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What To Know About The Doctor In Nipsey Hussle’s Reported Documentary

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Close to a week after the untimely death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, interest has grown on one of his passion projects. Hussle was reportedly working on before he was killed in Los Angeles outside his Marathon clothing store. According to several reports, Hussle was working on a documentary focusing on a herbalist in Honduras who claims to have found a cure for AIDS.

Dr. Sebi is a herbalist who claimed he had found a cure for AIDS in the 1980s.

Google Trends shows a spike for the search term ‘Dr. Sebi’ in March. Related search queries include Nipsey Hussle, Dr. Sebi documentary, and Nipsey Hussle dr. sebi documentary (among others).

In case you don’t know who Dr. Sebi is, here are some fast facts to know about the herbalist that has been fascinating social media users and conspiracy theorists over the last week.

Dr. Sebi called Honduras his home.

Born Alfredo Bowman in Ilanga, Honduras, Dr. Sebi did not consider himself African Honduran, but instead referred to himself as an African in Honduras. He established the USHA Research Institute on the coast of Honduras, 15 miles from La Ceiba, Honduras. The research institute features natural springs for bathing and is now managed by his daughter Samma Bowman. It has been visited by celebs, tourists and locals looking to ail their cures with a rigorous diet and holistic healing. After some legal troubles, the institute relocated to California.

He gained both praise and notoriety for his “African Bio-Electric Cell Food Therapy”, which claimed to cure AIDS, cancer, leukemia, epilepsy and other health problems.

In part, critics were skeptical of Dr. Sebi’s ways because he was not a trained medical doctor. After marketing his products in the U.S. in the 1980s, he was charged with practicing medicine without a license. However, a jury found his not guilty because he had not prescribed medications or made diagnoses.

He was a celebrity herbalist to pop stars and entertainers.

After Dr. Sebi died in 2016 at the age of 82, the Telegraph wrote an obituary listing some of the herbalist’s former clients, including Michael Jackson, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Eddie Murphy, and John Travolta.

His legal troubles followed him until his death.

Months before he died in November of 2016, in May of that year, Dr. Sebi was arrested in Honduras for having cash he couldn’t account for, and was subsequently charged with money laundering. It is reported he died while in police custody, and the AP reports the official cause of death was pneumonia.

Conspiracy theories abound on Dr. Sebi’s death.

In an article published this week by the AP, the theories surrounding Dr. Sebi’s death were once again re-visited. Some believe Dr. Sebi was killed by the government to silence his natural cures. Some go further posting that perhaps Hussle’s death was caused because he was trying to shed light on Dr. Sebi’s health claims through the documentary.

Other social media users are reminding other users to calm down on the conspiracy talk.

There is no evidence of people being cured of their ailments strictly based on Dr. Sebi’s tactics.

The documentary seems to be getting a new producer.

Despite the controversy Dr. Sebi’s methods stir up, Nick Cannon wants to make sure Dr. Sebi’s legacy lives on by honoring Hussle’s work and continuing the project for him. Cannon posted on his Instagram he will be “picking up the baton” for Nipsey Hussle and will continue his work on the documentary on Dr. Sebi.

No release date has been set for the documentary, but if Cannon finishes it, we’re sure he will also be posting it to his IG page.

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ICE Keeps Pregnant Women who Arrived by Immigrant ‘Caravan’ Locked Up Behind Bars in U.S. Detention Centers for Months… Maybe Longer

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ICE Keeps Pregnant Women who Arrived by Immigrant ‘Caravan’ Locked Up Behind Bars in U.S. Detention Centers for Months… Maybe Longer

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The caravan of migrants from Central America that Trump “warned” us about reached the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday, April 29.  After traveling by foot, bus and train for over a month, about 150 migrants arrived at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Sunday to seek asylum.

I traveled to Tijuana to assist the caravan organizers, Pueblo Sin Fronteras and Al Otro Lado. As of now, 25 of the migrants have been processed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Border patrol officials originally refused to process several migrants claiming that the San Ysidro Port of Entry was at capacity.

I volunteered because Trump got it so wrong when he vilified the caravan of people during his Twitter rant last month.

The caravan participants are seeking refuge in the United States from violence and persecution in Central America. Overwhelmingly, the migrants come from Honduras. This formal legal process is called asylum. Seeking asylum is a right protected by international and federal law. Countries that are part of the United Nations have been in agreement for decades about the rights afforded to asylum seekers. Trump clearly didn’t get the memo.

Also, someone please tell “ese señor” that this has nothing to do with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Immigrants have rights. There is nothing ‘illegal’ about making a legitimate request for asylum at the border.

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Prior to reaching the U.S.-Mexico border, the caravan, Viacrucis Migrantes en la Lucha 2018, called for their rights to be respected. They demanded the right to seek asylum, an end to the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border and defunding of the murderous Honduran government. If the United States continues to refuse their request for asylum, the country could be violating its laws and international agreements.

A network of volunteers came to support by providing legal counsel and other resources.

