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.”
Tyrese has just won his way through the court. The judge has granted him 50/50 custody of his daughter, Shayla, according to TMZ’s report. This comes a few days after his ex-wife, Norma Gibson, requested a restraining order but the judge denied her that. However, the joint custody will begin in January and until then, the two of them will have to arrange a visitation schedule so Tyrese could spend time with his daughter throughout the holidays.
Gatorade’s “Be Like Mike” campaign with Michael Jordan is the stuff of marketing legend. In an homage to the ads that dropped over 25 years ago, Jordan Brand unveiled its “Be Like Mike” collection in collaboration with Gatorade. The collection includes kicks, hoodies, sweatshirts and tees. The shoes are the Air Jordan 6 and the Air Jordan 32 low with in a bold orange, white and black colorway and flourishes like Gatorade logos on the soles and insoles.
Lil Peep, the young rapper whose mix of intimate emo lyricism and foggy underground hip-hop resonated with a young crowd who loved both genres, has died at 21. It appears emerging rapper Lil Peep died of a suspected overdose of Xanax.
His death Wednesday while on tour in Tucson was confirmed to The Times by Sgt. Pete Dugan of the Tuscon Police Department. Dugan said the the rapper, born Gustav Ahr in Long Island, N.Y., had been booked to perform at a Tucson bar called the Rock. Based on paraphernalia found at the scene, Dugan said the suspected cause of death was on overdose of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, which some rappers in underground hip-hop take as a party drug. Dugan said there were no other signs of foul play.
At hackathons in New York, students rap about HTML, CSS and Python. When Jamel Mims teaches young, lower-income minority students in New York, he doesn’t deploy traditional materials like a blackboard, a whiteboard or PowerPoint. He uses a microphone—turned up loud for politicized raps—and mobile phones with augmented-reality apps. Mr Mims’s “interactive hip-hop classroom” uses music as an entry point into discussions about politics, race, class and gender.
One lesson centred upon Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old high school pupil who was arrested in 2015 on suspicion of building a hoax bomb when he brought a self-assembled clock to school. Mr Mims aims not for lecturing, but for dialogue. He puts printed pictures of Mohamed on the wall, and asks students to scan them via an app. A menu of items pops up instantly: Mohamed’s Twitter feed; a 360-degree view of an interrogation room (meant to simulate the one Mohamed was taken to); a SoundCloud song; a quiz; a hip-hop video produced by Mr Mims. The lesson takes about 30 minutes; students respond to what they’ve learned by posting about Mohamed on Instagram. “Schools usually say cell phones are distracting, but the world says cell phones and other technologies are a desirable aspect of youth culture. So we try to leverage that in the classroom whenever we can,” Mr Mims says. “Students who are disengaged and turned off by pen and paper tests need to feel reinvigorated.”
You’ll have a tough time naming someone who’s year was more lit than Cardi B. The Bronx native is on the cover of New York magazine’s newest issue.
Adorned in an all pink Fendi peacoat everyone’s favorite regular, degular, shmegular girl continues to make money moves. Titled “Cardi B. Was Made To Be This Famous”, the iconic publication shadows her the night of her Jimmy Jimmel Live! performance back in September and as she navigates throughout her daily duties as Rap’s newest star.
Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell of Run-DMC was murdered on October 30, 2002. Fifteen years later, no suspects have been arrested or convicted of the crime. The Associated Press is reporting New York City detectives admit the case has officially gone cold. Police believe at least four people were in the Queens recording studio at the time JMJ was killed, but authorities were unable to get information from those individuals to produce effective leads. As the deejay for Run-DMC, Jam Master Jay helped Hip Hop crossover into the mainstream in the 1980s. He was 37 years old at the time of his death.
Colin Kaepernick recently filed a grievance against the NFL owners on October 15th, alleging they colluded to keep him out of the league. ESPN reports that he is not working through the NFLPA, but has hired high-profile lawyer Mark Geragos to represent him.”I think within the next 10 days somebody will sign him,” he said. “I think somebody’s gonna sign him. I think the NFL has to come to their senses, and realize every day that goes by just proves the collusion case even more.”
Pitbull is not here for physical barriers between countries. While receiving the first-ever Dick Clark Achievement Award at the 2017 Latin American Music Awards, Mr. Worldwide took aim at Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on America’s border with Mexico.
“Don’t ever forget that immigrants built the United States of America,” said the Cuban-American rapper. He added, “What I think they should be doing is building more schools instead of worrying about building a wall, if you know what I’m talking about.”
Pitbull’s statement about the potential border wall is not the first time the Miami representative has criticized Trump. In 2016, he called the Republican’s presidential candidacy a “joke.”
The “Give Me Everything” performer’s LAMA acceptance speech also included him offering positive words for the communities affected by recent natural disasters and gun violence.
“For the folks that are helpless right now, I want to motivate them and inspire them to stay strong, to rebuild even stronger,” stated Pitbull. “All the way from Puerto Rico to Cuba, the Keys, Houston, the earthquakes in Mexico, may God bless the souls of those in Las Vegas and to all the fires that are happening right now in Northern California. This is the time you’ve got to take and really appreciate what life is about. Live life, don’t let life live you.”
Bright, from director David Ayer and starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, is probably Netflix’s highest profile movie release this year. Will Smith stars as a policeman on an Earth that’s inhabited by orcs, elves and other creatures. Edgerton is the first orc on the police force and becomes Smith’s partner. The movie releases on December 22nd, just in time for the holidays. The second trailer came out today, and you can take a look at it below.