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Rebel Cannabis Celebrity Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion Calls Instagram His Biggest Foe Since the DEA

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Rebel Cannabis Celebrity Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion Calls Instagram His Biggest Foe Since the DEA

Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion’s personal battles with politicians, the police, the courts, the DEA and even the FBI have been widely documented for decades. Now that the formerly embattled marijuana rebel is finally reaping the spoils of his longtime weed legalization war, he has found himself up against a new foe. With a record of activism that spans over 30 years, Forchion is calling out Instagram as his biggest adversary yet.

Miami, FL – Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion’s personal battles with politicians, the police, the courts, the DEA and even the FBI have been widely documented for decades. Now that the formerly embattled marijuana rebel is finally reaping the spoils of his longtime weed legalization war, he has found himself up against a new foe. With a record of activism that spans over 30 years, Forchion is calling out Instagram as his biggest adversary yet. Though verified on Facebook, the cannabis celebrity has been unable to secure the widely acclaimed blue check for his Instagram account. The matter has caused hundreds of fake accounts to launch and imitate him, much to the detriment of his reputation, businesses and most importantly, his safety.

“My life is in danger because of the fake accounts on Instagram. The situation has gotten wildly out of control. There are impersonators out there literally stealing money online with promises of delivering cannabis. My business does not mail or deliver weed and we don’t conduct any business online ever! I’ve actually had angry customers affront me, my children and my staff in person after having been duped out of thousands of dollars by these scammers online. Some of these situations have gotten very scary! These impersonators are allowed to run rampant, while my team and I have tried repeatedly to secure Instagram’s support and attention,” cites Forchion. “A verified account would at least help to mitigate the situation.”

“I am appealing to the public and our thousands of supporters. I’m hoping that they will report any fake accounts and I’m just trying to get the word out that there is only one real “NJWeedman” account on Instagram, with over 23,000 followers,” notes Forchion. “I’m also filing a report about these cyber-crimes with the FBI in the hopes that their National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF) can take on this case. The scammers have fake websites linked to their IG accounts that are impersonating me and they are making off with tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting victims!”

Forchion has achieved worldwide notoriety for his longtime battles for legalization. As the former co-owner of NJWeedman’s Joint, a popular cannabis themed restaurant in Trenton, NJ, six years in business, the famed cannabis culprit made astonishing headlines this past year for opening a dispensary across the street from the state capital city hall. His ‘outlawed’ success has garnered him speaking engagements on virtual panels at Stockton and Princeton University, and he has been featured across international and mainstream news including NBC News in New York, ABC-TV Nightline, Cheddar News, VICE News and MSNBC’s “Into America.”

Forchion has expanded his brand to Miami, FL with the opening of a cannabis friendly art and music lounge, The Joint of Miami. His daughters now oversee his Trenton operations, while his son has taken over the Miami business.

Much to his distress however, even The Joint of Miami business account on Instagram has been hacked and shut down, with imposter accounts now posing as the actual operation. The original account @thejointofmiami, which was linked to major advertisements and publicity, is now replaced by several fake accounts that are compromising the brand’s integrity.

“I know everyone has issues with social media. I happen to love social media. It has given me a voice and a presence that has literally fueled my activism, brand and business ventures. But now, the fake accounts situation has spiraled out of control. I’ve got 99 problems and Instagram is all of them!” adds Forchion. “Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, if you are reading this, or any of your team, – ‘HELP!’ – Can I get verified on Instagram??? Please get me back my @jointofmiami account and delete the fake ones. In fact, we can discuss the matter over a bowl on me!”

For more information about The Joint of Miami, get lit at https://thejointofmiami.com/. Follow them on Instagram only at @theofficialjointofmiami (https://www.instagram.com/theofficialjointofmiami/).

For more information on NJWeedman’s Joint in Trenton, NJ, catch a buzz at https://njweedmansjoint.com/ .

