Politics As Usual: Jimmy Henchman Found Guilty On All Charges

by DG

I wish I could fly to Cuba right now and see Pac’s face when he heard this news.

A federal jury found hip-hop mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond guilty today on all charges that he used his music management company as a virtual front for a huge drug-trafficking ring.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn won convictions on all indictments against Rosemond, including cocaine distribution, conspiracy, money laundering, firearms possession and witness tampering.

Rosemond’s defense had maintained he never had any involvement in running the drug ring.

“’James Rosemond never touched a kilo of cocaine,” defense lawyer Gerald Shargel said during opening statements. ”He is not that kingpin that the government says he was.

Rosemond, whose clients have included Brandy and Salt-N-Pepa, used Beverly Hills hotels served as glitzy pit stops and shipped cocaine in music cases.

Rosemond’s trial opened a window to life in the hip-hop fast lane.

An IRS agent testified that Rosemond dropped five-digit donations to a charity fronted by musician Wyclef Jean and the civil rights network run by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Jimmy Henchman even had fans in court, including actor Michael K. Williams, who played Omar Little , the drug-dealer-robbing rogue from HBO’s “The Wire.”

“A lot of people don’t end up with an office on 25th Street or appear on an HBO series. Our stories are very rare,” said the actor, explaining why he supported Rosemond.

“Having been through the muck and mire, I’ve had my own brush with bad choices. We had a certain camaraderie that we shared.”

Rosemond has rubbed elbows with some of the industry’s biggest stars, including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Akon, the Game and 50 Cent.

via NY Post

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Politics As Usual: Lil Boosie Found Not Guilty On Murder One Charges

by DG

Can you imagine if Boosie didn’t have the other charges and walked out the courtroom a free man? I can’t think of an artist in the game that wouldn’t want to work with him right now. Hopefully he will get time cut somehow.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Jurors acquitted Baton Rouge rapper Torence “Lil Boosie” Hatch Friday in the 2009 slaying of a man gunned down in his home.
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Jurors deliberated for an hour before returning the verdict. Before it was read, District Judge Mike Erwin warned those in the courtroom not to make any emotional outbursts. Still, many quietly sobbed after the verdict was announced.

Hatch, who stood quietly, bowed his head and pumped his fist when he heard the decision from the 12-person jury.

“You’ve been found not guilty. You stuck your fist up in the air and I can’t exactly say that I blame you,” the judge said.

Prosecutors contend Hatch hired Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding to kill 35-year-old Terry Boyd, who was shot to death through a window while he was inside his home. Boyd’s sister, Rochelle Wagner, is the mother of Hatch’s 5-year-old daughter. She left the court crying after hearing the verdict and did not speak with reporters.

Defense attorney Jason Williams said the rapper comes from “a fine family, who had prayed throughout the ordeal.”

When asked Hatch’s reaction, Williams said, “He just kept saying ‘Thank God, Thank God,’ over and over.”

Hatch, 29, is currently serving an eight-year prison term on separate drug charges. Had he been convicted in Boyd’s slaying, he would have faced life in prison.

“I think he has a long life and an amazing career ahead of him now,” said Martin Regan, another attorney.

Following the verdict, more than 100 people celebrated in a small park in front of the courthouse, laughing, slapping hands and dancing around. When Hatch’s team of defense attorneys appeared, the crowd loudly chanted “Boosie, Boosie, Boosie.” When the attorneys began to descend the court house’s steps, some in the crowd shrieked and mobbed them, congratulating them on doing a good job.

“The quick verdict showed that they should never have charged him,” Williams said. “We didn’t call a single witness because every single witness they called, even the police officers, did not say anything connecting Torence to this.”

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore did not speak with reporters following the trial’s end.

In his closing statement Friday, Williams argued that violent imagery and lyrics in music are not evidence of a crime.

Williams said that prosecutors failed to prove their case and that the prosecution was influenced by the nature of Hatch’s music, some of which was played for the jury. But, Williams said, the images are part of a branding effort in the business of selling records.

“She has put the entertainment industry on trial,” Williams said of lead prosecutor Dana Cummings. “She has put an entire culture on trial.”

