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Phreedom Records is headed to the top by way of its CEO Co’Baby

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Resiliency is often the cornerstone of the essence of many men who are born in New Orleans, Louisiana or raised in Detroit, Michigan. It can be a struggle, but also a beautiful thing when one rises above the hardships that can be encountered in both cities. Both cities have economic systems that are often set up for the underdog to fail. Often times it takes a lot more work to taste success.

Meet Corey “Co’Baby” Coleman (or “Co” as he is also affectionately known), CEO and founder of Phreedom Records. Co has quite an interesting history in New Orleans’ entertainment arena – but for as interesting as it is, there are few who have the same pedigree and even fewer who have put in the work and time. And Co is resilient, to say the least. He is the epitome of perseverance and because of that, he will go down in Louisiana music history as one of the architects of its success.

Co’Baby with the phenomenal comedian Sheryl Underwood

This humble soul works tirelessly to make sure his young artists get on. When you meet Co, you’ll notice the humility right away, in that he often fades into the background, until such time he needs to make his presence known – and that he does quite well. It has been said that a team is only as strong as its leader and that for such a leader to be effective, that he must be willing to handle the duties of those he leads, as well as his own. Co definitely does that – from being a master networker, to providing the financial backing to so many, to making his family’s dream of owning and running a premiere label come true, Co is the catalyst to so many fires. His hard work and never give up attitude keep him at the right place at just the right time. The most beautiful thing though, is that Phreedom Records is a family owned business. Co, along with his wife Amy, are working diligently to ensure that Phreedom not only becomes a household name, but an entertainment dynasty.

Co’Baby & Phreedom artist Lucki Lew

Co got his start in the music business when the entity now known as Cash Money was in upstart mode. To say he learned the business from the inside out at a time urban music was really taking a foothold in the South, is a staunch understatement. One of his main goals is for his label’s artists to drop timely, quality music. Co has been responsible for several hits lately, including Lucki Lew’s “My Lil Yeah”, a single featuring standout Tweeday, and “Hotspot”, a fiery (pun intended) club joint featuring Level.

Co’Baby with New Orleans superstar Young Greatness

We recently caught up with Co to talk about his history, dreams and aspirations. We had quite the interesting conversation with him – here’s how it went:

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.

CO: I’m a God fearing man who loves life, phamily, and I work for what I want out of life.

SINCE YOU’RE FROM THE CUISINE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MEAL?

CO: Well cooked T-Bone steak, no redness showing, and a loaded baked potato

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

CO: Born in New Orleans in 1969. Raised in Detroit.

WHAT DRIVES YOU?

CO: My phamily and my will to help others win is what drives me.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY? WHAT ARTISTS HAVE YOU WORKED WITH AND WHAT PRODUCERS DO YOU WORK WITH?

CO: I started when I was in high school at Henry Ford High School in Detroit, Michigan. I was a back-up singer in a group called the Gigolos. Then I moved back to New Orleans and met Ronald and Brian Williams. We were street guys. After a couple of years we decided to start Ca$h Money. I stayed working for the company for a few years doing the office work, went on the road with them and did Road Manager duties for the artists Lil Slim, PMW, Mr. Ivan, Ms. Tee, Pimp Daddy, and UNLV. Part of being the Road Manager meant driving all of the artists to and from shows. Now I currently work with fire producers Jay Da Menace of HITZ, KC Da Producer, and Nave Monjo for my own label, Phreedom Records. My artists have collaborated with Jay Jones of Young Money, Jay Da Menace, Kango Slim of PNC, Tweeday, Level, Trae of Hyperphyll, and have opened shows for well-known artists like Jacquees, Kevin Gates, Colonel Loud, Z-RO, and Scarface, just to name a few.

YOU HAVE QUITE A RESUME. TAKE US THROUGH A DAY IN THE LIFE AT PHREEDOM RECORDS.

CO: A day at Phreedom…well it’s always what’s next. Who can I work with to get my team noticed, schedule studio sessions, plan promotional trips, travel arrangements, hotel accommodations – constantly on social media creating a public presence, researching and determining the scams from the legit contacts and projects – just constantly pushing.

