Watch The Teaser For Jay-Z’s New Docuseries ‘Free Meek’
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Despite what Soulja Boy thinks, Meek Mill definitely had the biggest comeback of 2018. After five months in jail for a controversial probation violation from a 2009 gun case, the Philly rapper was released in April 2018, thanks to help from Jay-Z, who paid the rapper’s legal fees.
Now, Meek Mill’s quest for freedom will hit the small screen in the Amazon Video docuseries, Free Meek. Executive produced by Jay, Mill, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, and Paul and Isaac Solotaroff, Free Meek will chronicle the rapper’s “fight for exoneration while exposing flaws in the criminal justice system.”
The docuseries will also give viewers “unprecedented access to the star’s life, career, and criminal justice odyssey, while demonstrating the negative effects long tail probation is having on urban communities of color.”
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Since being released from jail, Meek Mill has become an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Mill, whose’s given name is Robert Williams, argued people of color often get caught up in the justice system’s “vicious cycle.”
“It’s clearer than ever that a disproportionate number of men and women of color are treated unfairly by a broken criminal justice system,” the rapper wrote. “The system causes a vicious cycle, feeding upon itself ― sons and daughters grow up with their parents in and out of prison, and then become far more likely to become tied up in the arrest-jail-probation cycle. This is bad for families and our society as a whole.”