Take a puff with NJWeedman and read all about his continued ‘budding’ adventures at https://linktr.ee/NJWeedman.

Most importantly, find him on Instagram only at @njweedman (https://www.instagram.com/njweedman/) and verified on Facebook at @NJWeedman (https://www.facebook.com/NJWEEDMAN).

(Photo Credits: Dr. Boogie / https://www.drboogiesecrets.com)                 

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CARDI ON TRIAL FOR COOTIES

For the last 2 years, Bronx Queen, Cardi B has been at legal battle with Youtube personality, Tasha K (UnwinewithTashaK). The story goes, Tasha, on several occasions, cites Cardi as being a prostitute with STDs who abuses drugs. Now, this is not the first time someone attempts to slash, slander, or cancel CARDI B – but she’s made it clear that her brand was built to protect her from a trial. Does that leave any room for Cardi to rightfully deserve to pay a multi million dollar lawsuit?

Let’s Go To The Facts…

Tasha K & CARDI B trial via @unwinewithtashak

Tasha K. Is Saying That?

If you don’t know who Tasha is – it’s okay we don’t really care. Here on the internet she’s known as “the woman with fake gossip and cheap wine”. Flattering. The “Press” rapper’s lawyers are saying that sis just did this for clout. The YouTube personality starting circulating videos and rumors about Belcalis around the end of 2018. Following the very beginning of 2019, the rapper filed a lawsuit for defamation against all claims. Cardi? A prostitute? Mind you, we don’t slut shame around here but she did become a stripper so we can’t even shocked. Drug abuser? How about mind your business because if I put you in a room with 10 people, I bet at least 5 of them smoke way more than science suggests. This STD is the real debate.

Cardi B via biography.com

Emergency Card Valid

In response to Cardi B filing her suit, Tasha K. filed a counter-lawsuit on the basis of slander (girl, please)! She claimed that Blood gang affiliates were sent to her house by the rapper to threaten her at her Atlanta home, however that $3 million claim has been dismissed due to lack of evidence. Both parties were scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 9th of this year. Nevertheless, that didn’t happen because Cardi had to tend to a family emergency and the judge approved.

The Medical Records Determine

Though case was postponed, it was not before the judge declared that the Center for Women Pelvic Health at UCLA needs to produce “any and all medical records within [their] possession related sole to the the testing for herpes and HPV for Belcalis…” The new trial date is set for January 5th, 2022. Tasha tries it every once in while with her ridiculousness. But, so far only wins for Cardi on these unbased claims.

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Vevo Announces 2022 “DSCVR Artists to Watch” List

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Vevo, the world’s leading music video network, today released the complete list for its highly-anticipated Vevo DSCVR “Artists to Watch” 2022 campaign

On November 1, Vevo’s DSCVR ATW will showcase engaging, high-quality live performance videos from the class of 2022. There will be two unique performances from each artist shot exclusively for Vevo. 
Born out of Vevo’s taste-maker series and brand DSCVR(DSCVR Artists To Watch) is now in its 8th year. The list consists of 21 global artists whom Vevo has tipped to break through to the mainstream. 

With over 500 submissions, Vevo’s DSCVR ATW program is one of the most highly anticipated and competitive lists to appear on, as the artists and bands that make it receive critical exposure and promotion that help propel their careers. Artists & bands will be marketed and featured in Vevo’s expert music video programming via playlists and editorial features across their network. This includes YouTube, Pluto TV, Samsung TV Plus, and Apple TV. 

VEVO IS ALL ABOUT THE ARTISTS


Vevo has a history of supporting and introducing emerging artists to new global audiences. DSCVR ATW champions emerging artists through live performance content. The list includes big names such as Billie Eilish, Pop Smoke, Sam Smith, EarthGang, Guaynaa, Lewis Capaldi, Arlo Parks, Maggie Rogers & James Bay

“This annual taste-making program is the pride of Vevo’s in-house editorial team of music lovers. Over the years, we’ve worked with a wide range of artists from around the world. All of which have grown and developed into huge household names today,” says JP Evangelista, SVP of Content, Programming & Marketing.

