Rap and fashion mogul Jay-Z is holding a social justice summit for activists and other celebrities, which organizers hope will lead to Democratic voter registration ahead of this year’s midterm elections.
According to ABC News, Jay-Z’s record label, Roc Nation, will headline the symposium, which will air on July 23 in New York.
Dania Diaz, executive director of philanthropy at Roc Nation, told ABC News that the team hopes the summit will increase voter registration in the midterms.
“This is an opportunity for people to truly learn about the issues affecting their communities – which are certain to come up in the midterms – and hopefully inspire action,” Diaz said, “to connect more people with what’s going on locally, but also in their own communities. , you know, registering them to vote in the first place.”
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The summit will focus on those shot by the police and family members of the victims will be invited to attend. Jay-Z urged police departments across the country to investigate, saying they unfairly target black people.
Jay-Z has been a close ally of Obama for many years, campaigning for Barack Obama during two presidential elections.
The rapper’s peak came at a time when Michelle Obama stepped up her voter registration efforts with her own organization, When We All Vote. The group recently sparked fears about racially-based voter repression in a new campaign targeting HBCUs, former black colleges and universities.
The celebrity-led “When We All Vote” campaign was launched in March to empower young voters in the November midterm elections. The former First Lady says black voting rights are “under threat” to encourage college students.