Commentary: ‘Demon weed’ found in Trayvon Martin’s system, so what?

Published: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:30 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 2:40 PM


            Commentary: ‘Demon weed’ found in Trayvon Martin’s system, so what?

Legal analysts say it will help George Zimmerman if jurors learn about the small amount of the so-called dreaded demon weed (click here to see video above on YouTube) medical examiners found in Trayvon Martin’s system.

I am wondering how, exactly, and thinking, “So what?”

There’s been much debate about whether the evidence should be allowed in the trial, but I am not sure how it can help Zimmerman in his defense.

Marijuana, illegal as it may be, isn’t exactly PCP and despite that Miami ‘zombie-face eating’ case (cannabis was found in the face eater’s system), it won’t make you go nuts.

In case you missed it, the Florida judge presiding over Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial ruled yesterday that defense attorneys may present evidence to the jury that Martin had marijuana in his system when he was gunned down.

Read: Trayvon’s dad: I didn’t deny it was son’s voice

Blah, blah, blah.

This Ohio University graduate has seen many pot heads.

Wacky tobacky users giggle a lot, listen to reggae, keep Taco Bell and White Castle afloat, frequent Parliament Funkadelic concerts and/or mourn Jerry Garcia’s death like it happened yesterday.

There are exceptions to every rule, but I have never seen marijuana give someone superhuman strength.

It generally doesn’t cause people to flip over tables or punch out car windows.

The 1936 classic “Reefer Madness” is a funny because it is a fraud.

You can debate that pot is a gateway drug, but it is not “the torturer that never stops” and it will not take you “through hell," as described on one of Reefer Madness’ movie poster.

Marijuana is, of course, a major component in the so-called War on Drugs.

About 1.5 million drug arrests were made nationwide in 2011, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

About half of those arrests (about one every 42 seconds according to come estimates) dealt with Mary Jane.

An argument could be made that those numbers only tell part of the story.

I am betting that those arrest numbers would be much less if marijuana was legalized and regulated and not left to criminals to distribute.

I am not advocating the legalization of marijuana or saying that it is safe to use.

I am just calling a spade a spade and a small amount of something unlikely to turn you into the Incredible Hulk a small amount of something unlikely to turn you into the Incredible Hulk.

Marijuana has very little to do with the Zimmerman trial unless the defense can prove that Martin went after Zimmerman in some sort of pot rage.

“Pot rage” would be a great band name, BTW.

What do you think? Will evidence of Martin’s drug user help Zimmerman? Let us know below.

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Lawsuit: Rapper Young Jeezy blew off concert to party

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 10:23 AM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 10:23 AM


            Lawsuit: Rapper Young Jeezy blew off concert to party

A Houston music promoter said in a lawsuit that he agreed to pay Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy $1,000 a minute for an hour-long concert in Texas last December, but the musician skipped the concert for a party and kept his $30,000 deposit.

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Now Jay Jenkins, the 39-year-old rapper who goes by Jeezy or Young Jeezy, faces a civil lawsuit filed Feb. 8 in the U.S. District Court in Houston that accuses him of fraud and breach of contract.

The promoter, Darryl Austin, said in the lawsuit that Jenkins' brush-off damaged his reputation and cost him more than $100,000 in expenses and lost revenues. Austin said he had sold $154,000 worth of concert tickets and paid for advertising and booking Houston's Arena Theatre for the Dec. 9 concert.

"Fans think it is (my) fault," Austin said in his lawsuit. "The venue has lost confidence in plaintiff Darryl Austin's ability to follow through when he books events at their facility and will require more up-front money for him to reserve events."

So far, he added, the Arena Theatre hasn't returned the deposit he paid to reserve the space.

The lawsuit also named Sammy Mumphery and YJ Productions and Concerts, Jenkins' Atlanta agent and promoter who had arranged the contract for the concert performance.

Austin said he had worked with the same parties to set up earlier concerts by Jenkins in Houston.

Jenkins and Mumphery couldn't be reached for comment.

According to Austin's lawsuit, Jenkins didn't like the venue, even though he had played there "on at least six other occasions."

Last October, Jenkins agreed through his agents to put on a one-hour concert at the Arena Theatre for $60,000, according to the lawsuit. Austin said he signed a contract with Jenkins' agent for the engagement the next day and paid a $30,000 deposit.

However, a month later, Jenkins' agents told Austin the artist didn't want to perform at that venue. Austin said he had already sold more than 1,000 tickets at that point, according to the lawsuit.

"Feeling cornered and in distress," Austin said in the lawsuit, he agreed to increase Jenkins' fee to $80,000.

