Rappin’ for Justice

Criminal justice reform is a topic high on Obama’s list of to do’s before he leaves office. Of course! How can you radically transform a nation without attacking laws?

So who does he turn to? Professionals? Judges? Experts?

No, rappers.

Time reports:

All Your Favorite Rappers Met With President Obama About Criminal Justice Reform

President Obama hosted some of hip-hop’s biggest stars for a meeting at the White House on Friday.

According to a White House official Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper, Alicia Keys, Wale, J. Cole, and Ludacris were among the stars who sat down with Obama and some of his top advisers to talk about criminal justice reform and the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. An official says the stars were singled out due to their work within communities to confront issues facing young people.

“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,” an official says.

The President and his team have focused on the issue of criminal justice throughout his second term. Most recently, the president commuted the sentences of dozens of drug offenders, many of whom will be released from federal custody this summer. Obama has also made a point of championing programs that address disadvantages faced by young men and boys of color, chiefly through his My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.

According to the White House, the celebrities Obama has convened have also been active on the subject of criminal justice.

Celebrities – the Democrats couldn’t do without them. Most of them can’t handle their own lives, but they are happy to judge and change yours.

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