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Baltimore Woman Murdered While Donating to Homeless

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Baltimore is mourning the loss of a citizen who was attacked while donating to a homeless woman. Friends of the victim are in search of justice.

Jacquelyn Smith is remembered by friends for having a “heart of gold.” While out in East Baltimore early Saturday morning, Jacquelyn stopped to help a panhandler. The woman in need asked for assistance, money to help feed her baby. During her act of kindness she was attacked while sitting in her vehicle with her husband and daughter.

According to the Baltimore Police Department, the assailant stabbed Jacquelyn while her window was down and left the area. Less than a block away from Latrobe Homes, a public housing complex with a history of violence. While police are on the lookout for a man possibly in his 30s with a goatee, friends of the victim are skeptical of the story told to police.

“It just don’t sound right to me. It just don’t sound right, it really doesn’t. But if it did, I can see her doing that. Going in her purse and giving someone some money. Because she’s the type of person who would do that for anybody.”

For safety, the victim’s friends requested to remain anonymous. Shocked the suspect got away, they believe Smith was only in the area to drop off family members. Now photos of Smith are posted along the street where police are searching for answers.

Be careful

Police and city officials encourage citizens to refrain from giving to panhandlers. Across the nation, attacks on good Samaritans are common this time of year. Just recently a woman was attacked while delivering meals to a homeless encampment.

The Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh took time to comment on Smith’s untimely demise. “We don’t want people destroying other people’s lives. This is unconscionable and as I’ve continued to say, one life lost in this city is one life too many.”

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Offset: “Take Me Back” is Not an Apology

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Just as Cardi B was beginning her headlining act at the Rolling Loud festival, Offset interrupted her. Wheeling out $15,000 worth of Venus Et Fleur roses stating “Take Me Back Cardi”, Offset told her to forgive him.

Unfortunately, “Take Me Back Cardi” is not an apology. It’s a command.

Stolen Shine

Facilitated by Cardi’s publicist, Patience, the roses were delivered same day after 8 people assembled it in time for the show. While no one is sure if Offset or Cardi’s publicist made the call, one thing is certain. Patience knew about the plan and allowed it to happen. Performing at Rolling Loud as the first woman to headline the event, Cardi’s moment in the sun is forever tarnished with the appearance of her lecherous husband.

Concertgoers watched the nearly two-minute long interruption as Cardi stood awkwardly, disappointed that her husband had disrupted her show. Saying, “I’m sorry, bruh” and attempting to apologize, Offset reached in for a kiss only to be rebuffed. And rightfully so. Imagine blocking someone, getting a new phone and number, only to be confronted by your abuser on a world stage. The audacity!

Offset deliberately chose a career-defining moment to usurp. Using textbook examples of emotional manipulation, Offset selfishly made his demands. His gesture ignores clear boundaries, giving Cardi no space or time to process her decision to step away from their marriage. Just one day ahead of her performance, Offset made a plea centered on his birthday, asking for his wife back. Everything about it stunk of egocentricity.

Selfish Plea

Offset’s apology is rooted in guilt-bait tactics. By mentioning their daughter and manipulating facts of his infidelity, Offset attempted to tug at Cardi’s heartstrings. But the gesture was full of possessive language and contained no consideration for her wishes.

At this moment, Cardi is more than surely faced with unwarranted opinions on what she should do. But the reason so many people are invested in whether she takes this man back is that we have been there and seen the benefit of independence. After bungling her performance, it’s easy to see why so many people want her to sign those papers.

Do you think Offset has learned his lesson? Do you think this is all a publicity stunt on the heels of his album release?

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Johnson and Johnson Knew Baby Powder Problems All Along

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Johnson and Johnson were unmasked for deceiving millions of consumers for decades. After a $4.69 billion lawsuit, Reuters says the corporation knew its dangers all along.

