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If there is one thing worst than having a brother who has been charged with rape it has to be being the star witness in the case against him! Nicki Minaj is allegedly about to do just that as she has to be the witness in the case against her brother, Jelani Maraj.

According to Page Six Nicki is will be a key part of the defense.

via Page Six:

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Minaj will be, in fact, the crux of the defense; in opening statements in Nassau County, the brother’s lawyer said Thursday that the whole case was an attempt to extort $25 million from the hugely successful “Anaconda” rapper.

The little girl’s mother, Jacqueline Robinson, “related to Nicki that, ‘I can make the charges go away for $25 million,’” said David Schwartz, lawyer for Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj.

Robinson and the brother had just married when Robinson’s then-11-year-old daughter told officials in graphic detail that her new stepfather was raping her as often as four times a week, prosecutors say.

In her own opening statement, Assistant District Attorney Emma Slain told jurors that the girl’s brother, who was then 8, first revealed the abuse to child services.

The boy said he’d been beaten by his stepdad after walking in on him having sex with his big sister in a spare bedroom, the prosecutor alleged Thursday.

Child services called the cops; a search warrant at the house recovered a pair of the girl’s pajama pants, soiled with the stepdad’s DNA, the prosecutor said.

“He had sex with that 11-year-old girl sometimes four times a week,” the prosecutor told jurors.

But Schwartz claimed in openings that the mother put the DNA on the pants herself, then made sure cops found them as part of a frame-up.

“Why would [Robinson] lie and force her children to lie? I can give you 25 million reasons why,” the defense lawyer told jurors.

“Jackie became obsessed with Nicki Minaj — getting her hands on her money,” the lawyer added.

“An evil Jackie targeted him,” the lawyer said, pointing to Maraj, “trying to get him to marry her, and then just four months after they were married, we have this.”

Minaj has stuck by her older brother, posting his $100,000 bond when he was busted in December. Neither the defense nor prosecutor would say whether Minaj will take the stand.

But defense private investigator Les Levine said she will be called on her brother’s behalf. He would not say on which day.

This has to be hard for Nicki and her family. We will keep her in our prayers!

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[VIDEO] Keepin’ It Real! Kontrol Magazine (@kontrolmag) Goes LIVE w/ Demetrius Nash!

It’s not everyday you get to sit down and talk with someone so profound it makes you rethink what you are doing in your life—or with it—for that matter. They say it is never too late to make a change, and no one knows this better than Demetrius “D. Nash” Nash!
Hosted by popular Atlanta blogger and media personality, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, Kontrol Magazine got the chance to pick the brain of this truly “woke” and magnificent man recently during one of our increasingly popular “Kontrol Live” interviews. We chose to speak with D. Nash thanks to the timeliness and relevancy of his work. As you may already know his claim to fame took place when he marched from Chicago to Washington, D.C., in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in our country on the tail end of the unjust killing of Laquan McDonald.

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It’s not everyday you get to sit down and talk with someone so profound it makes you rethink what you are doing in your life—or with it—for that matter. They say it is never too late to make a change, and no one knows this better than Demetrius “D. Nash” Nash!

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Demetrius Nash, AKA “D. Nash”

Hosted by popular Atlanta blogger and media personality, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, Kontrol Magazine got the chance to pick the brain of this truly “woke” and magnificent man recently during one of our increasingly popular “Kontrol Live” interviews. We chose to speak with D. Nash thanks to the timeliness and relevancy of his work. As you may already know his claim to fame took place when he marched from Chicago to Washington, D.C., in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in our country on the tail end of the unjust killing of Laquan McDonald.

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The power and inspiration of that march not only surprised and inspired millions, but opened eyes to the severity of tragedies and dangers of being Black in America. One would think that in the 21st Century, racism would be a thing of the past; but people of color know this to be a fallacy. In his interview, D. Nash points out not only the blatant racism and racial profiling African-Americans are wrought with, but systematic oppression as well as his own origins.

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We were surprised to hear about his past as virtual drug lord, but even more impressed that after an eight year long sentence he reintegrated back into society and is now making a huge difference in the life others by using his own experience and enlightenment to inspire the masses.

Times are indeed as hard as ever as we question what it means to be Black in America and the ongoing fight for equality and self-sufficiency. There really can be a Wakanda when we cast down our buckets where we stand!

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#BoyBye! Khloe Kardashian Has NOT Forgiven Thompson! Reveals Why She Named Their Daughter, “True!”

(In news that we really hope is true) It looks as though the rumors of Khloe Kardashian forgiving Tristan Thompson are just that–RUMORS. Apparently, Khloe has NOT forgiven Tristan, and their relationship is in shambles to say the least.

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(In news that we really hope is true) It looks as though the rumors of Khloe Kardashian forgiving Tristan Thompson are just that–RUMORS. Apparently, Khloe has NOT forgiven Tristan, and their relationship is in shambles to say the least.

via TMZ

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Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ Khloe has not spoken to Tristan for several days because she’s still furious after finding out he repeatedly cheated on her, and embarrassed her in the process.

We’re told while Khloe’s recent post made it appear as if she and Tristan were solid — unveiling the baby’s name as “our little girl,” True Thompson — sources tell us it’s just a facade and their relationship is hanging by a thread.

We’re told Khloe is nowhere near forgiving Tristan … and the same goes for the rest of the Klan, including Rob, who is raging at Tristan. For now … Khloe’s putting on a brave face for the sake of their daughter. Khloe’s sisters are also livid.

Khloe and the baby are staying at Tristan’s house in Cleveland for the time being, largely because all of the baby gear is in the nursery there. But, they haven’t been alone since Khloe was released from the hospital. There is definitely a chill in the air.

Kris has been by Khloe’s side since the birth, and Kim, Kourtney and Kendall flew to Cleveland on Monday to support their sister after she had an emotional breakdown. But things will soon change. We’re told once Khloe’s medically cleared to fly, she’s getting the hell outta Dodge and bringing True back with her to L.A.

Aside from being the baby daddy, Tristan’s status with Khloe is tenuous at best.

(more…)

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WINNING! Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) Becomes First Rapper To Win Pulitzer Prize!

Kendrick Lamar is once again making history! Apparently the highly acclaimed rapper who has won Grammy after Grammy can add a Pulitzer Prize to his repertoire of awards, via his hit album, “Damn!” Kendrick is now the first rapper to receive a Pulitzer and the first musician outside of the jazz and classical music genres to win as well!

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Kendrick Lamar is once again making history! Apparently the highly acclaimed rapper who has won Grammy after Grammy can add a Pulitzer Prize to his repertoire of awards, via his hit album, “Damn!” Kendrick is now the first rapper to receive a Pulitzer and the first musician outside of the jazz and classical music genres to win as well!

via NewYorkTimes.com

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On Monday, Mr. Lamar’s “DAMN.” took home an even more elusive honor, one that may never have even seemed within reach: the Pulitzer Prize for music. Mr. Lamar is not only the first rapper to win the award since the Pulitzers expanded to music in 1943, but he is also the first winner who is not a classical or jazz musician.

“The time was right,” Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes, said in an interview after the winners were announced. “We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to — the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.”

She added: “It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers.”

All we can say is congratulations Kendrick! This is huge and we are over the moon happy for you. Mr. Lamar continues to push the envelope with his music, style, and mantra of activism! Dana is right this is a huge moment for hip-hop/rap, allowing others to recognized for their craft and contributions. What do you guys think of Kendrick’s big win? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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