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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series asserts that criminal justice reform is necessary to ensure that people of underserved communities are treated equally and fairly. The need for changes societal and economic changes outside of the system to keep people out of the system is also discussed. Issues like racism, corruption, and crime are discussed.
Positive Role Models
Meek Mill discusses the lack of mentorship he received growing up. A lack of mentors is also cited as a reason for young Black men getting caught up in the criminal justice system.
Violence & Scariness
Crime, including theft, shootings, and drug dealing is discussed extensively. Guns, bloody wounds, and occasional dead bodies are visible in news footage and dramatizations. Police brutality is also discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A failed relationship is discussed. So is fatherhood.
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There's endless cursing ("s--t," "f--k") in lyrics and in conversation. The use of the N-word is frequent, too.
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Products & Purchases
It features excerpts of Mill's music, song lyrics, and concert footage. Smith & Wesson guns are discussed. Logos for Beats products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug dealing and addiction is discussed in detail. Occasionally drugs (cocaine) are visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Free Meek is a documentary series about rapper Meek Mill's 10+ years in the criminal justice system and the efforts made to get him out of it. It features lots of mature content, related to a call for criminal justice reform, ranging from socioeconomic challenges to police corruption and racism. Conversations about violent acts (beatings, shootings) are frequent in some installments, guns are often visible, and on occasion bloody wounds and bodies are shown (during reenactments and archival news footage). Cursing (including the N-word) is constant, and drug-related activities are discussed (with the occasional image of an illegal substance). Logos for sports teams, Beats, and other products are sometimes visible in the background.
Is It Any Good?
This series serves as an interesting and emotional call for criminal justice reform to end the way it consistently works against members of the black and other underserved communities. It uses Meek Mill's well-publicized legal problems to document how minorities become trapped in the system, with little hope of ever truly getting out of it and improving their lives. Interviews with Mill, his family, and his defense attorneys, along with conversations with journalists, music industry insiders, and celebrities like political commentator Van Jones, and rapper and advocate Jay-Z, deconstruct the circumstances surrounding each stage of the rapper's on-going journey. Many of these discussions position these events within a larger context, underscoring how socioeconomic disadvantages, lack of mentorship, and standardized racism should be factored into fixing and equalizing the overall system.
But while these conversations are compelling, some may not appreciate the edgy rapper serving as the face of reform, or the characterization that his five parole violations (committed in a span of six years) were understandable given the situation he was in. Nonetheless, Free Meek's message succeeds in making you stop and think, and is a disturbing reminder of what can happen when a system purportedly designed to treat everyone equally and fairly, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or class, fails.
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