Meek Mill, Jay-Z

Rappers Jay-Z and Meek Mill have joined forces to help fight for criminal justice reform. The news comes months after Jay-Z urged Meek to cancel a planned visit to the White House to meet with President Trump to discuss prison reform.

The A-list rappers created the REFORM alliance, an organization to help fight for prison reform, according to UPI.

To help support their efforts, Jay-Z and Meek have teamed up with financial heavy hitters including Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Brooklyn Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai, among others.

Meek spoke out on prison reform after he was sentenced to serve 2-4 years in Nov. 2017 for violating his probation stemming from an old gun and drug charge in 2008.

He was released from prison in April 2018, thanks to the efforts of Robert Kraft, Jay-Z and Philadelphia politicians who say he was unfairly incarcerated by Judge Genece Brinkley.

"Creating the REFORM Alliance is one of the most important things I've ever done in my life," Meek said in a statement. "If you thought my case was unfair, there are millions of others dealing with worse situations and caught up in the system without committing crimes."

He continued; "With this alliance, we want to change outdated laws, give people hope and reform a system that's stacked against us."

Photos by Getty Images, WENN.com

  • Trace da Ace

    I'm waiting to see if there will be an "Kanye Meltdown" over this...cause we all know he wants Kim to be the face of prison reform....but other than that...good for them.

  • Hair Lova

    I am glad that they are deciding to take action. There are millions of black and browns who are wrongfully inprisioned. And this needs to change.

    Side bar: Is Jay depressed? Wtf

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Well to reform it they have to make it so people stop committing crimes

  • HotInCleveland

    The Justice System is garbage. It needs a complete overhaul. Until that day comes, reforms will be helpful. Side note: Trigger Warning with Killer Mike is everything.

  • HotInCleveland

    I wouldn’t mind it if white folks got the same harsh sentences for committing the same crimes as blacks. Sentencing shouldn’t be left to judges.

  • Elevated Soul

    LMAO!!!!................President Trump has already initialed , "The Second Step Act", so basically these two bozos are trying to bite off what President Trump has already has done.

    Jay Z was all up in Obozo's face for damn near 8 years,so why didn't he initiate this response when he was in office? Answer: He was just a prop for Obozo to impress Black Sheeple.

    Meek Mill had a chance to meet with the PRESIDENT but he refused because him pimp Jay-Z old him as a grown man not to meet with President Trump.....Meek had a chance to meet with the MAN who could actually do something about Prison reform and he already did.

    #TooLateBozos!!!!

  • SpiceGirl

    Use that platform guys....I'm counting on it along with a lot of other folks who know damn well the justice system is brokewack

  • SpiceGirl

    It's not about that...if you do the crime, then YES...do the time. What needs to be reformed...is the fairness of it all

  • ALLMINE?

    How about the "family structure" reform? A black "moral" reform?

  • Hair Lova

    Crime will happen. There is no stopping that. And yes people should be held accountable for the fuckery that they do. But the judgement is not adding up to the sentencing.
    Also there are two different set of scales that we we and our counterparts a judged on for the same crimes. Our scale seems to be the harshest of the two.

  • SpiceGirl

    It's NEVER too late...IMHO

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    "If you thought my case was unfair
    ____________

    It wasn't unfair though ..... you violated probation .....and partnering with undercover criminals doesn't help this cause chile ...... you in the same boat as the Kardashians (baseball bat legs) ..... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c1425c997ed3319b16098cad0d4bebaabde80cd22860d557863b4ff2c949aed9.gif You know they love to steal too and then play Martyr for the cause ..... I don't buy your shyt !!!!

  • Dasright

    My line of work has me frequently seeing underprivileged (read: mostly black youth) who have criminal records and are generally angry young men. Nearly all of them have absentee black fathers and mothers whom we have to constantly ask (beg) to be involved in their care. These boys are angry and looked to the street to feel some sort of familial ties. The potential solution to the problems in our communities starts with the parents.

    As Allmine stated below, we need a complete "family structure" reform. Studies show over and over again that when kids are raised in the same home by BOTH parents, they're generally more stable, loved, and secure.

  • Jack Blakk

    It's more money in that type of foundation because the white people will donate to it! AKA Clinton Foundation.

  • ALLMINE?

    They don't wanna talk about the real issues

  • MrsSpice1

    Yea two ex criminals still pushin trap muzik for the blacks in the hood they ride to there muzik while commiting crimes are the perfext pair to take seriously!!! Meanwhile WEAK millz is worried about what broads wear on they head?? What happened to that movement?? ??

