Meek Mill hit the New Year with wise words for the youth or anyone in the street. In a message on X, Meek advised against living gangsta.

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Meek Mill wrote:

Being gangsta will get you hurt put in jail or killed …… being smart will get you out of poverty and your family and friends living better … it’s no comparison,being smart is the only solid way out the trenches… everything else is wide range life risk just to survive!

Before the New Year, Clara Wu Tsai, co-founder of REFORM Alliance, and hip-hop artist Meek Mill joined forces with La La Anthony, Cordae, Carmela Zumbado, and WNBA Star Epiphanny Prince at the Barclays Center for the Brooklyn Nets vs. Denver Nuggets matchup, hosting a VIP experience for families impacted by the criminal justice system.


System-impacted families were treated to a private arena tour, exploring top spots and VIP suites before enjoying a formal dinner. Children received giveaway bags filled with Nets merchandise, REFORM swag, and more. The evening continued with an exclusive shoot-around experience on the court, where players warmed up for the game.

Clara Wu Tsai, Meek Mill, and REFORM CEO Robert Rooks addressed the ongoing fight for criminal justice reform, emphasizing REFORM Alliance’s recent legislative win in Pennsylvania. Celebrities Cordae and La La shared passionate remarks, underscoring the importance of reform efforts. The event highlighted the unique impact of the U.S. criminal justice system on women, focusing on the high prevalence of trauma and the challenges faced by primary caregivers. REFORM Alliance’s Season of Giving marks its third annual holiday event, providing exclusive experiences for families affected by the criminal justice system.

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