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Text Messages from A$AP Rocky’s Assistant could cause greater Friction during Sweden Trial

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On day two of the Sweden trial involving A$AP Rocky (Rakim Mayers) and a man who alleges he was assaulted during a physical altercation with the American rapper in Stockholm, new receipts are causing more controversy.

On Thursday, the man claims some of Mayers’ crew had bottles during the incident although his defense lawyer Slobodan Jovicic sifted through video frames in court, showing that statement was simply inaccurate.

On the contrary, the prosecutors revealed a text message between Mayers’ assistant saying, “I hope Rocky deleted all the videos on his phone and kept only the one.” The message alleges Mayers hit the alleged victim with a bottle, recorded the attack and later deleted it.

This portion of the altercation has taken precedence in the case, according to TMZ.

Prosecutors are now pressing Mayers regarding text messages from his assistant, saying “Harlem came out and smashed a bottle on a person.”

The hip-hop star testified that he “begged” the alleged victim and his accomplice to get away from him and his crew, and he believed the 2 were impossible to reason with because he thought they were high on drugs. Mayers reportedly admitted he and his crew jumped the alleged victim but only as an act of self-defense.

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Eric Garner Supporters Disrupt Cory Booker’s Speech during Democratic Debate

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The second Democratic debate in Detroit got real heated real quick. Just moments into Cory Booker’s speech, the presidential candidate was instantly disrupted by a rowdy group of protesters, bringing attention to the brutal killing of Eric Garner.

On July 17, 2014, Garner died after being put in an aggressive chokehold by New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo. The incident went viral and catalyzed a national movement against police brutality and racial discrimination.

Five years later, on Tuesday, the Staten Island grand jury has voted not to indict Pantaleo, causing an uproar among the Black Lives Matter organization and the victim’s family.

While the protest may have inconvenienced Booker’s moment to impress America, the timing was perfect in the eyes of the hecklers to call out the injustice they believe has occurred. ‘Fire Pantaleo!’ they chanted in unison, demanding for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio who has also thrown his hat in the 2020 election to terminate the officer effective immediately.

Booker chose to take the high road and showed his support on Twitter for the protest.

‘To the folks who were standing up to Mayor de Blasio a few minutes ago – good for you,’ he said.

‘That’s how change is made.’

De Blasio also responded, stating the issue would be resolved in 30 days but did not confirm whether the police officer would be fired.

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The Wests are working with Trump to release A$AP Rocky from prison in Sweden

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have reportedly teamed up with President Trump in effort to free American rapper A$AP Rocky (Rakim Mayers) from prison in Sweden.

Mayers, 30, was in Sweden as he prepared for his upcoming set on his now-canceled European tour. However, he got arrested due to an incident that occurred recently when he got harassed on the street. The two young men followed the rap star and his crew relentlessly and even threw a projectile at the security. Rocky attempted to calmly reason with them but without success.

The Harlem native has since then been detained and held in solitary confinement for the past two weeks with pending aggravated assault charges.

The power couple caught wind of the news and is urging Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner whom Kim has worked with previously on White House cases.

Kareem Lanier and Pastor Darrell Scott of the White House’s Urban Revitalization Coalition have also stepped in to help connect Mayers management directly with Kushner through a phone call orchestrated by Kim.

Trump agrees Mayers is being held unjustly and wanted to help. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to arrive in Sweden Thursday and is now actively working to get him released from jail.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.

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AfroFuture Fest changes discriminatory pricing structure after receiving alleged “threats and harassment”

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The Afrofuture Festival scheduled for Aug. 3 at Feedom Freedom grounds in Detroit was recently slammed for its racial pricing structure for non-people of color. Screenshots surfaced of tickets being sold for $40 white people, while tickets were only $20 for POC’s.

Amid the backlash, the festival has altered its pricing, adjusting the amounts to $20 across the board, according to The New York Times.

As of this posting, the fest’s Eventbrite page reads:

“WHY DO WE HAVE POC(PEOPLE OF COLOR) AND NONPOC(WHITE PEOPLE) TICKETS? I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!

EQUALITY MEANS TREATING EVERYONE THE SAME

EQUITY IS INSURING EVERYONE HAS WHAT THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL

OUR TICKET STRUCTURE WAS BUILT TO INSURE THAT THE MOST MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES (PEOPLE OF COLOR) ARE PROVIDED WITH AN EQUITABLE CHANCE AT ENJOYING EVENTS IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITY (BLACK DETROIT).

AFFORDING JOY AND PLEASURE IS UNFORTUNATELY STILL A PRIVILEGE IN OUR SOCIETY FOR POC AND WE BELIEVE EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO RECEIVING SUCH.

WE’VE SEEN TOO MANY TIMES ORGASMIC EVENTS HAPPENING IN DETROIT AND OTHER POC POPULATED CITIES AND WHAT CONSISTENTLY HAPPENS IS PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE COMMUNITY BENEFITING MOST FROM AFFORDABLE TICKET PRICES BECAUSE OF THEIR PROXIMITY TO WEALTH.

THIS CYCLE DISPROPORTIONATELY DISPLACES BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE FROM ENJOYING ENTERTAINMENT IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES.

AS AN AFROFUTURIST YOUTH LEAD INITIATIVE THE VOICES OF OUR YOUTH INFORM OUR RESISTANCE.

HERE’S WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

‘IF YOU DON’T SEE MY BLACKNESS, YOU DON’T SEE ME. PERIODT!’”

Eventbrite has since then threatened to pull the festival from their site. “Our mission is to bring the world together through live experiences,” reps said in a statement to The Independent. “We strive to provide a platform that enables people to gather for their chosen purpose, and that reflects diverse viewpoints, so long as they don’t violate our terms.”

The statement continued: “We do not permit events that require attendees to pay different prices based on their protected characteristics such as race or ethnicity.

“In this case, we have notified the creator of the event about this violation and requested that they alter their event accordingly,” the statement concluded. “We have offered them the opportunity to do this on their own accord; should they not wish to comply we will unpublish the event completely from our site.”

Afrofuture Youth founder and co-director Adrienne Ayers said that due to “threats and harassment” after “right-wing websites highlighted the pricing,” she decided to change the payment structure, saying, “For safety, not anything else but that, the new ticket structure will be a standard set price across the board of $20. However, there will be a suggested donation for non-people of color.”

Last week, performer Tiny Jag, who identified to NYT as biracial, decided to cancel her performance at the festival due to the pricing policy.

Detroit-based civil rights lawyer Tiffany Ellis also told NYT that while private organizations are more able to chose how they do business, the “discriminatory” pricing structure could have resulted in lawsuits, saying, “We have constitutional rights as an individual, and the 14th Amendment provides that we cannot be discriminated against because all people are created equal. When it’s a private actor, those protections are different.”

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