Trump pardons Lil Wayne, Kodak Black; no go for Joe Exotic
Former President of the United States Donald Trump pardoned rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term that benefited more than 140 people, including ex-members of Congress and other allies of him and his family.
The last-minute clemency, announced on Wednesday morning, follows separate waves of pardons over the past month for Trump associates convicted in the FBI’s Russia investigation, as well as for the father of his son-in-law.
Both Lil Wayne and Kodak Black were convicted in Florida on weapons charges. Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, has frequently expressed support for Trump and recently met with the president on criminal justice issues. Others on the list included Death Row Records co-founder Michael Harris. The list was also heavily populated by more conventional candidates whose cases had been championed by criminal justice activists.
One name missing in President Donald Trump's flurry of pardons is 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic whose team was so confident in a pardon that they'd readied a celebratory limousine and a hair and wardrobe team to whisk away the zoo keeper-turned-reality TV star, who is now serving a 22-year federal prison sentence in Texas. But Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, wasn't on the list announced on Wednesday morning.
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SAN RAMON , California ( AP ):
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Jazmine Sullivan, Eric Church, H.E.R. to sing at Super Bowl
NEW YORK ( AP ):
R&B star Jazmine Sullivan and country singer Eric Church will join forces to sing the national anthem at next month’s Super Bowl, where Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. will perform America the Beautiful.
The performances will take place on February 7 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa before the big game and half-time show starring The Weeknd. It will air on CBS.
Rapper and recording artiste Warren 'WAW' Snipe, who is deaf, will perform The Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful in American Sign Language.
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company is executive producing the half-time show for a second year.