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?
Sadly there are Black folks going through the same radicalized injustice(s) within the justice system that Meek Mill has experienced for over a decade EVERY SINGLE DAY. This requires more than just gradual reform in laws—It requires a swift overhaul. pic.twitter.com/Mt13BwnIvJ
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2017
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?
Uncle Snoop Get Your Apology to Ari Lennox Ready
Apparently, everyone’s favorite uncle likes apologizing. Fresh off of his apology tour for his controversial comments towards broadcast journalists Gayle King, Snoop Dogg decided to comment on Ari Lennox’s Instagram live to instruct her to “grow your own hair.”
Yesterday, the Dreamville songbird took to Instagram Live in true Ari fashion to document her trying on a new lace front wig. Not known for wearing wigs, she struggled with figuring out how much lace to cut and securing the hair as she entertained her followers with hilarious gestures and commentary.
Eventually, a snippet of the video ended up on The Shade Room for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
Moments later, Snoop was unnecessarily commenting under the video.
In no time, women were coming to Ari’s defense, reminding the legendary rapper that his wife and daughter are no strangers to wigs.
You’d think men would know to leave their opinions to themselves when it comes to women’s hair, especially black women, but clearly, Uncle Snoop forgot to read that particular memo.
Once Ari caught wind of Snoop’s comments, she delivered a lovely little shade tree, posting a photo of Snoop wearing a blonde wig with the caption, “Uncle I just…I just thought we had an understanding….”
Following the backlash that he’s currently receiving, I can already envision the apology that’s sure to follow. Perhaps someone should remind Uncle Snoop that the best apology is changed behavior…
DJ D-Nice Has Spun His Way Into the Living Rooms of Thousands
Every day, legendary DJ D-Nice (a.k.a. Derrick Jones) spends countless hours helping thousands of global citizens forget about the coronavirus pandemic and financial woes with his “Homeschool” parties.
Initially jumping on Instagram Live to cure his boredom while “self-isolating,” D-Nice had an audience of a few hundred, mostly friends. As word began to spread, it grew to a few thousand. By Sunday, over 160,000 people joined his live for a virtual party that included the heavyweights such as Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett-Smith, 9th Wonder, Jimmy Fallon, and Vice President Joe Biden.
During a CBS This Morning interview, D-Nice shared, “I literally just played what feels good. I wanted people to feel good. I wanted their experience to be lifted through music, just one song at a time.” And he’s done just that. While on live, his comment section is a constant stream of cheers, shout outs, and music-lovers asking, “Where the drinks at?” It feels like the best VIP section you’ll ever experience but from your living room.
“No matter what your problems are, you can put on a good tune and it just takes you away and I was trying to do that,” he explained. “It wasn’t just the music, it was the whole experience and everyone escaping what’s going on today just for a few hours.”
While some of his neighbors have complained about the noise, D-Nice is committed to keeping the party going as the universal language of music is playing a vital role in keeping us all connected.
We have DJ D-Nice to thank for that!
Jay Electronica & Joe Budden Used Their Twitter Fingers to Exchange Insults
It took 10 years for Jay Electronica to release his highly-anticipated album, A Written Testimony. While some are singing his praises, others are incredibly disappointed. One such person is former rapper turned media personality, Joe Budden.
Budden used his platform, The Joe Budden Podcast episode Dry Snitching to express his disappointment. Budden proclaimed, “You’ve been missing for ten years- which is cool, ’cause you’ve been living life. But that confidence that I thought you might’ve been living life with is suppressed…that lens that I’m looking through paints the story of a different MC. And that MC is one that would get smacked around by Hov on every song.”
In response, Electronica took to Twitter and posted a video clip of DaBaby saying “fuck it,” directing the tweet at Rory, one of the co-hosts on Budden’s podcast.
Shortly after, Budden responded referring to Jay-Z’s performance on A Written Testimony, where he appears on eight of ten tracks. “I never got absolutely mopped around on my own project either… @ me, not Rory.”
Here’s how the rest of that conversation went:
The tirade ended with Electronica demanding credit for “lighting up” the podcast episode.
Electronica released A Written Testimony on Friday, March 13th. It’s his first solo album after more than ten years of delays with features by Jay-Z, The-Dream and Travis Scott, with additional production by The Alchemist, No ID, Swizz Beatz and Hit-Boy.