Rappers Meek Mill And Jay-Z Launch Criminal Justice Group

 

Rappers Jay-Z and Meek Mill announced Wednesday they are launching a new criminal justice reform organization aimed at “dramatically” reducing the number of people in the US prison system.

The group’s creation comes less than a year after Mill, 31, was released from jail after his harsh sentence for a parole violation sparked protests against racial biases in US probation laws.

REFORM Alliance is putting an initial $50 million toward “disabling the revolving door of probation and parole,” by “changing the laws, policies, and practices that perpetuate injustice,” according to its mission statement.

Along with Mill and Jay-Z, founding partners of the group include CNN commentator and justice advocate Van Jones, who will serve as the organization’s CEO.

The owner of the National Football League’s New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, along with National Basketball Association team co-owners Clara Wu Tsai (Brooklyn Nets) and Michael Rubin (Philadelphia 76ers) have also put their weight behind the cause.

“I’m here to speak for all the people who don’t have a voice,” said Mill, who was born Robert Rihmeek Williams and raised in North Philadelphia, an area notorious for drug violence, by a single mother after his father was killed.

Well before he ascended to rap stardom Mill was jailed on drug and possession charges in 2008 — and re-imprisoned in 2017 after a Philadelphia judge handed down a term of two to four years for a parole violation.

His incarceration triggered a public outcry, and Mill’s case became a flashpoint in the national conversation over the US criminal justice system’s treatment of black people.

His celebrity backers included activist and football player Colin Kaepernick and Jay-Z, who penned an op-ed in The New York Times on his fellow rapper’s behalf.

“Being from the environment I’m from, I don’t even think it’s possible for you to be an angel,” Mill said at the unveiling of REFORM. “You grow up around murder on a daily basis, you grow up in drug-infested neighborhoods on a daily basis.”

“I got caught up in the system, and every time I started to further my life with the music industry,” he said, “every year or two there was always something that brought me back to ground zero.”

REFORM’s current goal is to free one million people from the system in the next five years, with an initial focus on parole and probation.

There are some 6.6 million people in the US criminal justice system, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics — 4.5 million of them on parole or probation

Meek Mill Takes On Police Brutality As He Performs At BET Awards

Meek Mill performs onstage at the 2018 BET Awards held at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO: Leon Bennett / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

Rapper Meek Mill, free after a controversial jail sentence, returned to the stage on Sunday with a vigorous attack on police brutality as he premiered a song at the BET Awards.

The awards of Black Entertainment Television, broadcast live from Los Angeles, recognise the best of African American music and film and the blockbuster “Black Panther” won Best Movie.

Mill was one of the night’s most memorable performers as he debuted his song “Stay Woke.” The 31-year-old rapper in April won his freedom five months after a judge jailed him over violations of probation stemming from a 2008 arrest, a decision that triggered protests charging that it was overly harsh and racially biased.

Mill performed “Stay Woke” on a set designed as a street scene in his native Philadelphia — a neighbourhood that is unkempt yet also full of life with children playing.

Police swarm onto the scene with force and a shot is heard. The song pauses and a little girl who was jumping rope is revealed to have been killed, her body then draped with an American flag.

“How can I pledge allegiance to the flag / When they killing all our sons and dads?” Mill raps. The singer Miguel contributes the chorus, which says, “Though it was designed for us to lose / Nothing, nothing, nothing’s impossible / Believe it, we’re still undefeated.”

Nicki Minaj put on the racist and perhaps most physically gruelling performance of the night as she sported a skin-tight latex red dress, emerging with a dancing squad from a smoke-filled Chinese archway for her martial arts-themed song “Chun-Li.”

She crawled while twerking on stage and spread her legs to the sky in a medley that transitioned to her song “Rich Sex” and also featured YG, 2 Chainz and Big Sean.

While many of the music awards were presented off camera, hard-living trap trio Migos won Best Group and the R&B singer and emerging feminist icon SZA took Best New Artist.

Honouring ‘Spiderman,’ young activist

The BET Awards presented a special “humanitarian heroes” award to six people including Mamoudou Gassama, the Malian migrant in Paris who saved a child hanging off a balcony by scaling an apartment block with his bare hands.

Gassama, who smiled and saluted the crowd in Los Angeles, was nicknamed “Spiderman” and awarded French residency even though he was in the country illegally.

Other award recipients included Naomi Wilder, the 11-year-old who gained wide attention with her poised speech before the March for Our Lives in Washington urging more attention to violence against women of color, and Anthony Borges, the high school student in Parkland, Florida who took five bullets as he rescued 20 classmates during the February massacre.

Award presenter John Legend, the singer known for his left-wing activism, contrasted the winners’ actions with the politics of President Donald Trump’s administration including separations of migrant children from arrested parents.

“We honour these heroes and thank them for giving us hope and reminding us that everyone has an opportunity to do something extraordinary,” Legend said.

“Black Panther,” the superhero movie about a fictional African king that has become the third highest-grossing film ever in North America, unsurprisingly took the top prize for cinema.

Actor Jamie Foxx, the BET Awards’ host, made a subtle dig at Trump as he hailed the film: “We don’t need a president right now, because we’ve got a king.”

AFP

Rapper Meek Mill Freed After Uproar Over Harsh Term

Meek Mill

 

Rapper Meek Mill won freedom from prison on Tuesday after an unusually harsh sentence triggered protests that pointed to racial biases in United States probation laws.

The 30-year-old Philadelphia rapper, who was jailed in November over a case from his teenage years, was ordered out on bail by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court.

