Good For Humanity


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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This week’s episode of Open Late with Peter Rosenberg is dedicated entirely to Mac Miller, who tragically died last Friday (September 7) from a suspected overdose. Rosenberg sits down with Smoke DZA, Eric and Jeff Rosenthal (aka ItsTheReal) and Craig Jenkins, who penned an excellent profile on Mac that was published shortly before his passing, to share their favorite memories of the beloved rapper.

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The music industry is reeling over the sudden death of Mac Miller, who passed away late last week due to a reported drug overdose. The Pittsburgh rapper’s passing is a crushing blow to the hip-hop community, as hundreds of artists continue to mourn the loss of a positive person and one of today’s major stars. J. Cole recently paid respect to the 26-year-old in a series of tweets, even offering up his own personal time to other artists going through struggles who needs someone to speak to.

During his own “KOD” tour over the weekend, Cole World broke down in tears speaking on the struggles people go through and trying to find a way to cope. The emotional moment lead into J. Cole dedicating the song “Love Yourz” to Mac Miller. Watch it below.

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Vic Mensa hit the pavement in his hometown of Chicago over the weekend, pulling up in trucks filled with sneakers to give away to kids and families. The artist/activist and his SaveMoneySaveLife foundation gave away 10,000 pairs of shoes and gave out free haircuts in the West Englewood neighborhood located in the Chicago’s South Side on Sunday (Aug. 26). The ‘Anti-Bait’ truck event was in response to a Chicago police sting earlier this month that made headlines. The sting was uncovered after video surfaced online of police-sponsored ‘bait trucks,’ filled with sneakers that were used to lure potential shoe thieves. The sting was spearheaded by a local railroad company, who have since apologized after three people were charged (prosecutors later dropped the charges) during the sting.

The Roc Nation MC was present handing out brand new sneakers from brands like Puma, Adidas, Nike and Converse, donated to the foundation from places all over the world including Germany, China and Australia. Athletes and musicians, who asked to remain anonymous, also donated to the great cause.

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YG’s third studio album, Stay Dangerous, is set to arrive this Friday (Aug. 3). With a busy schedule promoting the project, the Compton rapper took some time off to give back to the community. YG donated $150,000 on Wednesday (Aug. 2) to startup company GirlCodeLA. The donation will help young female coders looking to get a start in the competitive field. “Gender bias plays a role in the amount of exposure students receive in regards to technology and coding,” said YG in a statement to Billboard.

This leads to influence future decisions within their field, creating smaller opportunities for diversity. With my donation, I hope they’ll be able to expand their reach of future female coders and programmers. I want to make sure I’m doing my part, I got a daughter and I respect the G Code.” Along with the generous dontation, YG spent time speaking with young coders during a mentoring session, hadning out free Beats By Dre headphones. Those looking to support can make donations here.

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