LOS ANGELES: Rapper Meek Mill, free after a controversial jail sentence, returned to the stage Sunday with a vigorous attack on police brutality as he premiered a song at the BET Awards. The awards of Black Entertainment Television, broadcast live from Los Angeles, recognize the best of African American music and film and the blockbuster “Black Panther” won Best Movie. Mill was one of the night’s most memorable performers as he debuted his song “Stay Woke”. The 31-year-old rapper in April won his freedom five months after a judge jailed him over violations of probation stemming from a 2008 arrest, a decision that triggered protests charging that it was overly harsh and racially biased. Mill performed “Stay Woke” on a set designed as a street scene in his native Philadelphia — a neighbourhood that is unkempt yet also full of life with children playing. Police swarm onto the scene with force and a shot is heard. The song pauses and a little girl who was jumping rope is revealed to have been killed, her body then draped with an American flag. “How can I pledge allegiance to the flag / When they killing all our sons and dads?” Mill raps…. Read full this story
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