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Tekashi69’s Undocumented Driver Cooperated With Federal Authorities To Avoid Being Deported

Rapper Tekashi69 has been all over social media lately with memes making fun of the musician in court. Tekashi69, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was in court testifying against two Nine Trey Bloods gang members in a case of racketeering and firearms brought against the gang. However, it was Hernandez’s driver who got the rapper involved in the court case.

Tekashi69’s driver, Jorge Rivera, served as an informant for federal authorities after being arrested by ICE for being undocumented.

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According to Rivera’s testimony in court, the driver was arrested in May 2018 for being undocumented. It was while he was in ICE detention that he started to cooperate with federal authorities on their case about Nine Trey Bloods gang, of which Daniel Hernandez was associated with.

Rivera continued to work with the feds after being released from ICE detention on July 2018.

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According to New York Daily News, Rivera was hired back as Hernandez’s driver shortly after being released from ICE detention. As part of his cooperation with federal officials, Rivera installed two cameras in the SUC he used to drive the Brooklyn driver around. The cameras captured a moment when two gang members, one of which he is testifying against, rear-ended the car and kidnapped Hernandez.

“I thought we were going to get killed. And we would be robbed,” Rivera said in Manhattan Federal Court through a Spanish interpreter, according to New York Daily News.

Rivera admits that he worked with the federal authorities because he wanted to avoid being deported because of his undocumented status.

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Rivera acknowledged that he would be receiving a 5K1 letter as part of his agreement to cooperate. A 5K1 letter is a letter drafted by the United States Attorney and given to a federal judge who is presiding over a case. The letter can allow for the judge to give leniency to witnesses who cooperate with authorities investigating and trying the case.

It is unclear if Rivera has any prior convictions but he is hopeful that the 5K1 letter will limit his own sentence after pleading guilty to charges of racketeering, weapons possession and robbery. He also hopes that the letter will spare him from being deported.

There has been talk about relocating Hernandez with witness protection since his testimony in court has been met with death threats.

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Thousands of people have been relocated with the United States Federal Witness Protection Program since 1971. The program is used to protect witnesses who testify in court against defendants, especially if there is any chance that the witness and their family are in immediate danger of retribution. Hernandez’stestimoney in the court has led prosecutors to begin considering the program for Hernandez.

Hernandez’s testimony has also decimated his reputation in the music industry.

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Snoop Dogg is one of the many people Tekashi69 has said is part of the Nine Trey Bloods gang. The list of people includes Cardi B and Jim Jones.

People have used the moment to remind everyone of Martha Stewart’s prison sentence and her refusal to name names.

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What do you think about Tekashi69’s testimony?

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Gov. Newsom And California Lawmakers Unveil Stimulus Checks, Relief For Undocumented Residents

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Gov. Newsom And California Lawmakers Unveil Stimulus Checks, Relief For Undocumented Residents

Americans are still waiting for the $1,400 check from the federal government to make good on the $2,000 promise In the meantime, some Californians will get extra help from the state government. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $9.6 billion stimulus package for state residents and undocumented people.

Low-income Californians will be eligible for a $600 stimulus check from the state government.

Gov. Newsom and California lawmakers have agreed on a $9.6 billion relief package for the Golden State. The relief package is offering much needed relief to businesses, individuals, and students. The relief will come to Californians in different ways.

According to a statement, the package is making good on the promise to help low-income Californians, increase small business aid, and waive license renewal fees for businesses impacted by the pandemic. In addition, the package “provides tax relief for businesses, commits additional resources for critical child care services and funds emergency financial aid for community college students.”

The relief package is aimed at helping those who are hardest hit by the pandemic.

“As we continue to fight the pandemic and recover, I’m grateful for the Legislature’s partnership to provide urgent relief and support for California families and small businesses where it’s needed most,” Gov. Newsom said in a statement. “From child care, relief for small business owners, direct cash support to individuals, financial aid for community college students and more, these actions are critical for millions of Californians who embody the resilience of the California spirit.”