“Through our marketing and promotion efforts, our distribution network and original content production, Vevo supports artists at all stages of their careers. We work with the artists and their teams to ensure that every part of their DSVCR ATW campaign is additive to their wider marketing. This video asset plays an integral role in bringing new video content to music fans who are about to discover and love them. We play a crucial role in maximizing the value of the music video and this campaign is really where the journey with these 21 artists really begins.”


Vevo’s global in-house production teams worked closely with artists and their teams to shoot all content in accordance with CDC’s COVID-19 safety protocols.

THE OFFICIAL LIST


The Vevo DSCVR Artist to Watch 2022 campaign is sponsored by Ray-Ban Stories, built in partnership with Facebook consists of the following artists:

Vevo’s 2022 DSCVR “Artists to Watch” are:
Andy Rivera (Sony Columbia)
ArrDee (Island Records)
Brray (UMLE)
Chiiild (Island Records)
Clinton Kane (Columbia)
Enny (FAMM)EST Gee (Interscope)
Grip (Interscope)
JAWNY (Interscope)
Jessica Winter (Roya Records)
Lola Young (Island Records)
Mimi Webb (Epic)
Nija (Motown)
Pip Millett (Dreamlife / SME)
Poupie (The Orchard)
Ronisia (Sony)
Sen Senra (Universal Music Spain / Sonido Muchacho)
Seori (88rising)
Serious Klein (The Orchard)
Wet Leg (Domino)
Willie Jones (Sony Nashville)

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KISS Guitar Legend Francis Stueber Dies from COVID

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Francis Steuber (Photo Cred: Paul Stanley Website)

FRANCIS STUEBER, legendary guitar tech from the rock bank KISS has died. The 52 year old musician passed away on Saturday. This news has left his family and fans to mourn his loss. iHeart Radio reports the band cancelled their concert on Sunday following the news of Stueber’s death. It wasn’t known how long “Fran” had been ill or whether he was on the road with the band at the the time of his passing.

Longtime friend Paul Stanley was devastated saying in a statement, “My dear friend, buddy and guitar tech for 20 years, Fran Stueber died yesterday suddenly of Covid. Both on and offstage I depended on him for so much. My family loved him as did I. He was so proud of his wife and 3 boys as they were of him. I’m numb.”

(Photo Cred: Paul Stanley Twitter Page)

Steuber had a storied career in music, working alongside REO Speedwagon, Heart & The Offspring. KISS had announced that all precautionary measures were taken in preventing any COVID related issues while on tour. The band would cancel their End of the Road farewell tour in September two weeks in when Gene Simmons and Stanley would contract the virus. Both artists would go on to make full recoveries.

(Photo Cred: Francis Steuber Twitter)
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We all lost someone so special.

Paul Stanley on his thoughts of Francis Steuber’s passing on Saturday

COVID-19 has claimed another well known personality today as we reported earlier in confirming the passing of Former Secretary of State Colin Powell. TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine offer our prayers and condolences to Francis Steuber’s family and fans.

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[BREAKING NEWS] Colin Powell Dies From COVID-19 Complications

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell (Photo Cred: The New York Times)

COLIN POWELL has passed away .Confirming multiple news reports, the former Secretary of State and political pioneer died on Monday due to complications from COVID-19. Powell was the first African-American to serve in the position and was was highly revered. The Hill reports that the family of Powell announced his death in a recent statement. He was 84 years old.

(Photo Cred: Kleiner Perkins)

The family also reports that Powell had been fully vaccinated and was at Walter Reed National Medical Center receiving treatment.” We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed for their caring treatment,” the family stated via Facebook. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father and a great American.” Colin Powell was influential on Capital Hill, as he held critical positions during the terms of Ronald Regan, George H. Bush, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

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TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine offer our prayers and condolences to his family. Rest well, king.

