UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.: Al Sharpton visits Meek Mill
UPDATE: 4:45 p.m.: Press conference begins.
As the hip-hop and civil rights communities continue to fight against Meek Mill's recent prison sentence, Reverend Al Sharpton is meeting with the embattled rapper today (Nov. 27) to see how he can help.
Sharpton will visit Meek Mill at the Chester State Correctional institution in Pennsylvania, a day after meeting with his lawyers to strategize how to help Meek get a new hearing. Earlier this month, he was sentenced to a minimum of two years in prison after what a judge deemed were probation violations.
"I think this is about an injustice that is representative of many young men of color that face an abuse of a probation or parole system," Sharpton said on Friday (Nov. 24), speaking to a crowd at the Harlem location of his organization, National Action Network. "This is not about an artist, this is about a system."
Meek's lawyers have said that the judge for his case, Genece Brinkley, has a bias against Meek and is "enamored with him" and has a personal vendetta.
Sharpton's history of fighting fo civil rights includes working directly with artists as well - he helped Tupac Shakur get out of solitary confinement in the 1990s.
REVOLT TV will be on site with Rev. Al Sharpton in Pennsylvania, and will provide updates throughout the day.
—with additional reporting by Drea Oppan