JAY-Z and Meek Mill Launch Prison Reform Initiative – The Color Brief January 24
Rappers JAY-Z and Meek Mill have teamed up to launch Reform Alliance, a criminal justice initiative designed to overhaul the American probation and parole systems. Their goal is to free 1 million people over the next 5 years.
They’ve teamed up with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, and Brooklyn Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai to pledge $50 million toward their efforts.
CNN commentator and activist Van Jones has signed on as CEO.
Meek Mill spent 5 months in prison in 2018 for a technical parole violation. His imprisonment sparked widespread cries for reform, including a powerful New York Times op-ed from JAY-Z.
To get started, Reform Alliance will use a three-point plan to help the more than 4.5 million people currently on parole or probation.
In other news…
Cardi B is heading to Las Vegas for a residency at KAOS Nightclub. She’ll play up to 6 shows throughout the year, but specific dates and show details have yet to be confirmed.
On Wednesday, G.O.O.D. Music signee Teyana Taylor released the video for her latest single, “WTP”. The clip pays homage to the ballroom scene and features a memorable cameo from Lena Waithe.
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