Kim Kardashian and her family led the stars attending her ex-husband Kanye ‘Ye’ West and Drake‘s charity show obn Thursday, held in an effort to free Larry Hoover from prison and raise funds for prison reform organizations.
West, 44, and Drake, 35, alongside a slew of other stars, have been advocating for the release of Hoover, a former gang leader who was convicted of murder in the 1973 and is currently serving a life sentence.
Stars including the Kardashians, Megan Fox, Machine Gun Kelly and Lizzo, gathered at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the $10million show, which Kanye dreamed up – putting his differences with Drake aside in a bid to help Hoover, following his meeting with Donald Trump in the same capacity.
Supportive star: Kim Kardashian and her family led the stars attending her ex-husband Kanye ‘Ye’ West and Drake ‘s charity show obn Thursday, held in an effort to free Larry Hoover from prison and raise funds for prison reform organizations
Kim was spotted in the venue with her and Kanye’s daughter North, eight, son Saint, six, her sister Kendall Jenner, sister Kylie Jenner’s ex Tyga, her mum Kris Jenner and Kris’ boyfriend Corey Gamble.
She wore her current wardrobe staple of a head-to-toe black body suit while she was flanked with friends, family and security to strut her stuff into the event alongside a host of stars.
Kim’s presence at the gig was particularly poignant as Kanye referenced his ex while he performed his hit Runway – adding a new verse, directed at Kim, saying: I need you to run right back to me. More specifically, Kimberly.’
Kim filed for divorce in February after six years of marriage yet Kanye has made several public and increasingly bizarre bids to reunite with the stunner in interviews and on-stage.
The stars: Stars including the Kardashians, Megan Fox, Machine Gun Kelly and Lizzo, gathered at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the $10million show, which Kanye dreamed up – putting his differences with Drake aside
Dedication: Kanye ‘Ye’ West begged Kim Kardashian to ‘run right back to me’ amid their divorce during a Free Larry Hoover concert on Thursday night which his estranged wife attended
Moving on? Kardashian – who is currently romantically linked to SNL funnyman Pete Davidson – filed for divorce in February after nearly seven years of marriage
Support: Kim and Kanye’s daughter North, eight, joined pals at the event
Stunning: Kim donned a all black couture outfit as she arrived
Other stars in her wake included Machine Gun Kelly, and Megan Fox who stayed close together after watching the dazzling performance from the star-studded line-up.
Megan opted for her usual rocker style in a lengthy black leather coat with a fur trim paired with wide-legged jeans as she headed out hand-in-hand with her boyfriend.
Kanye previously made his case to free Hoover on a track on his recent Donda album where he had a voice recording of Hoover’s son Larry Hoover Jr. thanking him for bringing attention to his father’s case. Back in 2018, Kanye had asked then US President Trump to pardon Hoover but the request was not granted.
Supportive family: Kim held hands with North as they left the concert
Stepping out: The whole clan left together while joined by security
Holding on: Kim held on to a cap from the merchandise for the gig
Family first: Kendall Jenner rocked leather pants as she arrived
Regardless, Kanye and Drake continued the fight as they delighted fans with an energetic concert which saw them perform separately. However the biggest thrill for diehards no doubt was when Kanye performed Drake’s 2010 hit Find Your Love which he produced.
Kanye then played his own 2008 hit Can’t Tell Me Nothing when Drake joined him on stage before the Canadian crooner carried on with his solo set.
He delighted fans with older hits from his catalogue including Jesus Walks, All Falls Down, and Gold Digger. The two then finished off the show together as they did one of their few hits together, 2009’s Forever, which was off of the More Than A Game soundtrack.
Out and about: Lizzo looked sensational in the sheer ensemble with a boned corset and sheer trousers
Good as hell: Lizzo wore all white upon her arrival at the star-studded venue
Power couple: Machine Gun Kelly was seen with actress girlfriend Megan Fox
Reconciliation: It was also at the event where he and Drake proved that their years-long feud is finally behind them as they joined forces for a benefit concert to free gang-member Larry Hoover who is currently serving a life sentence for murder
Who is Larry Hoover?
Larry Hoover, also known as “King Larry,” is the notorious former leader of the Black Gangster Disciple Nation, a Chicago street gang that spread nationwide.
Larry Hoover seen in 1993
Larry Hoover grew up in Chicago and became the leader of the Supreme Gangsters, which merged with a rival gang to become the Black Gangster Disciple Nation. In 1973, Hoover was sentenced to 150 to 200 years in prison for killing a drug dealer. Despite attempts to portray himself as reformed, he was indicted in 1995 for continuing to orchestrate gang activity from prison.
