Drake Defends Former Rival Meek Mill Amid His Prison Sentence

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  • Drake came to the defense of his long-time rival Meek Mill at his November 18th concert.
  • Meek was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison after violating his parole.
  • Jay-Z wrote an op-ed in thew New York Times condemning the decision.

Rapper Drake, surprised fans at the Melbourne, Australia performance of his Boy Meets World Tour by making a rare stance on behalf of former rap rival, Meek Mill.

Meek was recently sentenced to 2-4 years for violating his probation by a Philadelphia judge. A decision so divisive that Jay-Z wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, calling the piece, “Meek Mill and the Absurdity of The Criminal Justice System.” Wherein he states that because Meek has been on probation “for basically his entire adult life,” he “has been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside.” And criticizes the probation system as a way to “entrap and harass hundreds of thousands of black people every day.”

Jay’s words must have been left an impression because at his November 18th concert, Drake came to his long-time rival’s defense. Mingling with the crowd at one of his shows, the rapper noticed a fan wearing a shirt that said “Free Meek Mill” and echoed the sentiment, saying “I see you got the ‘Free Meek Mill’ t-shirt. Free Meek Mill too man, for real.  You right.”

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This positive overture came as a surprise to fans, as Meek Mill and Drake have feuded in the past, after Drake declined to tweet and promote Meek’s album and  Meek shot back, accusing Drake of using a ghostwriter during their musical collaboration. Though recently, Drake has admitted that the feud between the two is “not something I’m proud of.”

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New Study Finds That More Women and People of Color Have Directed Episodes of TV Than Ever Before

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  • A new report released by the Directors Guild of America says that the number of television shows directed by women and people of color is higher than ever before.
  • Industry leaders were Twentieth Century Fox, CBS, NBC Universal, and Amazon.

A new report released by the Directors Guild of America on November 14th, has assessed that the number of television shows directed by women and people of color has hit an all-time high.

The study looked at directors of episodic television throughout the 2016-2017 television season and found that “the percentage of episodes directed by ethnic minorities [raised] by 3 percentage points to a record 22% of all episodes, while the percentage directed by women went up 4 points to 21% of all episodes, another all-time high.”

Those numbers reflect over 4,500 episodes of television total for the year. And overall, 38% of television episodes were made by women and minorities.

Interestingly, the study notes that the industry leaders in diverse hiring practices were Twentieth Century Fox, CBS, NBC Universal, and Amazon. While Disney/ABC, Warner Brothers, and HBO ranked in the middle, and Sony and Viacom came in last.

Reflecting on the past year’s trends, DGA President, Thomas Schlamme writes that, “While this report, and our recent report on hiring of first-time TV directors, reflect some progress overall, there are stark disparities among the major studios that raise questions about how committed to inclusion some employers really are.”

“Frankly, ” he adds, “it’s hard to understand why they’re not doing more. Even if all the right reasons are not enough for them, they should at least be motivated by the bottom line – inclusion just makes good business sense.”