JAY-Z Provided Fat Joe with a Plane for Puerto Rico

Since government aid to Puerto Rico is moving at a snail’s pace, it looks like it’s up to the community to lend a helping hand. The U.S. commonwealth is reeling in the wake of Hurricane Maria. For a week, residents there have been struggling without electricity, food, gas, and water.

Fat Joe is teaming up with JAY-Z, Tidal, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to send supplies to Puerto Rico. In a video posted on social media, the Puerto Rican rapper says he will be collecting supplies like batteries, women’s products, water, toothpaste, soap and canned food.

This will be taking place on Saturday, September 30th at the Jacob Javits Center in midtown, Manhattan. JAY-Z is supplying the airplane that the Bronx native will fly into Puerto Rico. There, he will meet Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee to distribute the items. Fat Joe’s goal is to collect 200,000 lbs. of goods.

There are several locations throughout the state and New York City that will also be accepting donations on Saturday. They include the Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building in Brooklyn and the Jamaica Street Armory in Queens. There are also two locations in the Bronx accepting goods, Roberto Clemente State Park and the Department of Motor Vehicles on Fordham Road.

For those who cannot get to those locations but would like to make a monetary donation, you can do so at tidal.com/PuertoRico.

SOURCE: VLADTV

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Hugh Hefner Passes Away at 91

Iconic Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has passed away at the age of 91. A statement from Playboy Enterprises revealed that Hefner died of natural causes.

Hugh Hefner Passes Away at 91

Hefner’s son Cooper, who is Playboy Enterprises’ chief creative officer, released a statement reading, “My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom. He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history.”

Hugh Hefner Passes Away at 91

Hefner was survived by his wife, Crystal, his sons, Cooper, David and Marston, and his daughter.

Trump Tweets About Puerto Rico’s Billions in Debt After Hurricane

President Trump finally addressed the catastrophic impact Hurricane Maria has had on Puerto Rico after mounting calls for him to shift his focus from NFL protests to the urgent matter, on Monday, September 25. And in doing so, the firebrand Commander-In-Chief insensed many by raising a reminder of the commonwealth’s debt to Wall Street bondholders.

“Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble,” Trump tweeted. “It’s old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities – and doing well.”

The tweet is being blasted as insensitive and ill-timed in light of the devastating conditions on the ground in the aftermath of the Category 5 storm. Comedian Wanda Sykes and musician Marc Anthony are among the public figures who have blasted Trump’s focus on athlete protests as Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and other lawmakers urge cooperation with Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rossello’s push for Congress to pass a relief package that could prove sufficient in sparing further tragedy and getting the island back up and running.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Mark Cuban Loans Team Plane to Help Puerto Rico Relief Effort

Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner, loaned the Mavs’ team plane to J.J. Barea, the team’s guard. Why? Well, so that Barea could go to Puerto Rico to bring supplies after Hurricane Maria did some damage.

Barea headed to Puerto Rico, his native country and will be returning on Tuesday with his mother and grandmother. Barea started a YouCaring crowdfunding campaign and has raised $140,000 from 850 donors.

After the hurricane, Barea was able to reach his family on Sunday and confirmed that they were safe to Dallas Morning News:

“They’re OK,” he said. “But it’s still rough there.”

As amazing of an effort that Barea is making and how gracious Cuban has been, Puerto Rico still needs a lot more help. Maybe these efforts will inspire others (aka Donald Trump) to help!

According to Nicole Friedman of the Wall Street Journal, the hurricane caused “estimated $40 billion to $85 billion in insured losses,” most of which occurred in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico is currently without gas, food or power. They definitely can use all the help they can get.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Sammy “The Bull” Gravano Released from Prison

Infamous mafia turncoat Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano was set free after serving 17 1/2 years behind bars, on Monday, September 18. The release comes nearly five years short of the full 20-year sentence he received for pleading guilty to running a $500,000-a-week drug ring in 2001. Gravano’s lengthy detention is not to be confused with the five-year sentence he was handed – of which he served less than a year – after helping to bring down Gotti and the New York mob in the early 1990’s.

Following Gravano’s historic plea deal, which virtually did away with the fate he would otherwise be facing for admitting to 19 murders, he lived under the witness protection program for a time, before relocating to Arizona. Gravano was a marked man as it was, considering his testimony as an informant on the witness stand in Gotti’s murder and racketeering trial led to the conviction of the Gambino Family boss and 39 other high-profile mobsters across the city’s five-family Cosa Nostra syndicate. But he’d draw an even larger target on his back by organizing a nearly 50-member team of ecstasy drug dealers to work for him, while under the watchful eye of the FBI.

Gravano will remain under federal parole for the rest of his life, per the orders of federal Judge Allyne Ross during his sentencing in 2002.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Melania Trump threatens lawsuit over English class billboard

Billboards featuring Melania Trump and the slogan “just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English” were removed Tuesday from the Croatian capital after her lawyer threatened a lawsuit.

The billboards were part of a marketing campaign by a private English language school in Zagreb, which tried to persuade Croats to learn English by reminding them of the Slovenian-born U.S. first lady’s personal experience.

But Mrs. Trump did not accept what was apparently meant to be a joke about her English, spoken with a heavy accent. Her Slovenian lawyer demanded that the billboards, showing Melania Trump delivering a speech standing before a fluttering American flag, be immediately removed.

“I’m satisfied with the fact that the school admitted that they violated the law and that they are ready to remove the billboards and (Facebook) ads,” lawyer Natasa Pirc-Musar told The Associated Press. “We are still analyzing possible further legal steps.”

Melania Trump has hired the law firm to protect her image, which has appeared on various products in her native Slovenia, including cakes, underwear and tourism advertisements.

Pirc-Musar said that the Croatian school has apologized for the billboards, but that the statement also needs to be published by the Croatian and Slovenian state news agencies.

“We are very sorry that the billboards were misunderstood as something intended to mock the U.S. first lady,” Ivis Buric, a spokeswoman for the school, American Institute, said. “It was meant to be something positive, to show her as a role model.”

Buric admitted that the short advertising campaign turned out to be “very successful” because of the wide publicity it received both locally and internationally. She said that the school intends to put up new billboards, this time without Melania Trump’s image.

Melania Trump was born in neighboring Slovenia as Melanija Knavs. She left Slovenia in her 20s to pursue an international modeling career before meeting Donald Trump at a Fashion Week party in New York in 1998.

SOURCE: ABC

Nas & Nicki Minaj Fuel Dating Rumors

Nas and Nicki continue to fuel dating rumors by posing in 2 photos with Nas’ 20-year-old, all-white 190E (base model) Birthday Mercedes Benz with Illmatic license plates.

Nas & Nicki Minaj Fuel Dating Rumors

In one of the IG captions, Nas wrote: “Got my Bday 1988 190E Benz & picked up Shorty from Queens! We Out!” In the other caption, he wrote: “My 88′ 190E Benz Bday Flow Queens Get The Money.”

What are your thoughts of Nas and Nicki as a Hip Hop couple?

SOURCE: VLADTV