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NBC's Lester Holt Speaks On Post-Prison Interview With Meek Mill

Meek Mill is finally free. 

Following Meek Mill’s prison release on April 24 comes his highly anticipated Dreams and Nightmares: The Meek Mill Story interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt. In the short clips, the Philadelphia native admits to not feeling free even after his prison departure, and how adjusting to life on the outside is still unusual.

“It’s actually like a culture shock coming from a small cell back into the real world. I think my body has to adjust at this point,” he said. During the interview, Mill mentioned that America's racial separation doesn't solely exist amongst black and white people. The criminal justice system also fails other men of color, particularly Latinos.

“I think we always been divided in America where it's always black and white. I don’t really call it black and white. A lot of black people are in prison, a lot of Spanish men are in prison,” he said, according to a statement provided by NBC. “A lot of these laws and policies are made to keep most of these minorities trapped forever. I had eight years of probation that turned to 16 years of probation. Something is not working. I'm still doing time for that case.”

Those injustices are part of the reason why Holt was interested in telling Mill's story. At NBC Studios in Los Angeles, VIBE had a chance to speak with Holt about his experience and thoughts on the rapper’s story.

“I’m going to be honest with you. I didn’t know a lot about Meek Mill’s story,” Holt admits. “I’ve heard his name but when JAY-Z penned an Op-Ed on the New York Times that’s when I realized the depth of his story, and what he represented.”

“I think he has an opportunity to really move the needle on this issue,” he continues. “And part of that is yes because he is a rapper, for a lot of people that brings up a certain connotation. But you look at the people who supported him. I remember one day when Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots paid him a visit and one of his best friends is the owner of the 76ers. He’s had this cross-section of people who have rallied against him and the cause. We talked about it in the interview. This is the moment when you can get that kind of attention, it’s really a moment that he understands has to be seized.”

Holt describes Mill as being “thoughtful" and says that he’s “not angry, he’s not bitter. He’s very forthcoming about it. I found him to be a remarkable guy.” The veteran journalist also briefly addressed Kanye West’s recent Twitter rant where he’s avidly supporting President Donald Trump. The masses have deemed Ye’s statements (and photo) highly controversial and disrespectful to those who don’t have money and fame as a privilege. It seems like the total opposite of what Mill is advocating for.

“I don’t have verbatim exactly what he’s saying, but it strikes me that it’s obviously being overly provocative, maybe that’s who he is,” he offers. “We all know our own beliefs, and I think we all understand the truth about something. We just have to process it on our own. I hear a lot of things I don’t like but as a journalist, I support a person’s right to say what they want to say.”

Dreams and Nightmares: The Meek Mill Story airs on NBC's Dateline May 6 at 7 p.m. ET.

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Tory Lanez Sued Over Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artists and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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