  • Ni Ni

    Just wanna go out and do what they wanna with no repercussions. I hope they let the reformed guilty prisoners live in their neighborhoods.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    It's all BS to put up a facade .... shout out to ones that are actually seriously doing the work behind the scenes and it certainly ain't these cats .... how you continue to associate with criminals ... dark ones at that and then play Martyr ..... this is all fraudulent ..... Just like those Kardashians .... who stay stealing identities left and damn right https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8da4d8422e27bbfc104edfcf9e97b4d2639b1c3ba2774d1e84418218e262a94d.gif

  • HotInCleveland

    I completely agree with this!

  • Mielle Downey

    Que Tap dancing Music. SO don't perform at the Super Bowl but take money from them? Jayz is the Al Sharpton of this generation wh@ring himself for a dolla til the powers that be RKelly him. Money don't make you smart it just make you vulnerable to selling yourself.

  • TheOwley

    To think that KK has more traction on this issue than these two. It's so shameless. Now her inbox if full of prisoners asking her to help out. Yes, Obama had 8 years to do wonders and refused. it was never his intent. He needed black folks only for two days, in Nov. 08 and Nov.12. So sad people refuse to acknowledge this.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    So let me asked you this is everybody know the white man is going to be harder on blacks why do blacks still go commit the CRIMES! The white mans have warned them

  • Dowoop

    So I listened to Meeks breakfast club interview and he was singing a different tune about being an activist.

  • HotInCleveland

    I agree.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Everybody know black don’t get a fair shake so why still go do shyt that will get you in the system to get mistreated

  • Scromes1212

    So no plans or actual programs they you plan to set up? Make this announcement when you actually have concrete plans set up to help your cause.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Now that’s definitely what we need

  • what?why

    Totally get what they are saying and what they stand for BUT Meek Mill is not the one to represent the abused of the judicial system (which by the way, are from many different ethnicity). Do your homework Jay if you want to be supported and respected.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Wait.... So why Jay have Meek cancel his visit with Trump? So that he can have some shine on the issue...Phawk JayZ... He slis NOT the go to guy. Kim K did it without him so who knows what Trump may have done. He might have considered Meek particularly if he agreed to meet with him. Some things work out in strange ways..KIM influence freed one woman...IJS

  • Eileen

    These two males are losers! How can you fight for prison reform when the President has ready past this important bipartisan bill? I feel thy want to steal the Presidents thunder also week mills will prolly benefit from this legislation when he finds himself back in hot water . Jz go sit down somewhere please.

  • Eileen

    Thank you and you can also add The Moynihan Report to that as well

  • Eileen

    The real issue is black folks not getting married to create a stable home! This is what breeds the blackistan in our community. Read the Moynihan Report!

  • Eileen

    Amen!

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Why not when Obama was in term? Right right...?

  • Eileen

    Odumner was the worst thing that ever happen to Black America! Notice I did not say African-American...hell we so frightfully stupid in blackistan our motherland is embarrassed!

  • Eileen

    Wrong is wrong! forget the color just don't do wrong! PERIOD!

  • Eileen

    Hello and Amen!

  • Renee26

    Interesting... The only way I understand LAWS to be changed are through acts of congress and through the judicial process when there are cases of new precedent being set in legal cases.

  • Renee26

    Right now it just SOUNDS good... Who's on this alliance committee that can truly in act change is what I want to know.

  • Renee26

    Too bad you can't control people's minds and MAKE people do right by their kids and set good examples for them when they are around.... Better to focus on thi gs you actually CAN put into action. Sounds like the program you're involved in is educating them to break the cycle

  • Renee26

    Yeah he's probably going to throw a fit in 5,4,3,2...

  • SunSoy

    There is no one way to be Black. Not every Black person is American. Most Blacks outside of America have a different culture, morals, and values than American Blacks. Talk about American Black morals.

  • SunSoy

    You mean American Blacks or African-Americans.Not every Black person is American. Different cultures.

  • SunSoy

    Look in the mirror and blame yourselves.

  • Hair Lova

    Forget the color? No let’s not forget the color. Yes wrong is wrong. No one is disputing that. What is being disputed is dispite the color both parties could commit the same crime, but be judged differently. How is that even right?

    The judgement system needs to changed, PERIOD!!!!

  • ALLMINE?

    Im talking about "black Americans". Idgaf about those other groups. I shouldn't have to differentiate. Jay z and meek are black Americans. .

  • ALLMINE?

    Yup. I've heard about the Moynihan report..

  • TheOwley

    Same coming with Ms. Harris. The way she got to the top is not a good narrative for women in general nor blacks women in particular. She is of Jamaican descent and Canadian Indian, not an ounce of AA. But she will ride on the AA train only to win their vote and forget about them the next day. Not promoting anyone else, but it's about time black folks start to look for their own self interest. She is.

  • And then there is that!

