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Rapper Meek Mill is free, y'all! >> [APPLAUSE]

>> Tiring after spending five months in

prison, on what many believe to be unjust probations violations charge,

>> Meek was released on bail last night in


And what was the first thing Meek did after getting out?

He boarded a chopper and rushed on over to the Philadelphia 76ers

game. >> Yes,

his favorite team. >> Not only did Meek receive

a huge ovation from the crowd,

he kicked off the game by ringing the ceremonial Liberty Bell.

Now Meek ended up sitting court side alongside his boy Kevin Hart, and

Meek's son.

And Meek must have been good luck because the Sixers won and

wrapped up their series against the Heat. >> [APPLAUSE]

>> I'm sorry Dwyane Wade,

I was hoping but Meek also took to Twitter to speak about his release.

Saying quote, while the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers,

visits, calls, letters, and rallies have helped me stay positive.

I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction

and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.


>> Love it.

>> Stay out of trouble, Meek.

Just stay out of trouble. >> Yeah.

>> All right ladies so

how are you feeling about this? >> I'm excited, guys,

I'm a huge Meek Mill fan. >> [APPLAUSE]

>> That intro from Dreams and Nightmares,

I'm telling you.

Am I the only one though that's lowkey hoping that he'll come back and

do a record with Cardi B.?

What if he does Get Up 10?

All right. >> [LAUGH]

>> [INAUDIBLE] Get Up 10.

Stay with it, people.

Get Up 10 almost sounded like Meek Mill's flow.

So I think if he got on the, I even tweeted it last night,

it got a hundred and something retweets.

I'm not the only one, okay?

So I was like so I'm not the only one hoping and

praying that Meek Mill will now get on @iamcardib's Get Up 10.

How EPIC would that be?

So I'm excited for his music, and again,

I hope that justice is served. >> Well,

it is important to note that he is not technically free.

He's just on probation. >> Well,

I do think he's gonna handle this probation a little bit differently.

He definitely believes that he was sent back to jail unfairly.

But I did read a quote that he said, and I highly respect it.

He said he gonna use his platform to actually help many people of

color who have been unfairly convicted.

And I respect that.

So I agree with you, Loni, so let's just fingers crossed.

Just stay out of trouble. >> Well, they didn't change the judge,

though. >> They didn't change it.

Go ahead, Jeannie. >> No, they haven't.

>> I was gonna say it really is,

when I heard him not only say that, but when he thanked the amount of support.

Because obviously a lot of the public got involved into this.

I really felt his heart when he said that that really got him through it.

Because I have a family member who was incarcerated.

And I've heard from the endless judges, lawyers, probation officers,

that it is the support and the family being there by their

side that really helps that person get through that time in there and outside.

Because when you come out, you have a whole new cycle that you're dealing with.

You have struggle with housing, employment, mental issues.

This family member of mine did a crime at 18 years old, sold some ecstasy and

was sentenced 11 years. >> Wow.

>> Which was more than,

I have a friend who killed somebody drunk driving and

spent less time in jail for that.

So I think one way to really educate yourself on this bigger problem that

Meek Mill is in the center of, and showing us, and highlighting what the problem

is is that imprisonment right now is at an all time high ever in history.

When you watch 13th, which is Ava DuVernay's amazing documentary about

the broken prison system we have.

America fills 5% of the world's population, but

25% of them are prisoners, Americans. >> 25%.

>> And mass incarceration, it's so

wrong because it cause us taxpayers so much money, but

it doesn't really do good to fix society.

So I just studied a lot of this because when my family member got out,

we as a family did everything to come and be by this person's side.

But you can't get a leg up.

The second you try to rent an apartment and you see that you've spent time,

you're a felon, those the resumes get thrown out.

Not being able to get a job, your mental stability is gone.

Your family doesn't know how to reach and help.

They're closed down because they've been in places like solitary confinement where

it messes with you.

And it doesn't teach you how to coexist. >> Well I think.

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