Standing for Something
#Rally4Meek may have been trending on Twitter and Instagram, but videos and pictures from the actual event showed that it was much more than a hashtag. All of the vocal outrage surrounding Meek Mill’s prison sentence came to a head as hundreds of supporters gathered together to stand up for the Philadelphia native. NBA legend Julius Erving, music icon Rick Ross, and Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins, who posted about the event on Twitter beforehand, showed up to the protest to show their support.
Prologued by the event’s flyer, the theme for the night was the reoccurring injustice against African American men and women. “Our criminal justice system has failed Meek Mill and millions of others like him,” the poster for the event read. “We stand for justice.”
Calling for Change
“I’m here for one reason. I’m here to support my brother Meek Mill,” Rick Ross said to the hundreds of fans who showed up. “[…] This type of wrongful incarceration has unfortunately become the calling card in urban cities around the U.S.”
He asked the court to reevaluate Meek’s case, so the “We Ball” artist can continue being “a great father” and “a great entrepreneur,” before leading the fans to chant “Free Meek.”
Say it loud
Though the crowd was there to protest something terrible, fans still celebrated Meek in a never-loud-enough way. They spent the event reciting “Dreams and Nightmares” loudly outside of Philly’s City Hall. Mill — who was called “a survivor of an environment that funds prisons over programs” by actor and director Sixx King — definitely would have been proud to see his fans showing up for what’s right.
Following the hour-long rally, Page Six got news that the FBI has in fact began investigating the judge who oversaw the case, Genece Brinkley.
“The feds have an interest in the judge and [her] potential relationships. This is an investigation looking into a possible extortionate demand. Undercover agents have been in the courtroom monitoring the Meek proceedings since April 2016,” a source reveled to the New York Post affiliate.
It was also revealed that Charlie Mack — the music manager and “friend” Judge Brinkley allegedly tried to get Meek to leave Roc Nation to sign with — denies even knowing Brinkley at all. More than that, Charlie Mack also claims to be a friend of Meek’s for “30-plus” years. Though, according to the inside source, that is not entirely true. “Mack had previously told Meek how he ‘knows the judge and he could help him with his case,'” Page Six‘s informant claimed.
Philadelphia’s FBI office and Meek Mill’s attorney Joe Tacopina both said they could not confirm nor deny the claims of an investigation being underway. Though Tacopina has remained vocal about the case, the lawyer stayed tight-lipped on this particular matter. “That is something that I absolutely do not have the ability to comment on,” Tacopina said.