Friday, July 3, 2015

Trump defends inflammatory comments, asks 'Who is doing the raping?'

Washington (CNN) Businessman Donald Trump continued his verbal attack against illegal immigrants on Wednesday, in an interview on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.

Image result for trumpHe has stirred up controversy in recent days for claiming "rapists" and "killers" are migrating over the United States' southern border. Univision and NBC Universal have cut ties with the businessman, refusing to air the "Miss Universe" pageant he partially owns as a result, and Macy's announced Wednesday it was also discontinuing his clothing line.
On Wednesday, Trump, who is a Republican presidential candidate, told Lemon he was pulling his facts from a Fusion article.
"Well if you look at the statistics of people coming, you look at the statistics on rape, on crime, on everything coming in illegally into this country it's mind-boggling!" he told Lemon, in a clip previewed on CNN's "Situation Room."
"If you go to Fusion, you will see a story: About 80% of the women coming in, you know who owns Fusion? Univision! Go to Fusion and pick up the stories on rape. It's unbelievable when you look at what's going on. So all I'm doing is telling the truth," Trump said.
    Lemon replied that the press stories are about women being raped, but not about criminals coming across the border.
    "Well, somebody's doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody's doing it! Who's doing the raping? Who's doing the raping?" he asked.

    Bill Cosby Avoids Sexual Assault Charges in Atlantic City Case

    Lili Bernard claimed Cosby drugged and raped her in Atlantic City in the 1990s

    Image result for bill cosbyLili Bernard this past May. The actress claimed Cosby drugged and raped her in Atlantic City in the 1990s, but according to a statement from Cosby’s New Jersey lawyer, Edwin J. Jacobs, charges will not be filed.

    “Whatever she was claiming was far beyond the applicable statute of limitations,” Cosby’s New Jersey lawyer Edwin J. Jacobs said in a statement obtained by EW. “That was my analysis and the analysis of the Atlantic County Prosecutor. Ms. Bernard’s lawyer apparently thought other wise, but was wrong.”

    While New Jersey does not presently have a statute of limitations on sexual assault cases, the state did before 1996. Jacobs toldPress of Atlantic City that the allegations pre-date the law change. As such, the investigation has been terminated and its file closed.

    Multiple allegations of sexual assault from over 30 women have come against Cosby since early 2014. The 77-year-old has said he will not address the claims. Cosby has never been charged with a crime.

    New York prison escapee vowed to visit daughter in letter

    Prison escapee Richard Matt reportedly sent a letter to his daughter before he was shot and killed last month.

    Image result for Richard MattThe convicted murderer, who fled Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York on June 6, sent the letter through the U.S. Postal Service to his daughter in a Buffalo-area suburb,the Buffalo News reported.
    “I always promised you I would see you on the outside. I’m a man of my word,” it reads, law enforcement officials told the paper.
    The letter arrived three days after Matt and fellow inmate David Sweat broke out of the maximum-security prison, the sources said.
    Acquaintances of the daughter told the Buffalo News that Matt and his daughter corresponded regularly; she had no prior knowledge of his escape plans and has been cooperating with authorities.
    After the prison break, the woman, who is not being identified to protect her privacy, requested 24-hour security because she feared Matt would try to reach her.
    Matt had been serving a sentence of 25 years to life for murdering and dismembering his former boss. Sweat had been serving life without parole for the murder of a Broome County sheriff's deputy.
    On June 26, border patrol agents fatally shot Matt, who turned 49 the day before, roughly 30 miles west of the prison. Authorities said he had a 20-gauge shotgun and failed to raise his hands when commanded.
    Two days later, Sweat was found and shot a few miles from the Canadian border. He was hospitalized.

    Facebook In Talks with Major Labels for Music Video Trial

    Facebook is looking to pull music video views away from YouTube, an industry source has confirmed to Billboard.

    facebook phone app newsfeedOne day after a Variety report highlighted Facebook's new ad revenue sharing program, a source with knowledge of the talks tells Billboard the social networking giant wants to conduct a test run through the end of this year, with selected music videos -- chosen by the labels -- being presented in the main news feed of users. Facebook is, of course, trying to siphon ad revenue away from Google by offering content creators its own native option.
    Facebook is said to be looking to sew up licensing deals with the major labels on the pilot program as quickly as possible in order to get its music video trial underway. (And to do what it does best -- collect data on it.) There's no word on how Vevo, the joint venture between Universal Music Group and Sony Music that centralizes each label's music videos, would be involved; Vevo did not immediately respond to  a request comment.
    As Variety reported, the ad revenue split would mirror YouTube's -- 45 percent to Facebook, 55 percent to rights holders.
    It's not Facebook's first foray into music video experimentation; Jay Z premieredthe video for "Holy Grail" on the platform back in 2013 on a proprietary video player.
    Last year, Facebook claimed that over 1 billion videos were watched on the site each day, from May through July, a number that has likely risen sharply since in that time the company introduced autoplaying to the news feed, though a play tally is only added if the video is watched for a significant period of time (significant, at least, if measured in smartphone Internet time). YouTube claims"billions of views" per day.