WHERE CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE PHREEDOM RECORDS IN THE NEXT 2, 5 AND EVEN 10 YEARS?

CO: In the next 2 to 10 years I pray to God Phreedom Records will be a household name that phamilies can relate to, young and old. I want Phreedom to do everything – Gospel, Country, R&B, Hip Hop, Techno, EDM, and Funk. We’ll continue to do charity work and be visible in the community, providing sponsorships and opening outreach centers that helps kids get focused on positive moves in life. And also, continuing to love God and follow his path while growing revenue for all. Our motto is One God, One Love.

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is a great thing to see someone as genuine and positive as the Colemans grow their label (Phreedom Records) and continue to help others. We have known them for a while now and they are always supportive, positive and trying to help the community in any way possible. We are excited at their upcoming projects and we are always happy to see their artists prosper as well.

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Black Madam Convicted of Murder in Fatal Buttocks Injection

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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A former madam who bragged of doing black-market “body sculpting” on thousands of women was convicted of murder Monday in the death of a dancer who died hours after silicone injected into her buttocks moved to her lungs and stopped her heart.

Padge-Victoria Windslowe’s colorful testimony during her Philadelphia trial included claims that she was “the Michelangelo of buttocks injections” and that model Amber Rose was “a walking billboard” for her work. Yet Windslowe had no medical training, other than tips she said she picked up from overseas doctors who performed her sex change operation and a physician-client of her escort service who became her lover.

“I was the best, and I don’t mean that to be cocky,” Windslowe testified, explaining why celebrities would have sought her out over a licensed plastic surgeon.

Windslowe, 45, described herself as a serial entrepreneur who once ran a transgender escort service and a Gothic hip-hop performer who called herself “the Black Madam.”

Authorities argued that she fled in 2011 after a botched injection killed Claudia Aderotimi, a 20-year-old London break-dancer and college student.

The trial was halted for several days last week while Windslowe was hospitalized after reporting that she had chest pains. She has been in prison since 2012, when the 18-month investigation led to a coroner’s homicide ruling and later an arrest warrant.

The jury got the case late Friday. They were choosing between third-degree murder, which is not premeditated but involves malice, and involuntary manslaughter, which involves reckless disregard for a person’s life.

Man Faces Attempted Murder Charge for Throwing Baby off Balcony

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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A Kissimme, FL., man is facing attempted second degree murder charges after throwing his two-year-old son from a second-floor motel balcony.

Juan Pablo Maradiaga was watching the child while his mother, who is separated from Maradiaga, was working a shift at Seven 11.

Mother Rosa Fabian says she received a call from Maradiaga saying he was frustrated and pleaded with her to come get the child. Faian told him she was unable to leave work in the middle of her shift. 30 minutes later, the man tossed his child 12 and a half feet off the balcony. Maradiaga, who police say reeked of alcohol, then tumbled over the balcony and landed near the toddler.

The two-year-old boy suffered a broken arm, fractured eye socket, abrasions, and large knot on his head. Maradiaga suffered a broken ankle, and won’t appear in front of a judge until he’s adequately recovered from his injury.

Pine Bluff Double Murder Victims Identified As Roderick Dolls, Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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PINE BLUFF, AR – The victims of a double murder have been identified.

Pine Bluff Police say Roderick Dolls, 28, and Joseph Campbell, 20, were found shot to death inside a car on Locust St. Tuesday night just before 9:00. Dolls was in the driver’s seat and Campbell was beside him in the passenger seat.

There is still no known motive for the killings and police have not yet identified any suspects.

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Woman allegedly assists in killing of state trooper

Friday, February 24th, 2012

SEATTLE (AP) — A former girlfriend of a man who killed a Washington state trooper has been arrested for trying to help him evade capture, the Kitsap County sheriff’s office said Friday.

