Jay-Z Stops His Concert To Send An Empowering Message To A Young Girl In The Audience

"You, young lady, you got the potential to be the next president of the United States."

In recent months, multiple artists have stopped their sets after witnessing female concertgoers being harassed by men in the audience. But on November 19, Jay-Z halted his own concert for an entirely different reason. Instead of scolding someone in the audience, Jay addressed a 9-year-old girl and shared an impactful and empowering message.


According to HuffPost, the 47-year-old rapper imparted some wisdom to the young female fan during his concert at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. In a video of the exchange that has now gone viral, Jay can be heard telling the unidentified girl, "At this very moment, America is way more sexist than they are racist. But you, young lady, you got the potential to be the next president of the United States." 

"You believe that," he added as the audience burst into applause.

Though he didn't explicitly come out and say it, Jay's quip that America is "more sexist than racist" right now is likely in reference to the wave of sexual abuse and harassment scandals that have rocked Hollywood, Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, and elsewhere. In fact, the #MeToo campaign that began shortly after multiple women accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault has since grown into a powerful global movement.

However, while it's refreshing to see Jay empowering his young female fans, it's also worth noting that the "99 Problems" rapper has, at times, contributed to negative language about women in his own popular music. The Hollywood Reporter claimed Hov actually had a change of heart after the 2012 birth of his daughter, Blue Ivy, and vowed to stop using the word "bitch" in his lyrics, though such a promise has been disputed.

Regardless of whether or not he will use certain misogynistic language going forward, Jay has altered his message in recent years. For example, he devoted an entire track on his 4:44 album to his mother Gloria's coming out, and rapped poignantly about her stuggle — giving a voice to an often silent part of the LGBTQ community. 

The father of three has also taken a stand on certain social issues as of late. In addition to advocating for criminal justice reform, Hov showed support for Colin Kaepernick during Saturday Night Live's October premiere by wearing the former quarterback's jersey. Kaepernick has been an outspoken critic of police brutality in the United States and started the #TakeAKnee movement in response.


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