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“Two Reasons Why I Won’t Report My Child Abuse”

Excerpt from The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook By Steve Simpson

“The first reason is I know that I could be better in school. I know I mess up at home. The clothes I wear. The way I have my hair. The attitude I have. The trouble that I get in. I bring it on myself. If I were a better person these things probably wouldn’t happen to me. Ever since I can remember, I have been told by my parents that all the problems at home are my fault. People have it worse than I do.” These are the thoughts of many who are being abused and the first reasons why they won’t report it.

What I discovered was that even children who do fantastic in school, never get in any trouble, and do everything “right” still get abused by their parents or abusive adults in their home. Their parents even called them the same names as me and they were model children. I’ve found it has nothing to do with the way I act at all. It has nothing to do with who I was. It has nothing to do with the children. It has to do with the adults. Child abuse and discipline have nothing to do with each other. People who abuse children do it because of their own sickness, be it alcoholism, drug abuse or other problems they have.

“I knew my father or my mother’s boyfriend had no right to abuse me but I always felt that my mother would get in trouble for it.” This is the thought of many abuse victims and the second reason why they don’t report it. Even though they are getting abused they still try to protect the non-abusing/co-dependent parent. What I offer to those children is you would not so much be getting your parent in trouble, but you would be getting them help. Most authorities get them to go to therapy, which would stop that parent from allowing abuse to themselves and others in the future, therefore making their life better. So by protecting yourself you’re actually not getting anyone in trouble but protecting them and getting them help as well. Even the abusive adult could end up getting help as a result of you reporting it. Nobody should abuse you, period!

If you are being abused in any way, sometimes the abuse looks like it’s becoming less frequent. Don’t be fooled by this. It could suddenly pick up again and get worse. It will not stop unless you do something to stop it. Speak to a teacher, guidance counselor, school social worker or psychologist. Counselors from community centers and sometimes even people from local churches will know what to do and how to get you help. You can call Child Protective Services for your local area. Nobody should be abused in any way. You are no exception. You are worth getting help.

Approximately 5 children die a day as a result of child abuse. For those who suspect child abuse whether it be a relative or neighbor, it always amazes me how people will call 911 simply because someone parked in the wrong spot or put the garbage out on the wrong night, yet they won’t get “involved” in possibly saving a child’s life or at a minimum their childhood (not to mention the problems they will have as an adult as a result of their abuse). As responsible people we are already “involved”.

If you suspect child abuse it probably does exist. Don’t make excuses or protect and enable the abuser. Protect who you are supposed to protect, the children.

 

About Steve Simpson
Steve Simpson is a child advocate, child abuse survivor and media commentator who just released The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook — a small guide that is modestly tucked inside in all four of his YA adventure novels which covers most of the topics plaguing young people today—suicide, bullying, sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, self-worth, being the child of an addict, living in a dysfunctional home, surviving school and more. Simpson was even recognized by President Barack Obama, former New York governor David Paterson and the County Executive of Nassau County for his efforts on behalf of abused children.

 

GiGi Cesare

GiGi, is a passionate award-winning actress and recording artist with multicultural roots. She is currently in the studio recording her debut tracks with hopes to emerge as the first teen EDM Trap Pop recording artist. GiGi’s sound is unique and captivating and her stunning vocals are just as intuitive. Influenced by pop stars as diverse as Lil Miquela, Post Malone and George Michael, GiGi has conceived a unique blend of R&B, soul and trap pop music with a twist. Even at the young age of 13, she is already making headlines, not only as a musician, but also as an actress. Last year, she received an unprecedented nomination at the Imagen Awards for Best Actress in a feature film competing against fellow nominees Salma Hayek and Eva Longoria. She plays principal roles in two films currently in post production, a dramatic comedy Space Captain and Callista and comedy, Go With The Flow. Learn more about GiGi, and do not miss out on her upcoming releases.

For all things GiGi go here.

Michael Evans Behling

By Krishan Narsinghani

As of late, 360 Magazine sat down with actor, Michael Evans Behling, to discuss his story on becoming a series regular on the hit CW tv-show “All American.”

