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Footage of Ray Rice Striking His Wife Surfaces

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If you thought the way Solange tried to manhandle Jay Z was bad, wait until you get a look at the newly released footage of NFL player Ray Rice and his wife. The Baltimore Ravens running back is currently on a two-game suspension that stems from simple assault charge that the he struck his then-fiancee, who is now his wife, Janay Rice in Atlantic City back in February. Today, TMZ has released the elevator footage that confirms what happened that night.

In the three minute clip, there seems to be some tension between the couple. When they entered the elevator, they continued having words and Janay charged at Ray and he punched her. On her way down, her head hit a railing on the elevator and she was knocked out cold. Once it was time to get off of the elevator, an unremorseful looking Rice dragged her out of the elevator, which caught a staff member’s attention. Towards the end, Mrs. Rice regains consciousness and was taken away.

The existence of this video was confirmed back in July and was reviewed by the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens, Rice and his wife.

Since the video has been let loose, Twitter has gone wild. People are outraged that this disturbing footage only led to a two-game suspension and that the 27-year-old was not penalized more harshly. After laying your eyes on the video flip through to see 20 twitter reactions to this Ray Rice fiasco.

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Yaw hate ray rice but already pre ordered Chris brown new album. Ohh ok.

— Taliban Peezy (@SniperDretti) September 8, 2014

She still married Ray Rice tho... I feel ppl want a severe punishment for their own satisfaction as oppose for the wife/fiancé.. — Jesus(Mario)Gongora (@RMadridHooligan) September 8, 2014

 
 

Just watched the Ray Rice video smh... Bottom line is both of them were wrong! Sad situation for both — Robert Henson (@Mr_Henson51) September 8, 2014

 
 

Suspend Richie Incognito "indefinitely" for giving Jonathan Martin a wedgie, but let's give Ray Rice two games for nearly killing his wife. — Jared Vanegas (@jaredv87) September 8, 2014

 
 

The end of the Ray Rice video where he drags her out like a bag of old laundry is the worst part. — Princess Chelsea (@chelsea_elisa) September 8, 2014

 
 

That woman could have died. For anyone to fix their mouth and defend Ray Rice is mind-boggling to me. I cannot fathom how. — Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) September 8, 2014

 
 

I don't feel bad for Ray Rice's wife, she went ahead and married him after he beat her up. No man should hit a woman and vice versa — Damaris Isabel (@damarisabel) September 8, 2014

 
 

I understand ray rice was wrong, but she did marry him a month later..... some of yall are madder than she is.. — Michael Bowie (@61likebow) September 8, 2014

 
 

idk whats worse the fact that ray rice only got a two game suspension for knocking his fiancé out or the fact shes still with that fool — danielle (@assreguii) September 8, 2014

 
 

Ray Rice is suspended for two games for hitting his fiancée. If I did that, I would be in jail. Stop letting celebrities have a pass. — CM Punk (@TeamCMPunk) September 8, 2014

 
 

Millions of women watch & spend money on NFL. Let's pay attn to how league responds to Ray Rice video of him assaulting his wife. — Aisha Sultan (@AishaS) September 8, 2014

 
 

No amount of money can cover the long term effect that physical/ mental abuse has on a person, I'm ashamed of Ray Rice AND his wife — est. MCMXCI (@OlKingKidd) September 8, 2014

Ray Rice is the worst. Can we have Antonio Brown kick him in the face? Then ban him forever!

— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) September 8, 2014

WERD U GOTTA STFU BOUT THIS RAY RICE SITUATION IF U A CHRIS BROWN FAN — iceolation (@WAVESAGE) September 8, 2014

I would very much like to NOT see Ray Rice play football this season...or maybe ever again. What a despicable series of events.

— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) September 8, 2014

The fact that chick still married Ray Rice after he Muhammad Ali'd her is a whole different level of screwed up. — Princess Chelsea (@chelsea_elisa) September 8, 2014

Deion Sanders wants us to "pray" for Ray Rice's marriage. If "pray" means work actively to eliminate systems that enable abusers, then sure. — Olivia A. Cole (@RantingOwl) September 8, 2014

Man Ray rice ain't have to piece shawdy up like that smh but who knows what she did b4 that...not sayin she deserved it — john flowers (@jflow41) September 8, 2014

Oh, I see @nfl you need to see Ray Rice beat a woman unconscious before you realized a 2 game suspension was a joke. knowing wasn’t enough? — August (@augustbenassi) September 8, 2014

It's sad Ray Rice's fiancée is apologizing for him beating her. Like wtf.

— Jessaaaaa (@__JuicyJess) September 8, 2014

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Aaliyah's only album on multiple platforms is her 1994 debut, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number. Other albums like the platinum-selling One in A Million and Aaliyah are being held in a vault of sorts along with other unmixed vocals by her uncle and founder of Blackground Records, Barry Hankerson.

Hankerson has built up a mysterious yet haunting aura over the years due to his refusal to release Aaliyah's music on streaming platforms. Reasons are unknown but Stephen Witt's 2016 investigation revealed business deals like the shift in distribution from  Jive Records to Atlantic helped Hankerson take ownership of the singer's masters. The deal was made in 1996 when Blackground featured artists like Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, then-production duo Timbaland and Magoo as well as Missy Elliott.

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Aaliyah’s music is the landmark for a lot of your favs not only was she ahead of her time with her futuristic sounds she also was a fashion Icon dancer and phenomenal actress . The future generations need be exposed to her artistry and pay homage .#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/LxZfxcqRgF

— Black Clover (@la_alchemist) March 29, 2020

Her first #1 solely based on AirPlay! She was the first ! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/BHlANZjCGZ

— (@hodeciii) March 29, 2020

Makes no sense for someone still so influential to be hidden. Many try to emulate her. On Spotifys This is Aaliyah playlist, theres some great tracks not on her main Spotify #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/vLqLTVxqO9

— Blackity Black⁷ (@ClaudBuzzzz) March 29, 2020

Aaliyah is trending once again. She deserves endless flowers. This is true impact y’all. Her voice, her sound, her music...She’s been gone for 2 decades and y’all see the love for her is even stronger! We miss you baby girl! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/ALDcT0ZQxR

— A A L I Y A H (@forbbygrlaali) March 30, 2020

Aaliyah said she wanted to be remembered for her music and yet most of it is not on streaming services #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/zwk0AWMCoE

— RJR (@MyNewEssence96) March 29, 2020

aaliyah’s gems like more than a woman deserve to be in streaming sites #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/mM2GWEg1pe

— k (@grandexrocky) March 30, 2020

I saw #FreeAaliyahMusic and IMMEDIATELY jumped into action! I can’t express how betrayed I felt when we were supposed to have all her music on Spotify by her birthday. Her discography is deeply underestimated and we need to make it right for our babygirl!pic.twitter.com/GfxBeJxUY1

— jerrica✨ (@jerricaofficial) March 29, 2020

Before Megan The Stallion drove the boat...

Aaliyah rocked the boat...

#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/iXNwssD3sY

— Al’Bei (@_albei) March 29, 2020

i think we should have that conversation #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/cGl269tuTr

— AALIYAH LEGION (@AaliyahLegion) April 1, 2020

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I'm really excited to announce my new show, Cooked with Cannabis on @Netflix!! Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love my Netflix, so this is a dream come true. Interestingly, this was one of those things that I didn't go looking for, it kind of came to me. As a chef, I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today's society. In this country, many things have been used systematically to oppress groups of people, but this is so culturally important for us to learn and grow together. I hope you all will tune in, it's definitely going to be a good time! We launch on 4/20! XO, Kelis

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