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Meek Mill's Reform Alliance Proposes Legislation To Reshape Pennsylvania's Probation System

With support from both the Democrat and Republican parties, Meek Mill's REFORM Alliance introduced a bill proposal aimed to reshape Pennsylvania's probation system. On Tuesday (April 2), the Philadelphia native took to the city's Municipal Services Building to provide details on the initiative. Per TMZ, the "Trauma" rapper was joined by REFORM's CEO Van Jones, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and politicians Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland).

The legislation proposal calls for the state to discontinue back-to-back probation judgments, Philly.com reports. The draft also aims to prevent Philadelphia-based judges from handing down additional sentences for non-violent technical violations; an example includes failing to pay dues or fines on deadline. Also, for those under state supervision who test positive for marijuana, the legislation aims to nix a jail sentence for this circumstance.

"There's a lot of laws and statues that don't actually make sense for people that look like myself," Meek said. "One of them is if you're around a felon you could be sent back to prison" or other technical violations like arriving at a probation office late. The father-of-one continued to state that this bill can signal "the first step in changing the criminal justice system and it’s only right that we start in my home state. I’ve lost too much time away from my son, my family, my friends and fans in Philly because of outdated probation laws, so I want to make sure people don’t have go through what I did.”

Per Philly.com, Lindsey Vaughan, executive director of the Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association, sided with REFORM's proposal. Vaughan stated "there are too many people on county probation" and called for legislators to work together so that "our laws can be changed to ensure that the right people are being supervised and that only those who ought to be sent back to prison for a probation violation are."

Details on the bill's progress are still forthcoming.

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Report: Kanye West Wants To Start His Own Church

It appears Kanye West's Coachella Sunday Service show really inspired him. The rapper is reportedly looking to expand on his gospel segment by starting his own church.

According to a new report from People, Kanye is seriously considering starting his own church where he can perform new music and promote spirituality on his terms. "He has talked about starting his own church, and what exactly that would be," a source told People. "It wouldn’t be the traditional, 3-hymns-and-a-sermon thing. Instead, it would be a way to point people to Jesus through the arts and through a community of people who love and care for each other. He also wants his kids to be raised in faith, and the best way for him to do that is to live out his faith."

It doesn't stop there. Kanye is also looking to help those in need. "Say what you want about Kanye, but he really does want to help people who need support," the insider continued. "He understands brokenness and the need for healing, probably more than most people. He believes in the healing powers of music, but also believes that God can step in and heal people’s brokenness and their issues."

Kanye West kicked off his Sunday Service performance on Easter Sunday (April 21) with a number of his celebrity friends, including Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign, and Teyana Taylor. DMX also delivered a moving prayer. "He is extremely passionate about his faith and wants to share it more regularly with people,” the source added. "He spends a lot of time studying and praying, and wants to share his journey."

Of course, Kanye's plans are not official at this time, but it would be interesting to see what a church headed by Ye would look like.

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Harvard Says Blac Chyna Has Not Been Accepted To Its Business School

Blac Chyna fans were shocked to learn the reality TV star had been accepted to Harvard Business School after she shared the news on social media. But it turns out, that might have been fake news.

Harvard University reportedly told TMZ that Chyna was not admitted to the school to obtain a degree or even a certificate. "Harvard Business School Online has not admitted nor provided an acceptance letter to a person named Angela White," the statement reads.

The statement follows Blac Chyna's big reveal on social media Thursday afternoon (April 25), in which she said, "school is going to help me take things up a couple of notches. People are always talking about me, might as well talk about the good."

Black Chyna has not responded to this report at the moment.

 

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Gang Leader Linked To Tupac's Murder Sentenced To 10 Years Over Drug Charge

A gang leader who is believed to be connected to Tupac's murder case is reportedly heading to prison for a long time. Darnell Brim, who was a South Side Compton Crips leader, was reportedly sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for drug distribution, TMZ reports.

Brim, received his sentencing after agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) caught him selling crack cocaine.

Brim is believed to be one of the four men who was riding in the white Cadillac that pulled up and opened fire on Tupac and Suge Knight on Las Vegas Boulevard in 1996. The LAPD suspects Brim fired the fatal shot that killed the legendary west coast artist, but he was never charged. Tupac was pronounced dead at 4:03 pm PT on Sept. 13, 1996. Brim was reportedly shot in a drive-by shooting in Compton two days after Pac's murder, which cops believed was retaliation for the rapper's death.

The rapper's death was never solved.

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