Music veterans Common, Jay Z and Russell Simmons are reportedly seeking change at the government level by meeting with politicians this week in New York amid daily protests for justice in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown deaths.
According to reports, the hip-hop trio attended news conferences and had private meetings with politicians like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday (December 10).
Simmons and Jay Z discussed reforms with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Common joined Simmons later at a City Hall news conference with activists demanding a slate of changes to policing and prosecution. “We want to promote the end of police protecting police and not prosecuting police,” Simmons said. (The News Tribune)
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Young Hov and Governor Cuomo talked about changing the criminal justice system.
Jay Z and Cuomo had “a productive conversation” at Cuomo’s office about reviewing and reforming the criminal justice system, DeRosa said. Jay Z’s spokeswoman confirmed the meeting but wouldn’t comment further. DeRosa noted that Cuomo also has discussed the issue with district attorneys, a police union president, minority lawmakers and others over the last week. (The News Tribune)
Coincidentally, reports this week claimed Jay Z turned down an opportunity to don an “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt at a Brooklyn Nets game due to a sizing conflict .
The Nets, meanwhile, received their T-shirts from Justice League NYC around the same time. Williams, Kevin Garnett and Alan Anderson all joined Jack in wearing them. A photograph of them with Jay-Z before the game spread quickly on the Internet. Jay-Z did not wear one, but only because the T-shirts were enormous, Skolnik said. “He’s not going to put on a 2XL that goes down to his knees,” Skolnik said. (The New York Times)
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has stood behind joining a growing movement of athletes raising awareness last night during a pregame warm-up.
“I think it’s us supporting that movement and supporting each other as well as athletes,” Bryant said after the game. “I think the beauty of our country lies in its democracy. I think if we ever lose the courage to be able to speak up for the things that we believe in, I think we really lose the value that our country stands for.” (ESPN)