ALFAMEGA EXPOSED FOR ALLEGED INFORMANT PAST

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Zellars, who records for T.I.’s Grand Hustle Entertainment, is a hulking 6′ 4″, calls himself “The Grand Hustle Muscle,” and proclaims, “I’m a real hood.” What he does not mention, though, is his prior work as a Drug Enforcement Administration informant who snitched out criminal cohorts and testified as a government witness at the trial of an Atlanta heroin trafficker.

The US Gov’t is not playing around when it comes to placing spies amongst us.. T.I. snitch is just the most recent in an increasingly long line of folks who have been working for the police but hanging out with artists and organizers.

Earlier this year we discovered the Katrina relief agency Common Ground which is ran by former Black Panther Malik Raheem was being spied upon by a gentleman who spent years spying on activists in Austin, Tx prior to coming to New Orleans

The organiziing efforts surrounding the fight for Oscar Grant who was killed by BART police in Oakland was also compromised when one of the main militant type ‘organizers’ was a police informant. Now we hear about this situation with T.I.

-Davey D-

Alfamega Exposed For Alleged Informant Past
May 5th, 2009 | Author: Salima Koroma

afmegaThe Smoking Gun recently released documents showing that rapper Alfamega  may have served as an informant and witness for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration during the ‘90s. The Atlanta-based rapper, who signed on to T.I.’s Grand Hustle record label (through Capitol/EMI Records) after serving a seven-year stint in prison until 2002, never revealed that he had agreed to cooperate with authorities in order to get less time in jail.

“I came up in the first projects in the United States; I came up in Techwood Projects,” he told Ballerstatus in an interview last November. “I was in and out of the system since I was nine years old. So, when we were younger, when we were in and out [of the system], it was a badge.”

In 1995, Alfamega entered the system again, facing up to nine years for selling weapons to an undercover agent. According to court documents, he “agreed to cooperate with authorities” to help indict several individuals involved in drug trafficking in order to get his sentence reduced by 18 months.

Rapper and CEO of Grand Hustle Records, T.I., was arrested on weapons charges in 2007 after a sting operation involving his bodyguard, and Alfamega at the scene of arrest.

The rapper had been active in the on-again, off-again feud between Shawty Lo and T.I., as Alfamega was reportedly a lead participant in the fighting that happened at last year’s Dirty Awards in Atlanta. Alfamega subsequently apologized to promoters and fans for his behavior.

Alfamega and Grand Hustle Records spokespeople have yet to comment.

Here’s the smoking gun article

Rap star’s protégé once worked as DEA informant, government witness

 MAY 5–Billed as the protégé of rapper/gun enthusiast T.I., Cedric “Alfamega” Zellars is a convicted felon whose songs brag about his status as an “original gangster” and contain de rigeur references to police tape, automatic weapons, and murder.

Zellars, who records for T.I.’s Grand Hustle Entertainment, is a hulking 6′ 4″, calls himself “The Grand Hustle Muscle,” and proclaims, “I’m a real hood.” What he does not mention, though, is his prior work as a Drug Enforcement Administration informant who snitched out criminal cohorts and testified as a government witness at the trial of an Atlanta heroin trafficker.

Court records show that Zellars began working with law enforcement officials after he was sentenced in September 1995 to 110 months in a federal gun case (Zellars, who had a prior felony robbery conviction, was collared for selling weapons to an undercover federal agent). Zellars “agreed to cooperate with authorities and was debriefed” about the criminal activity of several individuals. “In particular he was debriefed concerning the drug trafficking activities of a Mr. Ali Baaqar,” according to a government court filing, a copy of which you’ll find below. During his cooperation against Baaqar, Zellars met with a DEA agent and a federal prosecutor, and subsequently testified at trial. “Ali Baaqar was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin based upon the trial testimony of [Zellars] and others.” In return for his snitching, Zellars had 18 months shaved off his prison term when he was resentenced in July 1997 by Judge J. Owen Forrester. A court order signed by Forrester came after federal prosecutors petitioned the jurist to reduce Zellars’s sentence in light of his “substantial assistance to the Government.” The disclosure of Zellars’s informant past will likely not sit well with rap fans and performers alike, many of whom promote hip-hop’s “Stop Snitching” doctrine. Additionally, since T.I. (real name: Clifford Harris) is soon headed to prison due to the work of a government informant, Zellars’s time as a government asset could be a cause for tension around the Grand Hustle offices. (4 pages)

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US SENATE SIDES W/ BANKS-MORE HOUSES TO BE FORECLOSED

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In a vote that demonstrates the veto power exercised by Wall Street on US government policy, the Senate on Thursday rejected a measure that would have allowed bankruptcy judges to modify the terms of mortgages to help distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure. The legislation would have enabled bankruptcy courts to lower the outstanding principal as well as interest rates on some home loans.

None For You: Senate Rejects Anti-foreclosure Measure

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In a vote that demonstrates the veto power exercised by Wall Street on US government policy, the Senate on Thursday rejected a measure that would have allowed bankruptcy judges to modify the terms of mortgages to help distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure. The legislation would have enabled bankruptcy courts to lower the outstanding principal as well as interest rates on some home loans.

The provision, put forward as an amendment to a broader housing bill backed by the Obama administration, was defeated in a 45 to 51 vote, with 12 Democrats joining all of the Republican senators in voting “no.” According to Democratic leaders in the Senate, the provision would have enabled 1.7 million homeowners to remain in their homes. This is only a small fraction of the estimated 8 million Americans who will be forced out of their homes by the banks over the next several years.

The measure was already watered down and compromised by concessions to banks and mortgage companies made in the course of weeks of negotiations between its chief sponsor, Illinois Senator Richard Durbin, and JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Nevertheless, it was adamantly opposed by the banking industry, which lobbied intensively against its passage.

