the exclusive listening event for "Watch The Throne" at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Monday. Credit: Kevin Mazur / WireImage


Beyonce and Jay-Z get close in 'Watch the Throne' video

Beyonce and Jay-Z

With excitement akin to the sighting of a  bald eagle, the Ministry has stumbled upon rare video of power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce. At the same table. Sitting very close. Just like mortals do.

B and Jay are notoriously private when it comes to their marriage, quality time and, above all else, PDA. But the moguls aren't sly enough to escape the magic found in a leaked 10-minute documentary about the making of Jay and Kanye West's joint album "Watch the Throne."

The clip below shows a heartfelt moment at a luxurious private estate in Australia, where West is presenting Jay with luxurious birthday gifts: framed artwork from their single "Monster" and a major ring that Kanye hunted for in Paris that allows Jay to dip the bauble in hot wax and leave an insignia.

The gift giving is a fantastic look behind the curtain, but we're taken with the sight of man and wife, nestled at a dinner table smiling over taper candles and an haute cuisine spread.

Start at 1:10 to see Beyonce coach her hubby on how to stamp his ring after it's dipped in hot wax, and for sweet man-hugging between Jay and Kanye. 

 

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Photo: Beyonce and Jay-Z in 2006, at the release party for her second studio album "B'Day." Credit: Frank Micelotta / Getty Images.


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