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Rapper Freeway’s Successful Kidney Transplant

Philadelphia rapper Freeway, who has been battling kidney failure for years, finally received a transplant. Freeway, whose real name is Leslie Pridgen, told fans doctors had finally found a healthy kidney donor for him and he was in a Baltimore hospital awaiting the operation.  A member of the rap group State Property, Freeway was on Jay-Z’s former label, Rock-A-Fella Records, in the early 2000s. After a decade working with other record companies, he released his latest album, 2018’s “Think Free,” on the rap mogul’s current label, Roc Nation, last year.

Info courtesy – https://pagesix.com/2019/02/05/rapper-freeway-undergoes-successful-kidney-transplant/

Jay-Z & Meek Mill’s Prison “REFROM” mission

Meek Mill is using his voice to change the criminal justice system. He became a national symbol for reform after a judge sentenced him in 2017 to prison time for a minor probation violation of a decade-old gun- and drug-possession conviction. He joined forces with Jay-Z and major league sports team owners, pledging $50 million to launch the “Reform Alliance” aimed at dramatically reducing the number of people who fall into similar situations.

Jay-Z Uses Mugshots of Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, 50 Cent, Diddy for ON THE RUN II TOUR

Jay makes use of clippings from DiddySnoop Dogg, Meek Mill, and even Kimora Lee Simmons to make his point. One screen also featured a collage of 50 Cent’s mug shot while another featured Jay-Z’s own mug shot. Nicki Minaj’s own likeness was used during a tour stop and Nick gushed over what seems to be an honor on Instagram, writing “When Jay asks for your mug shot for his tour backdrop.”

 

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ROC NATION ANNOUNCES INVESTMENT IN ANTI-INCARCERATION PROGRAM

Jay-Z has announced that Roc Nation will be investing an anti-incarceration program called Promise. The app-based program is a new technology and community supervision service that aims to reduce prison populations. The program is available today, by creators Phaedra Lamkins and Diana Frappier.

Promise will provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford bail, and help them with their court obligations. The app will track what they are doing by participation purposes and important dates on a unique calendar for counseling. “Promise will help government agencies support those who would otherwise be in custody or who are on some form of community supervision-namely probation or parole,” the company said in a press release.

“We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system,” Shawn ‘JAY-Z’ Carter said in a statement. “Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It’s time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promise’s team, led by Phaedra, is building an app that can help provide ‘liberty and justice for all’ to millions.”

 

http://thesource.com/2018/03/20/roc-nation-announces-investment-in-anti-incarceration-program/

JAY-Z speaks about Meek Mill’s jail sentence: “Probation is a trap” for black people

Hov has written an op-ed for The New York Times in which he argues that Mill’s case “is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day.”

The Roc Nation head goes on to call probation “a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime. A person on probation can end up in jail over a technical violation like missing a curfew.”

Speaking specifically to Mill’s situation, he reiterates the well-referenced fact that both the prosecutor and the parole officer recommended no additional jail time, suggestions Judge Brinkley ignored in her sentencing. Further highlighting how unjust Brinkley’s ruling is, JAY-Z points out that the Mills probation status stems from an 11-year-old case, and that the charges that led to the recent violations were all thrown out. JAY writes,

“In March, [Mill] was arrested after an altercation in a St. Louis airport. After video of what had actually happened was released, all charges were dropped against Meek. In August, he was arrested for popping a wheelie on a motorcycle on his video set in New York. Those charges were dismissed after he agreed to attend traffic school.”

Yes, there were no actual charges against Meek Mill, yet he still is being sent to jail “..It’s time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day,” JAY-Z continues. “The system treats them as a danger to society, consistently monitors and follows them for any minor infraction — with the goal of putting them back in prison.”

JAY-Z On NFL Owner’s “Inmates” Comment: “That’s What They Think About You”

 JAY-Z made sure to address one of the biggest stories of the week during his Friday (October 27) concert in Anaheim.

The NFL has been dealing with another controversy due to Houston Texans owner Bob McNair. An ESPN report revealed that McNair said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” in reference to the players at an owners’ meeting about the ongoing National Anthem protests. The comments, which mistakenly (or purposefully) misused the “inmates running the asylum” idiom, understandably led to plenty of criticism and unrest in the Texans’ locker room.

Hov decided to speak out about McNair’s words on the 4:44 Tour, condemning the sentiment while still providing a message of hope. JAY tied the whole thing into his performance of “The Story Of O.J.”

“They’re injuring themselves on the field, giving it all they got,” he told fans in attendance. “That’s how they look at you. That’s what they think about you. We got so much further to go. The truth is we all believe in whatever you believe in — God, Allah. Whatever you believe in, we come from one source which means we are all brothers and sisters at the end of the day.”

Jay-Z And J.Lo Helped Raise $3.7 Million For Recent Hurricane Victims

 Jay-Z and Jennifer Lopez helped to raise $3.7 million for the victims of recent hurricanes and earthquakes.

The third-annual benefit concert took place on Tuesday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and featured performances from the “99 Problems” hitmaker and Lopez, alongside DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Daddy Yankee, Kaskade, Cardi B, and others.

The charity show benefited the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida and the earthquakes in Mexico and the $3.7 million in proceeds went to several disaster relief organizations including Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico, Global Giving, Greater Houston Community Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity in Puerto Rico.

Jay-Z has been active in working to provide disaster relief to those affected by the storms and earthquakes and he previously teamed up with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to collect public donations of goods and money to help fill cargo planes with basic necessities in September.

Meanwhile, Lopez also joined forces with her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez and ex-husband Marc Anthony to co-host her own TV gig, “One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert for Disaster Relief,” earlier this month.

That show featured performances from stars like Demi Lovato, Maroon 5, Ricky Martin, Gwen Stefani, Chris Martin, and Mary J. Blige, and raised $35 million for the cause.

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Jay-Z Plotting To Buy Harvey Weinstein’s Interest In The Weinstein Company?

Harvey Weinstein got fired from the company that bears his name on his day off. The void means the potential for someone to come in and buy the alleged sexual harasser’s interest, and Jay-Z is among a group of investores reportedly plotting such a move.

Multiple sources connected to Jay tell us … Jay, along with several other investors including a famous movie producer and a billionaire, are talking about purchasing Weinstein’s 23% interest in the company.

Jay has had a working relationship with TWC and Harvey … he has a deal in which he has produced a movie, “The Kalief Browder Story.” He has also a Trayvon Martin miniseries slated for production. Jay has a first-look film deal with the company.

Our sources say Jay wants his relationship with the company to continue and grow, and since Harvey is out he’s looking at acquiring a substantial equity stake in the company.

A hustler is gonna hustle. And you know Hova and co. will be looking for a healthy discount.

If the Brooklyn rapper turned mogul pulls this off, his finesse game will be that much more elite. No hard feelings, Harvey.

The shamed movie exec quoted Hova in his struggle statement following the New York Times expose that outed his “alleged” dirtbag antics.