Posts Tagged ‘prison’


Alfredo Angulo spent most of 2012 in a detainment center due to immigration issues. After scoring to comeback wins at the end of last year, he now steps back into the big leagues when he faces superb technician Erislandy Lara. See Angulo recount his journey via this new brief video from Showtime Sports.


Floyd Mayweather has been sentenced to 90 days in prison after agreeing to a plea deal for misdemeanor domestic violence.

The charges stem from a September 2010 incident where the mother of Mayweather two son’s, Josie Harris, claimed he hit her multiple times and threatened their children. Originally, Mayweather faced over 20 years in prison for felony battery and harassment charges.

Under the plea deal, Mayweather was fined $2500, must complete 100 hours of community service and a 12-month domestic violence program. An initial six-month prison sentence was suspended three months and three days for time already served.

Mayweather’s scheduled May 5 in-ring return for a possible megafight with Manny Pacquiao is now compromised, as Mayweather must turn himself in by January 6.

T.I. Free After Halfway House Tenure

Posted: September 29, 2011 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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T.I. (Clifford Harris) is a free man following his completion of a 14 day stay at an Atlanta halfway house.

T.I. was released from an Arkansas federal prison earlier this month after serving 11 months for parole violation. After breaking an agreement to travel back to his Atlanta hometown in a low-key vehicle, authorities ordered the rapper to complete a two-week stay at a halfway house.

Last September, T.I. was sent to prison after he and his wife were caught with drugs during a traffic stop on Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. The parole violation stems from a 2009 conviction on federal gun charges.

Per T.I.’s lawyer Steve Sadow, the rapper will be on probation until late 2012.

Yesterday, fans heard T.I.’s first post-prison music on Future’s “Magic (Remix).”

T.I. Back in Prison for Luxury Bus Use

Posted: September 2, 2011 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Authorities have returned T.I. to federal custody for using a luxury bus filled with entourage members to report to a Atlanta halfway house.

T.I. (Clifford Harris) was released on Wednesday after being jailed for the past year for parole violation on weapons charges. He traveled from a federal prison in Arkansas to Atlanta in the prominent luxury vehicle, which went against the Atlanta’s emcee’s promise to use a discreet van.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, T.I. will now be released on September 29.

Earlier this week, T.I. issued  statement to fans via Twitter.

“Feels great to be back where I belong…Back in the arms of those who need me the most,” T.I. said. “The storm is over & da sun back out. IT’S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!! Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending!!!!”

T.I. Pens Last Letter from Prison

Posted: August 16, 2011 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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T.I.  is almost finished completing his 10 month prison sentence for parole violation. This letter finds the Grand Hustle CEO in a more reflective, appreciative state of what he’s been blessed with and the struggles he’s overcome. He quotes Nietzsche via Tupac, and realizes that previously he spent far too much time focused on “haters” instead of acknowledging those who have supported him. Another notable point is T.I. plans to return with the mindset and lyrical approach he displayed on I’m Serious and Trap Muzik. Is that return to his roots compatible with his alleged newfound personal growth and maturity? Time will tell.

What up world? This will be my last message from Forrest City. Just reaching out and sending my love, respect and appreciation to all who have been ridin’ with me throughout this chapter in my life and not just recently but since all the things started happening one after another back in ’06. From Big Phil’s murder to my beautiful little angel Leiah being called home to heaven, to my arrest in ’07, the 1st prison sentence in ’09, to this last journey that I’m nearing the end of. A lot of people who are aware of all that has happened to me in my life say that there aren’t many men who could have endured and withstood so much pain, pressure and turmoil while managing to remain sane and keep their wits about them. I must say that I wouldn’t have been able to do so without God’s grace and having a strong support system behind me every step of the way. So often we spend time acknowledging the presence of “haters” and all the negativity they send our way but we don’t take the time to acknowledge and appreciate all the ones who love and support us and supply us with the positive energy we need to overcome. We complain about the pain so much that we don’t even notice how much stronger, wiser and better of a person the suffering has allowed us to become. I heard Pac say once “To live is to suffer and to survive is to find meaning in that suffering.” I later found out it came from an author by the name of Friedrich Nietzsche. When I heard Pac say that it was just some hard shit to hear your favorite rapper say before he kicked a verse. Now that I’ve gone through it and grown from it those words have a real true meaning to me. I know this won’t be my last battle with adversity but it has truly prepared me for whatever else may come in the future. For that also I’m thankful. Now it goes without saying that I hate I had to come back to prison for these 10 months but I am truly grateful for the knowledge, growth and understanding I’ve received from the experience.

