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Update: Cosmopolitan Hotel Publicly Apologizes To Meek Mill

Update 10:45 pm ET (May 31, 2019) — The Cosmpolitan Hotel issued a public apology to Meek Mill Friday (May 31) for refusing to allow him on the premises over Memorial Day Weekend.

“We apologize to Meek Mill for how we handled the situation on Saturday, May 25, as we did not act in a respectful manner and were wrong,” the statement reads. “Meek Mill has not had any prior incidents on our property. The Cosmopolitan has zero tolerance for discrimination and we pride ourselves on providing an inclusive environment. We look forward to welcoming Meek Mill back to the resort.”

Meek accepted the apology and dropped his plans to take legal action. “We appreciate the Cosmopolitan's apology and will no longer pursue legal recourse at this time,” his lawyer told TMZ.

It’s unclear if Meek plans on returning to the Cosmopolitan in the future.

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Meek Mill will be getting an apology from the Cosmopolitan hotel.

The Las Vegas hotspot is reportedly gearing up to issue a public mea culpa to the Philly native for turning him away last weekend, and threatening to have him arrested for trespassing. According to TMZ, the hotel is planning a “significant” apology and the 32-rapper plans to accept.

Meek posted video of his run-in with hotel staff on social media and called out the hotel tweeting, “The cosmopolitan hotel .... and it’s a few other hotels that be doing this to black entertainers because they don’t want too many blacks on they property! Vegas [is] notorious for this too its not just me!!!!”

The Cosmopolitan denied racially profiling Meek and explained that the area that he wanted to enter was at capacity.

Meek's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, lambasted the hotel's claim. "The assertion that the Cosmopolitan denied Meek because of capacity concerns at Marquee Dayclub is outright false," he said. "In the recorded video, Meek also inquired about getting a meal at one of the hotel's restaurants, yet their security team continued to deny Meek. [They] said he would be arrested for trespassing regardless of location in the premises. The Cosmopolitan's conduct continues to be deplorable."

Tacopina vowed to file a lawsuit against the hotel. He also asserts that the hotel had a list of black rappers who are banned from stepping foot on the premises, but TMZ reports that the hotel denied his allegations. The website also reported that Snoop Dogg, and O.J. Simpson contacted Tacopina to share similar experiences. Simpson was permanently banned from the hotel in 2017.

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Michelle Obama kicked off her podcast this week with a very special guest. The former first lady welcomed her husband, Barack Obama, for a lengthy discussion about their childhood, as it relates to race and class, experiences that shaped their “notion of community,” and more.

Barack tweeted a photo from the podcast on Thursday (July 29) with the caption,. “Michelle and I have spent a lot of time together these past few months. We’ve had a lot of good talks — and this one’s up there with the best.”

Michelle and I have spent a lot of time together these past few months. We’ve had a lot of good talks—and this one’s up there with the best. Take a listen to the very first episode of Michelle’s podcast: https://t.co/JEaVgT6GPC. pic.twitter.com/oRn1figrRK

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 29, 2020

The podcast aims to give listeners deeper insight into Mrs. Obama's life. “I spent a lot of time thinking, talking with friends and family,” she explained of her life after the White House. “Really just being, if you know what I mean. I reflected back on my time in the White House of course, but I went even deeper. I looked back at the whole arc of my life.

“In this first season, you’ll be hearing me talk with some of the people I’m closest with — my mom…my brothers…friends..colleagues. And I wanted to start at the most basic level. In these episodes, we’ll be discussing the relationships that make us who we are. Sometimes that might be as personal as our relationship with ourselves or how we navigate our health and our bodies at various points in our lives,” said Mrs. Obama. “In other episodes we’ll be talking about what the challenges and the joys of being a parent or a spouse…the growth we gain from leaning on colleagues and mentors…the friends that help us sort through the toughest times.”

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YG Recalls Police Pulling Guns On His Children During Home Raid

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Cops went upstairs where his children were in the room with their mother. “They go up in the room and they got the big AK’s all up in my little kids’ faces [yelling] ‘Don’t move! I’m like ‘bro, what the f*ck is ya’ll doing? Ya’ll got me f*cked up! They doing this to my little kids…and these are little girls, you know what I’m saying?

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“We extend endless gratitude and ovation to the heroine who found her. Thank you to her fiends, colleagues, and fans for your continued support,” the family said. “Heaven gained our sassy angel. We kindly request that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time.”

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