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What Meek Mill’s Sentencing Represents

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Who cares about Meek Mill’s music?  I don’t.  I do care what Meek Mill’s sentencing represents.  We only care about Mill’s situation because he is famous.  But, what he is a representation of what people have been describing for decades.  In fact, they have been screaming this for decades: sentencing amongst blacks is much harsher than whites.  If you do not think so, then look at the rap sheet of our famous celebrities, such as Johnny Depp, Mark Wahlberg, and Robert Downey Jr.  They all served less time than Meek Mill for much harsher sentences. 

As much as we can all scream about responsibility and accountability, I am more concerned about this: there are 7 out of every 10 black people who do not have a high school diploma who goes to jail at one point in their lives.  These numbers are 4 times as many of white high school dropouts.  On average, the rate of those who return to jail is between 80-95%!  No, I am not a high school dropout, but it is clear that our jails are filled with high school dropouts, I am alarmed at these numbers.  Maybe our question of why did you go to jail is inaccurate.  It may be that we need to ask this: How did you stay out of jail? 

This may seem controversial, but today I look at Meek Mill and he was arrested for things that are really not in his control.  This leads me to evaluate my life: How do I stay out of jail?  I like to say that it is because I am a law-abiding person.  But, Meek Mill was arrested at an airport for not wanting to take a picture with a guy who was working at the airport.  The other guy escalated this situation and Meek Mill made the decision to not feed into the escalation.  Yet, they were all arrested.  Even though Meek Mill was not charged, but it was the mere arrest that was a violation.  I don’t know about you, but that is bizarre on many levels.

Meek Mill was riding on an A/V vehicle with no helmet at a music video with police at the location.  Someone made a video of it and it was posted on Instagram.  This Instagram video was viewed by other police officers, in which they came to Meek Mill after the event to arrest him.  Now, he was arrested for acting in his movie video.  The charge was dismissed, but the mere arrest violated his parole. 

Now, Meek Mill is serving 2 – 4 years for being arrested for working and wanting his privacy.  I ask you this, How do you stay out of jail?

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Share News of the Loss of Their Unborn Child

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Early Thursday morning Chrissy Teigen and John Legend let the world know of the loss of their unborn child. In a heartfelt and heartbreaking post to social media, Teigen described her and husband John Legend’s “deep pain you only hear about.” She went on to talk about how the couple does not typically name their children “until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before (they) leave the hospital,” but somehow they fell on the name “Jack.”

The heartbreaking news comes just days after first being admitted to the hospital for what she described as heavy bleeding. However, two days ago, she assured fans that both her and baby were healthy and doing well. Teigen, no stranger to social media, continued to engage her following, giving brief updates along the way, when shortly after midnight she shared photos of her and John in the hospital cradling their newborn in the immediate aftermath.

While her husband has remained largely unproblematic and scandal-free, Teigen has been the frequent target of scathing criticism – much of which is completely valid. From her ridiculing Black hair, to her seemingly mocking intimate partner violence when she referenced Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez’s incident, Chrissy Teigen has been the focus of such harsh vitriol that she has threatened to quit social media altogether on multiple occasions. Sharing such personal news with the world may come as a surprise to many. 

Overwhelmingly, however, the internet’s response has been positive and embracing. Celebrities and non-celebs alike have offered words of support to the couple as they go through this difficult time. See both the model’s post and the heartwarming responses to it below.

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Chadwick Boseman Passes Away At 43

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Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in the box office smash “Black Panther” passed away from colon cancer Friday.

The actor was first diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in 2016, but remained active in his career with much of his work being released post-diagnosis. A statement from his family confirmed that he continued to work despite his cancer progressing, befitting a man who brought America’s first Black superhero to the silver screen. 

As the news of the actor’s death spread, many took to social media to share their condolences. 

The tributes continue to flood in as news of his passing continues to ripple through. Read the official statement from his family below.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.

Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.

A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.

It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. 

He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.

The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

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When White Privilege Isn’t Enough to Get Into USC: Lori Loughlin Sentenced to 2 Months in Prison

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Actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison today for her role in the college admissions scandal. If you haven’t followed the 10-month-long saga, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, plead not guilty to a bribery charge in a college admission scam back in 2019… Because white privilege just isn’t what it used to be.

The two later plead guilty to paying William Rick Singer, the mastermind, $500,000 to guarantee their two daughters a spot at the University of South Carolina.

Loughlin’s sentence came several hours after her husband’s five-month sentence. According to the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Giannulli’s five-month sentence also came with a whopping fine of $250,000 and 250 hours of community service.

“[Giannulli] engaged more frequently with Singer, directed the bribe payments to USC and Singer, and personally confronted his daughter’s high school counselor to prevent the scheme from being discovered, brazenly lying about his daughter’s athletic abilities,” US Attorney Andrew Lelling of Massachusetts said in the memo released on Tuesday. “Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit, eagerly enlisting Singer for a second time for her younger daughter, and coaching her daughter not to ‘say too much’ to her high school’s legitimate college counselor, lest he caught on to their [fradulent activity].

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