Rapper Ice Cube once rapped about arresting Donald Trump; he’s now advising the president on policy.
The 51-year-old posted a heartfelt eight-minute video Sunday afternoon on Twitter, pondering important questions about the status of the black community.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 11, 2020
“Why do we continue to flounder at the bottom?” he said, noting he’s been reading a lot of history.
“Everybody’s mad at me because I haven’t been on the gravy train of some of these candidates, especially Joe Biden and Harris,” Cube said. “I don’t trust none of them. No president has done right by us.”
Since he is uncertain which party to trust, Cube recently unveiled the Contract with Black America. He also spoke to several lawmakers, relaying that while Democrats have been “cordial,” they prefer to rely on black celebrities and “tell Cube to shut the f– up and vote.”
“So I ain’t going to do that. I’m going to push the program,” he said.
Cube said his meetings with the GOP went better.
“They moved the agenda a lot because of what we said,” he reported.
He also tweeted that “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.”
Trump campaign senior adviser Katrina Pierson confirmed that the rapper worked with the administration on a prosperity program to designate $500 billion for black communities to increase capital access and create three million jobs before 2024 by strengthening immigration policies to protect American jobs.
Responding to ideological criticism from his left-leaning fans, celebrities and media personalities, Cube tweeted Thursday that “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 announced Thursday that CNN’s Chris Cuomo canceled his scheduled interview, presumably due to Cube’s work with the Trump administration.
So the POWERS that be cancelled my interview on @CuomoPrimeTime tonight. I’ve actually been ban from @CNN for a few months so I was surprised they even asked. But it seems like they can’t handle the truth.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 15, 2020
A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.