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December 18, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meek Mill, the 25-year-old North Philadelphia rapper swaggering along the crest of fame and fortune, has been grounded. No tours. No traveling. No performing, except for charity. For a month. Seven weeks after his first CD, Dreams & Nightmares , debuted at No. 2 on a Billboard chart, a scheduled trip to Africa has been canceled, and other appearances in the Virgin Islands and across the United States have also been nixed. Blame Meek's alter ego, Robert Williams, convicted in 2008 on gun and drug charges.
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December 4, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia-based rapper Meek Mill was released from a city jail Tuesday afternoon after serving nearly five months behind bars for failing to comply with a probation sentence that conflicted with his tour schedule. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley granted early parole to the 27-year-old, whose legal name is Robert Williams, on the condition that he complete a plan of community service and treatment before he resumes concerts, said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for District Attorney Seth Williams.
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July 13, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rapper Meek Mill called next Saturday's concert at Temple University's Liacouras Center his "Homecoming Tour," a return to Philadelphia to "play in front of his hometown at the height of his career. " That concert and other bookings abruptly fell through Friday when a Philadelphia judge sentenced the rising music star to three to six months in prison for violating his probation on a 2009 drug and gun conviction. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley seemed by turns infuriated and saddened during the four-hour hearing.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2012 | Jenice Armstrong
MY COLUMN in Tuesday's Daily News about North Philly minister Jomo Johnson's call for a boycott of rapper Meek Mill sparked an on-air showdown between the two on HOT 107.9 this week. Mill, whose given name is Robert Williams, accused Johnson of using the incident to make a name for himself: "It's looking like you're trying to get famous or you need some attention because you could have came to me and said anything you wanted to say. I might have helped you. If you wanted some money for your church, or whatever, I might have gave you that money.
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August 20, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILLY-BORN rapper Meek Mill, aided by three lawyers and a courtroom full of supporters, yesterday failed to persuade a judge to release him from jail early. That means the summertime blues will continue for the "Amen" rapper, who was sentenced July 11 to serve three to six months in jail for violating terms of his probation, which stems from a 2008 drug-and-gun conviction. Not only did Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley reject every argument proffered on behalf of the rapper born Robert Williams, she and his lead attorney got into a testy exchange over the lawyer's belief that the judge was being disrespectful and rushing him along so that she could officiate at a wedding.
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July 19, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
With his record label calling the financial impact of his imprisonment "devastating," Meek Mill's lawyers on Thursday petitioned a city judge to release the Philadelphia-born rapper jailed last Friday for violating his probation on a 2009 drug and gun case. The petition for a writ of habeas corpus was filed in Common Pleas Court and contends Mill's alleged violations were not significant enough for Judge Genece E. Brinkley to return him to prison for three to six months. The petition also maintains that Brinkley failed to follow procedure by not first conducting a hearing advising Mill of the alleged violations, and a second hearing where the rapper and his lawyer could present a defense.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
THE RUMORS are true: North Philly rapper Meek Mill and superstar Nicki Minaj are an item. How do I know? They cuddled up next to each other at Friday night's Wale show at the TLA. Mill 's buddy Rick Ross and his gal pal, Ming Lee, were also there in support of his Maybach Music Group crew, along with local boxer-turned-designer Simon "One Punch" Carr . A spy tells me that Minaj kept a low profile, hanging in...
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July 1, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILADELPHIA rapper Meek Mill has a busy summer planned: He'll be recording an album in New York, performing in the Dominican Republic and making stops in Miami, Atlanta and Baltimore. But by Aug. 4, he had better have completed etiquette classes, a Philadelphia judge warned the rapper yesterday. Meek Mill - legally known as Robert Williams - is in need of the classes based on how he speaks in court, how he acts outside of court and things he has posted on social-media sites, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley said during a probation status hearing.
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December 13, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the world of rap, he's known as Meek Mill, the 25-year-old North Philly street rapper with a growing reputation as the "next big thing. " Big enough that, according to Meek Mill's tentative calendar, on Wednesday he's supposed to be in Los Angeles - "Hold for Conan?" - his last U.S. stop before ending 2012 in Africa with shows in Lagos, Nigeria and Libreville in Gabon. But to Philadelphia's criminal justice system, he's just Robert Williams, on probation for a 2008 gun-and-drug conviction for which he needs to periodically appear in Philadelphia courts.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meek Mill, the 25-year-old North Philadelphia rapper swaggering along the cusp of fame and fortune, has been grounded for a month. No tours. No traveling. No performing, except for charity. Less than two months after the release of his first CD, Dreams and Nightmares, a scheduled trip to Africa has been cancelled, and other appearances in St. Thomas and across the United States have also been nixed. And it's all the fault of Meek's alter ego, Robert Williams, convicted in 2008 on a criminal cornucopia of charges including selling drugs to an undercover police officer, possessing illegal guns and hiding wads of tainted cash in his dresser drawers.
