Bend’s two-day Juneteenth Celebration wraps up at Drake Park: History, Culture, Community, Food, and Live Entertainment.
Sunday June 19, marked the second and final day of Bend’s Juneteenth Celebration at Drake Park. Many people came out to take part in the festivities. The newly recognized state and federal holiday marks the annual observance of the end of slavery.
People over the weekend learned about the history through educational exhibits and artistic displays, and were able to eat, listen to music and enjoy some dancing, with several vendors on hand with a wide array of food and product selections.
Performing at this two-day event were California hip hop artists Day Day (Oakland, CA), and SpenDoe (Santa Cruz, CA), along with Supa Dave (Queens, NY). California musician Shawn Ramone (spoken word/guitar), hip hop artist W.Y.L.D Won (Tampa Bay, FL) and Sizzul The Gr8 (Nashville, TN) also performed over the weekend, adding to a memorable lineup of talent. The event is the 2nd annual Juneteenth celebration for The Fathers Group, and the first year collaborating with the city of Bend.
While Day Day and SpenDoe worked the crowds, they also made time to meet and great attendees of the two-day event. One of the main highlights of the live entertainment, was the performance of “I Got Dreams” by Day Day & SpenDoe, produced by Nick Seals of DeviozBeats559.
Day Day Link: @DayDayCTS | Linktree
SpenDoe Link: @SpenDoe | Linktree
Minty-Swap 2.0 real or fake?
There is another pandemic infecting investors, that is deadlier than Covid-19. “Rug pull” isn’t a word that has any positive connotations attached to it. The collateral damage of losing a lot of money on useless Tokens and total economic despair will be felt by many. “Rug pull” leaves the NFT community members orphaned, picking up the scraps of a failed investment, while the founders have fled with golden parachutes. In an effort to police the NFT Metaverse, exchanges like OpenSea have delisted such NFT projects entirely, but new NFT projects are being created at an alarming rate.
NFT’s/Token’s original rug pull company will launch version 2.0 of the Token/NFT before a new investor can collaborate with the victimized Alpha group. In order to double dip on further proceeds, the original Token company claims all “so-called problems” with its Token or NFT have been resolved, plotting yet another rug pull on its community members and Token holders. Does this sound a little bit like fraud? If you are nodding your head in agreement, I believe that is the textbook definition.
Rug pulls in recent years have served as evergreen reminders of the risks associated with NFT/Tokens. We’ve compiled a short list of some of the most memorable (and costly) events in ecosystem history. The bright side of these events is that they have helped educate people about identifying and avoiding NFT scams.
Frosties freeze rug pull nets $1.3 million
Frosties, launched on January 7, 2022, was an ice cream-themed collection of 8,888 NFTs that marketed itself as “cool, delectable, and unique”. Ethan Nguyen (known as “Frostie”) and Andre Llacuna (known as “Heyandre”), the two founders of the project, had already been able to build up a sizable community in their Discord channel, as well as promised collectors merch, raffles and a fund in the hope of ensuring the project’s success for the long term.
It was estimated that the NFTs would sell for 0.04 ETH each, so, after the collection had been sold out a few hours later, the team behind the project had been able to generate 335 ETH – just over a million dollars. There was a brief period of time where the project’s website and Discord dropped, and the funds from the sale were transferred to a variety of wallets; the founders were now ghosts.
Evil Ape dupes the Evolved Apes NFT community
The founder of Evolution Ape, known as Evil Ape, stole 798 ETH ($2.7 million) from investors just a week after the collection launched. The Twitter account and project website of Evil Ape are no longer available.
The Evolved Apes project was originally intended to be a fight game, but has now become just another scammer rug pull statistic.
MintySwap , Swaps investor dollars for Lamborghinis
Layth Samarah created MintySwap Token to fund his Lamborghinis, houses, and vacations using investor money. Developing Legends of Mintonia, a game that earns Minty tokens, was a lie, used to sell project tokens and deposit money into exchange accounts, estimated at $2-3 million. Hundreds of people have been scammed out of millions of dollars by Layth’s Token Minty-swap by blacklisting their wallets (preventing them from using the contract, transferring, or selling their investments). When people start asking questions, Layth then blocks and kicks them out of the investment chat.
MintySwap also sold 10,000 copies of its NFT called “Mintonians” stealing funds from investors, claiming that a so-called “Whale” purchased all of these NFTs when Layth himself sold “mintys” Tokens and bought mintonians, misleading investors.
Openseas has now permanently delisted mintonians NFT which deems them 100% worthless. Users were supposed to receive a certain amount of staking rewards with each mintonian, but the amount has changed 4-5 times since initial promises. Mintonians were only purchased because of the staking reward promise. Token holders have either not received their Tokens or the investors money has gone straight into the founders account. Mintyswaps platform is now planning a 2.0 release, Buyers Beware!
Delisted MintySwap Tokens
Atlanta Rap Artist, Jermaine ” J Young MDK” Carter Nominated For Outstanding Dramatic Actor” In a Short Film “Mixed Girl”
Jermaine “J Young MDK” Carter is usually known for his electrifying stage presence and insightful rap lyrics. Now, he can add a gripping actor of a powerful new drama to the list. “Mixed Girl” is a film the musician starred in, not only expanding his resume, but also showing a new side of the energetic rapper. It tells a story of a man who learns he has a daughter after years of neglect from her mother. This movie shows the journey of him stepping up and doing what’s right by a child who needs him now more than ever. This is surely to be his most intense role that will catapult him even further into the world of Hollywood thespians.
His talents stretch beyond being in front of the camera as he is also the co-producer of “Mixed Girl”. The short film relates to audiences everywhere. Speaking of everywhere, the film has been screened at a vast number of film festivals and venues including the Micheaux Film Festival in Los Angeles. J Young was even commended by the festival when he was nominated for ““Outstanding Dramatic Actor in a Short Film”
However, this is not J Young MDK’s first time in front of the camera. Aside from his several music videos, he has acted in Apple TV’s “Feds Did A Sweep” and Netflix’s “The App That Stole Christmas”. He got a taste of a drama-themed script when he played a role in “All Eyez On Me”, the telling biopic on the life of iconic rapper, Tupac Shakur. Though this is his biggest role, J Young MDK remained committed to putting on the performance of his life throughout production. As one of the co- producers, he was also able to add his creative influence to the movie.
Typically, J Young MDK can be seen amassing a large crowd on an average night. His musical career had led him to perform in the “Monster Outbreak Presents: Latto 777 Tour” with Latto, Saucy Santana, Asianae, and Kali. He has also created tantalizing albums such as Aqua, Black, and White which were all released the same year! He created history with two of the aforementioned by releasing them on the same day! If anything can be said about J Young MDK, it’s that he is a hard worker who puts his all into whatever he does. More information on “Mixed Girl” can be viewed at mixedgirlfilm.com and J Young MDK can be followed at @jyoungmdk on social media.
16Shotemvisuals, Sex Offender Case Resurfaces During Online Altercation!
Raheem Mccaskill a.k.a. 16Shotemvisuals, has recently been a trending topic of discussion online due to his online altercation with Ninaboy, Polo G, & Bandman Kevo. 16Shotemvisuals has apparently been beefing with multiple online icons to no avail, causing Ninaboy to resurface his sexual molestation case and arrest.
Mccaskill whose originally from Maywood, IL, was 18 years old at the time of arrest, while the victim only 13. During the time of the offense Raheem was sentenced back in 2013 and later released. The uncovering of the news is in conjunction to the comments 16shotemvisuals made about Ninaboy, in what started as a conversation between the two in personal messages and has now gone public!