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9-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest Astroworld victim, is in a medically induced coma in a Houston ICU.

Ezra suffered a severe brain injury during a crowd surge at Travis Scott's music festival at NRG Park on Friday.

Ezra was on his father's shoulders when the crowd surge began. His dad, Treston Blount, lost consciousness and both were trampled at the front of the stage.

Dad and son were separated in the ensuing chaos. Ezra was transported to a hospital in critical condition and admitted into ICU under the name "John Doe."

His family located him at the hospital and identified him.

They are distraught and demanding answers.

"How could this happen in the city of Houston? You know, when we go to concerts and different events we expect safety and security," Ezra's grandfather told ABC News.

Treston Blount launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for his son's medical expenses.

He wrote in the summary:

"We attended Travis Scott's Astro world fest I had my son on my shoulders awaiting drakes stage appearance I began to be crushed until I couldn't breathe I passed out And I woke up and my son was gone and due to his severe injuries which are swelling in the back of brain damage and trauma to nearly all organs we are certain that he was trampled and is still in induced coma we are thankful for his life and thankful for all the prayers and positivity we are asking for donations for his medical bills and anything that comes along with this tragedy."

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Drake apparently ignored the advice of his counsel and is speaking out about the tragic deaths during Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival.

In a post on his Instagram page on Tuesday, Drake called the stampede that resulted in 8 deaths a "devastating tragedy."

"I hate resorting to this platform to express an emotion as delicate as grief but this is where I find myself. My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering."

The Emo rapper added:

"I will continue to pray for all of them, and will be of service in any way I can. May God be with you all."

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Travis Scott faces lawsuits from injured victims and families of deceased fans. Drake is also named in at least one lawsuit for "inciting the crowd."

Drake was a special guest at the concert and was not a scheduled act.

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Travis Scott has offered to cover the funeral expenses for fans who died at his Astroworld Festival.

TMZ reports Scott will fully cover any and all funeral costs for the 8 people who passed away at the concert this weekend.

The families haven't said if they will accept his offer. A few families created GoFundMe accounts to raise funeral expenses.

According to TMZ, Scott will partner with BetterHelp -- a network of mental health professionals -- to offer mental health services, for free.

Scott also announced he will refund all tickets to Astroworld.

The troubled rapper is desperate to repair his public image amid reports that he has a history of encouraging his fans to harm themselves.

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Bryanna Morales, 17, poses at a makeshift memorial on the NRG Park grounds near where 8 people died. Morales was among hundreds injured during a crowd surge on Friday night.

Morales says she was knocked down twice and injured her foot during the concert. She says "the medical staff was not properly trained. I was taken into the medical tent because I was having a hard time breathing and all they did was hand me a bottle of water and told me to sit in the corner."

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A woman is accused of recruiting plus-size Black women on TikTok, then forcing them to cut themselves and call her "daddy."

Angela Vandusen, 27, of Michigan, is accused of forming a social media cult called "Daddy's Girls" in 2020 that targeted "insecure plus-sized black women". Angela reportedly encouraged the cult members to call her "daddy."

Angela gained a large following on TikTok by creating videos of herself dancing and lip-syncing provocatively.

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She also shared her weight-loss journey on TikTok and other social media sites. Eventually, she expressed her fondness for BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism), in addition to her preference for BBWs - big beautiful women of color.

One former member, who asked to remain anonymous, told Rolling Stone:

"We don't fit the society's standards of what a body is supposed to look like. It was safe to be around other women – we all looked the same, had the same problems, had the same struggles.

"A lot of girls joined based off the same aspect that we could talk about things and we could all relate to each other."

As more BBW women joined her BDSM cult, Angela's dark side began to emerge. She targeted women who were insecure, submissive and willing to be dominated by her.

Several of the women have spoken out about the abuse they suffered. They say Angela forced them to cut themselves and to pull their hair out of their heads to prove their loyalty.

