Artist Ice Cube went on Fox News to express frustration over the continued slow economic growth of the black community in the United States, and to say that he's working with anyone who will actually work with the black community in the US to make things better. So far, that person is Donald Trump.
Ice Cube spoke to Maria Bartiromo over the weekend, saying "After the Contract for Black America, I really went hard at both campaigns to see what they were going to do financially for the black community specifically." Ice Cube said that he's willing to work with anyone who is willing to work with him on the Contract for Black America, and that he is not going to "just shut up and vote."
In October, Ice Cube created the Contract with Black America, a thirteen point plan for federal financial help for the black community. Lending reform, judicial reform, police reform, were only a few of the topics covered by the plan. Trump used the opportunity to make changes to his plan, while the Biden/Harris campaign said they could talk about it later.
Trump put together the Platinum Plan, inspired by Ice Cube's work. Ice Cube has worked with the Trump administration on that Platinum Plan, which closely mirrors the purpose of CWBA.
When asked if he liked President Trump's plan about creating jobs for the black community over the next four years, he said "I like that it's aimed toward black Americans, that's the key, I just think whatever we do has to be aimed at black Americans."
According to Bartiromo, Trump has announced plans to increase lending extensively in the black community to enable entrepreneurs to start businesses, or restart those that have been lost during the pandemic and ensuing civil unrest.
"After the death of George Floyd, I saw alot of activity and alot of people talking about police reform, criminal justice reform, not too many people talking about financial reform. And the reason I came on your show is because I knew I would be talking to the financial leaders of this country," Ice Cube said.
"And the fact that black people make up 13 percent of this country but we're living off of .5 percent of the wealth, not even a percentage point of the wealth in that country, that should alarm everybody, and everybody should know that's not sustainable."
Ice Cube is one of many celebrities who have looked past Trump's bluster to his actual plans for the country, and his willingness to work to create a better America for all Americans. Trump's efforts to help black Americans gain access to economic opportunities has also brought Lil Wayne onboard the Trump supporting campaign.
"I basically wanted to tell the administration, look," Ice Cube told Bartiromo, "black people have paid an enormous debt. I'm talking about the descendants of slaves in this country, have paid an enormous debt. There's an enormous debt owed. Some estimate that the country has lost $16 trillion due to racism."
Ice Cube wanted to make sure that black Americans "are at the front of any line" for aid or support. "I just wanted to make sure that all these political people understand that we have to help a specific group of Americans to stop all this stuff going on in the streets. the country is coming apart at the seams, and I don't know why people don't see the real problem, it's not just police, it's financial."
Johnny Rotten from the "Sex Pistols," has endorsed Donald Trump. Lil Pump has thrown his support behind the sitting President, while Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have both worked with the president on criminal justice reform.
Ice Cube said that "What we know is, we've been part of both parties at some point in American history and our situation hasn't changed, so we have to do something different." He pointed out that black Americans should not be painted with the "broad brush" of minorities, and that the struggles of the black community in America are not the same as those that affect other minorities.
He noted that so far, the Platinum Plan is a campaign promise, and that he would not be used to gain points with the black community "unless you come in with real solutions."
Biden, has his fair share of celebrity endorses, such as anti-fracking activist Lady Gaga, who posted a pro-Biden/Harris campaign spot.
"I'm voting for America, which means I'm voting for Joe Biden," she said. The video is something of a send up of the perception of the typical Trump supporter, a red state living, pickup truck driving, camo wearing, gun toting beer drinking, voter. But the ad reads like an odd satire and it's hard to tell who it's meant to appeal to.