Daily 30: Fri 01.16.2015

Chris Brown's Probation Revoked
Chris Brown has had his probation revoked in the Rihanna case, in part because he was present at 2 separate nightclubs when people inside were shot, and officials are worried about more shootings and think Chris should serve time behind bars.
Every Sneaker Release This Week (1/15)
Get your money up because there's plenty of heat dropping this weekend that you won't want to sleep on. Everything kicks off in a luxe way with the newest version of the Nike Air Python covered in an embossed snakeskin upper. On Saturday, the Black History Month collection from Nike sees the release of the coveted Air Jordan 1 and a pair of SB Dunks. For the Nike Basketball 'heads, the latest colorway of the LeBron 12 takes on a crazy printed upper. Going into MLK Day on Monday will be the next batch of BHM sneakers, which will include the Kobe 9 and Kyrie 1.
7/11 (DJ Mustard Remix)
DJ Mustard put his signature sound on Beyonce's "7/11". https://soundcloud.com/dj-mustard-1/beyonce-711-dj-mustard-remix
Just Like Bruddas
Producer Zaytoven and Future make magic again on the single "Just Like Bruddas". https://soundcloud.com/futureisnow/future-just-like-bruddas-prod-by-zaytoven
Meek Mill is back with a mean single "Monster". http://www.audiomack.com/song/2dbz/monster-clean-1
Police use faces of Black men as targets
North Miami Beach police are facing criticism for using mug shots of black suspects for target practice. One of the six bullet-riddled faces was the brother of a Florida National Guard sergeant, who was shocked when she arrived at the gun range after police snipers last month, according to WTVJ-TV. Her brother had served four years in prison for a fatal drag race as a teenager, but turned his life around after his release in 2004. North Miami Beach Police J. Scott Dennis defended his sniper team, which he said includes minority officers. No policies were violated, no racial profiling was involved and none of the officers would be disciplined, he said. He acknowledged, however, that they could have used better judgment, because one target -- Woody Deant -- had been arrested by his department and "would be someone that was on the streets of North Miami Beach." Dennis told the NBC station that photographic targets were "vital for facial recognition drills," and they would continue to be used after the department expands its inventory of images, which also includes white and Latino faces. But his officers won't use booking photos of suspects arrested by North Miami police, and they will be instructed to remove their targets when they're done at the Medley Firearms Training Center. Several federal and state law enforcement agencies and five local police departments disputed Dennis' claim that use of human faces for target shooting is commonplace, the station said. All use only commercial targets. Deant's sister, Valerie, said she "cried a couple of times" when she saw her brother's 18-year-old face with bullet holes through his forehead and right eye. Woody Deant was "speechless" and outraged. "I'm not even living that life according to how they portrayed me as," he said. "I'm a father. I'm a husband. I'm a career man." The Deants also wonder why officers would shoot at faces of African Americans at a time when relations with police are strained over the shooting deaths of unarmed black men.
Dark Girls
Documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color---particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.
Make Me Wanna Holla
Sinbad - Make Me Wanna Holla : "Make Me Wanna Holla" is an all-out stand-up special featuring a riotous original performance by the king of comedy, Sinbad, recorded live in Detroit in his home state of Michigan. It covers everything he sees in his life, from the life advice his parents gave him, to why he is tired of people with no talent having clothing lines, as well as explaining who he "really" is. Don't miss the chance to experience the "hit'em in the face" style from the king of comedy himself.
The 2015 Academy Award nominations have only just been announced, but already people have taken notice of one particularly obvious theme: basically every nominee is white.
Revolution in Burkina Faso
In late October, the landlocked African nation of Burkina Faso saw the end of its president’s 27-year-long reign. A popular revolution terminated Blaise Compaoré’s term after he tried to change the constitution so that he could run for a fifth consecutive term. Cornered by an angry mob in his presidential palace, "Beau Blaise" fled the country along with his entourage as protesters torched the National Assembly and other symbols of the old regime. Now in exile, Compaoré is rumored to be living in luxury on the Ivory Coast. In Burkina Faso, a new transitional government has emerged, led by President Michel Kafando and his prime minister, Lieutenant-Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida. VICE News went to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital of Ouagadougou in the midst of the revolution to document the final hours of Compaoré’s reign.
Multimillion-dollar fraud involving Miami Heat
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge handed down a six-year prison sentence Thursday to a man who portrayed himself as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family while running a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself.

