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Is It Possible For Kanye West To Be Charged With Electoral Fraud After All?

Updated: August 10, 2020.

News outlets confirmed in July that Kanye West’s 2020 campaign officially submitted all paperwork needed to appear on election ballots in Missouri and New Jersey. However, not long after the announcement, it was revealed that the rapper’s petition to gain a spot on the states’ presidential ballots were contested by a former Democratic congressional candidate.

According to the Democrat, the petitions submitted by West were “egregiously” deceitful.

West filed nearly 1,300 signatures to get on the ballot.

According to New Jersey’s election rules, independent candidates can earn a spot on the state ballot by filing petitions which include at a minimum of 800 valid signatures.

Salmon claims that the 1,300 signatures obtained by West’s campaign appear to be fake.

“The odds that 30 people in a row from all over the state would have a little circle about the Is is a little hard to believe,” Scott Salmon, a lawyer who wrote to New Jersey’s board of elections in an attempt to challenge West’s petitions, explained to Daily News.

As Salmon points out West’s petition includes dozens of signatures in a row whose handwriting are suspiciously similar. Multiple signatures even included circles over the letter I in their names.

Now, West’s campaign is facing yet another hurdle as he attempts to appear on ballots in November.

According to Vanity Fair, the rapper has filed petitions appealing to appear on the presidential ticket of 10 different states but has only managed to acquire a slot in Oklahoma. While the rapper has many petitions pending review he has “managed to meet the filing deadlines for Illinois and New Jersey, the two states are now throwing West’s eligibility into doubt after both announced that the majority of the signatures submitted as part of his petition are invalid.”

In a report published by NJ.com it was revealed that West’s election campaign pulled his petition to be on the ballot hours before a hearing was scheduled to examine his application’s validity. At the time, elections attorney Scott Salmon told NJ Advance Media that he was “glad to see the Kanye campaign has realized that their petition was not going to survive here. It was so clearly deficient that it wasn’t even worth defending. I think that’s the main takeaway here. I wish it wouldn’t have gotten this far.”

On top of this, a New York Times investigation recently found that Republican activists are working to get West on the ballot. “Mark Jacoby whose company Let the Voters Decide has been collecting signatures in Ohio, West Virginia, and Arkansas,” Vanity Fair reports. “While working for the California Republican Party in 2008, Jacoby was arrested on voter-fraud charges and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Voter-registration fraud carries a penalty of up to three years in prison, according to CBS News.”

Right about now, we’re pretty sure just about everyone misses The Old Kanye.

Over the past few years, the rapper has made it pretty well known that he is no longer an ally of the Black community. Embroiled in controversies since the start of his support for Donald Trump, the record producer, composer, and fashion designer has faced quite a bit of backlash from a community who once saw him as a paragon of Black success.

He began to throw that all away when he first started showing photos of himself wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and praising the racist president’s “dragon energy.” He gained the ire of fans and critics once again in 2018 when he suggested that the enslavement of African Americans in the U.S. had long been a “choice.”

This is all to say that we didn’t think he could do the impossible and insult us further. But recently, the rapper held a presidential rally in which he said the unsayable.

Earlier this month, West made claims during his rally that abolitionist Harriet Tubman “never actually freed the slaves.”

In a comment about one of the most respected figures in U.S. History, West claimed the abolitionist “just had the slaves go work for other white people.”

Tubman was an African American who escaped slavery and famously assisted in giving enslaved Black men and women a chance to escape north to freedom. During this time she led a remarkable thirteen missions for the Underground Railroad to rescue almost seventy slaves. She later became an active supporter of the Suffrage movement. Her actions were not only well- documented but have been praised by researchers, politicians, and educators for decades. West’s words do not rewrite American history or change the impacts she made on it. His words do, however, create a cause for concern.

West’s rally continued to become more bizarre in a moment in which he tearfully made points against abortion.

Speaking about his wife Kim Kardashian, and their first child North, West said that the two had seriously considered terminating their first pregnancy. Speaking about their decision, West claimed that a message from God changed his mind and that his wife had told him in a phone call that they would follow through with the pregnancy.

“So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world, even when I didn’t want to,” West explained. “She stood up, and she protected that child.” 

West went on to claim that his late mother, Donda West had also made the decision to not abort him.  “My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would have been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy,” said West through tears.”I almost killed my daughter,” he cried.

