In the three weeks since his release, Meek Mill sat for his first in-depth interview with Dateline's Lester Holt, which aired on Sunday (May 6).
"I feel like god put me in a position to be the voice for the voiceless," Meek told Holt when asked about his duty on this new front. "At this point, it's not all about me having the light to shine on my situation. It's about the thousands of others that's caught up in that situation. How can we fix young black men going to jail for frivolous reasons and other young children growing up without fathers in their homes? And the cycle continuing of young black men going to prison."
The broadcast features behind the scenes access to Meek Mill after his April release, which culminated in a helicopter flight with 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin to a Sixers playoff game against the Miami Heat. Rubin also appeared in the episode.
"If I think about how much the world has changed as a result of the Me Too Movement, I think Meek Mill will be to criminal justice reform in a lot of ways, what's happened with the Me Too Movement," Rubin explained to Holt. "So I think he's going to shine a giant light on this incredible problem that we have. And I think he's going to help to make it significantly better."
In addition to Meek Mill and Rubin, the 40-minute special also features interviews with Meek's mother Kathy Williams, his sister Nasheema Williams, as well as the Roots' Questlove and Black Thought, among many others. Watch the full episode of NBC's Dateline here.
Last month, Meek's lawyer talked to REVOLT about this latest chapter in the story of Meek Mill. "He's out and he's never going back in. That's the most important thing," the rapper's lead lawyer Joseph Tacopina shared.
"This was just one battle that we won. But we still have a war to fight and the war is to make sure that people aren't stalked and trampled on by a system that unfortunately targets minorities who have really non-violent technical violations in probation that [then] cause the jails to be filled up with people [who] are not even in jail, again, for committing a crime," he said. "It's unfortunate because, again, people who get abused by the system oftentimes don't have the ability to fight. Meek's whole mantra here is to make sure a light is shined on that system. The new District Attorney is somebody that's very honorable, who ran his campaign and practiced law before he became District Attorney in fighting civil rights violations and fighting for reform. So I guess we're in good hands right now."