5 rappers removed from NYC festival at request of police
NEW YORK (AP) — Organizers of a hip-hop festival taking place in New York this weekend said Saturday they have dropped five rappers from the lineup at the request of police.
Injuries reported in stampede at Lil Wayne’s music festival
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A crowd stampede injured several people attending a New Orleans festival organized by rapper Lil Wayne.
Large portions of an audience estimated to include 15,000 people...
Rapper Future to give scholarships, tickets to fans on tour
ATLANTA (AP) — The rapper Future has promised to give a $2,000 scholarship and pair of concert tickets to a fan at each stop on his Legendary Nights tour.
Criminal justice reform turns to list of problem officers
BOSTON (AP) — During the 22 years he spent in prison after being convicted of killing a Boston police detective, Sean Ellis believed there was something suspicious about the officers who led the...
Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor named NFL Inspire Change advocates
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meek Mill and Meghan Trainor are helping kick off the new social change partnership between the NFL and Jay-Z before the season-opening game in Chicago next week.
Now free from legal limbo, Meek Mill eyes prison reform
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rapper Meek Mill pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge Tuesday in a deal that resolves a 2007 arrest that has kept him on probation or in prison for most of his adult...
The Latest: Meek Mill plans to continue prison reform push
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on Meek Mill's decade-old legal battle (all times local):
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner says rapper Meek Mill has been punished...
Meek Mill retrial decision rescheduled to later this month
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A decision on whether Meek Mill will be retried in a 2007 drug and gun case was delayed until later this month after his lawyer asked a judge Tuesday for more time.
Meek Mill’s conviction thrown out, granted new trial
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday overturned rapper Meek Mill's conviction in a drug and gun case that has kept the rapper on probation for a decade and made him a celebrity crusader for...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on Meek Mill (all times local):
Rapper Meek Mill says he's "ecstatic that justice prevailed" after a Pennsylvania appeals court overturned his...
Meek Mill launches new record label with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation
NEW YORK (AP) — Meek Mill is in a Jay-Z state of mind: The Philadelphia rapper-turned-entrepreneur is launching a new record label in a joint venture with Jay-Z's Roc Nation.
Meek Mill lawyers: Case could crumble if new trial granted
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for Meek Mill asked an appeals court Tuesday to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that has kept the rapper on probation for a decade and made him a celebrity...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on Meek Mill hearing (all times local):
Lawyers for Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill have asked an appeals court to grant him a new trial before a...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Meek Mill's lawyers will get a chance to argue the rapper's 2008 conviction on gun and drug charges should be overturned.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor called for a new trial and judge for rapper Meek Mill on Wednesday, saying the former judge who sentenced him "abused its discretion" and has been...
APNewsBreak: Cardi B tops BET noms, Nipsey Hussle up for 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Hip-hop star Cardi B is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven, while late rapper Nipsey Hussle scored a posthumous nomination.
A list of nominees at the 2019 BET Awards
A list of nominees at the 2019 Bet Awards, to air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 23.
— Video of the year: 21 Savage featuring J. Cole, "A Lot"; Cardi B,...
Lawmakers, rapper Meek Mill urge state probation law changes
State lawmakers, criminal justice reform advocates and rapper Meek Mill joined forces Tuesday to push for an overhaul of Pennsylvania's probation system.
Cardi B, Meek Mill, Migos to perform at Summer Jam concert
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B, Meek Mill and Migos will perform at the annual Summer Jam concert , one of the year's top hip-hop shows.
New York radio station Hot 97 announced Monday that the June...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rapper Meek Mill is being honored in his hometown of Philadelphia for his work as a criminal justice reform advocate and as a musician.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers insist there's still a chance wide receiver Antonio Brown could return next season.
Atlanta jewelry store known for celebrity clients robbed
ATLANTA (AP) — Police are searching for two gunmen involved in the weekend burglary of an Atlanta jewelry store known for its celebrity clients and the manager's home.
WXIA-TV reports the armed men followed the manager of Icebox Diamonds and Watches home and forced him and his wife inside their home.
J. Cole and Meek Mill to headline NBA All-Star Game
NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper J. Cole will headline the halftime show at the NBA All-Star Game.
The seven-time Grammy Award nominee will return to his home state to perform a medley of hits at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Feb. 17. He released his latest single, "Middle Child," on Jan. 23.
The National Basketball Association also announced on Wednesday that Meek Mill will open the game and perform an introduction of the All-Star teams.
Meek Mill, Jay-Z and sports owners back justice reforms
NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of big names in sports and entertainment pledged their high-profile platforms and $50 million on Wednesday at the launch of an organization that will lobby for changes to state probation and parole laws.
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Meek Mill, Fat Joe attend DJ Khaled’s Miami birthday bash
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Meek Mill, Busta Rhymes and Fat Joe were among the rappers who came out to celebrate DJ Khaled's birthday at an over-the-top party at the Perez Art Museum to close out Art Basel in Miami Beach.
Cardi B, Pharrell, Kanye draw crowds during Art Basel Miami
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Royalty, Real Housewives, and the fathers of two Kardashian babies were among the celebs that fanned out across Miami for a week of glamorous Art Basel parties toasting the world's best artists.
Cardi B, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott, Pharrell and Meek Mill performed.
Louisiana governor in California to talk criminal justice
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has traveled to California to participate in a summit with celebrity Kim Kardashian West, rapper Meek Mill and other well-known figures, touting efforts to reshape criminal justice laws.
Louisiana's Democratic governor will participate in a public policy panel with several other governors during the event, which is co-hosted by Variety and Rolling Stone magazines.
