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Nicki Minaj's Brother Reportedly Charged With Raping A Minor

The 37-year-old brother of Nicki Minaj was arraigned in a court on Thursday (Dec. 3) in Long Island, New York.

According to various news reports, Nicki Minaj's older brother, Jelani Maraj was charged with first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and first-degree rape of a 12-year-old girl. Newsday states the 37-year-old was arraigned in a court on Thursday (Dec. 3) in Long Island, New York.

Reports also state that a bail has been set. The highly-decorated artist has shown support for her brother previous to this news, primarily posting an image of the pair on her Instagram account following her brother's wedding three months ago.

The Queens native captioned the image: "I love my brother so much man. Can't believe I cried during his wedding and his first dance like a punk. May God bless him and his union. Tonight has been one of my favorite nights of all time. I do anything to see my brother smile."

Details on the case are still forthcoming.

Jelani, I love u more than you'll ever comprehend. 😢

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Lil Wayne And Childish Gambino To Headline 2019 Broccoli City Festival

The  Broccoli City Music Festival lineup has been announced, and the roster is pretty epic. Lil Wayne and Childish Gambino will reportedly headline the one-day music concert alongside a number of stellar hip-hop acts.

Teyana Taylor, Ella Mai, 6lack, Lil Baby, Gunna, Wizkid, City Girls, and YBN Cordae will also be performing at the event in Washington D.C. State of the Culture personality Scottie Beam and media personality Rodney Rikai will reportedly host the outdoor festival.

"Our top priority is making sure that as we continue to grow and evolve, we remain accessible to our community,” Broccoli City founder Brandon McEachern said in a statement to Billboard.

This is the perfect timing for the festival's headliners. Lil Wayne will likely perform his 2018 album Tha Carter V. Gambino is expected to be dropping his final studio album under his current stage name, and this concert will likely serve as one of his final performances before he moves on to another chapter.

As usual, the festival will also include a series of events, including the BroccoliCon, which will consist of a two-day conference featuring prominent leaders in the urban community, and a 5K run and fitness festival.

The 2019 Broccoli City Festival will go down on Apr. 27. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. EST through BCFestival.com.

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Soulja Boy Claims He Had Migos' "Versace" Beat Before Them

Soulja Boy stopped by The Breakfast Club on Wednesday (Jan. 16), where he set the record straight about his place in hip-hop history. According to Soulja, he doesn't get enough credit for being the Godfather of hip-hop and putting artists like Migos and Drake on.

During the interview, Soulja revealed that he actually had the beat to the Migos' breakout hit "Versace" before they did. "The Migos, that beat, ‘Versace,’ that was my beat. Zaytoven gave us the same beat," he stated. "That’s how me and Migos met.

He claimed that he used that beat for his song "Teach Me How to Swag Part II," which is reportedly on YouTube. "I called them n***as and I was like, 'yo n***a that’s my beat. What’s up with y’all n***as.'" he continued. "Oh my bad bruh, you know how Zaytoven do. He send every rapper in the game the same beat.' 'And I was like okay, you know what? We got to make some music together. We got cool off that. That was 2012, n***a. I knew the Migos before Drake did."

Charlamagne followed Soulja Boy's revelation by suggesting the rapper was the "Godfather of hip-hop," to which Soulja agreed. "On God I am. That's facts," he insisted.

Soulja Boy's latest comments come after the rapper shaded the industry for not giving him credit for influencing the game. During The Breakfast Club interview, the rapper also explained why he had the biggest comeback of 2018.

Check out a clip from his radio interview below.

 

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Government Shutdown Prompts Hunger Strike Inside Manhattan Jail

As the country enters its 26th day since the partial government shutdown, some inmates inside a Manhattan detention center have decided to partake in a hunger strike after family visits were canceled for the second week due to a lack of staffing.

According to the New York Times, inmates at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, or M.C.C have denied their breakfast and lunch meals. The facility, which holds about 800, is one of the most important in the federal prison system and has housed few infamous names including Mexican drug leader El Chapo and terrorists.

Federal public defender Sarah Baumgartel said she learned of the hunger strike from a detainee she represents. Baumgartel declined to identify the inmate out of fear he'd be singled out. "They have already refused a meal — I believe they refused breakfast and lunch.”

Along with canceled family visits, the dispensing of medication to inmates in need has also been affected. The New York Times reports a prosecutor inside a federal court was "informed" that because of the shutdown, there are issues with prescribing medication.”

On Monday (Jan. 16) Bureau of Prisons lawyer Adam Johnson emailed  defense lawyers stating “due to staff shortages,” attorneys would not be able to speak with their clients at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center. "We regret the inconvenience and will notify you immediately once visiting resumes.”

The partial government shutdown is a stand off between Donald Trump's demands for funding to construct a wall along the U.S- Mexican border and a newly elected Democratic Congress refusing to acquiesce.

Since then, more than 800,000 employees have gone without pay.

 

 

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