Judge Edmund Sargus also ordered Haider Zafar to pay $15.7 million in restitution to his victims and three years supervision after his release.

Zafar, 36, a legal U.S. resident, could face deportation to his native Pakistan after leaving prison.

Zafar defrauded players Mike Miller, James Jones and Rashard Lewis in 2013 by promising to invest millions of dollars in various business opportunities, according to the government. He also received a $1 million, three-season Heat ticket package he never paid for, the government said.

Zafar pleaded guilty last year in federal court in Columbus to five wire fraud charges that each carry maximum 20-year prison sentences. That case was consolidated with another against Zafar, in which the defendant previously pleaded guilty to swindling a Washington, D.C., businessman out of $10 million between 2008 and 2010.

Zafar apologized for his actions and attempted to defend some of what happened involving the Washington businessman.

After the hearing, Andrew Fine, a lawyer representing the businessman and the former Heat players, called the sentence "absurdly low." He had argued for a longer sentence in a Tuesday letter sent to Sargus.

Zafar was an "inveterate" criminal who thumbed his nose at the government even when he was under investigation, Fine wrote.

"Despite knowledge that his fraud had been discovered in one jurisdiction, he continued to perpetuate a similar fraud in another jurisdiction," the letter said.

Zafar's attorney Sam Shamansky argued for a sentence closer to four years, saying Zafar had overcome tremendous personal obstacles — including being left penniless by family members — when he emigrated to the U.S. as a young man. He also said Zafar had struggled with addictions to painkillers after an accident.

Nevertheless, Zafar overcame such struggles and has "done well for himself, but for these two unfortunate incidents," Shamansky said. He also noted that Zafar had ample opportunity to flee the country during the investigation but chose to stay and face the consequences.

Zafar got his hand caught in the till after preying on wealthy people, Tracey Warren, special agent in charge for the IRS criminal division in Cincinnati, said after the hearing.

Of his restitution, $2 million is payable to the IRS. Zafar did not file tax returns from 2008 through 2010, the government said.

Testimony by an FBI agent portrayed Zafar as a man who talked big as he persuaded the Heat players to give him millions of dollars for investments that never materialized.

Zafar boasted of $35 million in a Swiss bank account and luxury residences in New York City and Miami and was often seen being chauffeured in a yellow Ferrari, a white Bentley and a black Escalade, FBI agent David Fine testified last year.

Zafar persuaded the Miami Heat's vice president of sales to sell him a premium three-season ticket package for $1 million after explaining about his "family history and influence," including ownership of hotels, companies and other business ventures, Fine said.

