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Supporters of Leandra Feliz are in shock as it was revealed that Trinitarios member Kevin Alvarez and corroborating witness is out of jail after serving 10-months in jail for assisting in the death of Lesandro “Junior” Feliz under his plea deal.
This week, Alvarez testified during jury selection that he is the person that initially dragged Junior out of the bodega that fateful night. Defense attorney Kyle Waters suggested that Junior would still be alive if Alvarez had not pulled the boy out into the street where his friends had weapons waiting to attack the 15-year-old boy. Alvarez said he knew his friends had weapons but changed his statement to explain he was surprised his friends had weapons with them that night.
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Waters was about to play video of the killing when Junior’s mom Leandra became hysterical. She did not return to court following her breakdown in court.
Back inside the court, Assistant District Attorney Morgan Dolan asked Alvarez, “Have you been offered two potential sentences?”
“Yes.” He revealed that he had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree, which normally carries a sentence of 8 1/3 to 25 years — and another count of conspiracy in the fourth degree, a non-violent felony.
The prosecutor asked what happens if he doesn’t truthfully testify at this and future trials.
“I get sentenced to 25 years,” Alvarez said.
“What happens if you satisfy the agreement?” the prosecutor continued.
“I get sentenced to time served on conspiracy in the fourth degree,” Alvarez replied.
Kevin Alvarez will get time served for his role in the teen’s chase, beating, and death — if he truthfully testifies in this and potential future trials.
The second season of David Letterman’s Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is on the way and Kanye West is one of the many high-profile guests sitting down with the host.
In a preview of the episode below, Ye made some interesting comments in regards to his beef with Drake.
“An artist which I will not mention, because I’m not allowed to mention him or any of his family members…Well, we had a little beef last year,” Kanye reportedly says on the episode before revealing for the non-Hip Hop fans that he is referring to Drake. “He has this line that I love that says, ‘I told my story and made history’—like made his story and made history. That’s what we do, we tell our story and then people relate to that story.”
“I have a friend who told me that my power is my influence,” Kanye continues. “And I said my power is my ability to not be influenced.”
Kanye and Drake’s past issues hit its peak when Yeezy went on a Twitter rant demanding an apology from the Toronto rapper for following his wife on Instagram. In a later rant, the “Flashing Lights” rapper accused the 6 God of threatening his family and dissing him on his Travis Scott collaboration, “Sicko Mode.”
Since then, Kanye West cleared his “Say What’s Real” sample for Drake’s So Far Gone streaming service release. Additionally, Drizzy thanked Ye for his influence on the 10-year-old body of work.
Things can be moving in a better direction for the pair, but only time will tell.
Check out the trailer below:
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T.I. and Charlamagne Tha God attended a Congressional Black Caucus press conference to advocate for investments in the Black community.
The main talking points of the conference were closing the wage gaps within the Black community while elevating economical development.
The Hip Hop heavy weights had lawmakers Re. Antonio Delgado (D-NY) and Steven Horsford (D-NV) in their corner as they talked about leeway in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and Nipsey Hussle’s honorable contributions to the initiative and more.
“We spoke about opportunity zones. You’re talking about not just an opportunity for folks who have been marginalized or exploited or left behind, you’re also talking about opportunity for Hip Hop,” Delgado, notably a former rapper, said according to The Hill. “Because what Hip Hop has done over its lifetime, has put brothers and sisters who’ve come from tough circumstances in a position to elevate their individual lives and at times their communities.”
The Breakfast Club host spoke about Nipsey’s admirable leadership skills on The Breakfast Club Thursday morning.
“Nipsey was the epitome of a leader. We were on Capitol Hill yesterday advocating for it with members of the CBC and lawmakers and of course, Nipsey would have been and salute to David [Gross] for seeing his vision through.”
T.I. discussed the late rapper’s hands-on approach to uplifting his fellow community members. “Everybody knows that Nipsey was pretty much the founder of the idea to bring everyone together who, you know, may individually be able to do great things and make a significant impact on their own in their communities,” Tip explained. “But for us to come together, we can impact so, so many more communities and spread our efforts so much wider.”
Many members of the Hip Hop community decided to boycott Gucci following the release of their controversial sweater that resembled black face. But not everyone is down with the cause.
Jim Jones took to Instagram to announce that he is not going to stop wearing the luxury brand. “Don’t ask me about Gucci goofy when dap start sellin 2 DD’s instead of 2 GG’s I will stop rockin it but until then eat ur heart out any rappers have a issues wit tht I’m never hard to find AMEN
Ps lookin like I brang th Scurl back lol”
Not sure what was the reason behind his post because it came seemingly out of nowhere. But he made his stance clear. It’s also unclear which rappers he’s referring to in his post, but he made it clear he’s “never hard to find.”
His comment section was just as divided as the entire controversy. “Where T.I at,” one user commented on Jim Jones’ post. Tip was one of the leads of the Interney Gucci boycott and has previously called out folks he saw still rocking the Italian brand.
“People just stupid period.Wasting time on what someone buys and wears.The people commenting can’t even afford to buy Gucci.Jimmy can wear whatever the fuck he wants,and don’t have to follow what T.I. is saying.DAMN DUMMIES!!!” another one commented.
Three 6 Mafia hit the ground running with the release of their debut LP, Mystic Stylez in 1995.
Originally known as “Backyard Posse,” the trio consisted of DJ Paul, Juicy J, and Lord Infamous. The 16-track collection was recorded in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. As Juicy J recalled, “We went in the studio and just made records, man. Go in there, got high, drank, and just made records. That’s all I remember doing. I can’t remember ‘I came up with… Who did…’ We just made the beats. We all just came in and contributed, and the shit came out hard.”
