Jay Z Refuses To Answer Question About Donald Trump While Promoting ‘The Kalief Browder Story’
(AllHipHop News) At one point, Jay was speaking to reporters about the film, but the Brooklyn rap legend was not willing to talk about President Donald Trump during that setting.
“Not going to answer that,” responded Jay when questioned about Trump.
The Kalief Browder Story co-producer Harvey Weinstein then stepped in to shut down the press conference.
Jay Z was a backer of Trump’s 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton, and the Roc Nation founder was also a very visible supporter of former President Barack Obama.
While Hov avoided speaking on Trump, he did address the importance of political action during a post-screening Q&A at Sundance.
“We have to organize,” said Jay. “I’ve been in these meetings, I’ve spoken with people, I’ve done many things behind the scenes, but most important: We are the power. I’m sure a lot of you guys participated in it, but that display of woman power the other day was so amazing and we saw the effect: That no matter what, no matter who’s in office, we are the people that’s in power.”
His role as executive producer for TIME: The Kalief Browder Story is another example of Jay Z highlighting the need for social change.
The six-part documentary brings attention to the story of the late Kalief Browder.
Browder was wrongfully arrested at 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack.
The Bronx, New York native was held at Rikers Island without a conviction for three years, two of those years were spent in solitary confinement.
Browder eventually committed suicide in 2015.
TIME: The Kalief Browder Story is scheduled to air on Spike in 2017.