Ice Cube Faces Backlash After Meeting with Trump Administration 

Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube is facing criticism after it was revealed that he met with the Trump administration to discuss their plan to address Black issues in America. The 51-year-old allegedly met with Trump’s team to discuss the Platinum Plan, the Trump administration’s proposal to directly impact Black Americans which includes making Juneteenth a national holiday and defining lynching as a national hate crime. After news of his involvement prompted criticism on social media, Ice Cube made a statement on Twitter.

“Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me. Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA,” he tweeted, regarding his “Contract with Black America.”

He continued, “Black progress is a bipartisan issue. When we created the Contract with Black America we expected to talk to both sides of the isle.  Talking truth to power is part of the process.”

The rapper also revealed that “the powers that be” cancelled his Cuomo Prime Time interview on CNN following the news, saying, “it seems they can’t handle the truth.”

                                                               

Taraji P. Henson to Host and Produce Podcast Series About Harlem Music Scene

Actress Taraji P. Henson has partnered with Universal Music Group (UMG) and Wondery to develop a podcast series about a group of teenagers in the Harlem music scene. Henson will host and produce the six-part podcast. 

Titled, “Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Swing,” the series will focus on the teenagers’ complex relationship and feature interviews from band members, managers and music from the UMG catalogue. It will also dive into the tumultuous history of the “New Jack Swing” sound that gave us songs like Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative” and “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe.

The series will premiere November 17 on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, the Wondery app and other podcast platforms.