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Tax Stone is more than a podcast host. He’s a ladies man, D’usse XO cognac drinker, ex-con from Brooklyn, New York and a prominent figure in this era’s hiphop culture. But, is someone’s criminal record, a definite indicator, on the type of person they are and they type of character they have?
Tax Stone’s Tax Season podcast has been airing for over a year now. His numbers are through the roof, with each episode averaging thousands of plays via Soundcloud every week, as well as a very aggressive group of online social media followers on Instagram and Twitter.
Tax Stone’s niche is simple. He’s real. He doesn’t sugar coat. He tells it like it is, or at least what his true perspective is. Often times Tax will interview a rap artist, model, stripper, celebrity’s or regular person he knows from around the way.
Tax Stone has a certain way about himself, he knows how to get an interesting story out of someone. He uses colloquialism, wit and street intellect to make celebrity’s spill their guts during interviews on Tax Season.
By appearance, Tax may not look like what you believe to be a journalist, but in fact he is; just as much so as Barbra Walters, Jon Stewart, Anderson Cooper or Katie Couric are journalist, so is Tax Stone. He discusses everything from music, relationships, sex, scams, women, prison, crime, current events, celebrity gossip and more interesting topics, primarily the basis being hiphop culture. Tax has transformed and revolutionized the podcast game and positioned himself as prominent figure and voice for hiphop.
Footage from Tax Stone’s instagram when he was joking around inside the office of Jay-Z , when Hov laughs about “14-Year Drug Dealer” viral comment made by a news reporter.
Troy Ave has been released from Riker’s Island on a $500,000 bond.
According to the New York Daily News, Troy’s mother paid the half a million dollar amount to free the Brooklyn rapper on July 11th.
The B$B artist is required to wear an ankle bracelet and cannot leave New York City. He’s also not allowed no where near any concerts, bars, arenas and other music venues, and he also has a curfew held to 11 p.m.
Prior to being freed, Troy had been held in custody for weeks without a bail. He’s being charged with attempted murder and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon, each stemming from a May 25 fatal incident at Irving Plaza, which resulted in the death of Ronald “Banga” McPhatter.
Banga was Troy’s bodyguard and childhood friend. Troy denies that he was the one who fired the bullet that killed McPhatter. One of Troy’s attorneys, John Stella, was arguing in court that Troy took the gun away from the man who killed McPhatter and shot back in self-defense.
Troy was shot in the leg on the night of the shooting, and he spent time in the prison’s infirmary unit. He left the courtroom in a wheelchair on July 11th before limping to a Mercedes SUV with help from Stella and a family member.
The MC’s mother reportedly barked at reporters as the media converged on Troy and his family. His mother later told the newspaper, “No comment. Respect people’s privacy. How about that?”
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P Diddy gives this momentous speech for the commencement of Howard University Class of 2014.
Latasha Harlins (July 14, 1975 – March 16, 1991)
Harlins was a student at Westchester High School and was murdered by Du just thirteen days after the videotaped beating of Rodney King became public.
On March 16, 1991, Du saw Harlins putting a bottle of orange juice in her backpack and thought Harlins was stealing, even though Harlin was holding the money for the juice. Du attempted to grab Harlins by the sweater and snatched her backpack. Harlins hit Du with her fist three times, knocking Du to the ground. After Harlins backed away Du then threw a stool at her. Harlins then picked up the orange juice that dropped during the scuffle, threw it on the counter and turned to leave. Du reached under the counter to retrieve a handgun. Du then fired at Harlins from behind and shot her in the back of her head, then fainted. Du’s husband, Billy Heung Ki Du, heard the shot and rushed into the store. After speaking to his wife, who falsely claimed having been robbed, he dialed 9-1-1 to report the shooting. Paramedics soon arrived, but Harlins was dead, her two dollars still in her left hand.
Du testified on her own behalf, stating that it was self-defense and that her life was in danger, but her words were contradicted by the statements of the two witnesses present at the time and the security camera footage, which showed her shooting Harlins in the back of the head as Harlins was attempting to leave the store. However, the Los Angeles police department ballistics expert report also found that the handgun Du used was altered in such a way that, compared to an ordinary handgun, much less pressure on the trigger was necessary to result in firing.
The jury found Du guilty of voluntary manslaughter with a 16-year prison sentence recommendation, believing that Du’s shooting was fully within her control and she fired the gun voluntarily. The presiding judge, Joyce Karlin reduced the sentence to probation of five years, four hundred hours of community service, and a $500.00 fine.
– (Credit: DominiqueDiprima.com)
My words on this: NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!
Never forget about Latsha Harlins, GOD rest her soul. Let her forever be remebered by us! & Let us never allow such a thing to happen ever again!
Ice Cube responded to this incident with a song called Black Korea.
Listen to Lupe’s lyrics.
I encourage everyone to watch.
They say freedom aint free y’all?