The package will quadruple the assistance to restaurants and small businesses in California. Small businesses and restaurants will be eligible for $25,000 in grants from a $2 billion fund.

Undocumented Californians will also receive a boost from the state government.

Low-income Californians will receive a one-time payment of $600 while undocumented people will be given a $600 boost. The money will be sent to tax-paying undocumented people in California.

According to the California Budget & Policy Center, undocumented people in California pay $3 billion a year in local and state taxes. Despite paying taxes, the undocumented community has not been ineligible for relief payments from the federal government. These payments will give needed relief to a community overlooked throughout the pandemic.

“We’re nearly a year into this pandemic, and millions of Californians continue to feel the impact on their wallets and bottom lines. Businesses are struggling. People are having a hard time making ends meet. This agreement builds on Governor Newsom’s proposal and in many ways, enhances it so that we can provide the kind of immediate emergency relief that families and small businesses desperately need right now,” Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins said in a statement. “People are hungry and hurting, and businesses our communities have loved for decades are at risk of closing their doors. We are at a critical moment, and I’m proud we were able to come together to get Californians some needed relief.”

Learn more about the relief package by clicking here.

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The Trailer for the Documentary Series ‘Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine’ Just Dropped and We Can’t Look Away

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The Trailer for the Documentary Series ‘Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine’ Just Dropped and We Can’t Look Away

Looks like Tekashi 6ix9ine can’t stay away from the spotlight. Or rather, the spotlight can’t stay away from Tekashi 6ix9ine.

Showtime just dropped a trailer for it’s new documentary, Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine, that will document the rise and fall of Tekashi 6ix9ine–hip-hop’s most hated player.

According to Showtime, the three-part series will depict Tekashi 6ix9ine’s “epic rise to notoriety” through exclusive access to the controversial rapper.

According the press release, the interviews were conducted after 6ix9ine’s release from jail in April, 2020. Per Showtime “director Karam Gill (Ice Cold, G-Funk) examines the culture of manufactured celebrity through 6ix9ine’s mastery of social media.”

Based on the sound bites that were played throughout the trailer, viewers will be treated to an insightful peek into 6ix9ine’s psyche.

The documentary seems to be pedaling the narrative that it was 6ix9ine’s masterplan all along to become the most hated rapper in hip-hop history.

The trailer is peppered with outrageous statements from 6ix9ine, like “Superheroes always die. Villains never die. I wanna be a villain,” and “I think if I was to die today, I would be a legend.” When an of-camera voice asks him: “Famous or infamous?”, 6ix9ine responds: “Infamous.”

There are also numerous talking heads throughout the trailer who call 6ix9ine everything from “the worst person on earth” to “a genius”. One commentator claims at that, at one point point, Tekashi “had the whole city wanting to kill him.”

In case you missed it, Tekashi 6ix9ine, aka Daniel Hernandez, rose to prominence through his outrageous antics and public feuds. Oh. He also made some music.

Tekashi 6ix9ine was part of the first wave of the “Sound Cloud rap explosion”. He burst onto the scene with his first commercial single, “Gummo” in 2017, and then it seemed like he was everywhere.

Before long, he was teaming up with rap giants like Nicki Minaj, releasing the mega-hit song “Fefe” with the female rapper. The song ended up charting at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, officially cementing him as a rapper to be reckoned with.

But very quickly, 6ix9ine controversial personal life overtook his professional success. He started making headlines for everything from shootings, assault and violence, sexual assault, and even charges of “child sexual performance”.

It all came to a head when 6ix9ine was arrested in 2018 on conspiracy to murder and armed robbery charges.

During his trial, he notoriously gave up the names of tons of fellow Blood gang members. He also notably brought up Cardi B’s name during trial, even though the two have allegedly never even met. His status as a “snitch” put a virtual target on his back in the hip-hop community.

At one point in Supervillain‘s trailer, Tekashi compares himself to the Joker, saying: “He’s the bad guy, but you just fall in love with him.”

…We’re still waiting for the love part.

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