While recording, the group was influenced by the likes of N.W.A., Geto Boys, Willie Hutch, KRS-One and Isaac Hayes. The standout record, “Live By Yo Rep (B.O.N.E. Dis)” accused Bone Thugs-n-Harmony of jocking their style. “It wasn’t a real beef,” DJ Paul says. “It was more of a misunderstanding because we was rapping about triple six, devil shit, and tongue twisting over slow beats. We had been doing that since 1989 and then all of a sudden when Bone came out—I think it was 1993… We didn’t know the Faces Of Death album because it was their underground stuff. Just like they probably didn’t know our underground stuff.”
The album led the way for a subset of Memphis rap and influenced hardcore Southern rap for decades to come. It was regarded as “one of the essential southern hip-hop albums.”
Although it was considered more of an underground album, Three 6 Mafia’s debut aged gracefully and is cited as precursors for Crunk and Trap music.
The alleged assault case between Remy Ma and Brittney F. Taylor just went to the next step.
TMZ reports four charges have been filed against the veteran rapper for allegedly punching her in the eye at Pretty Lou’s charity concert.
Prosecutors are charging Remy with two counts of third-degree assault, one count of second-degree aggravated harrassment, and a final count of second-degree harrassment.
She was offered a guilty plea deal which will result in the remaining charges getting dropped. She respectfully declined with hopes to get the entire case dropped. The State of the Culture co-host is confident that there’s video evidence that will prove her innocence.
Her attorney, Dawn Florio, claims home surveillance footage refutes claims of her being near Taylor around the time in question. The time of the incident was initially reported as 9:30pm but was moved back an hour, and prosecutors have footage of the “All The Way Up” entering Irving Plaza at that time.
Remy left court hand-in-hand with her husband, Papoose, avoiding all questions from reporters.
While Maison Margiela is no stranger to cooking up sneaker designs that are rather, well, “interesting” to say the least — remember those Dirty Treatment Sneakers or the Deconstructed Fusion from last summer? — the latest kicks to come from the luxury fashion house are literally dripping in all sorts of eclectic style. Question is, would you cop?
Following past releases that showcased a DIY-style construction, the new Fusion Low iteration seen here is covered in glue that has a dried drip effect around the entire silhouette. Distressed vibes come into play once again as well, primarily on the scratched-up midsole and scuffed vamp. There’s also a rope detailing that intertwines into the eyelets, a taped heel counter that also looks scuffed and a mesh collar that manages to be the only thing on this shoe that looks fresh and new. Sneakers can always be considered a work of art, but whether these are considered an abstract masterpiece or just a complete mess overall will be left up to you guys to decide.
The glued-out Maison Margiela Fusion Low “White/Yellow/Turquoise” is available right now for a whopping $1,431 USD on MATCHESFASHION. Let us know if you’d rock these or not after check out a few more pics below:
Tina Turner released an autobiography last October that detailed rape and abuse by the hands of her ex-husband, Ike Turner.
However, Ike’s daughter, Mia Turner, denies the rape allegations. Ike was married to the singer when he impregnated one of his back up dancers and had Mia.
Mia spoke to Daily Mail and said the rape scene in the What’s Love Got to Do with It biopic was “fictionalized.”
“Obviously I wasn’t there that night…but after I saw the movie I called Tina’s sister Aillene and said: ‘What in the world?’ She then called Tina and confirmed to me that it never happened,” Mia told the publication. “A high percentage of Tina’s account has been accurate. When she signed off on the movie it was the way she wanted it, but it was edited heavily afterwards.”
She added: “We find out later it was tweaked. It was made Hollywood, so there’s quite a few scenes, primarily the rape scene. It didn’t happen. In Hollywood, sex sells, whether it’s good, bad or indifferent.”
Continuing on a relentless delivery of drops, most recently in the form of a capsule collection with Lil Yachty, BAPE is now teaming up with Medicom Toy and Japanese photographer/director Mika Ninagawa for a floral-inspired set of apparel, accessories and collectors items.
For those not familiar with the renowned work of Ninagawa — she directed the Japan version of Alicia Key’s “Girl On Fire” music video — her style is based primarily in intensely vibrant, almost surrealistic floral designs. For this partnership, the style is intertwined with A Bathing Ape’s signature 1ST CAMO print, which come together on a set of tees, hoodies, wall clocks and Medicom’s popular BE@RBRICK figurines. The Shark Hoodies are the definite standout, as it combines all three sides of the collab by way of the overall design and with the BE@RBRICK ears incorporated into the tailoring. The co-branding is credited to M / mika ninagawa, which stands as Ninagawa clothing imprint where her designs usually mix into fashion. If you’re a BE@RBRICK collector, sizes available include 1000%, 400% and 100%, and Baby Milo fans will be pleased to know that our forever young friend pops up on a few of the T-Shirts as well.
The BAPE x Medicom Toy x M / mika ninagawa Capsule Collection arrives at A Bathing Ape’s Japan locations, online store, the Medicom Toy Store and its webstore beginning Saturday (May 25), followed by a global release on June 8. See the full set below:
“This would have been the funnest time of her life, to have those kids running around that house,” West says as his wife watches from the audience.
“I remember my mother bought me a bear that was multicolored, and I was very into [Japanese contemporary artist] Takashi Murakami at that time on that third album, Graduation,” West recalls. “She said it kind of, you know, feels like Takashi Murakami. And then I was sort of like, ‘I don’t want that, that ain’t no Takashi Murakami bear, and stuff like that.
“And then she passed…a few weeks after,” he continues, “and I did everything I could to find that bear and place that bear on top of all the Takashi Murakami stuff I had in the house.”
Season 2 of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction premieres on Netflix May 31.