A group of musicians went to the White House to talk about the 'My Brother's Keeper' initiative
President Obama has met with a group of artists to discuss criminal justice policy reform, inviting the group to the White House on the basis of their “voices and platforms in promoting issues” around social disadvantage.
An unidentified White House official explained the thinking behind the meeting to Buzzfeed, saying:
“Over the past few months, many of these artists have lent their voices and platforms to promoting these issues. Many of these artists have found ways to engage on the issues of criminal justice reform and empowering disadvantaged young people across the country.”
A brief video from inside the White House has since emerged via a Nicki Minaj twitter news account, below:
The round-table meeting focused particularly on an initiative called ‘My Brother’s Keeper’, which aims to provide a support network to “disadvantaged young men of colour.” Obama has previously said of the initiative:
“That’s what ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is all about. Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.”
Janelle Monae has since tweeted that the meeting was “the start of something revolutionary.”
Pusha T penned an Instagram post about the meeting in which he said:
“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.”
The meeting was not publically announced in advance of taking place, but many of the participants have since written positively about the round-table discussions on their social media accounts.