V-103 Live Pop Up Concert
Getty Images

Meek Mill's Appeal Hearing Reportedly Set for April

Meek Mill’s sentence has been a topic of interest and concern for both fans and celebrities since his November 6 arrest last year.

Meek Mill’s sentence has been a topic of interest and concern for both fans and celebrities since his November 6 arrest last year. The Philadelphia rapper was said to have violated his almost decade-long probation, started in 2007 after gun and drug charges. Many have been vocal about the lack of justice, including JAY-Z, Julius Erving, and Colin Kaepernick. The #FreeMeek hashtag was active for almost a week after he was sentenced to two to four years and it still appears sporadically. Supporters physically rallied outside of the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia a week later.

Meek’s bail request was denied last December but the request for a Post Conviction Relief Act petition cannot go ignored. Documents from the District Attorney’s Office show that the now-retired arresting officer, Reginald Graham, is on a list of officers with a “history of lying” alongside brutality and racial bias, CBS reports. Graham is said to have lied under oath during Meek’s 2007 trial. And the statements that prove that are actually those of former fellow officers.

Sworn statements made by officers Jerold Gibson and Jeffrey Walker are in direct contradiction to the word of Graham’s. While Graham reported that the then 21-year-old pointed a gun at the officers, Gibson said that he only ever removed his gun to drop the weapon before his arrest. They also stated that Graham was known for beating suspects and did so to Meek. Subsequently, both Walker and Gibson were dropped from the force.

All the protesting was not for nothing. Meek is still being held at Chester State Correctional Institution but his hearing will be in April.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Michael Steele/Getty Images

Drake Seemingly Confirms OVO Fest 2019 After Being Trolled At NBA Game

Drake fans are convinced that OVO Fest 2019 is happening after he seemingly confirmed the return of his hometown festival on social media Thursday (May 24).

The unofficial confirmation came in response to Mallory Edens, daughter of Milwaukee Bucks owner, Wes Edens, trolling Drake by wearing a Pusha T shirt while seated court side during Thursday’s NBA Eastern Conference Finals game between the Bucks and the Toronto Raptors.

The shirt was a hit back at Drake's after he was criticized for his court side behavior during game 4. Drake wasn't at game 5, but he took Mallory's jab in jest and wrote a response on his Instagram story that read, “All is fair in war and war and trust me I’ll still get you tickets to ovo fest.”

He also followed Mallory on Instagram and changed his avi to her photo.

For the record, the 6 God made an apparent OVO Fest announcement during the end of a two-night concert run in Toronto last year.

Drake’s OVO Fest launched nearly a decade ago and has previously welcomed acts including J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and The Weeknd. The festival has been on hiatus since 2017.

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Geto Boys Reportedly Cancel Farewell Tour After Bushwick Bill Pulls Out

The Geto Boys’ farewell tour seems to be over before it even started. The tour was canceled after Bushwick Bill reportedly pulled out of the jaunt a day before the legendary hip-hop group was scheduled to kick off their first performance.

According to TMZ, Bill felt that promoters were exploiting his recent cancer announcement. He took particular issue with the ominous tour title, The Beginning of a Long Goodbye: The Final Farewell.

Promoters were left with no choice but to cancel the already scheduled concerts after Bill walked away from the tour. The group was scheduled to hit Michigan on May 24, followed by Cleveland, Washington D.C. and New York City over the holiday weekend, with additional tour dates to be announced at a later time. The Geto Boys have yet to formally announce the tour cancellation but group members Scarface and Willie D were “blindsided” by Bill’s decision, TMZ reported.

Bill apparently plans to launch a solo tour next month, and will donate 10% of the proceeds to pancreatic cancer patients in each city on the trek. Earlier in the month, the 52-year-old rapper revealed that he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic but vowed to continue working. Aside from his reported tour, Bill has a documentary and new music on the way.

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Dionne Warwick Clarifies Comments About Beyonce Not Being An Icon

Dionne Warwick is clarifying her comments about why she doesn't think Beyonce is an icon, yet.  The 78-year-old music legend called out Essence magazine after the Bey-related snippet from her interview with the publication went viral  Thursday (May 23).

“It takes a long time to reach and achieve iconic status,” Warwick clarified. “That’s not to say that Beyoncé isn’t well on her way. She is a gifted performer. That was a reach from Essence.”

What I said is in quotes. What @Essence said is not. It takes a long time to reach and achieve iconic status. That’s not to say that Beyoncé isn’t well on her way. She is a gifted performer. That was a reach from Essence. pic.twitter.com/nWlZcrgdqg

— Dionne Warwick (@_DionneWarwick) May 23, 2019

In the interview, Warwick proclaimed that there are no new music icons, and that Beyonce has yet to reach the coveted status.

“I don’t know if 10 years from now, if anybody can sing the songs of our babies [artists] today, and that’s not as you guys say ‘throwing shade.’ That’s looking at it with reality,” said Warwick.

The “Walk on By” singer explained that recording artists with at least 20 years in music have to survive a few more decades before they can be considered iconic, Beyonce included.

“Watching her grow has been quite refreshing,” Warwick added. “It’s wonderful to see how she’s been able to create what and who she wanted to be and who she is…very proud of that, I really am. Now, sustaining and becoming a big icon that Gladys Knight, or Patti LaBelle, or Johnny Mathis, or Frank Sinatra, or Sammy Davis Jr. is? I doubt that, I really do. And I love her to death and can appreciate her talent. But that iconic status that I just mentioned, those four names? [She has] a long read [ahead].”

Although Warwick is a fan of Queen Bey and other “youngsters” in the industry, she thinks that today’s popular artists have a “long way to go” before their music can be considered classic.”

Continue Reading

Top Stories