Court won’t remove judge, tells Meek Mill to appeal ruling
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied a motion from rapper Meek Mill to remove a Philadelphia judge from his case after she denied his request for a new trial.
The court said Tuesday Mill's attorneys must go through the regular process of appealing Judge Genece Brinkley's decision, despite their argument she'd been biased.
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two people outside a 2016 Meek Mill concert in Connecticut.
Police on Monday said 23-year-old Kyle Hampton, of North Haven, and 33-year-old Tivon Edwards, of New Haven, face first-degree manslaughter and other charges.
Hampton's bail was set at $1 million and he is scheduled to appear in court July 31. Edwards is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. No attorneys were listed in court records.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawyer representing the Philadelphia judge overseeing rapper Meek Mill's case has been recorded saying the judge was wrong not to grant a new trial.
Philly.com reports a documentary film crew recorded an off-the-record conversation with attorney Charles Peruto Jr., and a supporter shared it with a reporter.
Anita Baker, Meek Mill shine at BET
Month after diss track, Drake emerges unfazed with new album
NEW YORK (AP) — A month ago, Drake's world was crumbling.
Now, he's untouchable.
Pusha T's infamous diss track — where he was in full investigative journalist mode, divulging new information about Drake while also shading his mother, father and bestie — hit Drake hard. Drake's reply — well, lack thereof, marked a low for the rapper-singer, who had surprised music fans when he won his rap beef with Meek Mill in 2015.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Attorneys for Meek Mill are asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to remove a Philadelphia judge from his case days after she denied his new trial request.
In a filing late Wednesday, the rapper's attorneys say Judge Genece Brinkley's actions in court showed she had an opinion before hearing Mill's request. It also says by requiring a hearing and strenuously cross-examining a witness, she strayed from how other judges had treated similar requests.
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Judge denies rapper Meek Mill’s request for new trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia judge denied rapper Meek Mill's petition for a new trial in his decade-old drug and gun convictions Monday despite support for the request by the district attorney's office.
Anita Baker, H.E.R., Meek Mill shine at BET Awards
The 2018 BET Awards barely handed out any trophies with big stars like Cardi B, Drake and Kendrick Lamar absent, but the show included superior performances by rising singer H.E.R., rapper Meek Mill and gospel artist Yolanda Adams, who paid tribute to Anita Baker and nearly brought her to tears.
Baker, an eight-time Grammy winner who dominated the R&B charts from the early '80s to mid-90s, earned the Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 2018 BET Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater (all times local):
Rapper Meek Mill has performed a new song, "Stay Woke," on the BET Awards with a striking performance that touched on police violence against black youth and prison.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge said Monday she'll rule in "due time" after an evidence hearing to determine whether rapper Meek Mill should get a new trial in his decade-old gun and drug convictions.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court won't remove a judge from Meek Mill's long-running criminal case, though one justice said in Tuesday's decision that the rapper can raise the issue again after a hearing next week.
Mill's lawyers have been leveling harsh criticism at Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley for months. They argue she has made inappropriate comments about Mill in and out of court, acting more like a prosecutor than an impartial jurist.
Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne celebrate Summer Jam’s 25th year
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Recent Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne and Meek Mill helped the famed Summer Jam music event celebrate its 25th anniversary with jam-packed performances.
Remy Ma, Tory Lanez and BBD also worked the stage Sunday for the feverish audience at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Meek Mill’s lawyers ask court to remove judge from his case
Meek Mill's lawyers have asked Pennsylvania's highest court to remove a judge from his long-running criminal case, accusing her of bias and blasting her conduct as unprofessional.
The rapper's lawyers have been harshly critical of Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley, saying she has treated him unfairly. Their latest filing asks the state Supreme Court to replace her with another judge.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge in Philadelphia denied Meek Mill's request to remove another judge from the rapper's case on Wednesday, saying he doesn't have jurisdiction over the matter.
Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker told Mill's lawyers that only the state Supreme Court can decide the matter.
"We have a judge that wears the same robe that I wear, that has not recused herself and has not disqualified herself," Tucker said. "I don't have the jurisdiction to do that. It's as simple as that."
76ers billionaire owner talks friendship, freeing Meek Mill
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Rubin poses for pictures and shares bro hugs from his courtside seat before Philadelphia 76ers playoff games with a hodgepodge of celebrities that could be straight out of a "Dancing With The Stars" casting call.
76ers hope to keep thwarting history in Game 5 vs. Celtics
BOSTON (AP) — An improbable Eastern Conference finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers is in reach for the Boston Celtics.
The only thing delaying it is one more victory against a Philadelphia 76ers team intent on not becoming the latest to join a dubious NBA club.
Toronto was swept by Cleveland on Monday to become the 130th consecutive team in NBA history to fail to overcome a 3-0 deficit. Philadelphia is one loss away from becoming No. 131.
Meek Mill, Gov. Wolf Push For Justice Reforms
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Just one week after a court ordered his immediate release from prison, Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill joined Pennsylvania's governor on Thursday in calling on state lawmakers to enact criminal justice reforms.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Mill's case had thrust issues in the state's system into the national spotlight. They appeared at the Constitution Center alongside a half-dozen state lawmakers and 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin.
Will Meek Mill be a changed rapper?
The Rev. Damone Jones Sr. is 52, and the Pastor of Bible Way Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. Jones admits that he doesn’t know a lot about rapper Meek Mill’s music.
A member of the Board of Trustees for the Philadelphia Prison System, Jones used his position to get to know Mill, birth name Robert Williams, while he was imprisoned.