Meek Mill talks social justice and activism, receives ‘Billboard’ Impact Award
The rapper explains how his social advocacy has evolved in tandem with his celebrity status.
Meek Mill is relentless continuing his fight for social justice, using his platform to advocate on behalf of marginalized groups and against police brutality.
On Thursday (Sept. 27), the rapper’s efforts were celebrated, receiving an Impact Award at this year’s Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players event in New York City.
The Philadelphia rapper was introduced by Van Jones during the star-studded ceremony and addressed those in attendance with a heartfelt to further explain why he is doing the work he is doing now that he has his freedom back.
Meek was released from jail back in April 2018, after being sent back for a probation violation. He is still embattled in an ongoing case, fighting to get the sentencing judge off his case for ruling with an alleged bias against him.
“This time when I went to prison a lot of people stood up for me and a lot of people stuck their necks out for me at my roughest time in life,” Meek said, accepting the award. “So I thought it was only right if I use some of my platform and my power to actually reach back and help the people that stood up for me in my worst times.”
He also explained how he has always had a passion for advocating for a variety of social issues but has a reinforced mission now that he has access to a whole new level of resources and a growing platform.
“I come from where I come from, and I’ve always been on that road,” he explained.. “But I never really had the resources to do what I’m doing now. I got the resources, I’m just putting them into action.”
Additionally during his speech, he revealed that the follow-up to his 2017 album, Wins & Losses, will be dropping “real soon, like in a matter of weeks.”