During the trial, jurors heard tracks recorded by Hatch that make reference to someone named Marlo and that prosecutors say include lyrics about death that indicated Hatch’s intent to kill Boyd.

The courtroom was packed with media, friends and family of the defendant and victim. Dozens of others who couldn’t get inside the courtroom lingered in the lobby outside. Security was tight, with almost a dozen deputies standing outside the doors and another half-dozen inside. Some were wearing bulletproof vests, although the crowd was orderly.

Dozens of sheriff’s deputies and Baton Rouge police officers also stood around the front of the courthouse or patrolled the area either on horseback or in cars, possibly anticipating a disturbance after the verdict that never occurred.

Louding, 19, faces murder charges in six deaths, including Boyd’s, over 14 months.

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Politics As Usual: The Latest On The Lil Boosie Trial

by DG

It’s not looking good for Boozie Bad Azz. The courts ruled his lyrics admissible as evidence which is not a good look for him. The videos below are news reports about the case.

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Politics As Usual: L.E.P. Bogus Boys Banned From Chicago House Of Blues

by DG

The Chi-town duo were set to perform at an A$AP Rocky show in the Windy City until they received an email from the Chicago PD stating they were banned from the venue. Listen to them explain it below.

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News: Freddie Gibbs vs. Denver TSA Agent

by DG

You remember the conversation Hov and Nas had about Cam’ron? “That’s snitching… Nah that’s like straight snithcin, that ain’t even dry snitchin. I thought it was dry snitching. I gotta upgrade the definition. Lmaoooooooo.”

Apparently, a TSA officer getting fired for leaving a personalized note in a passenger’s bag has not deterred other employees at the Transportation Security Administration from editorializing on the contents of the bags they screen. This time, though, the TSA officer did the passenger a favor, by not turning him in for traveling with illegal substances. Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs had packed marijuana in his checked luggage; when his bag was screened, the TSA officer must have noted Gibbs’ unique interpretation of the “mile high club.” On the official note informing Gibbs that his bag had been inspected, the officer allegedly wrote, “C’mon son.”

Gibbs did not take the avuncular advice very seriously, instead providing photographic evidence of his possession and transportation of illegal substances over state lines via Twitter:

TSA Is Firing The ‘Get Your Freak On, Girl’ Baggage Screener Kashmir Hill Kashmir Hill Forbes Staff

Gibbs tweeted about the note on Wednesday, likely after flying to Denver to perform that night. While certainly a less intrusive note than “Get Your Freak On, Girl” (the one left by a TSA officer who discovered a vibrator), I imagine this TSA officer is going to get into double trouble for both leaving the note, and failing to act after finding something illegal in someone’s bag.

“ TSA takes all allegations of inappropriate conduct seriously and is investigating this claim,” says a spokesperson for the TSA. ” Should the claims be substantiated, TSA will take appropriate disciplinary steps and refer the alleged possession of an illegal substance to law enforcement.”

Friends, this is why we don’t tweet evidence that can be used against us (and those who did us a favor) in a court of law.

Given that two notes to figures with large online audiences have surfaced, I’m now starting to wonder how often other people (without Twitter accounts or blogs to showcase their notes) are getting personalized messages from officers.

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News: In The Case Of Michael Jackson’s Death, Dr. Conrad Murray Has Been Found…

by DG

Almost 2 1/2 years after we lost the “King of Pop” the verdict is finally in. I’m no reporter and I won’t try to be so below is the AP report on the case. Oh yeah… he was found guilty if you didn’t already know.

LOS ANGELES – Conrad Murray was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the drug-overdose death of singer Michael Jackson after a jury deliberated for two days.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor handed the case to the seven-man, five-woman jury Thursday after closing arguments by prosecutor David Walgren and lead defense lawyer Ed Chernoff. Over nearly six weeks of testimony, jurors heard from 33 prosecution witnesses and 16 defense witnesses. More than 340 exhibits were available in the jury room as the panel mulled a verdict.

Walgren said Murray caused Jackson’s death through acts of “criminal negligence” in using a hospital-grade drug for insomnia in Jackson’s home without proper monitoring and resuscitation equipment. Murray also acted negligently in delaying 20 minutes before calling 911, attempting CPR incompetently and failing to tell rescue personnel he had used propofol, Walgren said.

