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Cardi B helps cover funeral costs of Bronx fire victims

Cardi B has pledged to help cover funeral expenses for the families of the 17 people who died in a Bronx apartment fire earlier this month.On January 9, a blaze broke out in a Bronx apartment block caused by a malfunctioning portable electric heater. The fire took the lives of 17 people, including eight children.According to the New York Mayor’s office, Cardi B is partnering with Mayor Eric Adams’ Bronx Fire Relief Fund to help pay for the burial costs of those whose lives were lost in the fire.“When I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help,” Cardi said in a statement.“I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal.
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Jay-Z, Meek Mill and more push for law that would stop New York prosecutors using rap lyrics as evidence
Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Big Sean and more have united to support a proposed New York state law that would limit prosecutors’ ability to use defendants’ rap lyrics as evidence of alleged crimes.As Rolling Stone reports, the rap giants have added their names to a letter calling on lawmakers to pass Senate Bill S7527 – which was first revealed in November and which passed through the Senate Codes committee earlier this week – into state law. Others who have signed on to the letter include Fat Joe, Kelly Rowland and Killer Mike.The bill, brought forward by Democrat senators Brad Hoylman and Jamaal Bailey and assembly member Catalina Cruz, would limit a defendant’s music or other “creative expression” being shown to a jury in criminal trials, requiring prosecutors to provide “clear and convincing evidence” that that expression is “literal, rather than figurative or fictional”.Highlighting the disparity between rap lyrics being used as evidence with other forms of expression, Hoylman provides two examples – no one, he says, believes Johnny Cash “shot a man in Reno just to watch him die“, nor that David Byrne is a “psycho killer“.“This is an issue that’s important to [Jay-Z, aka Sean Carter] and all the other artists that have come together to try to bring about this change.
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