Behling was born in Columbus, OH but raised in Columbus, IN. Growing up, he played football, volleyball and ran track & field. Before pursuing college for track, Behling’s mother pushed him to try his hand at modeling. Flash forward one year, the biracial newcomer shot for notable brands like Nike, Finish Line and White Castle. Discovering a passion for comedic shorts via social media, Behling paved a career path that created an escape from negativity and depression. His personal life in a funk, acting molded that release and in return, made himself and others feel better. A bold move to LA quickly proceeded and transformed his life.

What do you think been your favorite part of shooting All American?

An outstanding cast. People-wise, we are a family that clicked from the beginning. There’s such a nice atmosphere including the production! Whether in the morning or night, I’m smiling going in.

Being relatively new to working the industry, what is one thing you would work on more?

To continue working even more and getting out on stage. Whether it means taking more classes and working as much I can to get even more comfortable doing my job.

One thing you’d work on less:

Before going into work. Whenever you get to set, you make something fun. The challenging part is when you get home at 3AM after a sixteen hour day and you have to prep for the next day. During the past 8 months, I didn’t sleep but it’s worth it. Being on stage, I’m still new and have a lot to learn. There are still moments where I felt like I could have done something better but it’s this feeling of “unsure” where I hesitate.

Describe your role and thoughts on your character Jordan:

Jordan is a cocky, confused, angsty high schooler who is the Beverly Hills High School quarterback. He’s dealing with some major identity issues, especially when Spencer comes to town and sees how his father and him connect – I think he’s got a really good heart and a lot of love for his sister and mom, but wants to connect with his Dad and fill his shoes. He’s slightly a jock with underlying actions and a lot of pain I have to hit while on set. Jordan’s a mixed kid who’s struggling to find himself but vicariously living through his dad. We’re both mixed so there’s a strong connection.

What advice to you have for minorities and kids of color breaking into the industry?

Right now we have an advantage – use this time now to get your training, get headshots and get whatever you need to get into the room. What’s the number one thing you could do before you get in? Ask yourself why you want to be in the industry. Do you know why you want to get into the industry for the right reasons? It’s because you want to make a change and love the craft. You love entertainment and make a positive change in somebody’s life.

One you get into the room, and you perform it’s out of your control. The door is going to open at some point. Stay positive and don’t get discouraged.

Canadian EV Company Rivaling Tesla Adds New Board Member

Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) (“Electra Meccanica” or the “Company”), a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, has appointed Joanne Yan to the Electra Meccanica Board of Directors. Ms. Yan replaces Dr. Robert Tarzwell, who has resigned as a Director of the Company. “Dr. Tarzwell  joined our Company’s Board of Directors in 2015. He has been an active and valued director who has made a significant contribution,” stated Jerry Kroll, CEO.

Ms. Yan brings 25 years of experience in advising and managing both publicly traded and private companies. She serves as the President of Joyco Consulting Services, which she founded in 1994 to provide consulting services in the areas of corporate structuring, business development and strategic planning initiatives.

Ms. Yan has served on the Board of Directors of several public and private companies, including the Zongshen Industrial Group, Electra Meccanica’s strategic manufacturing partner. Recently, she led a transaction that enabled a Chinese company to acquire a 49% interest in Harbour Air, the largest sea plane operator in North America.

“We are fortunate to have Joanne Yan join our Board of Directors,” said Steven Sanders, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Electra Meccanica. “Ms. Yan is a strategic decision maker and investor with extensive business development experience. Her activities in the cross-border investment and M&A space, including the significant role she has played in our relationship with Zongshen and others, make Ms. Yan an ideal fit for our Board of Directors. I look forward to her contributions during this exciting time for Electra Meccanica.”

“Ms. Yan’s appointment to the Electra Meccanica Board of Directors is a testament to the strength of the relationship between Electra Meccanica and our manufacturing partner, the Zongshen Industrial Group,” said Jack Austin, Independent Director on Electra Meccanica’s Board of Directors.

“I am very pleased to accept my appointment to the Electra Meccanica Board of Directors,” said Joanne Yan. “I look forward to working closely with the board of directors particularly at this exciting time in the Company’s development as it initiates deliveries of the SOLO EV to customers in 2019.”

Learn how to walk and dance in a saree like an expert

Are you new to sarees? These outfits are beautiful, but they can come with some obstacles to first-time wearers. If you have bought a saree for a special occasion such as a wedding, you may have difficulties learning how to walk comfortably in it due to the length. Washroom visits can also be a challenge when wearing a saree for the first time.

