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In return for a PSA about vaccinations from this foreign born former A+ list rapper, a deal was struck regarding a very very close family member who won't get any jail time instead of the decade behind bars he was facing.
The husband of a Trinidadian-born rapper, singer, songwriter, and actress accepted a plea deal for failure to register as a sex offender.
By accepting the plea deal, the husband faces no jail time, and will likely be sentenced to supervised release for five years.
The husband's status as a sex offender stems from his 1995 conviction in New York of the first degree attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl.
A PSA featuring an Arkansas street hustler telling people to get vaccinated is going viral.
The PSA, commissioned by the Arkansas Dept. of Health, features street entrepreneur Richard Johnson telling people to get the vaccines.
About 68% of Americans have at least one dose of mRNA vaccine in their arms. Federal, state and local governments are pulling out all the stops to get hesitant Americans to roll up their sleeves.
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In the video, Johnson is seen leaning on a car while passionately telling viewers to get the vaccine.
He said the pandemic affected his "lifestyle" and impacted his revenue stream while he (and his customers) were on lockdown.
"During the pandemic, my lifestyle drastically changed. My income came to a screeching halt. You have to understand, I'm a hustler. I'm a legit entrepreneur. I sell things. I come in contact with people all the time. I have to stay safe."
Johnson fears another lockdown will crush his successful street sales.
"If you live the type of lifestyle that I live, if you out here in the streets and you hustling [as] an entrepreneur like me, then why not do it safely? So I want everybody to take this seriously. Take a shot at staying healthy. Get the vaccine."
Other government agencies have taken to using rappers and unsavory characters to speak to Black people on their level to decrease vaccine hesitancy.
Watch the PSA below.
Reader Daniel B. emailed Sandrarose.com to clarify the race of the two people responsible for a controversial PSA featuring Atlanta strippers.
As I told you yesterday, Tariq Nasheed sparked a lively debate on Twitter.com when he tweeted: "Instead of talking about our tangibles, this is what the white Democrats think will appeal to us."
According to Daniel, the Atlanta-based creators, Angela Gomes (pictured above left) and Paul Fox, are Black. But that's even worse than if the filmmakers were Caucasian.
Read Daniel's email below.
About your article relating to Tariq Nashiid's [sic] take on Get Your Booty to the Poll...
I say this with all due respect, and out of respect for journalistic standards... something I learned in-depth as a journalism major...GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!!
Neither Paul Fox nor Angela Gomes is white. They are black. A simple query of their Facebook profiles would reveal that. Also, in no way, shape or fashion did you even bother to contact them...once again, easy Facebook search...in order to get their own words on THEIR project.
That's not joirnalism [sic]. That's one-sided trash, and if you give a damn about black people you'd at the very least represent them for their appropriate race and allow them to speak on their own behalf. Or are you actually a Caucasian troll just trying to stir the pot?
Do better! Yes, I'm highly offended. I've known Paul for years, I've known his passion for political activism. I know he put his heart and creativity into that PSA, and that everyone involved took it as a very serious undertaking. I will not stand by and allow you to lie and misrepresent him like you have. Do better! Jesus!
Media Maven Oprah Winfrey wants you to know that there's an impostor on social media pretending to be her. Oprah created a PSA to inform her millions of IG followers that someone is impersonating her and asking for money to sign up for OWN accounts on Instagram.com.
"Hi everybody. I just want to know that somebody out there is trying to scam you using my name," she says.
"It's a fraud, it's a fraud, it's a FRAAAUD!" she sings in perfect key.
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Joshua Thomas, son of NBA legend Isiah Thomas, is speaking out about a crime that has gone underreported in the gay community for too long: forcible rape.
Thomas, who goes by the nom de guerre DJ Zeke, spoke out in a sexual prevention PSA video about his experience at the hands of another man.
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A former entourage member of rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris is reportedly using his former affiliation with Grand Hustle Records for nefarious reasons.
The man, whose Instagram.com user name is @Trencetatm, favors the rap tycoon. For this reason -- and due to his former affiliation with Grand Hustle Records -- he is successful at passing himself off as T.I.'s cousin around town.
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R&B Divas Monica Brown, Kelly Rowland, SWV and KeKe Wyatt have joined forces to promote the 'Yell Confidence' public service announcement and campaign.
According to Singersroom.com, rappers Mc Lyte, Trina and Spinderella are also putting together PSA's to support the campaign to benefit the Saving Our Daughters initiative. Celebrity photographer Derek Blanks worked with Rowland to hone her portion of the PSA.
The Yell Confidence campaign brings awareness to domestic violence in the black community.
Watch the behind-the-scenes video below the break.
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