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

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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Honduras Moves To Enshrine Bans On Abortion And Marriage Equality In The Constitution

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Honduras Moves To Enshrine Bans On Abortion And Marriage Equality In The Constitution

Honduras already has one of the world’s strictest bans on abortion. It’s completely banned in all circumstances, including even in cases of rape and incest, and when the person’s life and the health are in danger. The country also has a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, including recognizing those that were performed abroad.

So, why is the country moving to further limit access to abortion and marriage equality?

The Honduran Congress has voted to make it impossible to legalize abortion and same-sex marriage.

In the first round of voting, the country’s congress had voted to move forward on complete and total constitutional bans against abortion and marriage equality. But lawmakers are taking it a step further, by increasing the votes needed to undo their constitutional amendments in the future.

One lawmaker referred to the legislation as a “constitutional lock” to prevent any future moderations of the abortion law.

However, the amendments require a second reading/vote and activists across the country (and world) are mobilizing to help stop these amendments from being voted in. But they face an uphill battle, as the legislation has overwhelming support within Congress and from the country’s staunchly conservative president.

Honduras already has among the world’s strictest bans on abortion.

Abortion in Honduras is already illegal in all circumstances. The country’s criminal code imposes prison sentences of up to six years on people who undergo abortions and medical professionals who provide them. The government also bans emergency contraception, or “the morning after pill,” which can prevent pregnancy after rape, unprotected sex, or contraceptive failure.

“Honduras’ draconian legislation already bans abortions, even in cases of rape and incest, when the person’s life and the health are in danger, and when the fetus will not survive outside the womb,” said Ximena Casas, Americas women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “This decree will make it virtually impossible to carry out the recommendations from multiple international human rights bodies to end this violation of reproductive rights.”

Honduras also already has a strict ban on same-sex marriage.

The 2005 constitutional amendment prohibits recognizing marriage between people of the same sex, including same-sex marriages contracted in other countries. Honduras also bans adoption by same-sex couples.

“By seeking to permanently and comprehensively block any possibility of accessing marriage for same-sex couples, the Honduran Congress is entrenching state-sponsored homophobia,” said Cristian González Cabrera, Americas lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights researcher at Human Rights Watch.

“In a country where LGBT people already experience high levels of violence and discrimination, this effort to amend the constitution is sending the message that these people may be further stigmatized.”

Congress is also making it harder for future lawmakers to undo their constitutional amendments.

Not only was it not enough to double down on these draconian bans on abortion and marriage equality, lawmakers are moving to increase the threshold of votes to undo their bans.

Constitutional changes have until now been permitted with a two-thirds majority, but the new legislation raises that bar to three-quarters within the 128-member body. The measure still needs to be ratified by a second vote. However, support was clear on Thursday: with 88 legislators voting in favor, 28 opposed and seven abstentions.

Mario Pérez, a lawmaker with the ruling party of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, formally proposed the change last week, calling it a “constitutional lock” to prevent any future moderations of the abortion law.

Many see the constitutional amendment as a response to Argentina’s move to legalize abortion last month.

It was just last month that Argentina voted in favor of legalizing access to abortion. The South American nation became the largest Latin American country to allow abortion after its senate approved the historic law change by 38 votes in favor to 29 against, with one abstention.

For years, abortion has also been illegal in Argentina. The procedure was illegal except in cases where the mother or baby’s lives were in danger. In 2019, the country passed a law that also included rape victims as exceptions. 

The push towards various kinds of gender rights–including abortion rights–has been central to President Alberto Fernández’s administration. The center-left politician campaigned on a platform that emphasized the rights of women, gay, and trans communities since he was elected in 2019. Even throughout the devastation of the pandemic, Fernández has insisted on keeping his promises towards marginalized communities.

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US Prosecutors Allege That Honduran President Hernández Said He Wanted to ‘Shove Drugs Up the Noses of Gringos’

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US Prosecutors Allege That Honduran President Hernández Said He Wanted to ‘Shove Drugs Up the Noses of Gringos’

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They say the truth is stranger than fiction, and in this case, that saying happens to be true. New reports from federal prosecutors in New York have come out that implicate Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in drug trafficking, embezzlement, and fraud.

For years, Honduras and the United States have publicly touted themselves as partners in global the war on drugs. But it seems that, privately, President Hernández felt differently.

Prosecutors allege that Hernández said that he wanted to “shove the drugs right up the noses of the gringos”.

Federal prosecutors say that Hernández “said that he wanted to make the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration think that Honduras was fighting drug trafficking, but that instead he was going to eliminate extradition.”

The allegations against President Hernández are part of a larger drug trafficking case prosecutors have against, Geovanny Fuentes, a prolific Honduran trafficker whom authorities arrested in Miami.

Fuentes alleges that President Hernandez accepted bribes in exchange for protecting a cocaine laboratory and drug shipments headed towards the U.S. They say President Juan Orlando Hernández used his nation’s armed forces to protect huge shipments of cocaine in exchange for hefty bribes.

The case also alleges that Hernandez funneled aid money from the U.S. to non-governmental organizations.

The Honduran president isn’t explicitly named in the documents, but is instead referred to as “co-conspirator 4”. But the documents reference his political position as well as his relationship to his brother, Juan Antonio Hernández, who was also convicted of drug smuggling in 2019.

It’s worth mentioning that the 2019 case against Hernández’s brother also named President Hernández as a co-conspirator. That case alleged that President Hernández had accepted approximately $1 million in bribes from El Chapo.

President Hernández is denying the allegations and claiming that they are retaliations by cartel lords for his hardline stance against drug trafficking.

Recently, his office tweeted out: “The claim that Pres. Hernández supposedly accepted drug money from Geovanny Daniel Fuentes Ramirez, or gave protection or coordination to drug traffickers is 100% false, and appears to be based on lies of confessed criminals who seek revenge and to reduce their sentences.”

But at home, Hondurans seemed to have lost faith in their president. In fact, many are suspicious of his shady connections and seemingly never-ending scandals. Some Hondurans are reportedly worried that President Hernández may try to “illegally extend” his time in office in order to avoid prosecution by the United States”.

As of now, the prospects of him being prosecuted by the Trump administration are dubious at best.

Hernández and Trump have historically had a cozy relationship based on how fervently the Honduran president supported Trump’s strict immigration policies.

“[Indictment] will probably depend on the political will or political decision of the incoming Biden administration,” said InSight Crime senior investigator Hector Silva to Vice.

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