President Obama Meets With Influential Members Of The Hip Hop Community Including J. Cole, Pusha T, Ludacris, Rick Ross, Common, To Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

| April 16, 2016 | 0 Comments


President Barack Obama met with influential members of the hip hop community who were invited to the White House Friday to discuss criminal justice reform and the administration’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which aims to “address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.”

In 2014, President Barack Obama launched the ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative to provide resources to non-profit organizations geared towards interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. Throughout the program’s existence, the Obama administration has consulted with popular entertainers, specifically rappers, on strategies to create positive outcomes for under served youth.

According to a senior administration official, the artists selected for the meeting were chosen because they “found ways to engage on the issues of criminal justice reform and empowering disadvantaged young people across the country.” J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper, and Rick Ross all attended, as well as DJ Khaled, Pusha T, Alicia Keys, and Common. Ludacris was also there and counts this as his fifth time meeting the President.

The artists spent the day meeting with My Brother’s Keeper Task Force chair Broderick Johnson Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett about enforcing My Brother’s Keeper’s “six milestones” for minority males. The milestones set goals for young men of color beginning at age 7 throughout their introduction into adult responsibilities. Thus far, the initiative has raised over $500 million in grants and $1 billion in financing to skew the mass incarceration trends amongst minorities.

While no photos have surfaced (yet) of these artists getting a chance to take a selfie with Obama, a number of them did document their experience on social media. Check out their tweets and IGs from the day’s meeting below.

So much hard work put in @djkhaled we can't do nothing but smile. #MyBrothersKeeper #DaywemetObama

A photo posted by Rick Ross / Yung Renzel (@richforever) on

Another historic Day #mybrotherskeeper #iammbk snapchat therealluda

A video posted by @ludacris on

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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