When Angela had around 50,000 followers, she started charging $50 for weekly livestreams. During one of the livestreams, the male-identified lesbian asked the women to only make videos about her on their pages.

Women who made videos that weren't about Angela were disciplined or lectured to by the other group members.

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Over time, her livestreams became more and more sexual and her rules more strict.

"That's when I realized she's leading these girls on and making them fall in love with her," a former member told Rolling Stone.

One woman showed Rolling Stone a series of text messages from Angela, in which she said she was going to "punish" her for not answering her phone.

"You will be punished for this bulls**t. Stupid f**king b***h. You don't do jack f**king s**t, just lazy for no f**king reason," the text messages read.

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A TikTok user named @auntkaren0 (left) shared a screenshot of text messages allegedly sent by Angela (right) to an ex-Daddy's Girls member encouraging her to "cut deeper" and to "pull 20 strings of hair" out of her head (see the video below).

Angela, whose TikTok username was @AngelaTheeG0ddess, has since been kicked off the platform.

She has not been charged with any crimes, but there is a Change.org petition calling for her arrest.

The petition has gained over 22,300 signatures of its 25,000 goal as of Sunday night.

Watch @auntkaren0's video below.
 

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The fired Amazon driver who was seen in a viral video sneaking a woman out of his delivery truck finally explains what happened.

In a video call with TMZ, Tywan George confirmed that the woman captured on surveillance video was a working girl.

"It ain't nothing like I know her personally, you know what I'm sayin'?" he told TMZ.

Tywan said rent is high in the Tampa, Florida area, and the young lady was doing what she had to do to "make ends meet."

The viral surveillance footage, uploaded to TikTok by user @patrickhook01, shows the barefoot, scantily-clad woman slipping out the backdoor of an Amazon Prime delivery truck last month.

Tywan says he knew he would probably be fired because Amazon has strict policies against unauthorized people in delivery vehicles.

"There was no packages reported missing - nothing was reported stolen, you know what I'm saying? It was just the incident just went viral, you know what I'm saying? That's pretty much what cost me my job."

With nothing to lose, Tywan admitted he did what any other red-blooded American male in his situation would do.

"Honestly, I just look at it like it is what it is now, you feel me?"

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In a second video, Tywan is seen rapping and dancing in his delivery truck.

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The Houston Police Department is investigating at least one report that a security guard at Travis Scott's Astroworld concert was injected with an unknown substance.

Eight people died and hundreds were injured after a crowd surge and stampede at NRG Park in Houston, Texas on Friday night, according to police.

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Scott's Astroworld team disputes the crowd surge stories. Astroworld claims someone was going around injecting people with an unknown substance that caused sudden cardiac arrest.

Police Chief Troy Finner confirmed a security guard working for Astroworld felt a prick in his neck while he was trying to restrain a citizen, according to TMZ.

The guard reportedly fell unconscious and was revived with Narcan, an emergency drug administered by paramedics to reverse a suspected opioid overdose.

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There are no other reports of people being pricked by needles at the concert.

However, there are a plethora of witness accounts of fans being crushed by a crowd surge at the front of the stage.

Travis Scott has a history of encouraging risky behaviors at his concerts.

In 2017, a Scott was sued by a fan who was seriously injured when the rapper urged people to jump off a balcony at a concert in New York.

The 23-year-old fan said Scott yelled at his security guards to bring him to the stage.

"They didn't put a backboard or a neck brace on me or anything, they just kinda lifted me up and pulled me around. Then they dropped me in front of the stage."

A Reddit user posted a video that shows an enraged Scott urging concertgoers to beat up a fan who stole one of his sneakers.

Scott can be head yelling "Get that MF, get him. You tried to take my shoe? F*** him up! F*** him up!"

He then ordered his security to escort the kid out of the venue before spitting at him.

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At least eight people died and over 300 were injured during a stampede at rapper Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival in his hometown of Houston, Texas on Friday night.

8 people, including a 10-year-old boy, were pronounced dead at area hospitals. 23 others are hospitalized.