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William Shatner Goes To Outer Space

Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old WILLIAM SHATNER, blasted into space Wednesday in a convergence of science fiction and science reality, reaching the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company.

The Star Trek actor and three fellow passengers hurtled to an altitude of 66.5 miles (107 kilometers) over the West Texas desert in the fully automated capsule then safely parachuted back to Earth. The flight lasted just over 10 minutes.

“What you have given me is the most profound experience,” an exhilarated Shatner told Bezos after climbing out the hatch. The words spilling from him in a soliloquy almost as long as the flight. “I hope I never recover from this, I hope that I can maintain what I feel now, I don’t want to lose it.”

William Shatner (Photo Cred: The New York Times)

What you have given me is the most profound experience. I hope I never recover from this.

Shatner on his experience going into space.

He said that going from the blue sky to the utter blackness of space was moving. “In an instant you go, ‘Whoa, that’s death.’ That’s what I saw.”

Shatner became the oldest person in space. He eclipsed the previous record set by a passenger on a similar jaunt on a Bezos spaceship by eight years. The flight included about three minutes of weightlessness and a view of the curvature of the Earth.

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Rory & Mal’ Joins Stitcher’s More Sauce Network

STITCHER has inked the “NEW RORY & MAL” podcast hosted by former Joe Budden Podcast co-hosts RORY FARRELL and JAMIL “MAL” CLAY, formerly independent, to a deal that brings the show to STITCHER’s MORE SAUCE network with new episodes posting on Tuesdays and Fridays starting November 2nd. Farrell and Clay left Budden’s show in an acrimonious split this summer over financial concerns and started their own show in July.

“The love we’ve received with the NEW RORY & MAL podcast has been incredible,” said MAL. “We look forward to changing the optics of ‘media culture’ and having fun with the content we create with SirusXM and STITCHER. Just know that we’re here and that my karma is still beautiful.”

“I’ve listened to some of my favorite people on SirusXM for years,” said FARRELL. “We’re honored to join the STITCHER family and are excited to have their support in creating the content we’ve wanted to create in a much cooler way. They’ve been instrumental in pushing the podcast genre further, and we look forward to growing with them.”

“RORY and MAL embody what MORE SAUCE is all about,” said MORE SAUCE Exe. Producer JAZMINE HENLEY-BROWN. “They come with hilarious takes, deep industry connections and stories; but most of all, they seem like the friends you’d love to have at your dinner party or kickback.”

CELEBRATING HIP-HOP, LIFESTYLE AND CULTURE THIS IS STRAIGHT OFFICIAL MAGAZINE!

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Big Daddy Kane & KRS-One Are Next Up For a Verzuz

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Big Daddy Kane & KRS-One Verzuz Flyer (Photo Cred: Okayplayer.com)

THE NEXT VERZUZ IS OFFICIAL!!

Hip-Hop pioneers BIG DADDY KANE & KRS-ONE have been announced as the next two artists to face off in the next Verzuz! Pitchfork reports that the battle will go down Sunday, October 17th at 9pm EST from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

These unique battles have helped to engage fans of Hip-Hop and R&B alike. They’ve provided memorable entertainment amidst the ongoing pandemic. Spawned by legendary producers Swizz Beats and Timbaland, these impromptu battles of artist catalogs have reinvigorated our love for the culture and music as a whole.

Big Daddy Kane & KRS-One (Photo Cred: Getty Images)

LET’S PLAY A GAME

Revolt reports the two producers wanted the fans to guess on who the next two combatants would be. The prize for a correct guess would be a pair of tickets to the event! The initial post on Instagram received over 15,000 guesses! The fans would only have silhouettes to use as a hint, with most of us being able to guess right away!

(Photo Cred: Verzuz IG Page)

This battle is sure to be as legendary as the artists who are performing! You can purchase tickets NOW through triller.fightclub.com and you can watch exclusively through both Triller & FITE TV. Billed as “TrillerVerz III Weekend”, the festivities will kick off on October 16th. Fans will be treated with a performance from Jamaican DJ Super Cat at 8pm EST. The official battle between BDK and KRS will take place the next day.