Next time you hear from me I’ll be back out there with you. Doing for those who can’t do for themselves and speaking for those whose voices are never heard. When I touch down, I’m going all the way back to square one, like I’m fresh in the game and never sold a record. Back on some I’M SERIOUS, TRAP MUZIK shit… But until then RESPECT to all who deserve it. I’ll be back at you in a minute.



DMX Being Treated for Mental Illness

Posted: December 28, 2010 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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For immediate future, DMX’s one year jail term will be under the supervision of the Flamenco Mental Health unit at Arizona’s State Prison.

Earlier this month, DMX (Earl Simmons) received his jail sentence after pleading guilty to parole violation.  X violated his terms by testing positive for cocaine and oxycontin. The former multi-platinum emcee had just been released from prison in August after serving a year for a conviction on drug, fraud, and animal cruelty charges.

According to the Phoenix New Times, the mental health tests are a follow-up on the recommendation of Arizona judge Christine Mulleneaux, who stated at the rapper’s sentencing that it’s possible he suffers from bi-polar disorder, or another “undiagnosed mental condition.”

At press time, DMX’s manager Nakia Walker would not verify if her client has a mental condition. DMX will be able to have visitors beginning on January 20, 2011.


It’s crazy (no pun intended) that after being arrested every year since 1999, Arizona has finally decided to take a look at DMX’s mental condition. For those of us in Hip-Hop, we knew from the first album that X tittered on that thin line between brilliance and insanity.

DMX needs help, and Arizona is not the place he’ll get it. In that state, he’s simply a target, and that’ll never change. DMX is a grown man, so no one can force him to get off drugs. At least in a new location, he’d have a legit chance at a fresh start. I don’t know if it’s property holdings, family, or a just a love for the area that’s kept him there. Whatever it is, those ties need to severed when he’s released next year.

On every album, DMX says an emotional prayer. I hope his fans are keeping him in theirs.

Rapper turned confessed killer G-Dep was unaware his 1993 shooting victim had died before revealing his crime.

Over the weekend, a guilt-ridden G-Dep (Trevell Coleman) went to New York’s  25th Precinct to confess to shooting 32-year-old John Henkel three times in the chest with a .40 caliber handgun. The shooting was a botched robbery that G-Dep attempted as an 18 years old.

The former Bad Boy emcee did not know the victim, and was stunned for find out that he was being charged with murder after his story matched up with the facts of the case.

“I was surprised — for some reason, I really didn’t think that he died,” Dep told the New York Post from his jail cell. “When they told me, I was like, ‘Oh, I’m not going home after this.’ ”

Even though he was not aware he killed his victim, the rapper admitted his crime haunted him. His rap career fell apart due to heavy substance abuse, including the drug PCP. Spiritually, he began to wonder if his life’s path was simply karma from the shooting. Ignoring the objections of his mother and girlfriend, with whom he has three kids, G-Dep moved forward with his confession, believing it would provide “closure” for his guilt.

“I told my mom and my girlfriend that I wanted to confess, and they both told me to leave it in the past,” he explained to the Post. “[My girlfriend] is pretty peeved…I started to wonder if all the bad things that happened to me in my life were karma for what I did . . . you start to think ‘My happiness is because of someone else’s sadness.’ I thought that if I turned myself in, it might give me closure.”

G-Dep’s closure comes in the form of a second degree murder charge from Manhattan prosecutors, which carries a penalty of life in prison. When asked if he now regrets his decision, G-Dep remained steadfast that he made the right choice from a moral standpoint.

“People in [jail] don’t understand how I can confess. I’m just trying to get right with God,” G-Dep concluded.

At press time, a trial date has not been announced.


I had a discussion over the weekend about whether I would confess to a crime that was eating me up inside. The deciding factor would be my quality of life. Who depends on me? Wife? Children? I concluded I’d make my penance through prayer and through a life that tried every possible thing to make amends (especially speaking to kids who may also go down my path). That’s what his family tried to impart on him, and I definitely understand why they are so upset. To them, G-Dep made a selfish decision that will severely affect more lives (his children, girlfriend etc.).

I’m more surprised that he didn’t think he killed his victim. Three shots to the chest, at close range, with a .40 caliber weapon doesn’t have greats odds of survival. As I said in my last article, I respect G-Dep’s decision. You can almost tell from his words he feels a great weight lifted. In his mind, his life wasn’t worth anything with this burden hanging over him. It’s not a decision I would have personally made, but everyone must define their own moral code.

My condolences go out to the family of John Henkel. We’re so used to murder in our communities. We rarely bat an eyelash when we read about it, or even when our artists revel in it with their rhymes. Let this be clear reminder of how many lives a senseless murder can permanently alter.