Toxic Talc

An investigation by Reuters produced documents proving J&J knew their baby powder contained asbestos. Going as far back as 1957, documents show the Italian sourced talc was sent to an Ohio lab for study. Under the guise of improving the physical properties of the talc, a one-kilogram sample was submitted for testing. Comprised of weekly collections taken from the conveyor of a New Jersey processing plant, amphiboles, a type of asbestos, were found in its contents.

In its naturally occurring form, asbestos is described as fibrous and “acicular” or needle-like. With no mention of asbestos in the report, the study states J&J was only seeking to reduce the coarseness of their product. Still, testing of the company’s popular baby powder continued.

Results from 1972 to 1975 showed the company was aware of “rather high” levels of asbestos in the product. According to Reuters, J&J told an FDA regulator that no asbestos was “detected in any sample” produced between December 1972 to October 1973. Johnson and Johnson willingly omitted that at least three tests by three different labs reported asbestos was found.

Backlash

Amidst 11,700 plaintiffs now holding the corporation responsible for their misrepresentation of the safety of baby powder, J&J stock is tumbling. Hoping to please their stockholders, Johnson and Johnson released a lengthy statement in their defense. Calling the piece “one-sided, false and inflammatory,” they protest baby powder is safe and asbestos free. Still, they lost nearly $40 billion of their stock’s market value upon Friday’s close.

With diseases like ovarian cancer and mesothelioma among the personal injury lawsuits, J&J may never recover. Right now, the corporation is embroiled in the opioid epidemic and has been battling lawsuits over baby powder since 2015. While J&J are attempting to repair their image, many do not believe they can trust the parent company. Their products spanning from baby to adult, many are now skeptical of what hides in their other offerings.

Will you be ditching Johnson and Johnson?

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Kanye Feuds with Drake

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A flurry of tweets erupted from Kanye West’s Twitter account. Alleging Drake threatened him, Kanye says Drake has gone too far.

“No tough talk either”

At 10pm EST, Kanye began his tweet streak, calling out Drake’s shady behavior. In the 4-hour-long tirade, he implied Drake was responsible for the hospitalized Pusha T concertgoer that rushed the stage. He also credited Drake for the death of XXXTentacion and arrest of Tekashi69. Saying “I got a family and kids”, it seems Kanye may fear for his safety.

“I need my apologies now!”

Calling him “disrespectful to all people with mental health conditions”, Kanye implored Drake to work things out. In the past, Drake has held an extensive feud with Kid Cudi, who famously struggles with depression. Going for the low blow after being name-checked for having ghost writers, Drake said this in “Two Birds, One Stone”:

“You stay xanned and perc’d up, so when reality set in, you don’t gotta face/Look what happens soon as you talk to me crazy/Is you crazy?”

The track, released while Kid Cudi was seeking care in a rehabilitation facility, sent him into a tizzy, promising retaliation upon release. But Cudi would need to aim twice if he wanted retribution, as Kanye was credited as a writer for the diss. Despite championing for the normalization of mental health care discussion in recent years, Kanye does not have clean hands either.

While no one is entirely sure what caused the beef, tweets about 2 hours into Kanye’s rant hinted why. Blaming Travis Scott, Drake drew his ire for dissing him in “Sicko Mode”. Claiming “Trav is my family and let this met throw sneak disses at me for clout”, Kanye says he heard there was more to Drake’s verse insulting him.

Drake Ki Ki-ing

Through it all, Drake seemed to be amused by his meltdown, allegedly sending “purple emojis” to Kim. He even requested clearance for “Say What’s Real”. Kanye ultimately denied the request for the sample.

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Upcoming Diss Track?

Never one to stand idly by when it comes to family, Kim eventually popped out to defend her man.

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Completely sidestepping Lil Wayne’s discovery of Drake, many said Kimberly should’ve just sat there and ate her food.

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This whole thing is just so messy!!!

While there’s no indication there’s been a resolution to their disagreement, Kanye says “don’t sneak diss or diss at all”.

What do you think about this situation? Is the King of Calabasas really about that action or is he bluffing?

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