Be sure to get your tickets NOW and tune in on Sunday, October 16th to catch all the festivities! Who do you think will win this Verzuz battle? Who would you like to see in the next Verzuz? Let us know down in the comments below! As always, we thank you for rocking with TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine as we celebrate Hip-Hop, lifestyle and culture!

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YouTube Removes Misinforming Vaccine Videos

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WHAT IS YOUTUBE DOING?

YouTube has announced that they will begin to remove any misinforming content surrounding any approved medical vaccinations from their platform. Bloomberg reports that the site is forgoing their usual hands-off approach to this topic. The video platform will extend their policies against any form of misinformation conveyed on their site.

A division of Google announced that the ban will include any media claiming that vaccines are dangerous or will lead to chronic health outcomes. Over 130,000 videos that broke the new rule have been removed from the site. These numbers will rise as the pandemic goes on.

One year ago, YouTube began banning videos that were critical of Covid-19 vaccines. Seeing early on the policy had limitations, YouTube enforced this policy after creators found ways around it. Making claims about the vaccines without mentioning Covid-19 directly was one way creators went about it.

Matt Halprin, VP of YouTube of Trust and Safety (Photo Cred: Wikipedia Commons)

We can imagine viewers then potentially extrapolating to Covid-19. We wanted to make sure that we’re covering the whole gamut.

Mark Halprin on YouTube’s New Policy

YOUTUBE DEALS WITH BACKLASH

YouTube faces some of the same political pressures as Facebook and Twitter. In addition, YouTube is also being accused of censoring speech by political pundits. The platform faces scrutiny for what some believe is labeling and inadequately policing vaccine skepticism and falsehoods.

Halprin said, “The company will allow ‘scientific discussion’-videos about vaccine trials, results and failures.” YouTube will continue to permit personal testimonies. Parents will be able to talk about their child’s experiences getting vaccinated. “If videos aggregate these testimonials into one clip or make broader claims questioning vaccine efficacy, then they will be removed” Halprin said.

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IS YOUTUBE RESTRICTING SEARCHES?

Within the caveats of YouTube’s new policy, the platform categorized certain health videos and in some cases, reduced their ability to show up in specific searches. Bloomberg reports that the company will treat certain health videos as “borderline”, which decreases the appearance in search results.

“It’s only when somebody then generalizes, ‘It’s not just about my child’. Obviously there’s a line there”, Halprin said. What do you think about YouTube’s new course of action? Let us know in the comments down below!

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[BREAKING NEWS] R. Kelly Found Guilty!!

R. Kelly (Photo Cred: ABC News)

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Confirming multiple news sources, R&B singer R.KELLY was found guilty by a federal jury on Monday afternoon on racketeering charges stemming from his publicized sex trafficking trial. Prosecutors had accused Kelly of using his celebrity to bait women and underaged girls for sex throughout the course of the R&B singers’ thirty-year career.

Straight Official reported on Kelly just last month as the singer’s trial had appeared to had hit a brick wall. The prosecution rested their case against the crooner after hearing weeks of testimonies from accusers and survivors of Kelly. It’s funny what a few weeks can change.

Reuters reports that Kelly pled not guilty to a racketeering charge as well as eight counts of violating federal law making it illegal to transport people across state lines for prostitution. While the prosecution is painting the picture of Kelly as a predator who used his fame and charisma to lure victims into his sphere, the defense team for Kelly portrays him as a generous person and that his accusers are looking for a payday through failed book deals and hoped-for music careers that never took flight.

Prosecutors push a cart with documents related to R. Kelly’s trial as they arrive to Brooklyn federal court in New York, U.S., August 18, 2021. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

We will continue to follow this story as news develops. What are your thoughts on this case? Let us know down below!

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