Jay Z to Host Ohio Concert Aimed at Young Black Voters in Support of Hillary Clinton
(By Adelle Platon 10.24.16 for Billboard.com)
Jay Z is looking to rock the vote at this year's election in support of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with a concert in Cleveland, Ohio.
While the date has yet to be announced, a Clinton aide tells BuzzFeed News, who first reported the story, that the show will be held in Cleveland.
The hip-hop mogul (real name Shawn Carter) is reportedly looking to galvanize young, black voters, especially in several battleground states, to defeat Republican opponent Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election. The Clinton campaign has reportedly struggled to excite young voters of color, and Jay Z's show would be "one of the last major voter mobilization moves the campaign will make before election day," according to BuzzFeed News.
Jay Z has been outspoken on several issues, particularly police brutality, as heard on his song "Spiritual," released via Tidal. The track, which surfaced after the fatal killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling in July, was accompanied by the statement, "I'm saddened and disappointed in THIS America -- we should be further along. WE ARE NOT." He and his wife, singer Beyonce, endorsed Clinton at this year's Made in America music festival, which took place during Labor Day weekend and hosted Hillary's husband, Bill Clinton.
The Clinton campaign has also teamed with Jennifer Lopez, who will be hosting a "get out and vote" concert aimed at Latino voters in support of Clinton in Miami, Fl. on Oct. 29.