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J. Cole Premieres Final 'Road To Homecoming' Episode Ahead Of HBO's Main Event

Cole reflects on his momentous achievement of a sold out show at Madison Square Garden. 

Before J. Cole reaches Fayetteville for his homecoming concert -- which will premiere on HBO this week -- the St. John's University graduate had another homecoming moment on the course of his 2014 Forest Hills Drive tour when he landed in Madison Square Garden for a sold-out show.

As seen in episode four of his miniseries, the "Intro" rapper takes center stage to reflect on the momentous occasion. "I specifically remember saying the next time we bring a tour to New York City, we was going to do Madison Square Garden for real," he says. Now, that statement has come to fruition, which was laid out for viewers to see in his latest series offering.

The half-hour visual arrives a few days before HBO's main event, which will premiere on Jan. 9 at 10 p.m.

While you countdown the days to that moment, watch episode four below in preparation.

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Meek Mill Becomes Co-Owner Of Lids

Meek Mill is taking a seat at the table or better yet, building his own. He's now the co-owner of sports apparel retailer Lids. Mill announced his new business venture in an interview with Business Insider on Wednesday (June 26).

The criminal justice advocate will be overseeing the company's creative strategy team and is set to release his own limited-edition line of hats in August. Moving into the territory of corporate ownership and investment, the Philadelphia native thanks one monumental individual.

He highlighted rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z in being his influence and mentor as he embarks into the business industry. It all starts with foundation and building according to Mill who said he wants to follow the Roc Nation label founder's footsteps.

"He built businesses, and he built things that made him become the man who he is, that we could call a billionaire guy," he said.

Mill told the outlet that this is his "boss year" and he's right. The 32-year-old released his documentary trailer (June 23) that looks into the birth of the #FREEMEEK movement, the broken criminal justice system and his fight for freedom during his controversial imprisonment in 2017.

His latest album Championships also reportedly went platinum and fans are awaiting another musical testament from the rapper. When asked by Business Insider, he said, "I'm just trying to figure out how I'll come back and impress the people, keep people intrigued with what I have to say."

He'll be joining Future, YG and Megan Thee Stallion on the Legendary Nights Tour starting Aug. 28.

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Parental Rights Revoked For Alabama Residents Convicted Of Rape

A new Alabama law requires judges to prohibit the parental rights of residents convicted of first-degree rape and certain sex crimes. The piece of legislation now closes a legal window that previously allowed rapists custody of their children, which were conceived through sexual assault.

News of the law comes a little more than a month after the state passed one of the nation's strictest anti-abortion laws, only allowing a woman to terminate her pregnancy in cases of rape and or incest. The mandate is reportedly part of a new statue titled Jessi's Law.

However, phrasing found inside the 10-page legal text has pro-choice activists concerned. For anyone found guilty of rape and certain sex crimes, their rights as parents are forfeited, yet many have argued that countless rapes and sexual assaults go unreported, and if they are told to authorities, getting a conviction is difficult to do.

Activist think judges in Alabama should end custody if "‘clear and convincing evidence’’ proves a sexual assault took place. This is the standard used in many states according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The law was named after an Alabama girl named Jessi who was raped by her biological father. Jessi's Law will go into effect Sept. 1.

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Dave East Teases Potential Move To The NBA

He's a rapper, an actor, and soon-to-be professional basketball player? Dave East is a man of many talents. The Def Jam artist revealed to TMZ Sports that he's considering making a play for the NBA and trying out for the New York Knicks team. A proud born-and-raised New Yorker, East said that the Knicks are the only team on his mind.

"I might," the 31-year old said when asked if he would try out for the NBA. "It's gotta be the Knicks though. It's gotta be in New York." The rapper's pursuit of a professional basketball career isn't too farfetched, in fact, he had a successful career as a college basketball player.

His years playing in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) as a teenager against current NBA players Ty Lawson, Greivis Vazquez, and Kevin Durant, who he developed a close friendship with, led the rapper to division one scholarship offers from the University of Richmond and Towson University. East ended up playing for the Richmond Spiders but later transferred to Towson where he also didn't last too long due to his deteriorating relationship with the school's coach.

Soon after leaving Towson, East traded in his basketball sneakers for a mic and a studio booth and hasn't looked back since — until now. His 6-foot-5 frame definitely increases his chances of playing in the league and he wouldn't be the first rapper to make the switch; Master P famously played for the Toronto Raptors and the Charlotte Hornets in 1999 and 1998, respectively.

If luck is on the Harlem rapper's side and if the NBA trade rumors are true, East could very well end up playing with his friend Durant and prized point guard of the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving.

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