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The day before the caravan presented at the border, volunteers helped fill out paperwork and scanned documents for safekeeping while lawyers provided pro-bono counsel. The children found ways to entertain themselves as the adults sought resources about what lay ahead.

That night, organizers led the group in a blunt discussion about the political realities. Not all would be able to cross the border. Together, they strategized.

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They sought to avoid any kind of conflict or violence with Mexican police or U.S. Border Patrol agents. They simply wanted to make their claim to asylum without drama. Women and children would go first.

Organizers warned the caravan of the possibility that not everyone would be allowed through the port of entry. They recalled how Mary and Joseph had to knock on many doors before they found someone willing to take them in. The caravan might have to do the same.

The next day, activists held a press conference at the  Playas Tijuana border wall in a show of solidarity. A few hours later, the caravan began their march to the port of entry.

Mexican authorities attempting to limit number of asylum-seekers going in at the behest of US authorities

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A group of activists from California went to San Diego’s Friendship Park to welcome the caravan from the other side of the wall. They flew kites that read, “Refugees are Welcome Here,” and “Parques no Muros” (Parks not Walls).

Migrants from the caravan were escorted by Mexican police to the port of entry, where they were met by journalists. Families, especially children, began to cry as the reality of the situation settled in. If allowed to go through the asylum process, the men and women traveling together would be separated for months, or maybe longer, in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention: husbands separated from wives, brothers separated from sisters, fathers separated from children, and more.

Once they arrived at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, CBP claimed not to have any room.

Border agents only allowed the first 50 to pass through the gate. Thirty were forced to wait in an outdoor hallway, while 20 waited outside of the building’s door. In a show of solidarity, the other hundred asylum seekers voted to remain outside the facility’s gates. Volunteers brought them food and they spent the night on the concrete. They vow to stay until all of the caravan members have been able to claim asylum.

“CBP is the largest law enforcement agency in the country but is pretending that they don’t have the ‘capacity’ to accept 150 refugee parents and children whose arrival has been anticipated and communicated weeks in advance,” stated Alex Mensing of Pueblos Sin Fronteras in an email on Monday morning.

The caravan’s journey is far from over. They have yet to be granted the chance to claim asylum, and once they do, they could be detained for months.

It remains to be seen if and when the remaining asylum seekers will be allowed to make their claim. If allowed, they will undergo a credible fear interview to establish whether they have a legitimate fear of persecution. If found to have credible fear, they will be detained by immigration officials until they are released on parole or granted asylum, a process which could take months and maybe even years.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras is accepting donations. Additionally, they are calling for volunteers who are available to provide assistance at the border.

READ: Mass Migration Of Central Americans To The U.S. Dissolves, Others Will Continue To Forward

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The Honduran Supreme Court Lifted A Constitutional Ban On Presidential Terms And Hondurans Are Protesting The Decision

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The Honduran Supreme Court Lifted A Constitutional Ban On Presidential Terms And Hondurans Are Protesting The Decision

The electoral commission gave the Honduran presidency to incumbent Juan Orlando Hernández.

The electoral commission of Honduras ruled that Juan Orlando Hernández will serve as president for a second term. Critics say that this decision is against the country’s constitution that limits presidents to only one term. The Honduran Supreme Court lifted a constitutional ban that limited presidential terms, which allowed for U.S.-backed Hernández to run for re-election. Officials with the Organization of American States (OAS), and organization that brings leaders from the Americas to address issues and opportunities in the region, are pressuring Honduras for a new vote because of irregularities they found in the voting process. The irregularities are too suspicious to have just happened by coincidence, according to critics.

Honduras has been rocked by violence since the election took place on Nov. 26. The discrepancies in the vote counting led to weeks of protests, strict nationwide curfews, and the deaths of activists at the hands of police. Reports claim that dozens of people have been killed in clashes during protests. The new announcement by the electoral commission has sparked new protests around the country.

“There were multiple opportunities for fraud in this election, and only a determination by impartial international observers that the vote tally was fair and transparent will provide the necessary credibility to the process,” Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, told The New York Times.

Protesters have taken to the streets demanding that Hernández step down as president.

“Fuera JOH” has become a rallying cry for Hondurans in the country and around the world. Officials for OAS are calling the election results too inconsistent. According to an analysis by Georgetown University professor Irfan Nooruddin, there was a sharp shift in votes favoring Hernández after 68 percent of the votes were counted. While this could be a sign of early v. late-reporting, Nooruddin claims that the amount of change across all departments is too great for it to be by chance.

Protesters have shut down major roads to bring awareness to the contested election results.

Protesters are using starting fires and using objects to create road blocks that impact major roadways in the country.

Honduras has not seen this level of political turmoil since 2009 when a coup was mounted to oust the leader at the time.

Pressure continues mounting for a new election, with more regulation to make sure votes are properly counted. Only time will tell if the Honduran government will allow for new elections.

READ: After Claims Of Electoral Fraud, Hondurans Are Fighting Their Government For A More Transparent Vote Recount

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