#FreeMeek has once again started to pop up over social media platforms, following its disappearance upon Meek Mill‘s freedom from the American criminal justice system.
Turning the page back to harder times in his life, the Philly rapper has been working on a six-part docu-series titled Free Meek, surrounding his complications with the legal system as well as the bigger underlying factors; police misconduct and ethical issues in the judiciary system.
ICYMI, Meek was convicted just over 11 years ago on gun and drug charges at the age of 21. Consequently, he was placed on probation for almost a decade before he was ultimately deemed in violation of his prohibition and sentenced to (an excessive) two to four years in prison.
Meek’s imprisonment sparked not only the birth of the #FreeMeek movement – backed by the likes of Colin Kaepernick, Rick Ross, Nipsey Hussle, and Jay-Z – but it also acted as a much-needed catalyst for the discussion of wrongful convictions based on race or ethnicity.
After being countlessly scrutinised for “inappropriate social media use and crude language”, thrown multiple drug tests, drug and alcohol counselling and forced into etiquette, anger management and parenting classes, Meek was released on bail during April of 2018.
In Free Meek, the rapper’s family and friends – most notably prison reform advocate, Jay Z, – will offer their experiences and perspectives of Meek’s wrongful conviction, as well as the nationwide issue of never-ending probation and excessive reform tactics for people of colour.
The docuseries will air on Amazon Prime Video on August 9, 2019 (U.S. time).
Check out the trailer below and get your Prime accounts in gear.
Featured image via Instagram @meekmill.