President Obama, Jay-Z and the Black Vote

by Myeisha Essex

News recently broke that Jay-Z will be joining President Barack Obama for his final day on the campaign trail. The rapper and media mogul is scheduled to perform and introduce the commander-in-chief at a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio on November 5. It seems that Obama and Jay-Z have become the best of friends — or certainly closer than any other relationship between a president and hip-hop artist.

In September, President Obama made a cameo-by-video at a Jay-Z concert and later he spoke openly about giving the rapper fatherhood advice. Jay-Z currently stars in his own Obama campaign ad, and in September he and his wife Beyoncé hosted a fundraiser where they raised $4 million for the reelection campaign.

Jay-Z has a huge Black following so it’s nice to see our President make efforts to reach all of America. And while Jay-Z has received criticism over the years for his lyrics, it’s nice to see him use his platform to shed important issues for deciding voters.

Jigga and many other celebrities – including Nia Long, Kerry Washington, Don Cheadle, Tracee Ellis Ross, Will.i.Am, Octavia Spencer and Russell Simmons — have invested their time, finances and resources this political season. It’s important to highlight the positive contributions they’ve made with voter outreach this election and that deserves recognition.

Who would have ever seen the day when politics and hip-hop finally came together for a greater cause?

  • http://clutchmagazine blcknnblv

    Two of my favorites men.good fathers good husbands engaged in the community I call that good leaderships.

  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

    How can a politician say they are pro-women and yet accept the endorsement of a misogynist?

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