When pressed about his comments about No more Plan B — Plan A,” he went on to clarify saying that he would fight to keep abortion legal. He also outlined a birth option he described as a “maximum increase.”

“The maximum increase would be everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars or something in that range,” said West. “If you had opportunity to be given a million dollars, just for being pregnant, would you have considered it? And then everybody would start having children, the greatest gift of life.”

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

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She Moved Up The Ranks From Janitor To Nurse Practitioner, Now She’s Viral

Talk about a dream fulfilled.

For ten years, Jaines Andrades harbored her desire to move up from her custodial position at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts to nurse. Now, ten years later, as an RN she’s excelled well past her drams.

Andrades worked her way through nursing school while working at Baystate Medical in Springfield, Massachusetts, as a janitor.

Ten years ago, Andrades accepted a position as a custodial staff member at Baystate Medical Center with big dreams of being a nurse. Born to Puerto Rican parents Andrades moved from her family home in Springfield, MA in 2005 when she was 14 years old. From there she and enrolled as a student at Putnam Technical-Vocational Academy with hopes of moving up the ranks as a nurse.

“As I got older and approached graduation I just didn’t see how a little girl like me could ever become a lawyer. I didn’t see it as something that was possible for me, so I got discouraged from the idea,” Andrades explained according to Masslive.com.

That all changed after she struck up a conversation with a nurse during a doctor’s visit for her mother. According to Andrades, the nurse tipped her off on the benefits of nursing. “He told me about the program to become a nurse, and, the more he talked, I just thought, ‘Yeah, I can do this.’ It’s a respectable profession, and I could provide for myself financially, so the idea grew from there.”

Soon after she enrolled at Holyoke Community College, ticked off all of her pre-requisites and a handful of introductory nursing classes. Then, in 2010, she transferred to Elms College.

The same year she transferred, Andrades applied for a job in Baystate’s Environmental Services Department and became a custodian at the hospital.

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“It’s tough to be the person that cleans. If I had to go back and do it again, I would. It’s so worth it,” Andrades explained in an interview with WBZ-TV.

In a Facebook post, Andrades wrote about her journey from hospital custodian to nurse practitioner and posted a picture of all three of her IDs.

Andrades’ story went viral after she shared her experience to Facebook.

Speaking about her journey from custodian to nurse practitioner, Andrades shared a picture of all three of her IDs.

“Even if it was cleaning, as long as I was near patient care I’d be able to observe things. I thought it was a good idea,” the RN explained in her interview before sharing that her favorite part of being a nurse has been her ability to provide patients with comfort. “I just really love the intimacy with people.”

“Nurses and providers, we get the credit more often but people in environmental and phlebotomy and dietary all of them have such a huge role. I couldn’t do my job without them,” she went onto explain. “I’m so appreciative and like in awe that my story can inspire people,” Andrades told WBZ-TV. “I’m so glad. If I can inspire anyone, that in itself made the journey worth it.”

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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Kid Cudi Wore A Dress To Pay Tribute To Kurt Cobain During SNL Appearance

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There’s no doubt that SNL has been the stage of some pretty groundbreaking performances and fashion moments. This past weekend was no different. While appearing as the late-night show’s musical guest the 37-year-old rapper of Mexican-American descent wore outfits a la late Nirvana rocker, Kurt Cobain.

Kid Cudi’s made a pretty big retro fashion statement for his Saturday Night Live musical performances this weekend.

For his first performance, which featured his song “Tequila Shots,” Cudi wore a t-shirt featuring the image of a late SNL cast member Chris Farley. Farley died in 1997 at age 33 from an overdose of cocaine and morphine. Over the shirt, Cudi wore a green cardigan, which many Twitter users were quick to note resembled one Kurt Cobain wore.

Cobain died by suicide in 1994.

During his performance of “Sad People,” Kid Cudi changed into a floral dress, which he confirmed in a tweet was in honor of Cobain.

Cudi’s took place on the same week of the anniversary of Cobain’s death, which occured on April 5.

“Virgil [Abloh] designed the dress for me,” Kid Cudi explained about the dress. “I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man-made a masterpiece.”

Cudi also shared that he intends to collaborate with Abloh on his fashion label Off-White. The dress will be included.

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