Welcome Home Meek | Philly Unite / by Hussein Abdullahi

April 24th was a special day for our culture, Philly rapper Meek Mill was released from prison after spending a 5-month sentence for violating his probation. For those who may not know Meek has been a prime example of the unjust criminal system in America, he's been penalized for a probation period that has lasted over 10 years. Meek was incarcerated at 18, years after being released he's been arrested four times for his violations. In 2008 Meek was arrested and sentenced to 2-4 years in prison, but was released in 2009 under a 5-year parole deal. Over the course of 15 years it's safe to say Meek has been targeted unjustly under the criminal justice system in America. Meek has been an important figure to the African-American communities; he's looked at as a successful entertainer, father, and a role model for individuals in the projects. During the time of his sentence Meek spoke with Don Lemon to update him on his status.

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This case been haunting me since I was 18 years old. I caught a case when I was 18 years old. I bettered myself, I paid good deeds to my community, I take good care of my family
— Meek Mill

On Tuesday afternoon it was publicly announced that Meek Mill was going to be released, the Supreme Court of Philadelphia directed the judge to release him on unsecured bail. Following his release Meek watched the Philadelphia 76ers take down the Miami Heat in their game 5 match-up, Co-Owner Michael Rubin brought in some luck inside the Wells Fargo Arena. Meek Mill got a chance to share the floor in their pre-game introduction ringing the Philly bell It was a sight to see as the city of Philadelphia embraced Meek with open arms. The Sixers are on the brink of a historical run entering this series with a  16-game winning streak; Excited times for the city of Philly.

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The 76ers cruised to a 104-91 win over the Heat in Game 5, advancing to the second round for the first time since 2012. Leading the charge was their core Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and J.J. Redick who were outstanding all series. The Heat couldn't stop the firepower of the 76ers, as well as the dominant presence of Meek Mill, who set the tone in Wells Fargo arena with his pre-game ritual. Many questioned the potential of the Sixers due to their lack of durability as a unit, but this year marks a new era in Philly as they solely changed the culture for the Sixers. This win concludes the series as Philly goes up 4-1; they prepare to square off against the winner of the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks Series in the second round. 

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Two years ago we won 10 games, to being in this position I’m just excited. Playing through adversity and after everything that happened to me I’m just blessed
— Joel Embiid

Heading into the second round of the playoffs The Sixers have the momentum in their favour, but will that be enough the wrath of the dominant Eastern Conference contender? It's great for the NBA to witness the future stars in Embiid, Simmons, and Antetokounmpo as their respective careers continues to evolve; this is a special moment for Philadelphia. Philly has fought through adversity with down periods from their sports team, this year is the golden year for Philadelphia as their Philadelphia Eagles captured a Super bowl title, Villanova Wildcats won their NCAA title, and now the Sixers have a chance to make history. The stage is set and the city support is on another level, it's nostalgic for the fan as they reminisce of the 2001 Sixer run led by Hall of Fame Guard Allen Iverson. The fans of Philly continue to remain optimistic as for their Sixers, they will strive to exceed all expectations and rise to the occasion. Meek Mill presence had an imprint on the Sixers thus far as they hope to receive his continual supporting efforts throughout their playoff hunt. Meek looks to make several contributions to the city of "Brotherly Love" as he looks forward of becoming an advocate for the criminal justice system.

God made this situation happen, I happen to be a celebrity, I happen to be a public figure and it’s about time that I make my impression and use my power in the right way
— Meek Mill
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Photo by: @cycle.media

Thanks: Philadelphia 76ers, NBA, Meek Mill, Roc Nation, 

Photo by: Cycle.Media (@cycle)