President Barack Obama met privately with a handful of highly influential rappers and singers Friday at the White House to push for support of his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, dedicated to helping young men and boys of color.
“Many of these artists have lent their voices and platforms to promoting these issues,” according to a White House official. “Through their own nonprofit work or artistic commitment, many of these artists have found ways to engage on the issues of criminal-justice reform and empowering disadvantaged young people across the country.”
The rappers and singers included Busta Rhymes, Common, J. Cole, Wale, Ludacris, Chance the Rapper, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe, Nicki Minaj, Talib Kweli, Pusha T and Rick Ross. Although there are no official photos of the private meeting from the White House but some pictures have appeared on social networks.
Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, Pusha T & J. Cole leaving the White House after meeting with President Obama. pic.twitter.com/qFQPVYYYws
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