President Obama invited a group of rappers and musicians including Chance The Rapper, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, Alicia Keys, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Pusha T, Janelle Monáe, Timbaland, Ludacris, J. Cole, and Wale to the White House yesterday to discuss criminal justice reform and the administration’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, a mentorship and support program designed to help young men of color. (Obama met with Kendrick Lamar a few months ago to discuss similar issues.) According to U.S. News & World Report, the event wasn’t announced publicly or attended by press, but you can check out social media posts and some footage taken by the artists themselves below.
Today I sat with the President of the United States to discuss #MyBrothersKeeper and Criminal Justice Reform. I'm more confident than ever.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) April 16, 2016
Lol I know you're gagging. 😩. I'm so honored. Can't believe I came face to face w/greatness. So proud of him. 🎀 pic.twitter.com/Zxynt6uz41
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) April 15, 2016
VIDEO: Nicki, J. Cole, Common, Wale, Timbaland, Pusha T, Rick Ross, and DJ Khaled at the White House today. pic.twitter.com/v2NZbxd4Cl
— Nicki Minaj News (@NickiDaily) April 15, 2016
Humbly speaking this was my 5th time meeting and speaking with our President. Never had him sign anything and today I thought to myself I'm trippin! Today I got my book personally signed and no words can explain the excitement of having this added to my collection of life changing memorabilia #historic
— COMMON (@common) April 15, 2016
HONoRED to Build w/my PREZ & every artist there today. 2DAY was inspiring and a beginning2something revolutionary. https://t.co/4im8UILmeB
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) April 15, 2016
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) April 15, 2016
4/15/16 I was invited to the White House by the POTUS to speak about prison reform at a table with many of my peers in music. History was made in that conference room, I'm sure that room has never looked the way it did today. This was my first time ever visiting the White House, I missed that particular school field trip. Thank you again Mr. President for the invite…God is the greatest and Obama is definitely the realest.
Sat with President Obama in the Oval Office today.#MyBrothersKeeper
— Yung Renzél (@rickyrozay) April 15, 2016