    The problem is for someone to do a crime, do time in jail and have to come out and walk down 10 years of meeting with PO etc. You've done the time and they still want to have you locked up in the streets. Its a lose lose they are waiting for you to act up to revoke the terms of your release. The system does need to be reformed. Dude was in jail for riding a motor bike and it violated him. Yea that's wrong on so many levels.

  • Hair Lova

    Because sometimes people do dumb shit. When you were young you never done dumb shit?

    If you have no guidance then guess what, you do dumb shit. If you feel like you have no other way to survive andntour back is against the wall, then guess what? You guessed it. You’ll do dumb shit. No one is perfect. But if your going to be convicted ofForget the color? No let’s not forget the color. Yes wrong is wrong. No one is disputing that. What is being disputed is dispite the color both parties could commit the same crime, but be judged differently. How is that even right?

    The judgement system needs to changed, PERIOD!!!!

  • Blak

    Y'all remember "Jigga, Kelly not guilty"? do you really want these two Jiggas who's claims to fame was glorifying violence, drug use and drug dealing though music talking about law reforms? I consider this a massive joke and will never take them seriously

  • dontgetblocked

    Wait a minute! I heard a breakfast club interview where Meek Mill says he will drop his fight for prison reform...if they opponents asked him to. He said he doesn't want no more trouble and wants to live a nice, quiet peaceful life. Charlamagne told him that prisons make a lot of money and provide a lot of jobs in rural areas and reform would harm that. Meek said that he had no problem dropping this crusade if the supporters of prisons told him to. That nygga ain't trying to go back to jail. Don't blame him. Prisons generate money for the federal and local governments. They create loads of jobs for poverty stricken areas, and they keep criminals locked up far away from me.

  • dontgetblocked

    That's what I said!

  • dontgetblocked

    LOL! Bubble lip. Nice one.

  • dontgetblocked

    She won't go far. She looks like a white woman and is married to a white man.

  • dontgetblocked

    Furthermore...We need more respectable people representing our race. I mean rappers who sold drugs, carried illegal weapons? We're better than this!

  • what?why

    So what's the plan? Do they know that any reform has to go through the Federal Government? If Jay was such great friends of President Obama, that was the time to address this long standing problem.

  • J2PC

    It's never too late to keep moving forward toward progress. Progress means to work on getting better & better overtime. -the rest is just copouts & excuses to thwart, stymy or frustrate efforts being made.

  • J2PC

    Obama certainly got the wheels turning on that one. He was even in a documentary sitting down with prisoners. It is a work in progress.

  • seun

    Lol. These recording industry slaves are only doing it for PR. Nothing more.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Yes, this is a money grab. Non profit Foundation just like the Clinton Foundation that went to Hati and did nothing but make tons of money in Federal Grants and Donations. There is really really big money in this, Jay Z has done nothing for his neighborhood.

    If this was an announcement that Jay was building a private Charter school in his old neighborhood, or music and business education school in his old stomping grounds that would get my applause. This unnamed foundation with out a single comment about what their first move will be, or mention of concrete goals , 5 year plan?, 1 year plan?, specific law they want to tackle from day one, yet they are having a press conference? I want these brothers to be great, this is not being done correctly or with the right people. Rapper Akon started helping people in his own town in African, then exspanded to countries all over Africa with his Akon Lighting Africa | Solar power initiative.

    What these guys are doing is seeking to create a Foundation to hopefully squeeze Billions out of it. Its called "Impact Investing". "Impact investing refers to investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a *financial return.*"In other words profit from poverty.There is no real intention to create change, just look at Haiti.

  • J2PC

    What role will the rappers play to help deprogrammed mentalities for dysfunctional & violent behaviors that has destroyed their own Black communities & lives of each other?

    Where is teaching personal responsibility, accountability & role playing mock skits to show misguided youth & dysfunctional parents various situation and the proper or better way to handle those things instead of always setting oneself up for jails & prisons?

    Where is showing others how to have goals & purposes in life that leads to better academic performances & being career oriented like other ethnic groups?

    Where is teaching self-respect to stop being another at-risk statistics driving up all the negative stats on higher crime rates; dead end jobs due to lack of education & skills, STDs/HIV, unwanted pregnancies & the list goes on? -I only pity those who were falsely accused & had the deck stacked against them.

  • J2PC

    Looks like Kim & Kanye got more done on Prison Reform with Trump already passing a bill than rappers with a history who are all talk & no real action on this, yet.

    Obama & all should have resolved that instead of focusing on pushing an agenda that does nothing positive to help the plight of Blacks in America. Just look at how alarming the STDs/HIV rates among Black communities in urban areas.

