According to ABC News, President Obama met with a number of the biggest artists in music, hip-hop especially, to talk about his initiative “My Brother’s Keeper.”
“My Brother’s Keeper” is project aimed at fighting racial injustice and supporting criminal justice reform. A senior administration official told Buzzfeed, “Many of these artists have found ways to engage on the issues of criminal justice reform and empowering disadvantaged young people across the country.”
Met with President Obama today to discuss a few things that happen to be very dear to my heart. I am #MyBrothersKeeper— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) 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
The roster of artists to show up was pretty star-worthy. Among those that met with Obama include Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monáe, Rick Ross, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Common, Busta Rhymes, Chance the Rapper, DJ Khaled, and more.
On his Instagram, Ludacris wrote:
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
Check out some more of the social media reactions from these artists below.