Good For Humanity


As if his impact isn’t already felt in his neighborhood, Nipsey Hussle’s name will forever live on in Los Angeles. Yesterday, South Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson announced that the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue will be renamed Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square, in honor of the late rapper and entrepreneur.

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J. Cole headlined the inaugural Dreamville Fest on Saturday (Apr. 6), featuring additional performances by SZA, Big Sean, Teyana Taylor, Nelly, 6LACK, Dreamville Records and more. Closing out the night in front of 40,000 people, Cole World took a moment to pay respect to the late Nipsey Hussle. “And this moment right now, I gotta take time on stage and acknowledge someone who had a huge effect on the fu**ing world…on the community, on the neighborhood,” said the Roc Nation MC. Seated on a stool and as various images and moments of Nipsey Hussle were project behind him, J. Cole dedicated the song “Love Yourz” to his fallen compatriot.

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In the wake of his tragic death on Sunday (Mar. 31), tributes have been pouring in far and wide for Nipsey Hussle — from fellow artists, celebrities, athletes and politicians to residents of his beloved neighborhood. Nipsey was loved and respected across the board, not just for his motivational music (including last year’s GRAMMY-nominated Victory Lap), but for the very important work he did to uplift and inspire his local community.

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Meek Mill is one step closer to securing the criminal justice reform he’s been fighting for. Yesterday, Meek appeared outside the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building to unveil new legislation aimed at reforming Pennsylvania’s probation and parole system.

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Spoken word artist Mustafa the Poet might be familiar to some, as a feature on The Weeknd’s STARBOY-cut “Attention.” The Toronto native, born to Sudanese parents, has released a short-film entitled Remember Me, Toronto. Lead by an original score done by Noah “40” Shebib, the 11-minute piece focuses on the subject of gun violence that plagued the Canadian metropolis in recent years. Various artists in Toronto’s music scene, including Drake and his OVO Sound artist Baka Not Nice, make appearances in the project. Watch it below.

“Remember Me, Toronto” is a project created for artists in this video & everyone in our communities. Gun violence and homicide rates in Toronto have been on a steady increase for the past decade. To realize that the greater issue is not between us, there is a larger beast and systemic structure working against us. The city’s “priority neighbourhoods” are tucked away. They tuck away our truth and our humanity. We wanted to give these artists the opportunity to rewrite their memories and the memories of those they lost.

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Meek Mill and Amazon have joined forces to create the upcoming documentary series, Free Meek. Executive produced by Jay-Z, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, and Paul and Isaac Solotaroff, the six-part original is set to debut later this year, focusing on the Philadelphia rapper’s much-publicized battle with the criminal justice system.

Free Meek is an upcoming documentary series that will follow Meek and his fight for exoneration while exposing flaws in the criminal justice system,” says a summary posted with the first released trailer. “The series will give viewers unprecedented access to the star’s life, career, and criminal justice odyssey, while demonstrating the negative effects long tail probation is having on urban communities of color.” Watch the docuseries trailer below.

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JAY-Z and Meek Mill continue to shed light on the broken prison and judicial system by joining forces to launch a new prison reform initiative. The Roc Nation mogul and MMG rapper have partnered with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai, and others to launch the Reform Alliance. The initiative focuses on the probation and parole system, with plans to overhaul it and a goal of freeing at least 1 million people who are caught up in the current broken system over the next five years. The group have donated $50 million to spearhead the project, spearheaded by political commentator and activist Van Jones, who also serves as CEO.

The group gathered at John Jay College in New York City on Wednesday (Jan. 23) where a press conference was held for the announcement. After spending over a decade in the prison system, Meek Mill, who has become the voice for prison reform, spoke on his experiences and the new initiative. “I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m here to speak for the ones who don’t have a voice. I didn’t ask to be the face of reform, but I want to bridge gaps and make the world a better place, especially for my culture.”

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Sony and R. Kelly have “agreed to part ways,” Billboard reports. I guess that’s the polite way of saying they’ve finally dropped his child-molesting ass.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs has pledged $1 million to the renowned Capitol Preparatory Schools network to open a third location of in the Bronx. This network provides inner city communities with with high quality education. The third location, slated to open in September 2019, will serve 160 students in the 6th/7th grade, and will grow to help as many as 650 in the 6th to 11th grade during it’s initial 5-year term. Already having locations in Harlem and Bridgeport, CT, Capital Prep Bronx will expand the network in helping over 2100 students to a higher affirming curriculum.

The announcement represents an expansion in the partnership between Diddy and renowned educator, Dr. Steve Perry, who is also the founder of Capital Prep Schools.

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Chance the Rapper has a new occupation, a Lyft driver. The Grammy Award winning rapper went undercover for the ride sharing service for some fun and to promote a greater cause. A handful of unsuspecting passengers are driven around Chicago by “John,” where music, love, and a rap debate comes up during their trips. Wearing sunglasses and a beanie, Chance/”John” also takes the time to inform the riders that his charity The New Chance Fund (along with the help of SocialWorks), is using the Round Up and Donate feature in the Lyft app to support Chicago Public Schools.

To donate to The New Chance Fund, just opt in to Round Up & Donate by tapping ‘Donate’ in the menu of your Lyft app. Select The New Chance Fund here. Watch it all below.

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