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Death Of A Imprisoned Mexican Immigrant Sparks Concerns Of Medical Care In Private Prisons

New Mexico's Cibola County Correctional Center was one of the 13 private prisons facing shutdown. Now under a government contract, will become an immigration detention center. 

The death of Jose Jaramillo has brought to the light the problematic systems of the private prison sector and what's to come if little is done to break them.

An investigation led by The Guardian on Tuesday (Nov. 1), tells the story of the 52-year-old who died in July at the Cibola County Correctional Center while serving a three-year sentence for illegally reentering the United States. Since beginning his conviction in August 2006, Jaramillo's family claims private prison officials failed to provide him with the right care for his diabetes, leaving his health to deteriorate in May 2008 quickly. Just the year before, he was officially diagnosed with the disease but only given saltwater and cough syrup to suppress his pain instead of a pneumococcal vaccine. He was seen a total of three times in May 2008 before being moved to a nursing home in Las Cruces where he was under the care of his mother for seven years.

While a kidney infection ultimately led to his death, his family as well as migrant rights advocates, believed the prison's choice to not properly treat Jaramillo ultimately resulted in his death. “It was the prison,” his mother, Theodula Jaramillo said. “They’re who triggered everything. All of this suffering could have  been prevented just by giving him simple medicine.” The 79-year-old says her son was found after he collapsed in his cell and from them on was unable to speak or use any of his cerebral functions.

Lisa Curtis, a veteran medical malpractice attorney in Albuquerque, called his case the "clearest violations of basic medical care she had ever encountered."“You have 1,000 men, living together in bunk beds. They have 2ft apart from one another, and so bacteria is everywhere,” Curtis said. “For a diabetic without a vaccination, that is a death sentence.” Curtis took the case to federal civil court to in an effort to sue the prison's private contractor Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), for medical negligence. CCA has maintained its innocence, regardless of the recent news that it was one of the 13 private prisons to shut down over the treatment of his its prisoners.

In a shocking twist, the prison is reopening this week under a new contract under the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice), as an immigration detention center. “It makes no difference to us. It won’t bring him back,” Theodula said of the news. “Everyone involved should pay for what they did to him.” Jaramillo's daughter echoed her grandmother's statements. “I just felt like the world was hitting me,” Judy, a U.S. citizen said. “It was sadness and anger. Anger at the prison.”

His family eventually settled with CCA in 2014 for an undisclosed amount with no admission of liability but hopes others will learn from their harrowing ordeal. At the time of his arrest, Jaramillo was working 15-hour work days in the chili fields of Roswell. Speaking in court, he apologized for his actions. “I know what I did is against the law and so I accept full responsibility for my conduct. I came back to work and be with my family.”

“I think that just shows you what sort of a law-abiding guy he was.” Curtis said.

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Cardi B's Latest Freestyle Fuels Anticipation For Sophomore Album

Cardi B is sparking more anticipation for her next album thanks to her latest freestyle. On Monday (Nov. 19), the rapper dropped some bars on Instagram to hold fans over until the release of her sophomore project.

"Just a little something something... hair on healthy," she captioned the freestyle over Cam'ron's classic track, "357." Keeping it natural and raw, the Bronx native posts up in front of Cap'n Crunch and a Costco box full of Vienna sausages to drop her freestyle about the wins and losses she's taken this year.

"I be in the mansion, you be in my mentions / I came right out the trenches to the top of the charts / Lost friends on the way / This s***t is breaking my heart / 'Bout 30 seconds in I'm like where do I start / I don't act I'm a hustler just playing my part,"  she spits.

If anything, this can be a hint to fans that she's gravitating back towards her hip-hop roots, an element heavily heard on her debut album, Invasion of Privacy. In a recent interview with Billboard, Cardi talked about her new album and curiosities about its direction.

"There's certain music that I want to do, but I feel like, [are] people interested in that? I feel like things have changed. It's more like a twerk sound going on right now," she said. "It's just like, 'Should I just do my music around that?' But I cannot just go with what's hot. I still gotta go with what I want to do."

Cardi has no problem adapting to popular music. She's worked with the likes of Selena Gomez on DJ's Snake's "Taki Taki" with Ozuna in 2018 and took her guest spots to another level in 2019 by working with Ed Sheeran ("South of The Border"), Lil Nas X ("Rodeo") and French Montana ("Writings On The Wall"). She also dropped a show-stopping video for "Press" over the summer.

But at the end of the day, Cardi's new music is coming first. "My album is on my mind 24/7,"she said. "It's practically all I'm focusing on."

Enjoy her freestyle (and sleek blowout) below.


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Love To See It: DaniLeigh Choreographed DaBaby's Extraordinary "BOP" Video

Nearly reaching 10 million views in a matter of days, DaBaby's "BOP" music video teaser has A-1 editing, hilarious characters (recorder guy) and perfect choreography. As it turns out, we have DaniLeigh to thank for the rapper's smooth dance moves.

The singer-songwriter teamed up with choreographer Coach Cherry to share her eclectic dance style with the buzzing rapper. "BOP" dropped Friday (Nov. 15) as "BOP on Broadway" with a bevy of dancers taking part in the one-shot style video. Directed by Reel Goats, the teaser feels like the full music video for the single thanks to the three different dance flows including a surprising set by the iconic Jabbawockeez.

DaniLeigh's influence can be felt throughout the video thanks to her signature moves. With her own video reaching 100 million views on YouTube, the singer continued her winning streak with the remix for "Easy" featuring Chris Brown.

The video earned her a Soul Train Music Award nomination for "Best Dance Video" and inspiration for lovers of dance challenges. The Dominican-American might look familiar to many thanks to her contribution to the infamous #InMyFeelings challenge where she managed to hop and bop out of moving car. Ironically, the "Lil Bebe" singer started her career as a backup dancer for the likes of Nelly Furtado and Pharrell. She also choreographed and wrote the treatment for Prince's visuals for "Breakfast Can Wait."

"He wanted it really big in the dance industry so from there, I held auditions and did this video on my own," an 18-year-old Dani told VIBE in 2013. "It's crazy and hard to believe but it was great."

Dani recently released "Cravin" featuring G-Eazy and dropped her debut project The Plan late last year.

Check out the visuals to "BOP" below.

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Netflix Drops Preview Of 'Selena: The Series'

In a video that has amassed over 62,000 views since its Nov. 12 debut, Netflix posted a sneak peek into its upcoming Selena: The Series—Part 1. Within the 60-second clip, viewers witness actress Christian Serratos as the Tejano legend, preparing for a performance in one of Selena’s most iconic outfits.

Serratos has starred in hit series like The Walking Dead, Twilight, American Horror Story: Murder House, and more. In a statement published by Deadline, the show's production company Campanario Entertainment and its president/co-founder Jaime Dávila, praised Serratos for stepping into the "Dreaming Of You" singer's shoes.

“Selena is an inspirational figure who’s transcended generations. At Campanario, we’ve always known it was crucial for this series to find actors with the right mix of talent, charisma, and passion to honor Selena’s legacy and the story of her family,” said Davila. “Our casting director Carla Hool and her team have found an amazing cast to depict the Quintanilla family, and we’re sure fans everywhere will be captivated yet again by Selena’s incredible life.” On March 31, 1995, Selena was murdered, sparking a wave of tributes and films, such as 1997's movie starring Jennifer Lopez as the iconic vocalist.

The program, which chronicles Selena's life and career, is slated to premiere in 2020 with six hourlong episodes. Watch the preview above.

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