When I think of Meek Mill, I think of his music, of course, (and immediately “Dreams and Nightmares” plays in my head) but I also think of the constant battle he’s been facing with the criminal justice system.
In an op-ed published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday, rapper and mogul Jay-Z let it be known that he was none too happy about the city of Philadelphia’s decision to “evict” his six-year-old Made in America Festival for 2019.
Meek Mill is seeking justice, and his city is behind him. Fans gathered in droves Monday outside the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice in Philadelphia, where Judge Genece Brinkley heard arguments about granting the 31-year-old rapper a new trial on gun- and drug-related charges he faced when he was 19.
The Philadelphia Eagles are still celebrating their Super Bowl win, but they won’t be doing it at the White House. Fewer than 10 of the players planned to attend the White House visit, so the offer was taken back. Supposedly, they were disinvited because the team doesn’t agree with standing during the national anthem.
Free Meek Mill.
Remember that white girl who called the cops on those two black guys?
In an interview with CBS This Morning, rapper Meek Mill acknowledged that without the high-profile support and endorsements he received, he’d likely still be in prison.
During a stirring speech delivered to rising college students in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Michelle Obama embraced the moniker “Forever First Lady,” sending the crowd of 8,000 high school students into thunderous cheers.
Updated Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 3:10 p.m. EDT: Starbucks says it has settled for a yet undisclosed amount with Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, two black men who were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks after a manager called the cops on them.
Ryan Moten’s grandmother remembers her time at Philadelphia’s Roberts Vaux Junior High School fondly: the sewing classes, cheering at basketball games and swaying during dances in the gym. Ryan’s mother remembers her stint at Vaux a generation later differently. The Sharswood Blumberg neighborhood surrounding Vaux,…
Meek Mill has won his battle to be freed from prison on bail.
Have you ever been right for the wrong reason? I’m sure you have. We all have. Well, when it comes to Starbucks, I’ve been right for both the right and wrong reasons. Starbucks has always represented gentrification to me (yep) and has been representative of the Man stepping on the necks of black folks near and far,…
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is a living legend of the civil rights movement and we get to take selfies with him. We can touch him. Wrap our arms around his shoulders. Most importantly, we get to listen to his speeches and live-tweet them.
Warning: The video contained in this post is another example of the criminalization of black skin. I warn that the video may be disturbing to viewers who don’t believe that this type of injustice happens on a regular basis. Sadly, if you are black, then you already know that this type of shit happens every day.
Updated Monday, April 16, 2018, 12:41 p.m. EDT: Well, well, well. Despite calls for the Starbucks manager to be fired after calling the police on two black men simply for standing there, it looks as if the still-unidentified employee will be able to part ways with the company in what a Starbucks spokesperson referred…
When two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks on Thursday for simply sitting there, being black and minding their business, people in the store who witnessed it were outraged, including Melissa DePino—whose video recording of the arrest went viral on social media.
Remember Starbucks’ “Race Together” idea a few years back? The since-destroyed concept was that baristas at the high-priced coffee chain were to openly engage customers on race relations in the United States.
Anyone who’s been following the Meek Mill case by now knows that it has taken on the feel of a Greek tragedy. The details that have emerged—Meek’s arrest when he was 19 for a bogus crack charge by a crooked cop, the ensuing years of probation under the eyes of a petty and overbearing judge, the returns to prison under…
Don’t look now, but it looks like raucous, white sports fans just trying to have a good time by destroying property actually can get arrested.