Jay Z Meets With NY Governor Andrew Cuomo To Discuss Criminal Justice Reform


Jay Z has been more than candid on his involvement when it comes to politics, namely stating that he thinks a lot of politicians “are serving their own agendas, so they just argue back and forth and they think about their next term,” he said in a 2012 interview with MTV. That hasn’t stopped Mr. Carter from lending his expertise to those higher-ups, however, after he recently broke his “old rules” and met with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss criminal justice reform.

On Wednesday (Dec. 10), the pair met in the Big Apple to outline how to better police officers’ relationships within black and brown communities, which follows the recent grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case.

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In a press release, the statement outlines the itinerary of the NYC natives’ meeting:

“Governor Cuomo has said he wants a comprehensive review of the current criminal justice system and has been talking with interested parties to discuss just that. Over the last week, he has personally spoken with members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, PBA President Pat Lynch, community activists including Russell Simmons and Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter, and district attorneys from across the state and looks forward to continuing this dialogue with additional stakeholders in the coming days and weeks.”

The “Crown” lyricist also provided “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts for the Brooklyn Nets in support of the nationwide protests that have fueled citizens’ thoughts on race in the eyes of the law.

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