(Las Vegas, NV) – O.J. Simpson is not planning to move from Nevada to Florida like he told state parole officials before he was released in October from Nevada state prison, his Las Vegas lawyer said Thursday.
“The most beautiful things are not these objects. The most beautiful things are inside. “- Jay Z
(SL) – “I can’t see it coming down my eyes, so I gotta make the song cry.” Hip Hop Mogul Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter says when he wrote that song he was clearly hiding because the strongest thing a man can do is cry.
In his evolution, he now believes that being vulnerable and exposing yourself to the world is real strength; something him and Beyonce both exercised on their latest projects. Jigga says originally it was supposed to be a joint album, but Beyonce was way ahead in her project and ended up dropping Lemonade first. It was Lemonade that finally put the spotlight on what possibly happened when Solange went Bruce Lee in the elevator. But…will he ever tell us who Becky with the good hair is? Not likely.
Beyonce dropped the hints and Jay Z pretty much confirmed the infidelity allegations on his top grammy nominated album 4:44. However, Hov, outside of his lyrics, has never flat out admitted that yes…he did in fact cheat on his wife of nine years, until now.
With no theatrics, no studio, producer or engineer Jay Z sat down with Dean Baquet on September 27th and took us all the way inside the life of music’s next billionaire.
“I’m not black. I’m O.J.” – Orenthal Simpson
“When I was invited to interview Jay-Z, I wanted to talk about his song “The Story of O.J.,” from his most recent album, “4:44,” in which he quotes the legendary, maybe apocryphal, Simpson line “I’m not black, I’m O.J.”
I was less engaged by the rapper’s marital troubles or his infamous, caught-on-video 2014 elevator dust-up with his sister-in-law. But I did want to try to understand how, with an $88 million Bel Air mansion a freeway ride from neighborhoods where black people endure with so little, Jay-Z holds onto his younger self — a black man who grew up in the ’70s in the Marcy projects of Brooklyn. It seemed from his new body of work that examining this high-wire act of straddling two places had been stirring more deeply within him — much the way it stirs in me, a Southern black man who grew up revering O.J. and whose own success is infinitely greater than anyone in my early life would have imagined for me.
What is it about the story of O.J. Simpson that moved us both?
BAQUET The things I want to talk to you about: I want to talk a little bit about race. Your music some, too. I thought the song [“The Story of O.J.,” from the album “4:44,” 2017] was particularly powerful. I took the message as, “You can be rich, you can be poor, you’re still black.” Who were you speaking to? Who did you want to listen to that and be moved by it?
JAY-Z It’s a nuanced song, you know. It’s like, I’m specifically speaking to us. And about who we are and how do you maintain the sense of self while pushing it forward and holding us to have a responsibility for our actions. Because in America, it is what it is. And there’s a solution for us: If we had a power base together, it would be a much different conversation than me having a conversation by myself and trying to change America by myself. If I come with 40 million people, there’s a different conversation, right? It’s just how it works. I can effect change and get whomever in office because this many people, we’re all on the same page. Right? So the conversation is, like, “I’m not rich, I’m O.J.” For us to get in that space and then disconnect from the culture. That’s how it starts. This is what happens. And then you know what happens? You’re on your own, and you see how that turned out.
BAQUET Was it a reminder, too, that the thing O.J. forgot, maybe, was that as rich as he was, as entitled as his life was, he was reminded very forcefully when he became a subject of racial debate that he was also a black man, whether he accepted that or not?
(SL) -O.J. Simpson’s children have jumped into the real-estate business; and the families of murder victims Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman want to know how:
The NY Post Reports, Sydney Simpson, 31, and her brother Justin, 28, have built a mini-real estate empire in St. Petersburg, Fla., scooping up 13 properties since 2015, according to documents reviewed by The Post.
The homes and apartments are in low-income areas and total about $500,000. All but two appear to have been bought with cash.
In the past two years, Sydney’s Simpsy Properties LLC picked up properties including an apartment at 1247 22nd Ave. South for $35,000, two units at 379 47th Ave. South for $47,500 each, one at 335 47th Ave. North for $61,000 and another at 334 48th Ave. North for $47,500.
Justin’s LLC scored holdings including a duplex at 173 38th Ave. Southeast for $95,600 and a modest building at 1701 13th Ave. South with four units for $215,000. The 13th Avenue property was bought in 2014 by Sydney’s boyfriend, Robert Blackmon, for $38,800, before it was flipped to Justin in 2016 for cash.
(SL) – Say what you want about OJ Simpson, but he’s served his time. If all else failed, he was set to be released on September 29th, 2022 for good behavior. But a unanimous vote was cast and the Juice was released.
Some people will accuse him of being combative and self absorbed, but the man is 70 years old, ready to get out and get back to his kids. Besides that, if you wanted to see humility and remorse, he showed it.
The Board had 11 factors that they considered and there was only one concern and that was whether or not he would be aggressive in the community, if he was released. In terms of risk factors, he registered low at 3.
OJ is serving a 33 year sentence for an armed robbery that occurred in Las Vegas September 15th, 2007. Simpson and his friends were videotaped entering and leaving a hotel and there was an audio recording of the event that resulted in Bruce Fromong being threatened with a gun and punched.
Bruce Fromong testified for OJ and acknowledged that Simpson had been misled about the number of items and exact content he would be retrieving. He declared forgiveness for OJ and told him, “If you called me tomorrow and said you needed a ride. Will you pick me up? Juice, I’ll be here tomorrow.”
Oddly enough the state of California ruled that the property did belong to OJ and he is in possession of it as we speak. Yes, the same property that he is serving time for in Lovelock Correctional Facility.
One factor that didn’t make sense was the charge from the Parole Board that OJ had a substance abuse problem. OJ had been drinking before the robbery (he was at a friend’s wedding) and it was somehow concluded that alcohol abuse was somehow a trigger. The Parole Board wanted OJ to take an AA course, but he didn’t. To his credit, OJ said he’s never had a substance abuse problem. That if his kids had an issue that would’ve been helpful. His oldest daughter Arnell testified on his behalf.
While most would say just take the course, OJ didn’t sugarcoat his absence from the AA program noting that he’s never had a substance abuse problem and he hasn’t had a drink in 9 years.
Most people wanted the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman to be considered, but legally that case has nothing to do with this parole hearing and the Parole Board wasn’t swayed by the pressure.
OJ says he wants to move back to Florida where his two youngest kids live and get back to his life. His NFL pension is $25,000 a month..more than enough to survive. His money will be protected from the Browns and the Goldmans. OJ could be released as early as October.