The opposition of the banks secured “no” votes from Democrats Max Baucus and Jon Tester of Montana, Michael Bennett of Colorado, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Thomas Carper of Delaware, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

Obama had declared his support for what is known in Washington circles as the “cramdown” provision when he announced his “Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan” in February. That plan, presented as a boon to homeowners hit by declining home values, the loss of their jobs, and adjustable mortgage rates that had shot up, was, in fact, tailored to serve the interests of the banks, mortgage servicers and big investors.

It did not require firms to lower the principal on mortgages and made their participation in a government-subsidized scheme to lower monthly mortgage payments entirely voluntary. It offered lucrative fees and other incentives, paid for out of taxpayer funds, to companies that agreed to lower interest payments on certain home loans.

At the time, Obama touted congressional passage of the cramdown provision as the “stick” that would accompany his plan’s “carrots” to the banking industry. This was based on the premise that banks would find it more profitable to agree to lower interest rates on home loans that might otherwise be reduced in value by bankruptcy judges.

In the face of fierce opposition from the American Bankers Association and other industry lobbying groups, Obama first supported modifications to the original bill brought forward in House of Representatives that were demanded by the banks. The House in March passed watered-down cramdown legislation by a vote of 234-191, along party lines.

The banks remained opposed and shifted their efforts to kill the measure to the Senate. At that point, the Obama administration caved in and tacitly dropped its support for the provision.

As the Washington-based Web site The Hill noted on Thursday, “Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner gave the bill lukewarm support in congressional testimony.” The New York Times on May 1 wrote, “President Obama sought the cramdown provision during the election, although the White House has done virtually nothing to move it through Congress.”

Pennsylvania Senator Specter’s “no” vote had particular political significance. Two days before, he had announced that after nearly 30 years as a Republican senator he was leaving the GOP and becoming a Democrat. He acknowledged that his primary motive was the likelihood that he would be defeated in next year’s Republican state primary election. Obama hailed his move, invited him to the White House on Wednesday and announced that he would support Specter in Pennsylvania’s 2010 Democratic primary vote.

The same day as his White House reception, Specter voted against the administration’s budget and the following day voted against the mortgage cramdown amendment to the housing bill.

Thursday’s vote marked the second time in 2 years that the Senate has blocked passage of the home mortgage modification measure. Current laws barring bankruptcy judges from altering home loan provisions specifically target working families as opposed to wealthy owners of multiple homes or investment properties. Bankruptcy judges are allowed to make changes for second homes or investment real estate, but not for primary residences.

Prior to the Senate vote on the mortgage modification measure, Senator Durbin declared, “At some point the senators in this chamber will decide the bankers shouldn’t write the agenda for the United States Senate.” This was little more than political posturing by a long-time defender of the financial elite, but it contained an acknowledgement of the class interests that dominate Congress.

Stripped of the mortgage cramdown “stick,” all that remains in Obama’s “Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan,” which the Senate is expected to pass next week, are a series of “carrots” for the banks.

One provision inserted into the bill at the bidding of the banks will reduce a proposed premium owed by the banks to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, in return for hundreds of billions of dollars in FDIC guarantees on the banks’ bond issuances, by more than 50 percent. This will save the banks an estimated $7.7 billion.

A second provision will make permanent the temporary increase in bank deposits guaranteed by the FDIC to $250,000 from $100,000.

The bill also includes a safe harbor provision for mortgage servicers—firms that manage loans for investors and lenders—from lawsuits related to loan modifications. This provision, in fact, will provide legal protection for banks that have engaged in lending practices that skirt or violate the law.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that John Taylor, president of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, sent a letter to lawmakers April 29 complaining that the safe harbor provision could “create a loophole whereby banks escape serious liability for their predatory lending and fraudulent loan originations.”

Source: http://www.wsws.org
By Barry Grey

PS below is a list of the punk ass democratic Senators who voted agaisnt this measure

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)         (202) 224-2651

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)     (202) 224-5852

Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV)         (202) 224-3954

Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE)      (202) 224-2441

Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND)        (202) 224-2551

Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD)         (202) 224-5842

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA)       (202) 224-5824

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Breakdown FM Interview w/ Music Industry Vet Thembisa Mshaka

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Breakdown FM Interview w/ Music Industry Vet Thembisa Mshaka

breakdownfm-logo-bluehue300We sat down and spoke with long time industry vet Thembisa MShaka who just released her first book ‘Put Your Dreams First [HYEB]. Its a abook that gives an important blueprint for women to follow as Mshaka interviews 90 prominent women from various fields within the entertainment industry.

During our interview we cover important topics such as; the early days of Bay Area Hip Hop and the role Thembisa and her all female crew from historic Mills College played in its development. We talked about the promotion and artist mangement companies the crew ran and how it was important for them to be business women who had impact as opposed to being performers

We talked about the importance of women being paid equal wages and how even in the entertainment field there is aserious pay disparity. We talked about the importance of getting a mentor and what to look for when seeking one out.

We also focused on some of the insights dolled out by some of the women featured including Vanessa Williams, Cathy Hughes, Monique and others. We also focuse on several key chapters to pay close attention to.. Here Thembisa gives up alot of game. We talk about the types of challnges women have when they move up the ladder to be all things to all people. On one hand they have male coporate bosses to answer to who are usually determined to keep a particular type of male centered culture alive. On the other hand you have women who want them to represent and bring about substantial changes -we discuss how one obtains a realistic balance.

We concluded by talking about the importance of paying dues and always striving to put your dreams first. Mshaka advises people to find a job that centers around the things you are passionate about.

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