Fortunately, you can quickly solve these inconveniences and learn how to walk or even dance like a pro in a saree. Here are some few tips that make a big difference in increasing your comfort level when it comes to walking in a saree. Read on!

Select your petticoat wisely

Though petticoats are not mandatory for a saree, a good one can make it easy for you to walk easily. Some of the petticoats that go with sarees include A-line, paneled as well as side gathered types. A first-time wearer should choose a petticoat that contains gathers on its side inserts. This can prevent you from tripping since it provides sufficient space to move and secures your saree in the right position.

Make sure that you have at least one-finger space when tieing the petticoat. Petticoats also come in different fabrics since some are made from polyester while others from satin. When you are nervous about how to walk in a saree, you should avoid a petticoat that is likely to stick on your skin. You can prevent the fabric of the petticoat from sticking on your skin by applying talcum powder on the legs before dressing.

Pick comfortable shoes

You should also avoid adding more inconveniences such as uncomfortable shoes. Though the length of your saree may cover your shoes, they should be comfortable so that you can walk with ease. If you prefer heeled sandals, wear them before you start draping your saree.

Put your shoes on after wearing your blouse and petticoat then tie the saree in position. Draping the saree after wearing your heels allows you to get the right length for your outfit so that it is not too long or too short. It also prevents you from making adjustments later during the day. You can also choose heels that have a broad base so that your feet do not wobble when you are walking on a surface that is not regular.

Practice on walking

You should also try to master how to walk in your outfit. Start with short strides when wearing heels. If you feel like you might step on the hem of your outfit, kick the pleats as you take your step. Put the front foot forward and try to walk with a poise. Maintain stable postures and remain confident as you move.

Make use of safety pins

Safety pins can come in handy to help you attach pleats in the right position. Use one pin to attach the pleats and another one to prevent the pleats from shifting after tucking them in. You can also utilize another pin behind your pallu to fasten your saree to your blouse.

Pinning the pallu at the back of the blouse ensures that it remains secure to prevent it from moving even when you bend to adjust the strap of your heel. The pallu can also stay in place when you are walking fast or tackling complicated dance steps. Be careful not to overdo the pins. The right number of pins ensure that no part shifts even if you keep on moving or dancing a lot.

Pleat the saree right

Leave one part of the saree hanging and tuck the other pleats a bit deep. Tuck the pleats such that no part slips out to prevent you from tripping as you dance. You can also drape the saree using front pleats at your shoulders to have enough room to move easily. This ensures that your saree is fixed like a ready-made saree so that it does not move a lot. You can do this with the help of a lady who is not new to wearing sarees.

Drape your saree well

How you drape your saree also affects how comfortable you move and dance in it. You should ensure that it does not feel too loose or tight. Most people assume that draping a saree tight makes body curves stand out. This may not necessarily be true since a tight saree can lock your knees and prevent you from walking well. A loose saree, on the other hand, keeps on shifting on the body and makes one uncomfortable.

After draping, you should test it by moving around to ascertain that it feels comfortable enough. It is advisable to wear the saree and drape it before the day when you intend to wear it to ensure that the style feels comfortable on the body.

Select the right fabric of the saree

You should also select the right fabric of your saree. When you are new to this style, you should go for lightweight materials that don’t restrict your movement. Feel free to compare fabrics from Stylecaret and choose one that is light such as georgette or chiffon. Stiff fabrics can give you problems in movement when you are a beginner.

Avoid cluttering your look

Are you attending a wedding in your first saree? You should carry small things that don’t interfere with your movement. For instance, a big bag or putting on complicated jewelry can be a burden when you need to move around. You should choose a small clutch bag to complete your look and make it easy for you to move. A simple bracelet or necklace will also not interfere with your dancing.

Final thoughts

Though sarees look elegant, they may come with a few complications. The above tips can increase your comfort level and make it easy for you to move and dance on a special function. Do not let manageable issues prevent you from enjoying these glamorous outfits.