A negligent failure to act can be involuntary manslaughter under California law. Walgren adopted this theory, too, saying Murray had failed to fulfill a doctor’s legal duty to care for a patient.

By Kevin Mazur, AEG/Getty Images

Michael Jackson rehearses for his ‘This is It’ tour on June 23, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Murray’s attorneys said Jackson, not Murray, administered the fatal overdose in an upstairs bedroom of his rented mansion in Murray’s absence. If that was the case, Walgren argued, it was criminally negligent of Murray to be absent from the bedside — while using the bathroom or “distracted” by phone calls and e-mails — when he was supposed to be monitoring Jackson’s sedation.

“No one has sought to prove that Conrad Murray sought to kill Michael Jackson,” Walgren said. But Murray “acted so recklessly with the life of Michael Jackson in his hands that it amounts to indifference to the very life of Michael Jackson,” he said.

At the time he died, Jackson was in final rehearsals for This Is It, a series of 50 comeback concerts to begin in London a month later. Murray, a cardiologist with practices in Las Vegas and Houston, had treated the entertainer and his three children for various ailments in Las Vegas from 2006 to 2008. Jackson, who had complained of insomnia for years, hired Murray in April 2009 on a $150,000-a-month contract to care for him exclusively through the rehearsals and shows.

Murray told police two days after Jackson died that, over the course of two months, he had given the singer propofol intravenously to put him to sleep. Jackson told Murray and other health care providers that only propofol worked to bring him sleep quickly, trial evidence showed. Despite Jackson’s pleas for propofol on the morning he died, Murray told police, he gave only half the usual dose — a single “push” of 25 milligrams over three to five minutes — because he was trying to “wean him off” the drug.

Prosecutors heaped doubt on Murray’s story. Steven Shafer, an anesthesiologist and propofol expert testifying for the state, said computer modeling based on propofol concentrations in Jackson’s blood at autopsy proved that Murray must have given 1,000 milligrams of propofol — 40 times more than he told police — through a three-hour IV drip that continued running even as Jackson died.

Walgren argued that Jackson died in an “obscene experiment” by Murray, who the prosecutor said was using an unprecedented and “bizarre” mode of treatment.

More than eight days of the trial were consumed by a battle over science between Shafer and Paul White of Dallas, a retired anesthesiologist noted for early studies of propofol. White, testifying for the defense, said there was no IV drip. Citing a 1988 propofol study, he said a drip would have produced much higher propofol levels than the coroner found in Jackson’s urine.

The prosecution countered White with a 2002 study that Shafer said proved that Jackson’s urine concentration of propofol was consistent with a drip.

Paramedics could have been on the scene in four minutes, possibly reviving Jackson after he stopped breathing, Walgren said. Witnesses said Murray didn’t ask a security guard to call 911 until after he first tried CPR unsuccessfully, asked Jackson’s chef to “get help, get security” and telephoned Jackson’s personal assistant to ask him to come to the house.

“What on Earth would delay a medical doctor in making that call, other than to protect himself?” Walgren said.

Then, in neglecting to tell paramedics and emergency room doctors that he had administered propofol, Murray showed consciousness of guilt, Walgren said. “That is Conrad Murray knowing full well what caused Michael Jackson’s death,” the prosecutor said.

Walgren strongly suggested that Murray had concealed crucial evidence — the IV tubing he had used for propofol — in the big pockets of cargo pants he wore that day.

In a “corrupted” doctor-patient relationship with Jackson, Walgren said, Murray acted subserviently rather than as a doctor putting the patient’s interests first. Acceding to Jackson’s demands for nightly propofol, Murray “is an employee saying yes to what he is asked, instead of saying yes to what is best for Michael Jackson’s health — as any ethical, competent doctor would do,” Walgren said.

Murray did not take the stand.

Walgren showed the jury a photo of Jackson’s two sons, ages 14 and 8, and his 13-year-old daughter, and repeatedly focused on their loss of their father. “To them, this case doesn’t end today or tomorrow or the next day,” Walgren said. “For Michael’s children, this case will go on forever because they do not have a father.”

Walgren never used the title “doctor” for Murray, always calling him “Conrad Murray” neutralizing any respect in which people hold physicians. Chernoff always called his client “Dr. Murray.”