Hoover was born on November 30, 1950, in Jackson, Mississippi. His parents moved the family north to Chicago, Illinois, when Hoover was 4 years old. By age 13, he was on the streets with a group called the Supreme Gangsters, engaging in petty crimes such as theft and mugging. His criminal activity soon evolved to shootings and assaults.
Hoover ascended to a leadership role as the Supreme Gangsters grew, and he later joined forces with rival gang kingpin David Barksdale to form the Black Gangster Disciple Nation. In 1969, after Barksdale was wounded in a shooting, Hoover took charge of the Gangster Disciples. The gang assumed control of the South Side drug trade, making more than $1,000 a day in profits.
By his early 20s, Hoover had been in and out of prison several times and had endured at least six separate shooting attempts on his life. However, he was unable to escape the reach of the law when he and another Gangster Disciple, Andrew Howard, were charged with murdering dealer William Young on February 26, 1973. The two men were sentenced to 150 to 200 years in prison, with Hoover sent to the maximum-security Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois.
But Hoover’s power seemed only to grow inside Stateville. He began protecting other inmates, who in turn became devotees and new recruits for the Gangster Disciples. His control over the other prisoners was recognized by the warden’s office, which began looking to Hoover as a positive influence to quell riots and uprisings within the prison system.
Hoover, inspired by the biography of Mayor Richard J. Daley, began discouraging violence among his followers. Instead, he made education mandatory for members of the Gangster Disciples and instructed his army to “go to school, learn trades and develop … talents and skills, so that we will become stronger in society.”
Changing the G.D. of “Gangster Disciple” to “Growth and Development,” Hoover’s move to reform began gaining positive attention from the outside. Growth and Development created nonprofit organizations that registered voters, a music label that helped needy children, a series of peaceful protests to fight the closing of public programs and even a clothing line.
Dubious prison officials, however, saw Hoover’s good intentions as a ploy to get out of prison and resume his illegal activities. While friends and allies on the outside lobbied to get Hoover paroled for his contributions to society, law enforcement agents insisted that he was finding new ways to expand his criminal ventures. The Gangster Disciples had grown to more than 15,000 members in at least five states. Their drug profits had also risen well into the millions of dollars—all of which gang members attributed to the leadership of Hoover.
Transferred to another prison in Vienna, Illinois, Hoover was living a luxurious lifestyle that involved new clothes, expensive jewelry, specially prepared meals and private visitations from friends and loved ones. Suspicious authorities began wire-tapping Hoover’s private meetings, and discovered that he was running the Gangster Disciple group from within the prison system.
Worse still, informants revealed that Hoover’s nonprofit organizations were actually fronts for laundering drug money. According to the testimony of Gangster Disciple members, none of the proceeds for any of the so-called charities actually went to helping anyone in need.
On August 31, 1995, after a five-year undercover investigation by the federal government, Hoover was indicted on drug conspiracy charges. He was taken from his prison cell and moved to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago to stand trial.
In 1997, Hoover was found guilty on all charges, and sentenced to six life sentences. He is currently serving his sentence at the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado.
There was no general admission to the show, and the concert seats have been reserved, sources told the outlet. Organizers have been focused on beefed-up security just a month after the Astroworld tragedy in Houston in which 10 people died after a crowd surge.
The concert has been streamed on Amazon Prime and in IMAX theaters.
Kanye has past sought to free Hoover, the founder of Chicago’s Gangster Disciples street gang, who in 1973 received a life sentence in prison following a murder conviction. Hoover was subsequently sentenced to six additional life sentences in 1997 after he was found guilty in connection with ongoing gang involvement.
Ye collaborated with Hoover’s son, Larry Hoover Jr. on the song Jesus Lord earlier this year, in which Hoover Jr. showed his gratitude for West’s continued efforts.
In his October 11, 2018 meeting with former President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Ye lobbied the president to free Hoover ‘because he started doing positive for the community’ in Chicago.
‘It’s very important for me to get Hoover out because in an alternate universe, I am him and I have to go and get him free,’ he said at the time.
This past July, a federal judge denied a motion to grant Hoover, 71, an abridged sentence under the FIRST STEP Act, a law that grants prisoners sentence leniency based on good behavior and training for a job. Hoover is currently in custody at the ADX federal prison in Florence, Colorado.
United: West, 44, and Drake, 35, have been advocating for the release of Hoover, a former gang leader who was convicted of murder in the 1970s and is currently serving a life sentence
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