“I Create Music” EXPO lineup

ASCAP “I CREATE MUSIC” EXPO ADDS OSCAR-WINNING “SHALLOW” CO-WRITER ANTHONY ROSSOMANDO PLUS LEE ANN WOMACK, MATTHEW KOMA AND PAUL WILLIAMS TO HITMAKING LINEUP

ADDITIONAL 2019 PANELS REVEAL WHAT’S NEXT IN HIP-HOP, LATIN POP AND VIDEO GAME SCORING; MAY 2-4 IN HOLLYWOOD

ASCAP has added leading music creators from the pop, country, EDM, Latin, hip-hop and video game music worlds to its 2019 “I Create Music” EXPO lineup. On the heels of his Oscar win for Best Original Song, “Shallow” co-writer Anthony Rossomando will look back on his two-decade journey to co-penning the anthemic Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper mega-hit from A Star Is Born’s original soundtrack. Grammy, CMA and ACM winner Lee Ann Womack will share the songs that have won her a dozen awards, including her breakout Billboard Country #1 “I Hope You Dance” and selections from her most recent album The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, named a best-of-2018 by NPR and Rolling Stone.

In addition to sharing their stories and advice, top songwriters will inspire by performing some of their most notable hits from the 2019 EXPO stage. Singer, songwriter, producer and musician Matthew Koma, known for collaborating with Zedd on the #1 EDM hits “Spectrum” and “Find You,” and for co-writing the #1, Grammy-winning and triple-platinum “Clarity,” will be on hand to perform from his impressive multi-genre catalogue. Koma, who has also worked with artists including Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Shania Twain and Bruce Springsteen, currently fronts his newly-formed West Coast band Winnetka Bowling League.

Oscar-winning songwriter, ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams will kick off the Annual ASCAP Membership Meeting. Additional panels will shine a spotlight on some of this year’s hottest areas for emerging music, from the Atlanta music scene to Latin music’s role in mainstream pop, to songwriting in video games. For the first of these, previously-announced EXPO panelist Don Cannon (2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert, Jeezy) will be joined by Atlanta music luminaries like 21 Savage manager Kei Henderson, Capitol Music Group’s Senior Vice President of Global Creative Amber Grimes and Tunde Balogun of LVRN, the multi-faceted team behind D.R.A.M., Raury and 6LACK.

Latin music’s growing impact on the US pop charts will be highlighted in a panel with music creators like two-time ASCAP Latin Songwriter of the Year Claudia Brant, DJ Ali Stone (the opener on Justin Bieber’s Purpose tour) and Romeo Santos co-writer and musical director Joaquin Diaz, who join previously-announced Latin Grammy Producer of the Year Linda Briceño (aka Ella Bric). Diaz and Bric will also team up with award-winning producer-songwriter Tommee Profitt (Migos, NF, productions for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, ESPN, NFL, NBA, NHL, MTV, VH1, NETFLIX, Hulu, HBO, more) and previously announced Mike Woods of duo Rice N Peas (G-Eazy, Mike Stud, Jay Sean) for a Hit Producers conversation about the art and business of producing.

Grammy-nominated and two-time BAFTA-winning composer Austin Wintory (Assassin’s Creed Syndicate) will moderate a panel about creating action-packed songwriting for video games with composers Jack Wall and Cindy Shapiro (Call of Duty, Mass Effect), Darren Korb (Bastion, Transistor, Pyre, Hades) and Ubisoft’s Lydia Andrew (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate).

The ASCAP EXPO will also give attendees the chance to have their original songs heard by leaders from across the music industry, adding A&Rs like Ty Cannon (Aftermath), Jermi Thomas (Columbia), Jae Brown (Capitol) and Jennifer Goicoechea (Epic) to judge showcases and feedback panels throughout EXPO’s three days. Others added to the EXPO include “Music Business Toolbox” founder Bryan Calhoun.

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO will take place May 2 – 4, 2019 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. It is the only music conference completely dedicated to music creation and what it takes to be a professional music creator today, attracting over 3,000 music creators for three days of panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes and one-on-one sessions with the industry’s top hitmakers. ASCAP EXPO panelists participate because they want to give back to the next generation, and the feeling of community and giving back is authentic, infectious and inspirational. Many who come to the EXPO walk away saying that it is a life-changing experience. ASCAP EXPO will be making many more panelist additions in the coming months.

For tickets and more information about the 14th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO visit: https://www.ascap.com/expo.

About ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 700,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

Mark Diamond Drops “Hummingbird One” EP

Rising Seattle singer and songwriter Mark Diamond drops his debut EP Hummingbird One today via Stardog Records/Republic Records.

Listen to Hummingbird One HERE!

