(AllHipHop News) Last Friday, Meek Mill chose not to attend Donald Trump's Prison Reform Summit. Initial reports claimed Jay-Z talked the Philadelphia rapper out of the meeting, but Meek's team pushed back on the idea that Hov was involved in the decision.
There were still plenty of other people sharing their opinions on whether Meek should have gone to the White House for the event. Singer/rapper Anderson .Paak was asked for his views on the matter.
“I think if Meek Mill had his mindset to go and do what he had to do, I think maybe he should have did that,” said Paak. “My mom was in prison for seven-and-a-half years and I know that’s a major issue - prison reform. That sh-t needs to be rectified ASAP."
He continued, "It’s so much cheap labor that goes into it. It really needs to be magnified, looked at and taken care of. And Meek is the man for that."
African-Americans cooperating with the President has been a contentious issue. Kanye West, Azealia Banks, Steve Harvey, Chrisette Michele, Tina Campbell, HBCU presidents, and other black public figures faced backlash for what is seen by some as supporting a white supremacist/alt-right sympathizer.
Others believe the black community should take part in any opportunities that could secure economic and social progress. U.S Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and liberal activist Van Jones are considering working with the current Administration on prison reform legislation.