For many critics, Meek's sentencing isn't just about the Philly rapper, but rather, indicative of the pressing need for criminal justice reform and the way black men end up caught in the system for years, boosting for-profit prisons.
Meek checked into prison last week (ends12Nov17) after Pennsylvania judge Genece Brinkley handed him a sentence of two to four years behind bars for two arrests that violated his probation from a 2008 drug and gun bust. Meek Mill is a victim of this systemic oppression. Meek Mill was also already on probation when Rubin met him at the All-Star Game four years ago.
Meek's mentor and Maybach Music Group label boss Rick Ross, T.I. and Big Sean all publicized the event by sharing the image on their Instagram pages, with the Bounce Back hitmaker captioning his post, "Way too important!", as producer Swizz Beatz remarked, "Stand for something or fall for anything #freemeekmill".
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He wrote [in part]: "Disproportionately America's prisons are filled with Black bodies".
Many in the crowd chanted "Free Meek Mill" and sang the rapper's "Dreams and Nightmares" intro together.at the rally, which was planned to begin in front of Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center at 5 p.m.
The Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins and NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving are expected to attend the rally, according to local TV station WTXF.
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Mill has also found support beyond Philadelphia. Judge Genece Brinkley is the focus of an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, the New York Post reported Monday (Nov. 13). He was subsequently arrested for driving recklessly on a dirt bike in New York City.
Brinkley then told Meek: "I gave you break after break and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court".
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