Jessi Leigh Foster, 32, is the mother of one of Joshua Blake’s children. Blake, an ex-con with a history of antagonizing police, shot and killed Trooper Tony Radulescu early Thursday morning during a traffic stop, then committed suicide with a single shot to the head hours later.

Shortly after the trooper’s death, Blake called Foster and told her he did something bad and needed help to escape, sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Dickinson told a news conference.

She met him at a home on a dirt road a few miles away, where she pressed him on what he had done, he said, and even after Blake acknowledged that he shot a police officer, she continued trying to help.

“She was actively trying to find a way for him to get out of the area,” Dickinson said.

She was still in the home with him when he killed himself as a SWAT team closed in, Dickinson said. She was arrested for investigation of rendering criminal assistance; bail was set at $500,000.

She made an initial appearance in Kitsap County District Court on Friday. A judge found probable cause for the charge and set further hearings for next month. She did not enter a plea.

“My daughter has a very, very good heart,” her father, Wayne Foster, told reporters. “Her ex-boyfriend has just misused her for years upon years, and broke her heart many times. He’s been a total frustration to our family, especially to his daughter and to my daughter.”

He said his daughter told him she didn’t initially realize what had happened when she tried to help Blake, and when she found out, she was scared and didn’t know what to do.

According to a detective’s affidavit, Jessi Foster was at a party when she received the call from Blake, and she had a friend drive her to meet him. She told investigators that based on a flurry of police activity, including a helicopter flying in the area, she knew he’d done something bad, but it was several hours before he told her he what had happened.

After he told her, he walked outside, and she continued calling and texting friends to see if anyone could pick them up — but did not call 911, the detective’s statement said. A SWAT team arrived within the next half-hour, Foster estimated.

She and Blake had tussled in court over custody of their daughter, who is now 3. In court papers he wrote that she had a severe drinking problem and was unstable. In response, a friend of hers, Carole Gonzalez, wrote that Foster was a loving mother and that Blake was never around the child because he had been incarcerated.

The slain trooper was Tony Radulescu, a Romanian immigrant and 16-year veteran of the patrol who had the respect of his peers and was popular in his community.

“It’s a terrible thing to receive a phone call that one of your people is injured in line of duty. To have that compounded with a loss, it’s a bad day,” Patrol Chief John R. Batiste said.

Radulescu, who served his entire career in the area, spoke five languages — a huge asset in investigating car theft rings with Eastern European ties, said Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer, who knew him well.

“He was cautious. He practiced good officer safety,” the sheriff said, his eyes misting as he spoke Thursday. “Sometimes the odds are just against you.”

Radulescu was a military veteran with a son in the area who is a soldier, Patrol Chief John Batiste said at an early morning news conference at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was well-known and popular in the community where he often spoke in schools, Batiste said.

According to Kitsap County court records, Blake was convicted for assaulting his then-pregnant girlfriend — not Foster — in 2004 as he drove down a street under the influence of alcohol. After being arrested, he kicked out the window of a patrol car.

Later that year, after the baby was born, he choked the woman and punched her in the face repeatedly because she asked him to watch the child while she took a nap.

In 2008, a Port Orchard officer tried to pull him over for a minor traffic infraction. He sped off at 60 mph, crashed into another police car and then ran off. As officers pursued him, he returned to his car and sped away again — only to later be caught when a sheriff’s office dog team chased him up a tree.

Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis said Blake was a handful both for prison officials and for community corrections officers who tried to supervise him. He completed a 2 1/2-year prison term in early 2010, and last spring he served two months for failing to check in with his community corrections officer. His term of supervision ended last August, Lewis said.

Arm wrestling champion kills wife

Monday, February 13th, 2012

A former International Arm Wrestling Federation arm wrestler will be in court today to face charges he killed his 44-year-old wife Friday.

Allen M. Stilkey, 40, was arrested Friday night and charged with the killing of Lisa A. Stilkey, who was found severely injured at 12:03 a.m. outside the couple’s 38 Gilboa St. home, according to the district attorney’s office.

She apparently fell through a second-story window and died from her injuries.

She was found outside the home and taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus in Worcester, where she was pronounced dead.

