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    Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:19:17

    President Obama Met With Chance The Rapper, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole To Discuss "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative -

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    President Barack Obama met with Chance The Rapper, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, Alicia Keys, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Common, Pusha T, Ludacris, DJ Khaled, and Janelle Monae to discuss the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. ABC News reports, "The musicians who met with Obama have been working on efforts to help younger generations of blacks and other minorities stay on the right path."

    The news outlet goes on to write, "Under the My Brother's Keeper initiative, businesses, foundations and community groups coordinate investments to come up with or support programs that help keep young people out of the criminal justice system and improve their access to higher education. The president initiated the program in February 2014 to try to help reverse some of the challenges facing black, Hispanic and Native American boys and young men.

    So far, private investors including foundations and businesses have committed more than $500 million in grants and in-kind resources and $1 billion in financing through community banks, including investments in schools, mentoring programs, juvenile justice reforms and school redesign."

    On April 30th, Barack and Michelle Obama will host International Jazz Day at the White House. The celebration will include performances by Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, and Esperanza Spalding. The concert will be televised and aired as an hour-long special on ABC. Washington D.C. is the host of this year's International Jazz Day.

    For more on the POTUS and his music musings, check out:

    Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Esperanza Spalding To Play Obama Hosted International Jazz Day At White House

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    04.18.16

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