The EP features Diamond’s recently released tracks, “Steady” and “Road,” which have received critical acclaim from Billboard, Ones To Watch, Variance Magazine and more, as well as two additional tracks, “Promise” and “London.” Not to mention, he has amassed almost 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify and counting. 

Of the EP, Mark says, “Making Hummingbird One was such a special experience. I’ve never made music this quickly before in my life. It makes it even more special because these songs are me, right now, in this exact moment. I can say confidently say that these songs are exactly the way they want to be. I feel very connected to this universe after making this.”

At 25 years old, Mark Diamond is a Seattle native who grew up listening to Tom Petty, Hootie & The Blowfish, The Beatles, R.E.M and Robbie Williams with his dad in his 1969 Chevy Malibu. Up until recently, Mark, now based in Los Angeles, was living in Seattle and working at a coffee shop for the last four years. He has been hard at work on his upcoming project with his debut song, “Steady,” leading the way. The song is included in a very large arsenal of finished tracks that he completed in 24 days with talented writer and producer Richard Craker, writing and recording in both London and Los Angeles. With his music, Mark wants to make people feel every emotion possible. “I have never had more fun making music in my entire life. Music should make people feel good more than it makes them feel bad. Not necessarily ‘happy’ songs, but songs that make you feel better about life than when you started listening to it.” 

Conan Gray “The King”

Buzzing 20-year-old bedroom pop singer-songwriter Conan Gray shares his new track “The King” today.
 
Get it HERE via Republic Records.
 
Of the new tune, he commented, “‘The King’ is a song I wrote about this massive crush I had on someone who just wouldn’t admit they liked me back. In my case, this person would always call me up late at night, talk about me constantly to their friends, and even show up at my house unannounced. So, I wrote this song as a last straw; as a ‘Hey, you’re not fooling anyone, we’re perfect for each other, and you should choose me.’”
 
The single follows hot on the heels of Gray’s breakthrough Sunset Season EP. The 5-track set hasaccumulated 50 million streams in just 5 months. His track “Idle Town” has earned 23 million Spotifystreams alone and 12 million views while recent song “Crush Culture” has reached 10 million Spotify streams with nearly 6 million views on the official video.  on the music video on YouTube. He has also Garnered critical acclaim from The FaderBillboardOnes To Watch, and a debut performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
 
Following up a successful run supporting Panic! At The Disco in arenas, he launches his sold out Spring 2019 tour this Sunday.
 
Check out the full itinerary below.
 
Get tickets at: https://conangray.lnk.to/TheSunsetShows and official merch bundles here!
 
Armed with nothing more than Garageband and a cheap microphone taped to a lamp, Conan Gray released his song “Idle Town” on his YouTube channel as an ode to his hometown of Georgetown, TX. The song went viral, and together with an already written EP helped land him a deal with Republic Records. Conan joined forces in the studio with producer Dan Nigro, to finalize his Sunset Season EP, which features “Generation Why” and “Crush Culture.” The EP debuted in November, 2018 to widespread critical acclaim from The Fader, Billboard, Ones To Watch, and landed him a debut performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Professor Jeffrey Swartz on Manafort Sentencing

LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR AND LEGAL ANALYST ON PAUL MANAFORT SENTENCING

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Professor Jeffrey Swartz, a former prosecutor and former Judge in Miami-Dade County, is offering the below statement regarding the sentencing of Paul Manafort.

As a former prosecutor I am incensed at Judge T. S. Ellis III’s hubris at believing he sees the Manafort prosecution for one thing, while ignoring the greater issues of continuing to punish non-violent, but yet serious white-collar behavior so leniently.  Mr. Manfort’s attorneys successfully invoked the constant battle between the two theories of punishment that have been the stalwart of our system of justice for two hundred years, Utilitarianism (the certainty of punishment as a general deterrence to society not to violate the law) and Retributivism (addressing sentencing to the individual defendant based upon their own moral blameworthiness, i.e. their just deserts).

Judge Ellis’ findings give short shrift to the underlying criminality of Manfort’s conduct and business.  The prosecution sentencing memorandum and, although we have not seen it, what appears to be in the Pre-Sentence Investigation and Report seem to outline the long history of Manfort’s criminal behavior, contempt for the laws of the United States, our system of justice even while out on bond, including his attempt to tamper with witnesses, and his disregard for the undermining of our democracy and form of government.

