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Jay Z is using his substantial influence to reform the criminal justice system for rappers who go on trial in New York.

The 51-year-old rap mogul has joined forces with other rap activists to end the unfair practice of using harmful lyrics against rappers in court.

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Rappers typically glorify murder, violence, drug dealing, prostitution and burglary in their rap lyrics. But most of them don't live that life when they leave the recording studios.

According to Rolling Stone, Jay Z, government name Shawn Carter, has teamed up with Meek Mill, Big Sean, Fat Joe, Robin Thicke, Kelly Rowland, and Yo Gotti to urge lawmakers to sign and support the "Rap Music on Trial" bill.

The rappers argue that rather than acknowledge rap music as a form of artistic expression, police and prosecutors interpret rap lyrics literally. They say the tactic gives prosecutors "a dangerous advantage in the courtroom."

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"This is an issue that's important to [Jay-Z] and all the other artists that have come together to try to bring about this change," Alex Spiro, Jay-Z's lawyer, told Rolling Stone. "This is a long time coming. Mr. Carter is from New York, and if he can lend his name and his weight, that's what he wants to do."

Rolling Stone reports the bill passed through the New York Senate Codes Committee on Tuesday. The bill is headed to a full vote on the Senate floor.

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D.C. parents who don't want their children to get the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine are concerned about new legislation that limits their parental rights.

According to the Washington Post, the D.C. Council passed B23-017 (Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act) to vaccinate all schoolchildren without parental consent -- as long as the child understands the need for, and the risks of the vaccine.

The "Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act" permits a child aged 11 years or older "to consent to receive a vaccine where the vaccination is recommended by the United States Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. It also establishes that if a minor is able to comprehend the need for, the nature of, and any significant risks inherent in the medical care then informed consent is established."

Clearly the D.C. Council members believe children today are smarter than they were back in the day when a child needed a signed consent form just to go on a school field trip.

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Alcoholics with a sweet tooth can have the best of both worlds now that liquor-flavored ice cream is legal in New York state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation authorizing the manufacture and sale of liquor-flavored ice cream. Ice cream infused with vodka, bourbon or rum is now legal to meet "increasing consumer demand for alcoholic ice cream," according to KTLA5.

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Ice cream infused with wine, beer or cider was already legal in New York state. "This legislation will further grow a burgeoning industry and boost small businesses while helping to put them on a path of sustained growth that empowers both producers and consumers," Cuomo said in a statement.

According to the new law, ice cream can contain a maximum of 5% of hard liquor by volume and will require the same labeling and warnings as ice cream with wine, beer and cider.

State Sen. Rachel May and Assembly Member Donna Lupardo say the new law will help businesses and boost tourism in the state.

"This legislation will help New York’s dairy industry and our liquor and craft beverage industries at the same time," May said in a statement. "I am very grateful to the Governor for signing this into law, and I look forward to sharing some maple bourbon ice cream with him at next year’s State Fair!"

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Lawmakers in Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas have proposed legislation to ban doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and other hormone drugs for children.

Georgia State Rep. Ginny Ehrhart is drafting a bill that would block medical providers from facilitating a medical "transition" for minors by prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.

The lawmakers acted out of a sense of concern for children after a Texas mother brainwashed her 3-year-old son to believe he was a girl.

The child, now 7, attended school as a boy for the first time in his young life this week. His mother, a pediatrician, convinced the youngster that he was a girl because he played with a girl's toy in a McDonald's happy meal when he was 3.

The boy's father asked a judge to grant him full custody of the boy, but a Texas jury awarded primary custody to the mother and allowed her to continue transitioning the boy into a girl.

In response to the overwhelming public backlash, the presiding judge overturned the jury's decision.

"We're talking about children that can't get a tattoo or smoke a cigar or a cigarette in the state of Georgia, but can be castrated and get sterilized," Ehrhart told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In 2018, Ehrhart defeated Democrat Jen Slipakoff, who is raising her son as "transgender" because at 2 years old he showed an interest in pink pajamas and cupcakes.

People who "transition" their minor children to the opposite sex tend to be white women who suffer from Munchausen by proxy syndrome.

Munchausen by proxy syndrome is a mental condition in which a parent or caregiver fakes or causes illness in children for attention from healthcare workers and the news media.