Police say the dead and injured were trampled when 50,000 people surged over barricades at the front of the stage on Day 1 of the sold out music festival at NRG Park.

Officials referred to the incident as a "mass casualty event" during a press conference on Saturday morning.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said authorities have "heard rumors of people injecting people with drugs" at the show, but added "I think it's very important that none of us speculate."

A source close to concert organizers told the NY Post:

"This was a targeted attack on innocent people, including a child. People were being spiked against their own will. The crowd surge was from panic because people were running for safety."

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Scott and fellow rapper Drake were performing onstage at the time of the fatal stampede around 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.

Angry fans took to Twitter to criticize Scott for not stopping the concert as his fans lay dying.

Footage shot at the scene shows paramedics performing CPR on unresponsive fans on the ground.

Social media influencer and reality star Kylie Jenner and her thee-year-old daughter, Stormi, both attended her boyfriend Travis Scott's concert. Kylie's sister, model Kendall Jenner, was also backstage. They were not injured.

The 29-year-old "Sicko Mode" rapper, real name Jacques Webster II, is best known for his hit singles "Antidote", "Mafia" and "Escape Plan" and for fathering two children with Kylie, 24.

Day 2 of Scott's Astroworld Festival has been canceled.

Watch video of fans breaking through a fence below.
 

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The White House flip-flopped a day after Joe Biden denied a report that he is paying illegal immigrants 450,000 each to settle a class action lawsuit.

In a carefully worded statement, White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday that the U.S. President is "perfectly comfortable" paying migrant families separated at the U.S. border in 2018.

Jean-Pierre, standing in for fully vaccinated press secretary Jen Psaki who was tested positive for Covid-19, said Biden will settle with illegal immigrants. However, Jean-Pierre said illegals may not receive $450,000 each.

"If it saves taxpayer dollars and puts the disastrous history of the previous administration's use of 'zero tolerance' and family separation behind us, the President is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with the individuals and families who are currently in litigation with the US government."

She wouldn't specify an amount, however, the ACLU has said the Justice Department agreed to pay $450,000 per person and up to $1 million per family.

On Wednesday, Biden, 78, was asked by Fox News' White House correspondent Peter Doocy whether the reports were true.

"It's not true," Biden said. "Yeah. $450,000 per person, is that what you're saying? That's not going to happen."

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reportedly settled a class action lawsuit seeking "damages" for immigrant families who crossed the border into this country illegally.

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Joe Biden denies reports that he is giving $450,000 to illegal immigrants who were separated at the U.S. border in 2018.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reportedly settled a class action lawsuit seeking "damages" for immigrant families who crossed the border into this country illegally.

On Wednesday, the U.S. President was asked by Fox News' White House correspondent Peter Doocy whether the reports were true that immigrant families will receive up to $1 million each.

"It's not true," Biden responded. "Yeah. $450,000 per person, is that what you're saying? That's not going to happen."

However, Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, suggested that Biden wasn't briefed on the negotiations.

In a statement Wednesday, Romero said the Justice Department "carefully deliberated and considered" paying large settlements to immigrants for "the crimes committed against thousands of families separated from their children."

Romero continued:

"The president is abandoning a core campaign promise to do justice for the thousands of separated families. We respectfully remind Biden that he called these actions 'criminal' in a debate with President Trump, and campaigned on remedying and rectifying the lawlessness of the Trump administration."

 

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Kodak Black has announced his participation in the annual "No Nut November" challenge after fellow rapper Kevin Gates touted the health benefits of semen retention.

Kodak Black went on to say "#SemenRetention All Next Month. #NoNutNovember." He also mentioned the benefits of holding his semen, saying "Saving My Life Source & Not Wasting My Energy On Foolishness, Changing Fa The Better Completely Starting Tomorrow."

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Women on Twitter are not helping the situation.

A Twitter user posted the rules of No Nut November, which include not having sex or touching yourself in any way, shape or form until December 1, 2021.