"However, at the last minute, (Jenkins) decided to attend an album release party in Atlanta for his new album and to nix the Dec. 9 … performance in Houston," Austin said in the lawsuit.

He said he tried to salvage the concert by offering to fly Jenkins back to Atlanta afterwards in a private jet, or to reschedule the concert to Dec. 17.

But Jenkins "still refused to perform and refused to return the $30,000 he had taken as a deposit," according to the lawsuit.

Austin said he wants Jenkins to pay at least $100,000 in damages plus more cash for the damage done to his reputation, and he wants his deposit back.

Or "in the alternative," according to the lawsuit, Jenkins can perform the concert he agreed to and pay whatever damage award a jury decides.

This is not the first time Jenkins has faced legal troubles, according to multiple news accounts.

In 2005, he was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, for alleged illegal possession of a concealed firearm, but the charges were later dropped, according to The Associated Press.

In 2007, after destroying his Lamborghini when he crashed into a taxi on Peachtree Street, he told The Atlanta Journal Constitution that the accident gave him "a new appreciation for life." Several months later Atlanta police charged him with DUI.

In 2014, Jenkins was arrested for battery after an alleged fight with his son.

He was arrested again several months later in California, a few days after a deadly shooting backstage at a concert, when police raided his tour bus and found an AK-47 assault rifle.

The charges were dropped after it was determined the rifle belonged to Jenkins' security chief, who had been hospitalized earlier after being shot at another event.

Jenkins has also faced legal disputes with other artists over music copyright issues.

Rihanna Harvard Humanitarian of the Year? Absolutely, here’s why

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 1:40 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 1:40 PM


            Rihanna Harvard Humanitarian of the Year? Absolutely, here’s why

It’s no Grammy, but Rihanna is winning an Ivy League honor that none of her peers can brag about.

Harvard University has named the popular Caribbean-born singer its 2017 Humanitarian of the Year for her charitable works.

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 In addition to selling 200 million albums worldwide, which is quite an achievement, the Barbados-born and raised Rihanna is quite the philanthropist.

Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter said the internationally acclaimed musician deserves recognition for her good works.

“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” Counter said.

“She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program (named for her grandmother and grandfather) for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project,” he said.

The Harvard Foundation has named Rihanna the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year.

Posted by Harvard University on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rihanna, who celebrated her 29th birthday this week, will attend the award presentation ceremony next week on campus.

Other Harvard Humanitarian Award winners include actor James Earle Jones, United Nations Secretaries General Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan and Boutros Boutros-Ghali, gender rights advocate Malala Yousafzai and tennis player and activist Arthur Ashe.

Just one more reason to love Rihanna.

Posted by College Candy on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Rihanna Harvard Humanitarian of the Year? Absolutely, here’s why

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:47 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:47 PM


            Rihanna Harvard Humanitarian of the Year? Absolutely, here’s why

It’s no Grammy, but Rihanna is winning an Ivy League honor that none of her peers can brag about.

Harvard University has named the popular Caribbean-born singer its 2017 Humanitarian of the Year for her charitable works.

>> Read more trending news  

In addition to selling 200 million albums worldwide, which is quite an achievement, the Barbados-born and raised Rihanna is quite the philanthropist.

Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter said the internationally acclaimed musician deserves recognition for her good works.

“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” Counter said.

“She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program (named for her grandmother and grandfather) for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project,” he said.

The Harvard Foundation has named Rihanna the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year.

Posted by Harvard University on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rihanna, who celebrated her 29th birthday this week, will attend the award presentation ceremony next week on campus.

Other Harvard Humanitarian Award winners include actor James Earle Jones, United Nations Secretaries General Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan and Boutros Boutros-Ghali, gender rights advocate Malala Yousafzai and tennis player and activist Arthur Ashe.

Just one more reason to love Rihanna.

Posted by College Candy on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Angelina Jolie talks about ‘difficult’ divorce from Brad Pitt

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 4:28 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 4:28 PM


            Angelina Jolie talks about ‘difficult’ divorce from Brad Pitt

Filmmaker and actress Angelina Jolie reluctantly talked about her split from actor Brad Pitt in Cambodia during a publicity interview with the BBC World Service for her new film.

The couple, in a very public and at times bitter split last September, divorced after a decade together.

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 “It was a very difficult time and, and we are a family and we will always be a family and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it,” Jolie told the BBC.

The actress said the divorce has been tough, but that she’s concentrating on her children.

“My focus is my children, our children ... Finding a way through this,” she said.

“We are and forever will be a family. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”

Jolie and Pitt have six children together and decided to keep the details of the custody arrangements private.

Jolie, who is also a special envoy for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, produced and directed her latest movie, “First They Killed My Father,” which premiered last weekend in Cambodia.