Chernoff said in his closing argument that the prosecution was blaming Murray for what Jackson and others did. Murray “was just a little fish in a big, dirty pond,” Chernoff said.

He put responsibility on the pop star and on the concert-tour promoters, whom he said were pressuring Jackson. Chernoff also blamed Jackson’s dermatologist, who he said had given him Demerol.

In finding Murray guilty, the jury accepted the argument that at least one grossly negligent act, or failure to act, by Murray was a “substantial factor” in causing Jackson’s death.

Jackson’s parents, Joe and Katherine Jackson, and a delegation of his five brothers and three sisters attended the trial regularly. Jackson fans thronged the hallway outside the courtroom daily. After Walgren’s closing argument, Jackson fans cheered loudly and shouted, “Thank you!”

Murray faces a sentence that ranges from probation to a maximum of four years in prison. He also faces possible loss of his medical licenses in California, Nevada, Texas and Hawaii.

The judge, not the jury, will decide Murray’s sentence. A recent change in state law means Murray could serve his time, if any, in a Los Angeles County facility rather than a state penitentiary.

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Picture Me: 26 Photos of the London Riots

by DG



Two nights of rioting in London’s Tottenham neighborhood erupted following protests over the shooting death by police of a local man, Mark Duggan. Police were arresting him when the shooting occurred. Over 170 people were arrested over the two nights of rioting, and fires gutted several stores, buildings, and cars. The disorder spread to other neighborhoods as well, with shops being looted in the chaos. Collected here are images from the rioting and the aftermath. — Lane Turner (26 photos total) via the Big Picture

Fire fighters and riot police survey the area as fire rages through a building in Tottenham, north London on Aug. 7, 2011. A demonstration against the death of a local man turned violent and cars and shops were set ablaze. (Lewis Whyld/PA/AP)


A rioter throws a burning wooden plank at police in Tottenham Aug. 7, 2011. (Lewis Whyld/PA/AP) #


Mounted police officers chase rioters on the streets in Tottenham Aug. 7, 2011. (Lewis Whyld/PA/AP) #


Riot police officers face off with protesters in Tottenham Aug. 7, 2011. (Lewis Whyld/PA/AP) #


A masked protester hurls an object toward riot police officers in Tottenham Aug. 7, 2011. (Lewis Whyld/PA/AP) #


A policeman in riot gear stands guard in Tottenham Aug. 7, 2011. (Lewis Whyld/PA/AP) #


A double decker bus burns as riot police try to contain a large group of people on a main road in Tottenham on August 6, 2011. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images) #


Police officers detain a man in Enfield, north London August 7, 2011. Police said they were called to Enfield, a few miles north of Tottenham, where youths had smashed two shop windows and damaged a police car. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) #


Fire rages through a building in Tottenham on Aug. 7, 2011. (Lewis Whyld/PA/AP) #


Riot police officers escort an injured man after arresting him in Tottenham on Aug. 7, 2011. (Lewis Whyld/PA/AP) #


A protester faces off with riot police officers on the streets in Tottenham on Aug. 7, 2011. (Lewis Whyld/PA/AP) #


Police officers make their way on the streets in Tottenham on Aug. 7, 2011. (Lewis Whyld/PA/AP) #


Buildings burn on Tottenham High Road in London during protests on August 6, 2011. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images) #


Protestors face off against riot police lines on Tottenham High Road on August 6, 2011 in London. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images) #


Police officers detain a man in Tottenham on August 7, 2011. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) #


Police officers in riot gear walk past a burning building in Tottenham on August 7, 2011. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) #


A shop and police car burn as riot police try to contain a large group of people on a main road in Tottenham on August 6, 2011. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images) #


A woman walks through the debris with two children as riot police try to contain a large group of people on a main road in Tottenham on August 6 2011. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images) #


A policeman walks past a damaged jewelery shop in Enfield, north London on August 7, 2011. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) #


A police officer patrols as firemen continue to dowse buildings set alight during riots in Tottenham on August 7, 2011. (Luke MacGregor/Reuters) #


Police cordon off an area on August 7, 2011 during unrest in Enfield. (Karel Prinsloo/AP) #