    Kendrick Lamar Responds to Geraldo Rivera:

    "This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves."

    Image result for kendrick lamar"How can you take a song that's about hope and turn it into hatred?" asked Kendrick Lamarin a response to Geraldo Rivera's criticisms of his BET performance and hip-hop in general. "The overall message is 'We gonna be alright.' It's not the message of I want to kill people."
    The Compton rapper spoke to TMZ Thursday after Rivera and other Fox News anchors slammed his powerful performance of "Alright" at the 2015 BET Awards.
    "This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years. This is exactly the wrong message," Rivera said, specifically pointing to the "Alright" line: "And we hate po-po/ Wanna kill us dead in the street, fo sho."
    But Lamar called this sort or rhetoric an attempt to delude the real problem: "the senseless acts of killings of these young boys out there."
    "For the most part it's avoiding the truth," he said in the video interview. "This is reality, this is my world, this is what I talk about in my music. You can't delude that. Me being on a cop car, that's a performance piece after these senseless acts."
    Lamar continued, "Hip-hop is not the problem. Our reality is the problem of the situation. This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves. Rather [than] going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing. Not going out in the streets, go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence on it in a positive manner. Coming from these streets and coming from these neighborhoods, we’re taking our talents and putting ‘em inside the studio."

    Chicago Slaps Streaming Tax on Spotify, Netflix

    People in the Windy City soon will be paying a little more to stream their favorite movies, TV shows and music.

    Chicago SkylineChicago has enacted a "cloud tax," which will tack on 9 percent to streaming services like Netflix and Spotify, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
    It's an expansion of the city's amusement tax, which taxes things like movies and tickets to sporting events. The streaming provision of the amusement tax takes effect in September, and the city estimates it will bring in $12 million annually.
    The Sun-Times reported that Chicago is the first major city to enact a tax on digital services. Other cities, such as New York, already tax entertainment and information services.
    "In an environment in which technologies and emerging industries evolve quickly, the city periodically issues rulings that clarify the application of existing laws to these technologies and industries," said mayoral spokeswoman Elizabeth Langsdorf in a statement.

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    B.B. King Was Poisoned, Claim Bluesman's Children

    A homicide probe into the death of B.B. King will be launched after two of the blues legend's daughters accused his two closest aides, business manager LaVerne Toney and personal assistant Myron Johnson, of poisoning King prior to his May 14th death

    Image result for bb king deathIn court documents released to The Associated Press, King's daughters Karen Williams and Patty King said, "I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances. I believe my father was murdered."

    Toney did not reply to a request for comment by Rolling Stone.According to Patty King's affidavit, she said she witnessed Toney administer two drops of an unknown substance on B.B. King's tongue at night in the months before his death; Toney never told Patty King what the substance was. B.B. King gave Toney power of attorney years ago, the APwrites, as well as named her executor of his estate, which could be worth tens of millions of dollars.

    Nevada officials announced Monday that they would open a homicide investigation, adding that they now had jurisdiction over King's body and conducted an autopsy Sunday, Reuters reports. Results are expected to take six to eight weeks; the fact that King was embalmed and displayed for public viewing shouldn't affect those results, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said.

    Brent Bryson, an attorney for B.B. King's estate – which now has Toney as executor – did not reply to a request for comment, but denied Karen Williams and Patty King's accusations to the AP, calling them "ridiculous" and "extremely disrespectful." "I hope they have a factual basis that they can demonstrate for their defamatory and libelous allegations," Bryson said. While Toney and Johnson didn't formally comment to the AP, Toney did say, "They've been making allegations all along. What's new?"

    Bryson added that three doctors determined that King was being properly cared for in his final weeks while in hospice care, and that King received 24-hour care and monitoring "up until the time that he peacefully passed away in his sleep." In April, King was hospitalized with dehydration related to diabetes.

    King had 11 surviving children at the time of his death; the family has hired attorney Larissa Drohobyczer to represent them. Three of those children went to court in Las Vegas earlier this month in a failed attempt to remove Toney's power of attorney over King. One of King's daughters, Shirley King, also told KLAS-TV after her father's death that Toney had cut off the family's access to the blues great.

    "Just getting through this day is killing me," Shirley King said. "Why would she not let me see my daddy before he leaves this earth?" Another daughter, Rita King, said when their father was in hospice care, "We love him, and the reason he hasn't seen us is because we're being kept away."

    Following a Beale Street procession and memorial scheduled for Wednesday in Memphis, King's funeral will be held May 29th and 30th in King's hometown of Indianola, Mississippi.

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