As he walked at least temporarily free, Mill thanked supporters who campaigned for him as well as the Philadelphia district attorney’s office that sided with him.

“I understand that many people of colour across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues,” Mill wrote on Twitter.

“In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career,” said Mill, whose last album “Wins and Losses” reached number three on the US chart.

Mill, raised by a single mother after his father was killed, was thrown into jail over his arrest on drug and gun possession charges in 2008, well before the rapper born as Robert Rihmeek Williams achieved stardom.

At what had looked like a routine hearing, Philadelphia judge Genece Brinkley handed Mill a term of between two and four years for violating terms of parole, including scheduling shows that conflicted with the court schedule and entering a publicised scuffle in St. Louis.

Ordering Mill out on bail, the state’s Supreme Court cited “credibility issues” over a police officer who was a witness.

Mill has said he was badly beaten during the 2008 arrest and placed a bloody mugshot of himself as the cover of his “DC4” mixtape.

The Supreme Court did not throw out the case but asked the local court to reach a resolution within 60 days. It also did not remove Brinkley but noted she “may opt to remove herself from presiding over this matter.”

In addition to street rallies, Mill enjoyed the support of celebrities including hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, whose Roc Nation management signed Mill.

In an op-ed last year for The New York Times, Jay-Z said that Mill’s case was “just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day.”

Probation, which dates from English common law, was initially seen as a compassionate way for courts to grant freedom to people who pose little risk.

But a survey by The Marshall Project, a non-profit news organisation that covers the US judicial system, found that at least 61,250 people — and probably far more — are in prison across the United States for minor parole violations like missing appointments, failing drug tests or staying out past curfew.

AFP

2015 Most Watched Nigerian Music Videos

korede bello's romantic video, ranked most watched No day goes by without a video being released in Nigeria’s music industry.

In 2015, many artistes used videos to boost their profiles and a number of directors also etched their names in gold by their display of creativity.

Here are the most watched music videos of 2015.

 

At Number 7

@iam_kissdaniel #Woju ft @TiwaSavage @iam_Davido is no. 7 on @ChannelsTV_ENT‘s #Top7Videosof2015. Dropped March. 5.8M views. Avg 580k/month.

— Mayowa Ogundele (@CTV_MayowaO) December 29, 2015

    At Number 6 On @ChannelsTV_ENT‘s #Top7VideosOf2015@iam_Davido‘s #FansMi ft @MeekMill comes in at No. 6 w/ 4.3 million views garnered over 6 months. — Mayowa Ogundele (@CTV_MayowaO) December 29, 2015

 

At Number 5

On @ChannelsTV_ENT‘s #Top7VideosOf2015@2niteFlavour‘s #Ololufe ft @chidinmaekile is no. 5. Dropped February w/ 7.4M views. Avg 672K/month

— Mayowa Ogundele (@CTV_MayowaO) December 29, 2015

    At Number 4 On @ChannelsTV_ENT‘s #Top7VideosOf2015@olamide_YBNL‘s #Shakitibobo comes at number 4. Released in May. Viewed 5.5 million times. — Mayowa Ogundele (@CTV_MayowaO) December 29, 2015
    At Number 3 On @ChannelsTV_ENT‘s #Top7VideosOf2015@koredebello‘s #GODWIN ft @DonJazzy of @MAVINRECORDS is no 3! 5.1 million views in 7 months. — Mayowa Ogundele (@CTV_MayowaO) December 29, 2015

At Number 2

@ChannelsTV_ENT‘s #Top7VideosOf2015 @rudeboypsquare/@PeterPsquare #Collabo w/ @Donjazzy is no. 2! Released Feb. 17M views. Avg 1.6M/month — Mayowa Ogundele (@CTV_MayowaO) December 29, 2015

At Number 1

On @ChannelsTV_ENT‘s #Top7VideosOf2015#ROMANTIC by @KoredeBello ft. @TiwaSavage. Released two weeks ago w/ 1.1M views. Avg of 2.2M/month.

— Mayowa Ogundele (@CTV_MayowaO) December 29, 2015

Davido Drops ‘Fans Mi’ Featuring Meek Mill

fans miMusic star, Davido has finally released one of the international collaborations off his yet to be released second album, ‘Fans Mi’, featuring U.S rapper, Meek Mill.

‘Fans Mi‘ was produced by Shizzi.

The video for the new song was directed by Sesan Ogunro.

Love In Rap Heaven! Nicki Minaj Displays BIG Engagement Ring

Rapper Nicki Minaj is set to wed rapper Meek Mill as the two are now engaged and to confirm the news, the ‘Pills and Potions’ rapper displayed this ring!

Nicki

Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill have been dating for a few months and have gone on tours together.

Chris Brown provides evidence as Drake denies fight over Rihanna

Chris Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, is reported to have given physical evidence that  Drake  was involved in the fight at the New York night club, Hollie C to detectives.

An alleged  brawl between the two artists and their friends in the New York club, left the RnB artist with a bruised chin, which he posted the picture on Twitter.

Drake, has however stated that he is not responsible for the cut on Brown’s chin, saying he was simply leaving the club when the fight broke out.

Sources within the club revealed that the fight started when Chris Brown sent a drink to Drake’s table.

But another rapper, Meek Mill, was with Drake,  who allegedly had a fling with Rihanna-Chris Brown’s ex-girlfriend- and Mill screamed at Chris Brown and hit him with the bottle.

A representative from Drake in other reactions, also claimed that Drake was innocent of the charge, adding that he was on his way out of the club when the fight started and didn’t injury anyone.

An eye witness who was also at the club, has been rushed to the hospital after been smashed with a flying bottle on the head.