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Vybz Kartel's Appeal For Murder Conviction Moved To July 2018

Lawyers for the Dancehall legend reportedly needed more time to prepare their defense.   

Fans who looked forward to Vybz Kartel's appeal hearing at the top of 2018 regarding his life sentence for the killing of Clive "Lizard" Williams will have to wait until the summer.

Loop Jamaica reports a meeting about the appeal took place Monday (Nov. 14). The original date was slated for February 8, but has now been pushed to July 9. Senior News reporter Abka Henley for Nationwide Radio shared on social media that three weeks have been reserved for the hearing.

Kartel was handed a life sentence in 2011 for the death of associate Clive "Lizard" Williams over a dispute regarding missing guns. Three others were also given prison time. The Dancehall artist, who's worked with the likes of Rihanna and Drake, was a staple in the genre an found love in hop-hop circles for the reggae jams "Tek Body Gal" and "Picture Me & U." In the early aughts. Drizzy, Busta Rhymes and former protege Popcaan have showed support of the artist since his conviction.

He crossed over in 2009 with the Spice-assisted single "Romping Shop," and helped bring favor to Major Lazer's early tunes.

Rolling Stone reported that many close to the artist believe his sentencing was rooted in a personal vendetta against him, despite evidence presented to support the conviction. Michael Dawson, the artist's business partner, told the outlet in 2014 he believes there's lost evidence that suggests Kartel's innocence.

"This is the longest criminal case in Jamaican history and has had the most media coverage of any case in Jamaica’s history — it’s really strange that evidence would just be missing," Dawson said. "I don't believe this would be allowed if this was not Vybz Kartel on trial. He is a target because of what he sings about."

"Once you have been convicted of a crime, you have the right to appeal your conviction and or the amount of time you were given, so I'm exercising that right as a Jamaican citizen," Kartel told the outlet in 2016. "It's a very delicate issue."

His reign has remained in tact, as new music has continued to be released by his producers. On Tuesday, the rapper's reps released the single, "How?" on social media.

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If his appeal is rejected, Kartel would be up for parole by 2046.

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Oprah Winfrey Puts Up 26 Billboards Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor

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“Demand that the police involved in killing Breonna Taylor be arrested an charged,” the billboards reads. The billboard encourages people to visit UntilFreedom.com (the organization co-founded by Tamika D. Mallory, Mysonne Linen, Angela Pintom and Linda Sarsoir) and includes a quote from Oprah, “If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it.”

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A drawing of Taylor also covers the Sept. 2020 edition of O Magazine, marking the first time that Winfrey wasn’t the publication’s covergirl. Winfrey decided to use the magazine’s 20th anniversary cover to amplify Taylor’s story.

On March 13, Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot to death by former and current Louisville police officers Jonathon Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove. None of them have been charged in her murder.

“She was just like me. She was just like you,” Winfrey wrote on Instagram. “And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter. I think about Breonna Taylor often.

“The September issue honors her life and the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon.”

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Breonna Taylor. She was just like me. She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter. I think about Breonna Taylor often. Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem. What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of @oprahmagazine. The September issue honors her life and the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon. Head to OprahMag.com for more—and thank you to @alexis_art, a 24-year-old digital artist, who captured the essence of Breonna. The issue will be available wherever you buy or download magazines on 8/11.

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Peep the video below to see Tip's hilarious reaction to learning that he's going to be a grandfather.

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