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July 26, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Through high-tech means and good old-fashioned conversation, African American men visiting Philadelphia barbershops will soon be encouraged to "cut through" the misinformation about the political process and restyle their often-negative thinking about elections and civic engagement. The project, called Sharp Insight, just won a $250,000 Knight News Challenge grant, designed to get politically cynical and disengaged black men interested in the civic process and back to the polling booths.
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July 22, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hollywood is in town Don't be too surprised if you run across actors  Anna Gunn  ( Breaking Bad ),  James Purefoy  ( The Following ), or Carrie Preston ( The Good Wife ) in and around Philadelphia in the next couple of weeks. They're here to shoot a new film by indie helmer  Meera Menon  ( Farah Goes Bang ) called  Equity . It's a drama about the world of Wall Street: Yep, our town is to double for the Big Apple. Country's royal couple split As everyone knows, the best country-music love songs have sad endings.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, Daily News Staff Writer
CBS3 weathermaiden Kate Bilo will be co-hosting "The Talk" nationally this afternoon at 2 o'clock, with special guest David Duchovny . She'll be joined by the network show's creator and executive producer, Sara Gilbert , (a/k/a Darlene Conner , on "Roseanne,") as well as TV personality and show moderator Julie Chen , actress Aisha Tyler and comedian Sheryl Underwood . Bilo's first appearance on the show was in 2012, when she announced she was pregnant with her second child.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
LONGTIME READERS of Tattle know that we're no fans of reality-TV shows in general and reality dating shows in particular. ABC should probably be charged for solicitation the way it pimps out "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette. " But on Monday night's "Bachelorette" episode, Amy Schumer guested, trying to teach the assorted Ken dolls vying for the hand of Kaitlyn Bristowe how to be funny. And, just like that, "The Bachelorette" developed a heartbeat. Schumer, subtly promoting her upcoming dating comedy, "Trainwreck," was smart and sassy and willing to speak truth to handsome.
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April 18, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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March 24, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Meek Mill is back. The Philadelphia rapper, brand, and all-around hip-hop presence, who marked his "homecoming" Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, made news last year when he violated terms of his five-year probation in connection with a 2009 gun and drug conviction. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley said he failed to get permission for out-of-town gigs, dissed his probation officer and prosecutor on Twitter, and posed for Instagram snaps holding guns. To jail he went, from July to December, leaving a lot of canceled shows in his wake.
NEWS
March 6, 2015
EVERY FEW DAYS, I see a new crowdfunding request to contribute to a student's education or help out with medical expenses for a terminally ill patient. Those I don't mind. But some of the others have me looking all side-eyed. Go Fund Me? Go F--- you! Excuse my language, but it's getting out of control. Take the case of Jameelah Kareem, 30, a procurement administrator who lives in Willingboro, N.J. She's a hardworking young woman who writes steamy novels in her spare time and works part time as a bottle-service provider at Onyx, a strip club on Columbus Boulevard.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mrs. Dornan: No thanks Amelia Warner supports the career of her actor husband, Jamie Dornan , all the way. But she's no masochist. She'd rather not watch his latest pic, erotic zeitgeistmaker Fifty Shades of Grey . Dornan, best known for playing a disturbingly human rapist in the British thriller The Fall , has a few scenes his wife would rather miss. One has him tie up, whip, and spank Dakota Johnson . "She doesn't want to watch this," Dornan, 32, tells USA Today.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER Fox 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell is no longer engaged to Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Aaron Murray . McDonnell moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City, Mo., where she landed a job as a traffic reporter at the local NBC affiliate, to be with Murray in August. The pair started dating in 2013. "I'm loving my career in Kansas City," McDonnell told me, confirming that Murray ended their engagement. "I'm really committed to being a part of this community for the time being.
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January 16, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
WHEN YOU HEAR that a rapper needs to do community service, what do you do? If you're Natalie Didonato , you call him up and ask to help out. South Philly's Didonato, the newest cast member on VH1's "Mob Wives," recruited rapper Meek Mill to help out in her own charitable offerings. "We delivered 10 bikes to kids around the city and we did a weekly feed-the-homeless event," she said about working Mill. Didonato gets her "Mob" title from her cousin Frankie D'Alfonso , a/k/a Frankie Flowers, who was gunned down on a South Philly street corner in 1985.
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