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Reagan Gomez Talks Healthcare Reform: ‘People Are Pissed Off’

President Obama officially signed the landmark healthcare reform bill into law today (March 23), after much debate from Republicans and Democrats, harsh words on both sides and some filibustering along the way. The Cleveland Show’s Reagan Gomez explains why change was bound to come.

I was watching [the Congressional session on Sunday] on C-Span, and the main thing that I noticed and actually Tweeted about it is, obviously the President and the Democrats were trying to pass the healthcare reform bill but everything, at least from what I heard that the Republicans were saying, had nothing to do with the actual health of this country. It was that it cost too much or the government is taking over—everything that has nothing to do with people dying, with children being denied coverage or people having to sell their house because of their medical bills. They didn’t say anything like that so I found that to be very, very interesting. And now that healthcare is passed, the 2010 elections later on this year are gonna be very interesting because a lot of people are pissed off. 

I heard someone say that it’s Armageddon now. What the hell are you talking about?! A lot of people are happy but a lot of people are really, really pissed off and they’re gonna be at the polls in November or wherever the elections are in their district and their city and their states, so we have to make sure we get out also.

“The Democrats have to grab their balls a little tighter and tighten up their bra straps.”

I haven’t been happy with the Right or the Left at all this year. The Republicans, you really have to respect their gangsta. They’ll lie, they’ll cheat, they’ll do whatever and they won’t make apologies for it. But the Democrats have to grab their balls a little tighter and tighten up their bra straps. They really have to get in there and do what they have to do. Not to say play dirty but you gotta do what you gotta do to get your point across. 

I haven’t been happy with a lot of what the Democrats have been doing. All sides can be full of shit. We know that; it’s politics. But both sides obviously love this country. It’s just people have different views about the way they want the country to be run. But if you’re against something, be against it for the right reasons. Don’t be against it because your party is telling you not to be for it, even though the preexisting conditions would be obliterated. Even though it’d be more affordable for you. Even though if you lose your job you’ll still be able to have great healthcare. I don’t understand why you would be against it.

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Court Rules To Uphold Vybz Kartel’s Murder Conviction

Exactly six years after he was convicted of murder, a Jamaican court of appeals ruled to uphold the convictions against Vybz Kartel and two co-defendants. The ruling was handed down by a three-judge panel on Friday (April 3) via video conference as a precaution during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kartel’s lawyer wasn’t surprised by the court decision. “The public pressure is such that there is a lot of negatives for Vybz Kartel from certain persons and areas of the society, so I expected it,” Valerie Neita Roberson said according to the Jamaica Star. Neat Roberson added that her client did not receive a “fair trial.”

On April 3, 2014, Kartel and his co-defendants, Shawn Storm and Adidja Palmer, were convicted in the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, and sentenced to life in prison. The murder took place in 2011.

Williams’ body was never found. Kartel, Storm and Palmer were convicted on the testimony of a single witness.

Kartel was ordered to serve at least 35 years before he is eligible for parole. Storm and Palmer must serve 25 years before they are eligible for parole.

Despite losing the appeal, Kartel could have his sentence reduced. Appeals court Judges Frank Williams, Dennis Morrison and Patrick Brooks gave Kartel’s legal team one week to produce evidence to support claims proving that his prison sentence is excessive.

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Playboi Carti Released From Jail Following Arrest In Georgia

Playboi Carti posted bond and was released from custody in Georgia following a brief arrest. Carti was apprehended on Thursday (April 3) after authorities in Clayton Country pulled him over in a Lamborghini for driving with expired tags, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

Per a news release from the Clayton County Sheriff's Office’s COBRA task force, deputies found three firearms, 12 bags of weed, xanax, codeine, and oxycodone in the vehicle. Carti, whose birth name is Jordan Carter, was arrested alongside another man, Jaylon Tucker. The release goes on to state that Carti, 24, and Tucker, 21, are “facing the wall at Georgia’s toughest para-military jail known as the Hill-ton.”

Both men were taken into custody at the Clayton County Jail. Carti was released on bond soon after his arrest.

According to arrest records, Carti was charged with two traffic violations and one count of marijuana possession. Tucker, was charged with multiple counts of weapons possession during the commission of a crime and violation of Georgia’s controlled substance acts. Tucker remains locked up.

Earlier in the week, Clayton County issued a mandatory shelter in place orders due to the coronavirus outbreak. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill announced that his COBRA team would continue to make arrests during the pandemic.  As of Mondau (March 30), the COBRA task unit made nearly 70 arrests since the outbreak began, removed 13 illegal firearms off the street, and recovered eight stolen cars.

“We want to encourage everyone to continues to stay home as much as possible,” Hill said in a statement. “Wash hands frequently, sanitize surfaces, and rest assured that the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will continue to protect no matter what.”

 

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‘Candyman’ Receives New Fall Theater Release Date

What was once slated to be released on June 12, Candyman will now appear in theaters on Sept. 25 due to COVID-19 concerns, Deadline reports. The Nia DaCosta-directed thriller had viewers on the edge of their seats when the trailer was released earlier this year, setting up the box office for a smash of a film.

Candyman stars Yayha Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, and more. In 1992, the original film was released and instantly became a mainstay within the canon of horror films.

For the film’s producer Jordan Peele, Candyman’s original director Bernard Rose’s mission for the movie grew into a level of understanding that Peele recently realized. “And his vision, I think, is nothing short of beautiful, albeit complicated,” he said in an interview with Gizmodo. “It’s one that I can look at in hindsight with more experience and education and go, ‘Wow, that is…it’s definitely a mirror.’ All I’ll say—because I don’t want to go too far down that rabbit hole—is we’re doing it differently.”

Revisit the trailer above.

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