Authorities did not specify the types of injuries Mrs. Stilkey suffered or discuss what happened before her death.

Man who shot himself in face, set to be executed

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Lawyers are trying to stave off a man’s pending execution by arguing that it would be cruel and unusual punishment because they say he is mentally ill.

Edwin Hart Turner, 38, is on death row after being found guilty of killing two men during an armed robbery of a gas station in Carrolton, Mississippi in 1995.

His attorneys say that Turner has a history of mental illness in his family and has long struggled with depression. He is disfigured after shooting himself in the face in a failed suicide attempt when he was 18,

Even though his mental competence has been tested a number of times, his lawyers hope that another evaluation will prove that it would be wrong to execute him because of his illness.

If they do, it would be a ground-breaking turn, as it is illegal to execute people who are mentally retarded, but it is legal to execute people who are mentally ill.

‘The Supreme Court has not decided the question of whether a prisoner with a severe mental disorder or disability which significantly impairs that person’s ability to rationally process information, to make reasonable judgments and to control their impulses, whether people in that category can be executed,’ Turner’s lawyer Jim Craig said.

‘So we’re asking the Supreme Court to establish that it would be contrary to consensus of moral values, that it would be cruel and unusual punishment, to execute someone with severe mental illness,’ Mr Craig told MSNBC.

Government officials disagree with the move, saying that it is simply a tactic to have his February 8 execution date delayed.

‘He has raised the issue of mental health problems at every level and has been denied relief at every turn,’ said Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

‘We argue that his mental health claims have been fully addressed, and that this present action is nothing more than an attempt to re-litigate a claim that has been properly adjudicated at every turn,’ Mr Hood continued.

During the attempted robbery, Turner and his accomplice, Paul Murrell Stewart, shot the gas station attendant in the face and a customer in the head.

Stewart pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life in jail without parole.

‘These crimes were brutal and nothing short of cowardly,’ Mr Hood has said about the case.

Turner’s lawyers argue that his personal and hereditary battle with depression and mental illness should allow him to be considered unfit for execution.

He tried to kill himself with a rifle at age 18 but the gun’s barrel slipped and left him permanently disfigured. Five years later, he tried to slit his wrists and was hospitalized.

His mother also attempted suicide twice and his grandmother and great-grandmother were committed to hospitals under care of the state. Suicide isn’t only on his maternal side either, as many speculate that the dynamite explosion that killed his father was actually self-inflicted.

His lawyer said that after Turner was hospitalized from his suicide attempt, he was misdiagnosed and that prompted the murder of the two men at the gas station.

‘He had been committed to Whitfield in the summer of 1995 and released, on Prozac, in October of that year,’ Mr Craig said.

‘Tragically, with the information the scientific and medical community now have, he would not have been released in our present time with a Prozac prescription. He went into a manic and psychotic spiral which ended in the deaths of Mr. Brooks and Mr. Curry.’

Father convicted of killing his 3-month old because her crying interrupted video game

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

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The father of a three-month old who died after claims she fell off his lap twice fracturing her skull, rib, shoulder and arm while he was playing a video game has been convicted of murder.

Jason Gallaway, 32, of Delaware was found guilty of first degree murder by abuse or neglect Thursday. He first reported his daughter Marissa had stopped breathing in December of 2010 at his Seaford home.

A detective testifying in his trial said when he arrived at the home following the infant’s rush to a hospital Gallaway appeared distracted by a Play Station video game that had been left on pause beside him.

A second detective on the stand, Tommy Lee of the Seaford Police Department, called Gallaway a ‘video freak,’ according to Delaware Online, who showed no emotion or response to hearing the news his infant later died from her injuries.

Prosecutors painted a picture of Gallaway beating his daughter, who was placed on life support after diagnosed with several fractures and three bleeds in her brain, after she interrupted his game playing.

When police arrived they found the infant laying on a coffee table and blue.

Gallaway was called Marissa’s primary caregiver while his wife, a high school English teacher, was at work at the time of the incident.

