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Bobby Shmurda Shares Honest Thoughts On Criminal Justice Reform

While he awaits his prison release in 2020, the Brooklyn rapper remains vocal and opinionated on certain topics of contention, specifically criminal justice reform.

While Bobby Shmurda awaits his prison release in 2020, the "Hot Ni**a" rapper remains vocal and opinionated on certain topics of contention, specifically criminal justice reform. The subject was discussed on SiriusXM's "Hip Hop Nation" with Swaggy Sie on March 25 where the Brooklyn native dialed in to unveil his thoughts on the fight to reconstruct the incarceration and parole system, and Meek Mill's reform initiative.

"Like I tell people all the time, I respect what he doing. I can't do it though," Shmurda admitted. "I can talk to the kids but I ain't about to be sitting here protesting and politicking for no motherfu**ing cops because them motherfu**ers don't care. They've been killing motherfu**ers since Rodney King. People got to realize this sh*t."

Earlier this year, Meek alongside Jay-Z and other board members from the sports and business sectors launched the Reform Alliance. The organization plans to "dramatically reduce the number of people who are unjustly under the control of the criminal justice system." The outlet will look to the parole and probation system as points of change.

Shmurda later referenced Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for equality but shared that he couldn't walk in his shoes given the amount of adversity and negativity that came his way. The 24-year-old artist noted that other modes of action besides "talking" need to take place.

"This sh*t ain't gon' change cause motherfu**ers started talking about it, we gotta take action...They've been beating Rodney King, the motherfu**ers been killing motherfu**ers for how long?" he said. "And it gets the same results."

In 2016, Shmurda began his seven-year sentence for conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking, and other charges that include weapons possession.

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According to reports, the officer has been with the Madison County Sheriff's Office in Huntsville for 12 years and sparked backlash for referring to LGBTQ qualms as "a fake movement which requires no special attention but by persons with an altered ego and fake agenda."

"Liberty. Guns. Bible. Trump. BBQ. That’s my kind of LGBTQ. I’m seriously offended that there is such a thing such as this movement," the deputy allegedly wrote in a Facebook post. "Society cannot and should not accept this behavior. I have a right to be offended and will always be offended by this fake movement which requires no special attention but by persons with an altered ego and fake agenda.”

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Turner said: “Bullying of any group or person in or outside of schools is unacceptable, and I welcome any and all efforts to raise awareness to bullying and bring bullying to a stop. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is proud of the community support and engagement we have received over the years, and we look forward to growing those community partnerships.”

 

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Jay-Z's Foundation Is Helping Kids Visit Black Colleges

With accepted students days happening on college campuses across the country, the timing of Jay-Z's foundation's newest endeavor is right on the money. The Shawn Carter Foundation is teaming up with Toyota to launch an HBCU college tour for prospective students.

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Russell Wilson Buys Amazon Stock For Select Teammates

Russell Wilson recently made history as the National Football League's (NFL) highest paid player. To celebrate this wealth, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback purchased Amazon stock worth $12,000 apiece for 13 of the team's offensive linesmen, TMZ reports.

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In the letter that was sent to his teammates, Wilson said he was indecisive on what to give them as a sign of his appreciation for their protection on the field. "Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact," he said. "Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children." According to CNBC, each linesmen's stock could be worth $270,000 in the next 10 years if Amazon's shares continue to result in a return of 2,200 percent.

Earlier this month, Wilson signed a $140 million contract. He'll suit up with the Seahawks for the next four years. The re-signing follows a previous four-year agreement the 30-year-old athlete made with the team.

 

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