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Billboard threw a new award show tonight called R&B/HipHop power players. Meek Mill received the first ever power players impact award.

CNN own Van Jones presented Meek Mill with the award. He received the award for his strength demonstrated going up against America criminal justice system, his fight for justice reform and music career.

In April, the Philadelphia rapper was released from a Pennsylvania state prison on bail after being sentenced last November to two to four years in prison. He’s still fighting the probation violation charge that prompted the sentence, which was issued on the basis that he was arrested earlier last year, once for reckless driving and once for fighting at an airport, although both charges were dropped.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Meek’s release amid a contentious legal battle in which the rapper’s lawyers argued that his judge was biased and that his original arresting officer, who was the sole witness in the 2008 trial for drug and firearm charges that later resulted in Meek’s probation, was banned from witness stands by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office due to a history of “lying, racial bias, or brutality.”

Many Africans Americans go through the same thing Meek Mill has gone through. Many are still locked up in prison with out being proven guilty of any crimes. Some get pressured to sign a deal because they can’t afford a good lawyer. The justice system of America is trying to make sure people of color never rise.


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