The Sentencing Guidelines were promulgated by Congress to provide a means for judges to standardize the approach toward how to appropriately punish the conduct of defendants based upon objective criteria.  They also contemplate that the court will consider “all relevant conduct”, not just that conduct for which the defendant was convicted. Although they are just “guidelines” they provide for departures both upwards and downwards, giving the court “appropriate discretion” to adjust its ultimate decision, where the findings of the court support the exercise of that discretion.  In that regard they are both Utilitarian (certainty and consistency of punishment) and retributive (assuring an individualistic approach to a particular defendant).

Judge Ellis ignored everything other than his own opinion that there was an ulterior motive for this prosecution.  He more than exercised his discretion. I would argue that he abused that discretion in the grossest way. A guidelines range of 234 to 288 months may have been more severe than most thought appropriate.  However, Ellis reduced that to less than twenty percent of the bottom of those guidelines at forty-seven months less nine months credit for time served.

The penalty Ellis imposed, even in the face of not granting Manafort even the three-point adjustment for acceptance of responsibility, seems to indicate a disdain for white-collar prosecution in general.  A disdain many ex-prosecutors, who have appeared before him, have stated he has exhibited in the past. He also made clear his displeasure at the government’s prosecution of Mr. Manafort, which was exhibited on more that one occasion through specific statements he verbalized and his rulings at trial, by interfering in the government’s introduction of evidence and testimony.

The depth and breadth of Manfort’s criminality, and its effect on our society was set forth in the prosecution’s memorandum, which Ellis chose to ignore.  This was not a “one-off” as Ellis seemed to allude in the pronouncement of his sentence, but a lifetime systematic course of conduct. Manafort is a criminal in every sense of the word, who deserved far more than he received.

The only saving grace is that Manafort must face sentencing before Judge Amy Berman Jackson next week.  Judge Jackson has likewise indicated a disdain for a party in her case. Judge Jackson is the judge who ordered Manafort into custody for his actions while out on bond.  It was before her that Manafort entered into a plea agreement, which mandated his truthful and complete cooperation with the special counsel’s investigation, to which Manafort chose to not cooperate fully, but to actually lie to investigators and grand jurors.  I could argue that in so doing he was attempting to obstruct justice.

I can only hope that Judge Jackson corrects Judge Ellis’ lack of perspective and balance.  It is fair to expect that Jackson will sentence Manafort to an appropriate term of incarceration intended, not only to send a message to all those who would engage in the crimes in which Manafort engaged, but to give Manafort his just desserts.  Whether it amounts to a “life” sentence or not, anything less than 120 to 144 months would be a true miscarriage of justice, in light of the fact that those guilty of far less egregious behavior receive greater sentences than Manafort received from Ellis.

Lil Poppa “Man of the Year”

INTRODUCING LIL POPPA’S NEW SINGLE “MAN OF THE YEAR” OUT NOW! LISTEN ON ALL PLATFORMS HERE

NEW PROJECT UNDER INVESTIGATION 2 — OUT THIS SPRING!

With his powerful wordplay and soulful storytelling, Lil Poppa turns each of his songs into an up-close account of life in his hometown of Jacksonville, FL. Today the dynamite young talent has released the first offering off his upcoming new project Under Investigation 2 (out this Spring) — a powerful anthem in “Man of The Year.”

LISTEN TO “MAN OF THE YEAR” by LIL POPPA

At just 18-years-old, Lil Poppa has already drawn major attention for tracks like “Purple Hearts” — an independent release that’s organically amassed over 2.6 million YouTube views, all on the strength of Poppa’s straight-from-the-heart delivery and hard-hitting lyrics. Signed by Interscope’s Executive Vice President Joie Manda, this new signing further cements the company’s proven track record in breaking exciting new rap artists; “Natural talent spotlights itself, and with Poppa’s raw talent and unwavering mission to get his message out — there seems to be no stopping Poppa’s undeniable rise. He’s one to watch,” adds Joie.

Poppa began rapping each week at church, joining a group of friends and sharing rhymes with a spiritual bent. At age 12, he built a makeshift studio in his closet and started self-recording with a laptop and Radio Shack microphone. With a string of mixtapes under his belt, Poppa made his breakthrough with a pair of singles from 2018: “Nightmare on Elm St.” and “Purple Hearts,” whose cinematic video revealed the real-life story behind the song.”