Two months ago, Obama held a secret meeting with the rap community that included Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Common, Ludacris, Wale, Pusha T, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Timbaland and more. They were called for a criminal justice reform initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. Each artist was individually selected for playing significant roles in fighting against the opportunity gaps young men of color often face. Kendrick Lamar has also worked with MBK, debuting the “Pay It Forward” video, a clip which highlights the importance of mentoring young children, in February.
To top things off, Obama just declared June African-American Music Appreciation Month. In a written proclamation, he called Black music contributions “a vital part of our Nation’s proud heritage” and “among the most innovative and powerful art the world has ever known.”
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