Animals are taken from a pet store after riots on Tottenham High Road on August 7, 2011. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #


Aaron Biber, 89, assesses the damage to his hairdressing salon after riots on Tottenham High Road on August 7, 2011. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #


Burnt out cars lie in the road after riots on Tottenham High Road on August 7, 2011. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #


A man stands next to a burnt out van after riots on Tottenham High Road on August 7, 2011 . (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #


Residents watch as a building burns after riots on Tottenham High Road on August 7, 2011. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #


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Video: A Discussion About Kreayshawn Girls Using The N Word

by DG

The Jumpoff TV crew, Low Key & Nitty Scott MC discuss why Kreayshawn and other white hip-hop artists shouldn’t use the N word. I beleive they all made valid points.

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Politics As Usual: Lupe Fiasco Speaks on the Response of His Comments

by DG

Lupe Fiasco caused a stir this week when he called President Barack Obama a terrorist during an appearance on CBS’ “What’s Trending.” His exact words? “To me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America.”

Billboard.com’s The Juice has since caught up with the Chicago rapper to discuss the controversial interview, and it appears he’s standing by his statement. “I’ve got nothing to clarify. It’s Obama and the U.S. government,” Lupe said, echoing his comments to CBS. “[It's] every president that came before him and every president that comes after him.

“It’s funky because everybody’s pulling soundbites from this one interview that we did, but they don’t talk about anything else from the interview,” he continued. “So it’s really about, ‘What do people want to listen to?’ It’s not what I want to talk about, cause I want to talk about all types of shit… there wasn’t the same reaction about me having a book club… about me trying to promote literacy in a country with 50 million functioning illiterates walking around, because we have a failed and flawed education system.”

Elaborating on another point from the interview that’s raised ire — that he doesn’t vote in elections — Lupe said his reasoning is simple. “Voting doesn’t work, because everybody who voted, voted for the same people who are in office right now that are actually allowing these policies to go forward… You have to educate the populace — the masses, the voters, the people who don’t vote, the people who pay taxes.”

“You have educate the masses to exactly what their tax dollars are going to pay for,” Lupe continues. “I think once people educate themselves and open up their minds to understand that on that really basic level, then you’ll have some type of change in the way that Americans associate themselves and participate in their own political process.”

Since his controversial interview, Lupe has spent much of the week brushing off criticism via Twitter. “The Morning Hate…Ready…Set….Go…,” he tweeted today (June 9), in addition to retweeting several negative comments. After posting one in particular that read, “If President Barack Obama is the “biggest terriost to America” @lupefiasco is the “biggest terriost to the hopes of Black people,” he wrote, “That is by far the best negative thing I’ve ever seen/heard someone say/write about me ever!!!”

via Billboard

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Politics As Usual: Lupe Claims Obama is the Biggest Terrorist

by DG

I can understand the philosophy and theory behind his statement but I don’t agree with him.

Related: Lupe Fiasco Talks w/Jenny of Hot 97.3 | Lupe Fiasco Freestyles at UCLA

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Video: Jon Stewart & Bill O’Reilly Debate Common’s Trip to the White House

by DG

This has been going since Common was invited to recite a poem at the White House by First Lady, Michelle Obama. We posted Common’s performance last week but decided not to post the backlash it received from Fox News for the simple fact that it’s coming from a non-objective/ignorant place. They are basically blowing this out of proportion in order to throw dirt on Obama’s name anyway they can. Jon Stewart defended the decision to bring Common to the White House last week and did again this time around. Hit the jump below to see part 2.


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Music Video: Obama Spits Hot Fire Rap On The Death of Osama

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Obama Spits Hot Fire Rap On The Death of Osama

Not only does he sound exactly like Obama, but this song is kinda tough. *dead*

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Politics As Usual: President Barack Obama Cracking Jokes

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A Concise History of Black-White Relations in the U.S.A.

by DG

I ran across this while doing some homework for a Chicana Studies class. The teacher posted this and asked us to comment or give our opinion on it. As far as the system goes I would say this is pretty accurate. I understand that Blacks have came a long way but the disadvantage is still there. In order to succeed you must know people and that’s hard to do when everyone you know is in the same situation as you are. Many things have changed and will continue to do so as long as people keep pushing towards their dreams.

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