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The Side Eye: Nas Promoter Held Hostage In Angola


Reports state that an American concert promoter and his son are being held "hostage" due to Nas' failure to appear at a heavily promoted New Year's Eve concert in Luanda. Patrick Allocco, a NJ-based promoter, had worked with Angolan promoter Henrique "Riquhino" Miguel to bring Nas to the southern African country.

Miguel wired around $300K to Nas' camp, but the rapper never even made it on a plane citing "miscommunication" (he did make it to LeBron James' party in Miami though). Allocco and his son were then allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint and are being held until Nas returns all the $300,000 owed plus an additional $50K for expenses.

There's a whole lot of details about this story that still remain unclear so we're side-eyeing the whole episode. Hope everyone stays safe though.

UPDATE: Patrick Allocco explains the Nas/concert/money situation via phone from Angola where he is still being held hostage via VLAD TV, stream below.

Ironic clip of Nas on the lack of American artists performing in Africa below.

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Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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