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Man Falsely Sentenced To Life In Prison Gets Released Thanks To 'Golf Digest' Investigation

Now as a free man, Dixon plans to build a relationship with his children and hit a golf course soon.

In 1991, Valentino Dixon was arrested and sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of Torriano Jackson in Buffalo, New York. The testimonies of three witnesses led to a guilty verdict, plus the recanted testimony of his friend Lamarr Scott.

Scott initially confessed to the murder to clear his friend's name and record, but when it came time to testify, he reneged on his recollection and left Dixon to carry out the 38 years to life sentence. Dixon, 48, then picked up the hobby of drawing golf courses after reading a Golf Digest magazine while at the Attica Correctional Facility.

"So I'm sitting in my cell, and I'm saying, 'You know what? These golf drawings are pretty much saving my life because I'm sitting in here for something I didn't do and I'm on borrowed time," he said to The Washington Post. "The drawings lifted my spirits in a way I can't describe."

Once Dixon read editorial director Max Adler's "Golf Saved My Life" column, he decided to share his creations with Adler and mailed his case documents as well. Within his letters, Dixon maintained his innocence which inspired Adler and the publication to publish a story on Dixon's case. The article caught the attention of Georgetown University's Prisons and Justice Initiative.

After serving 27 years, Dixon was released from prison on Wednesday (Sept. 19). According to The Post, the investigation proved that officers and other legal officials did not possess concrete evidence such as no trace of gunpowder on Dixon's clothes to prove that he murdered Jackson. Witness testimonies also proved to be unstable, including Scott's who confessed to the murder once again after recanting during the trial.

Alongside Dixon's lawyer, Donald Thompson, Scott also claims prosecutors coerced him into recanting his testimony. "Each and every day, it eats away at me that I allowed them to convince me to do the wrong thing," Scott said to Adler 20 years after his first confession.

Now as a free man, Dixon plans to build a relationship with his children and hit a golf course soon.

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Delonte West's Recent Video Draws Swift Reaction From Former Coach Phil Martelli

Recently, a video of former NBA player Delonte West appeared on various social media accounts, showing a detained West who appeared to be distressed. The visual prompted reactions from West's college basketball coach Phil Martelli and his teammate at that time, Jameer Nelson, ESPN reports.

"Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help—please read and embrace Jameer's wisdom—we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the progressional help Delonte needs," Martelli said. "This is so very painful." In the video, West says someone with a gun approached him and physically assaulted him.

Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help - please read and embrace Jameer’s wisdom - we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the professional help Delonte needs. This is so very painful. https://t.co/8IAuTdzCc9

— Phil Martelli (@PhilMartelli) January 21, 2020

In an interview with TMZ, West's agent Aaron Goodwin said the former Dallas Maverick's family is supporting him as well as the NBA. In 2016, West was checked in to a medical facility to treat his mental health. Since being drafted to the NBA in 2004 by the Boston Celtics, West has played for teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Dallas Mavericks.

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Nipsey Hussle Tribute At The Grammys To Feature Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch And More

On Sunday (Jan. 26), a group of artists will gather on stage to pay tribute to one of music's pivotal figures. The 62nd Grammy Awards will host a tribute to Nipsey Hussle, who's posthumously nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance ("Higher") and Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance ("Racks In The Middle)." In 2019, Hussle's debut album, Victory Lap, was nominated for Best Rap Album.

The tribute will feature appearances by YG, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, John Legend, and Kirk Franklin. In a statement, the showcase's executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, noted that it was a unanimous decision to honor the fallen lyricist.

"An activist, entrepreneur and rapper, Nipsey Hussle had a lasting impact on not just his community, but also the culture at large. There is no denying the influence he had and his legacy will be felt for generations to come," Ehrlich said. "We are honored to bring together this amazing group of artists to celebrate Nipsey's life and pay tribute to his many contributions to music. It's sure to be a memorable performance."

On March 31, it'll mark a year since Hussle was murdered outside of his LA-based store, Marathon Clothing. Eric Holder, the suspect, was indicted by a grand jury in May for "one count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon," a press release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office reads.

The Grammys will air on CBS on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. EST.

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Trailer: 20 Years After His Death, Houston Legend DJ Screw's Life Coming To A Network Near You

There are many stories that define the emergence of styles within the world of hip-hop, yet one of the most influential tales will be told for all to be inspired by, and that story is the life of Houston's legendary Robert Earl Davis, Jr. aka DJ Screw. Known now as the innovator of the "chopped and screwed" style birthed in the 90s of slowing down the speed of hip-hop jams to that of a crawl, where the lyrics drawl out and the beats stretch and your head has no choice but to bob.

The new episodic series, titled All Screwed Up, is directed by producer/filmmaker Isaac "Chill" Yowman and is based on the life of DJ Screw and the happenings of his Screwed Up Click label. The trailer shows the many dramatic points in the young Screw's journey to recognition. From crosstown rivals to police harassment, to building a music empire around talented gangstas, the situations he pushed through created the sound that proved to live on beyond his life.

2020 makes 20 years since Screw passed on from what was labeled a codeine overdose in his studio. There are still street stories about what happened to Screw and all the possibilities, but what is for sure is this man's contributions to hip-hop culture can't be denied. His handprint is all over the slowed down and chopped up productions that permeate all of today's top-charting artists from Drake, to Kendrick, to Future to Travis Scott to name a few.

Watch the trailer above and be on the lookout for the network that will carry this sure-fire hit of a series. In the meantime, check out one of Screw's original tapes with his Screwed Up Click below.

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