  • J2PC

    They were simply controlling Meek & needed to hang back to pretend that the Democrats did all the work. So far, Trump has signed the bill for prison reforms & rehabilitation for 2nd chances in the workplace. -and Kanye & Kim just slid right on in to pick up the slack on pushing 'Prison Reform.'

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Impact investing is growing. ...

    The Global Impact Investing Network recently estimated that there are $228 billion invested in impact, double the prior year 2017 estimate. "

    "Impact investing refers to investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a *financial return.*

    They are just jumping on bandwagen of the newest trend in financial markets to hopefully rake in Billions in profit.(See Clinton Foundation)

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Naw I don’t know how you raised but no matter how bad it get Iam not going to go commit a crime and embarrass my family
    Like that I do know folks do dum shit and those are dummies who will keep on victimizing people as long as the live most of them anyway y

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    One thing is that child support actually pays a women to put her man in it opens up all kinds of benefits but destroyed the family

  • SpiceGirl

    Smh...sometimes that is easier said then done. Now back to topic.....When a black man and a white man commit the SAME DAMN crime....the fairness is...they BOTH get the SAME DAMN sentence...but noooooooooo...that doesn't happen.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Why don’t the blacks create their own system or stop doing crime I just don’t get what your saying

  • SpiceGirl

    Clearly! I'm done!

  • Alicia.Ashe

    The justice system needs a overhaul. Hopefully something gets done. The trolls are mad on this thread, Ha.

  • Munchosgirl

    That wasn't Kim and Kanye, that was Jared, his son-in-law...

  • Munchosgirl

    That was discussed at the REFORM meeting yesterday as well.

  • what?why

    Ignorance is bliss only if you stay in your own lane.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I agree! We never deal with root causes or the pathology of our negative cycles and patterns!

    Like you said, it’s a work in progress! Obama did some things, legal clinics and law students work very hard for prison reform.

    The expungement workshops and post-prison programs helps prison reform!

    Prisons generate billions, when companies like WHOLE FOODS use prison vendors or whole towns rely on a prison complex for employment, prison reform has to be tackled like Apartheid!

  • Sunshine ///

    I support this. We know it's not for attention and to distract people from crazy rants.

  • AListDiva29

    I know the judge thing was ridiculous, but because of MM's celebrity status, he got a hell of a lot more chances than any normal black man would of ever gotten. If he squandered them its his own fault! I don't think he's the right person to set an example for younger men!

  • Hair Lova

    See that’s the thing. Your thinking of where YOU come from. Everyone doesn’t come from where you came from.
    A lot of folks don’t have a lot choices or good starts in life.
    I too wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize my freedom. But you have people that come from less than desirable circumstances and have no choice. Kids are out here in the streets with no one to take care of them and are left to take care of themselves. They only know what’s peresented to them.

    Everything isn’t black and white. And because of that I try not to judge. But to be empathetic.

  • J2PC

    It took some of everybody. Kim & Kanye and others wrote and visited the Trump administration.

    Jared has no power or authority to sign any law. His father-in-law Trump has that power. He delegated Jared & others to work on making that happen. It also helps those in the administration get a 2nd chance down the line.

    While the rappers are still talking & collecting money with nothing to show for it, people like Kim/Kanye & others are bringing their cases to State Governors & the POTUS where action can be seen.

  • The Last Word

    Gotta disagree. The proposed reforms are too little, and will provide Congress with the opportunity to avoid future reform on the ground that the matter was already addressed. Additionally, this so-called reform is being spear-headed by Trump son-in-law and general screwed-up Jared Kushner, and is weighted in favor of assisting white collar defendants.

  • SunSoy

    You need to travel and get out of your box. Experience different cultures that are different from yours. You cannot live in a bubble. Grab a passport.

  • ALLMINE?

    Nope. The United states has everything I need unlike the places yall come from..

  • SunSoy

    You are very ignorant no wonder African-American women cannot nurture their children. Immigrants like myself come to this country and work our butts off. African-Americans do not take advantage of their opportunities in the country you were born in y'all want to blame the white man and racism. We come to this country and surpass African-Americans by leaps and bounds through hard work and great parenting.

  • ALLMINE?

    What country are u from?

  • SunSoy

    Please focus on the negative behavior of African-American or American Negros and provide solutions. Take advantage of the opportunities in the U.S. y'all were born here stop with the excuses. You already stated you do not care about cultures outside the United States I do not need to tell you where I am from. Thanks.

  • SunSoy

    Immigrants come to this country and work harder than those born here with easy access to opportunities. To not finish highschool and be illiterate is inexcusable with all the access you have as an American born citizen.

  • ALLMINE?

    What about working hard in your own country and building it up?

  • ALLMINE?

    Bro. Please stop. I did not grow up like the stereotypical black American.. please relax. Why did u abandon your homeland to live amongst dysfunctional negroes?