Jay Z Supports the Women’s March: “We Are the People in Power”
This past weekend, women around the U.S. hit the streets to protest President Donald Trump. While some in hip-hop have questioned the Women's March, many have been very supportive of the effort. Now, Jay Z can be added to the long list of supporters. Hov expressed his admiration for the protest during a Q&A at the Sundance Film Festival.
“We have to organize,” Jay said. “I’ve been in these meetings, I’ve spoken with people, I’ve done many things behind the scenes, but most important: We are the power. I’m sure a lot of you guys participated in it, but that display of woman power the other day was so amazing and we saw the effect: That no matter what, no matter who’s in office, we are the people that’s in power.”
Hov was at the film festival promoting his documentary series TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, which tells the story of a 16-year-old teenager who was wrongfully imprisoned for three years. Jay said that in the current political landscape, sharing such heartbreaking stories and organizing will be the only way to enact real change.
“More than ever, the people have to come together,” he said. “We have to tell these stories, and we have to organize in a way that we never have before, because that’s the only thing that effects change. I hate to sound like such a cynic. Everything is based on votes, and who you can put in office.”
Jay wants to bring light to the injustices that face people like Kalief Browder, but he has no interest in talking about Trump. The legendary MC shut down a reporter who asked him about the new president before the documentary's premiere.
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