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Meek Mill is out of prison and a free man after a ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday (Apr. 24). Soon after the news broke, many took to social media to support the now free MMG rapper, as #MeekFree became a trending topic on Twitter. Rihanna, Rick Ross, T.I., Kevin Hart, YG, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and more celebrated with various posts on Twitter and Instagram.

Today, Meek Mill, a son of Philadelphia, is a free man,” said JAY-Z in a statement posted on his Facebook page. “He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system. Now we can celebrate his release. We thank every individual that has supported and fought alongside Meek every step of the way.”

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Meek Mill is a free man. The MMG rapper has been released from prison on Tuesday (Apr. 24), after a ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. “We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has directed Judge Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail,” said Meek’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina in a statement. “As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail.”

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JAY-Z’s Roc Nation has invested $3 million into an app that aims to reduce the prison population and improve the criminal justice system in the United States. Founded by former Prince manager Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Promise aims to create “a cost-effective and more humane alternative to incarceration” by utilizing smartphone technology.

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Earlier this week, an ad popped up on Snapchat asking users would they “rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown.” While the advertisement only appears on the platform in the U.S., it was quickly captured and posted by various people on Twitter, questioning the content and the tasteless manner to spread domestic violence awareness. The ad was soon removed and Snapchat issued an apology to Rihanna. “The advert was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates our advertising guidelines. We immediately removed the ad last weekend, once we became aware. We are sorry that this happened,” said a spokesperson for the company.

On Thursday morning (Mar. 15), Rihanna responded with a message posted to her Instagram story. “I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb!” said RiRi wrote. “This isn’t about my personal feelings, cause I don’t have much of them…but all the women, children and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out yet…you let us down! Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away.”

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A Sopranos prequel is officially happening. After years of speculation, David Chase is finally set to bring his iconic TV series to the big screen with the help of New Line Cinema, according to Deadline.

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The sixth annual “Peace Walk & Peace Talk” by the Trayvon Martin Foundation took place at the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 10). One of the many attendees was JAY-Z, who has been a major supporter of Trayvon Martin’s family after his unlawful murder in 2012. Standing on stage alongside Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the Roc Nation mogul delivered a speech to the hundreds of people who came in support to march.

We want to make sure that we stand and support and never forget that Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here. So you guys never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through,” said JAY-Z. “His name will sit alongside the greats whom lost their lives to push our culture forward—the Martin Luther Kings, the Gandhis. That’s the intention we set so his name will serve as a beacon of light and hope to push our culture forward in a better direction.” The rap mogul is the executive producer of an upcoming feature-length narrative film and a six-part television docuseries on Trayvon Martin’s life and the events surrounding his senseless murder on February 26, 2012. JAY-Z will serve as executive producer on the upcoming docu-series, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.

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The 2017 Sports Illustrated “Sportsperson of the Year” Award Show took place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Tuesday night (Dec. 5). Beyoncé made a surprise appearance at the event, brought out by The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah to present Colin Kaepernick with SI’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.

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J. Cole Expresses Support For Colin Kaepernick In GQ Open Letter
 

In conjunction with Colin Kaepernick covering GQ Magazine as their “Citizen of The Year” for 2017, J. Cole wrote a fitting open letter to express his support for the quarterback and his noteworthy yet career damaging decisions.

Check out the free-form message after the jump and pick up your copy of the issue here.

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Rally 4 Meek

In light of Meek Mill’s recent sentencing to prison after violating probation, a rally was held outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia to protest the ruling and showcase how important the Dreamchasers’ CEO is to the community.

Leading the charge alongside Rick Ross and Meek’s mother, 76er’s basketball legend Dr. J also attended the gathering, calling the punishment “excessive” and “cold.” The hall of famer also questioned the judge’s motives in the case, wondering why she decided against the recommendations of her own D.A.’s office.

Check out a recap of the rally after the jump and sign the petition for his release here.

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Justine Skye was tapped to sing the U.S. National Anthem at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener at Barclays Center on Friday night (Oct. 20). Skye, a Brooklyn native, used the moment to make a statement. Towards the end of singing the “Star Spangled Banner,” the brave 22-year-old kneeled while finishing her performance, showing support and solidarity for athletes who have been doing the same to shed light on brutality and racial injustice in America.

Got a bit shaky at the end.. was pretty uneasy about singing the anthem and probably won’t ever be invited to sing it again but I had to take a knee for the opening game in my city and let my voice be heard,” said Skye in an Instagram post of her kneeling. “We will not be silenced ✊🏾 #blacklivesmatter.” Players on the Brooklyn Nets reportedly locked arms as the Roc Nation songstress sung the anthem. “We recognize that tonight’s national anthem singer kneeled briefly at the end of her performance and we were not aware that she was going to do so,” a spokesperson for the Nets said in a statement sent to ABC.

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