Earlier today, President Barack Obama met with a dozen or so artists at the White House to discuss criminal justice reform and the administration's My Brother's Keeper initiative, which aims to "address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential."
According to a senior administration official, the artists selected for the meeting were chosen because they "found ways to engage on the issues of criminal justice reform and empowering disadvantaged young people across the country." J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper, and Rick Ross all attended, as well as DJ Khaled, Pusha T, Alicia Keys, and Common. Ludacris was also there and counts this as his fifth time meeting the President.
While no photos have surfaced (yet) of these artists getting a chance to take a selfie with Obama, a number of them did document their experience on social media. Check out their tweets and IGs from the day's meeting below.
Met with President Obama today to discuss a few things that happen to be very dear to my heart. I am #MyBrothersKeeper— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) April 15, 2016
Lol I know you're gagging. 😩. I'm so honored. Can't believe I came face to face w/greatness. So proud of him. 🎀 pic.twitter.com/Zxynt6uz41— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) April 15, 2016
Today I sat with the President of the United States to discuss #MyBrothersKeeper and Criminal Justice Reform. I'm more confident than ever.— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) April 16, 2016
Sat with President Obama in the Oval Office today.#MyBrothersKeeper— Yung Renzél (@rickyrozay) April 15, 2016