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Mayor Eric Adams has ‘so many angles’ on this notorious Queens gang

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In the new Showtime docuseries “Supreme Team” — which traces the rise and fall of the titular gang — Mayor Eric Adams reflects on the “street entrepreneurship” that led the notorious crew to run the streets of Queens during the crack era.

“You saw street-corner CEOs popping up all over our city,” says Adams of the ’80s crack epidemic in the three-part docuseries, which premieres on Friday. 

But Adams — who, as a 15-year-old growing up in Jamaica, Queens, was arrested for trespassing in the apartment of a go-go dancer who owed money to “my small little crew” — believes that those same street skills can take you from drug dealing to corporate deal-making.

“You can go in the system and use those same abilities that you made to be a street-corner CEO to be a CEO at anywhere you are,” he says.

A still from the "Supreme Team" docuseries
The Supreme Team ruled the Queens streets during the height of the crack epidemic.
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It might seem surprising to see Adams appear alongside Queens rap legend LL Cool J, Murder Inc. Records honcho Irv Gotti and “Supreme Team” co-director Nasir “Nas” Jones in this docuseries (which was produced by Mass Appeal as part of the #HipHop50 initiative). But in telling the story of the gang that was highly influential on hip-hop style and culture, even loosely inspiring the 1991 hit film “New Jack City,” co-director Peter J. Scalettar says that Adams brought “so many angles” to the project.

“He was really kind of a wealth of information and insight, and could speak to the law enforcement side, to the Queens community side, to the New York black community side, to so many parts of it,” Scalettar told The Post. “As a kid growing up in that era, he touches the story in so many ways.”

The docuseries traces how Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff and his nephew Gerald “Prince” Miller grew up in Jamaica, Queens, in the ’70s — where it was once “like ‘The Jeffersons’ for black folks,” as Adams describes — and went on to rule the Supreme Team in the ’80s.

Gerald "Prince" Miller (left) and his uncle Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff in a still from the "Supreme Team" docuseries.
Gerald “Prince” Miller (left) and his uncle Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff ruled the Supreme Team in the ’80s.
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“They were like neighborhood superheroes,” says LL, who is seen in a clip at Miller’s birthday party in 1985. “They’re like the Godfathers of Queens.”

“If I was their age, I coulda been . . . on their level,” says Queensbridge native Nas, 48, who rapped about the Supreme Team on his 1994 debut album “Illmatic.” “These people were at the right place at the right time for the perfect storm.”

The name of the gang gained notoriety with the World’s Famous Supreme Team’s 1984 rap single “Hey D.J.” “Back then, the drug dealers was making, in some cases, more money than a lot of rappers,” says Nas. “The Supreme Team probably had more money than [Def Jam Records co-founder] Russell Simmons back then.”

Nas in the "Supreme Team docuseries
Nas co-directs and is also interviewed in the “Supreme Team” docuseries.
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Indeed, at the height of their crack rule, the Supreme Team was making $20,000 to $30,000 per day on a good corner or block. But after McGriff was busted in a raid in 1987 and sent to prison, things turned even more dangerous in the drug game. 

Officer Edward Byrne was executed in his police car in 1988 — by a member of a different drug crew — and the cops turned up the heat on the crack trade. “It was something that changed policing,” says Adams.

Even the Supreme Team — who had been tied to at least nine murders themselves in the ’80s — considered it to be a “detrimental act” to target the police. “That was a big disaster right there, because it f – – ked up everybody’s money,” says McGriff.

After Miller’s Queens Village house was raided, he was sentenced to six concurrent life sentences plus 20 years in 1990 for drug trafficking. And though McGriff was released in 1994, he wound up back in jail on murder-for-hire charges — this time for life — in 2007.

Mayor Eric Adams
Mayor Eric Adams talks about how his own journey should inspire “every street hustler alive” in the new “Supreme Team” docuseries.
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And while both McGriff and Miller — who are interviewed over the phone from federal prison in the docuseries — are still serving their life sentences, Adams believes that his own journey should inspire others doing time.

“It says to a person that’s sitting in Rikers right now that believes this is the end of the road, ‘Now wait a minute—Eric was arrested.’ Now every street hustler knows that you don’t have to stay where you are,” he says. “Every street hustler alive should see the possibilities right now.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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