The wife, Heather Gallaway, collapsed to the courtroom’s floor in tears after hearing the jury’s guilty verdict.

Gallaway remained silent, though eh appeared to contort his face to prevent tears.

He faces 15 years to life in prison pending his sentencing on March 23.

Marissa was Gallaway’s wife’s second child and his first.

She had defended her husband throughout the trial supporting his description of being a non-physical man.

Gallaway’s defense argued that they were loving parents who had long-planned for Marissa’s birth.

Following difficulty with her pregnancy the couple said they saw a number of specialists to help.

They provided the court with a nurse and doctor who testified they had checked on their daughter prior to her death, reporting no signs of previous abuse.

Defense attorney Dean Johnson argued that the state was portraying the case as a ‘video freak killing’ without evidence he was playing a video game at the time of Marissa’s accident.

Prosecutors ultimately won the case, however, pointing out that the amount of injuries sustained to the infant could not have been caused by such a short fall as claimed by the defense.

Medical experts testifying claimed her injuries were more consistent with a fall from several stories up.

50-year old grudge believed to be motive for killing

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

An old grudge that spanned more than a half-century may have led a 73-year-old man to fatally shoot his long-ago classmate at his South Dakota home, according to a court affidavit filed Thursday.

Carl V. Ericsson, of Watertown, South Dakota, was denied bond Thursday during his first court appearance on a first-degree murder charge. The former high school sports star is accused of shooting retired Madison High School teacher and track coach Norman Johnson, 72, after Johnson answered the door at his house on Tuesday evening in Madison.

Ericsson’s brother, Madison resident Dick Ericsson, said in the affidavit that his brother suffers from depression and alcoholism and the two last talked about six months ago. He said his brother was a sports manager at Madison High years ago and “there was an incident where Norm Johnson did something to Carl.”

“Since that time, over 50 years ago, Carl has held a grudge against Norm Johnson,” the affidavit said. “Dick said that he brought up the name of Norm Johnson some time back and Carl was still upset about the situation and called Norm Johnson a son of a bitch.”

Shortly after the shooting, Johnson’s wife, Barbara, found him lying on the floor and saw a man walking to a dark sedan parked outside.

Johnson died of two gunshot wounds to the face, an autopsy determined.

Female Arkansas prison guard stabbed to death by inmate

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Latavious Johnson allegedly stabbed a prison guard to death

A convicted murderer stabbed a female guard to death at an east Arkansas prison Friday while she was investigating whether he had an unauthorized pair of shoes, a prison spokeswoman said.

Sgt. Barbara Ester, 47, was stabbed in the side, abdomen and chest at about 12:30 p.m., said Shea Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Correction. Ester died about 3 p.m. at a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., about 40 miles away.

Ester, a 12-year veteran of the correction department, was a property officer who investigated whether inmates had contraband items. Wilson said the guard had received a report that Johnson had a pair of contraband shoes.

“This is obviously very difficult for the department when something tragic like this happens,” Wilson said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sgt. Ester’s family. These officers — it’s a tight-knit workplace. They look out for each other and are there together for a lot of hours of the day, so this is very difficult for everyone.”

Wilson said the prison was locked down after the attack and that the inmate, Latavious Johnson, was being moved to the state’s maximum-security unit at Varner. She said all the other inmates have been accounted for. Prison officials haven’t said specifically what Johnson used during the attack, only that it was an object that had been sharpened.

Johnson, 30, was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder out of Jefferson County. He was sentenced in 2000 for killing his father. Prosecutors said Johnson was 18 at the time of the crime.

Wilson said Johnson had had several disciplinary infractions, including one this week for not obeying orders, but hadn’t previously attacked a guard.

“We will move him to the supermax (prison) so he will be out of that environment … He needed to be out of that environment,” Wilson said.

Arkansas State Police and the prison’s internal affairs staff were investigating the stabbing. Wilson said authorities would turn over their information to prosecutors, who will determine whether to file charges against the inmate.

Our thoughts & prayers go out to the friends & family of the victim.

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