Jay Z Discusses #MeToo, Trump, Meek Mill, and More on 'The Van Jones Show'

Check out clips from the inaugural episode here.

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CNN’s new program The Van Jones is off to an amazing start. The inaugural episode aired Saturday night with a guest appearance by legendary hip-hop mogul Jay Z, who addressed a wide range of issues, including the rise of the #MeToo movement.

“I believe everything happens for a reason,” Hov said when asked about the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations. “Everything is a learning experience—you know, the good, the bad, the ugly. This had to happen to purge itself […] It has to happen. This movement and everything that’s going on and what we're finding out, it's like racism—it existed the whole time. It's almost like we normalized it. It's the normalization of the things we do to survive. For women to go to work knowing this sort of abuse was happening every day; because you can look and logically say, ‘Why would you stay there?’ [But] what’s the alternative? You have to survive in America.”

Jones later asked Jay about his two daughters and whether he was concerned for their safety in a world where sexual misconduct is rampant. Jay insisted he wasn’t worried.

“I’m hopeful for my daughters,” he explained. “The amount of information that we’ll give them and the amount of love, between those two things, they’ll be fine.”

Hip hop legend Jay-Z tells CNN's @VanJones68 that #MeToo "needed to be uncovered for the world to correct itself" #VanJonesShow https://t.co/3140xI6kNt https://t.co/t9IgKmO9DQ

— CNN (@CNN) January 28, 2018

Jones also asked Jay about Donald Trump’s alleged derogatory comments about African nations. The rapper said the reported “shithole” comment was “disappointing and hurtful.”

“Everyone feels anger, but after the anger it's really hurtful because he's looking down on a whole population of people and he's so misinformed because these places have beautiful people,” he said.

But Jay insisted the comments weren’t surprising. He reminded Jones that this kind of racist rhetoric has been spewed for as long as he can remember.

"Everyone feels anger, but after the anger it's really hurtful. ... he's looking down on a whole population of people, and he's so misinformed," JAY-Z slams Trump's "shithole" comment.

Van Jones kicks off his new show at 7pm ET with the hip hop star. https://t.co/ri68FSfaup pic.twitter.com/icLx1ZYvch

— CNN (@CNN) January 27, 2018

The conversation also touched on Colin Kaepernick and his role in highlighting racial injustices in America. Jay said the former 49er shouldn’t worry about inking a new contract, as he now has a much more important purpose.

“Would you rather be playing football, getting your head dinged in, or would you rather be an iconic figure for the rest of your life?” Jay asked. “We confuse the idea of having a job with fulfilling your purpose.”

Jay-Z on Colin Kaepernick: "Would you rather be playing football getting your head dinged in or would you rather be an iconic figure for the rest of your life?" #VanJonesShow https://t.co/QBtOcXas1J https://t.co/6assfRY0Uw

— CNN (@CNN) January 28, 2018

You can check out other notable clips from Saturday's episode below. The Van Jones Show will air bi-monthly on CNN.

Jay on Meek Mill's prison sentence:

The justice system "needs to be reworked," hip hop star Jay-Z tells @VanJones68 during discussion about probation and bail reform #VanJonesShow https://t.co/RcMFYI2eRh

— CNN (@CNN) January 28, 2018

Jay on fighting for his marriage:

Jay-Z tells @vanjones68 about mending his marriage with Beyoncé: "For us, we chose to fight for our love. For our family. To give our kids a different outcome. To break that cycle for black men and women" #VanJonesShow https://t.co/wLq6GxxpVc https://t.co/Nq4mLVAvSJ

— CNN (@CNN) January 28, 2018

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