Meek Mill Becomes 1st Rapper to Receive Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award


Meek Mill has won multiple awards in his career, including Billboard Music Awards and BET Hip Hop Awards, but his latest trophy carries extra special significance. The Philly legend has been honored with a prestigious Nelson Mandela Foundation “Changemaker” Humanitarian Award, becoming the first rapper in history to do so.

Meek announced his unprecedented achievement with an Instagram post. “Blessings..,” he wrote as the caption. “I got ‘the Nelson Mandela humanitarian award’ Thankyou Rip to the great Nelson Mandela. ‘I ain’t grow up playing ball I had a smith & western* because where I’m from it’s very hard to turn 27’ #survivors.”


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Since his release from prison in 2018, Meek Mill has been a leading advocate in the fight for criminal justice reform. In 2019, he partnered with JAY-Z and billionaire sports mogul Michael Rubin, among other activists and philanthropists, to establish REFORM Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose aim is to “transform probation and parole by changing laws, systems and culture to create real pathways to work and wellbeing”.

Meek Mill celebrated the honour with his “Mandela Freestyle”, check that out below.

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