Zafar convinced Miller to give him $2.6 million, Lewis to give him $4 million and Jones to give him $1.5 million, all for an investment opportunity that Zafar said would "quickly obtain a significant return." But rather than reimburse the Miami Heat or three individuals, Zafar used the money "for his personal use and benefit," Fine said.
New rules could flood Cuba with U.S. goods
MIAMI — As many Americans wonder how quickly they can travel to Cuba under new rules announced by the White House, business owners are more focused on how many products they could start shipping to the island. One of the surprises in the rules that go into effect Friday allows U.S. companies to sell "tools, equipment, supplies and instruments for use by private-sector entrepreneurs" in Cuba. Those who've done business with Cuba were surprised Thursday by the vague — and permissive — wording by the Commerce and Treasury Departments that seems to allow Americans to sell anything from scissors to private barber shops to tractors to private farmers. "I don't think any of us expected something quite as wide as this," said Ron Oleynik, who heads the trade regulatory practice at the Holland & Knight law firm. "These are fairly careful people who drafted these (rules), so they didn't do it blindly. They did it with an eye to leaving them vague." Despite the economic embargo that remains against Cuba, U.S. companies have long been able to export food, medicine and medical supplies there on humanitarian grounds. American businesses exported $273 million worth of goods to Cuba through the first 11 months of 2014 and have shipped as much as $712 million in goods there in 2008. Many expected the Obama administration to expand and facilitate those transactions, and it did. Under the new rules, American banks can handle transactions from Cuban banks, making it easier for Cubans to pay for their goods. Cubans can pay upon delivery of products, eliminating the burdensome practice in which payment had to be received by American companies before they shipped their products. The new rules open the door to a broad group of U.S. companies that may not have even imagined their products could end up in Cuba. "Cuba is a potential market for John Deere products and services," company spokesman Ken Golden said. "We look forward to serving customers in Cuba as we do throughout Latin America and around the world." The list of companies could include auto parts stores to supply mechanics, office supply chains to help start-up businesses and a "whole host of different industries," said Jake Colvin, vice president of global trade for the National Foreign Trade Council, a Washington-based business organization. Still, there are several hurdles to overcome before exports can flow to the port of Havana and severe limitations when they do. First is the legal question. Critics of Obama's changes, led by Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., say the trade rules may violate the economic embargo on Cuba. Rubio plans to hold hearings on whether Obama overstepped his authority. "Clearly the administration is skirting a line here between what is still legally restricted by statute and what is within the discretion of the president ... to loosen these restrictions," said David Levine, a partner at the McDermott, Will & Emery law firm and a former Commerce Department official under President Reagan. There are also questions about whether the everyday financial transactions needed to export items to Cuba can be resolved. The Cuban government must create its own rules to facilitate money transfers, and many worry Cuban officials will restrict or try to take large cuts of any large imports of money or materials. "My experience is the Cubans want to control as much as they can," Colvin said. "They want a drip, not a flood of foreign trade and foreign investment, so they're going to do what they can to limit the process." Because of uncertainty over the financial transactions and Cubans' ability to pay, Levine said, American business owners will be cautious about striking deals with Cuban entrepreneurs. "A barber (in Cuba) is going to be able to call up and order something," Levine said. "But if I'm the supplier in the United States, I'm going to be reluctant to send a shipment to Joe Barber without some assurances that (I'm) going to be paid for it." The U.S. government will start doing outreach soon to American businesses to explain the new process and recruit their services, a senior administration official said Thursday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the plans. Figuring out potential profits available in the Cuban economy is a factor. The list of possible customers is severely limited by the Cuban government. Though the government has started allowing private enterprises to operate outside the traditionally state-run economy, it has approved fewer than 200 jobs that can be performed privately, mostly in the basic service industries. More than 500,000 people have been given private licenses. Some have money coming to them from relatives in the USA, but many do not, meaning they have little ability to pay for major equipment upgrades. Cuban state workers generally make less than $20 a month, forcing many to scramble for food and basic necessities and limiting their ability to invest in their businesses. "Interest in Cuba has always exceeded its potential as a market," Colvin said. That could be where other rule changes come in. American businesses can provide micro-financing for Cuban entrepreneurs. Americans with no relatives on the island can send up to $2,000 a quarter to Cubans, up from the current $500. Americans can send an unlimited amount of money to Cubans who fall under certain categories, including private businesses. Under easier travel rules for Americans looking to explore business possibilities, the first big wave in Havana will probably be business owners trying to figure out how it all works. "Americans can actually go down there on a business trip, market their products, research the market," Oleynik said. "And they're already asking about it. I've got clients climbing out of the woodwork asking questions. It's a hopping day."
Run All Night
An aging hitman is forced to take on his brutal former boss to protect his estranged son and his family.
Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus
Spike Lee's new stylized thriller DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS is a new kind of love story. Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient Afrian artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams) that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society.
Martin Luther King, Lyndon Baines Johnson and the civil rights marches that changed America.