Politics From N.W.A. to MAGA: Ice Cube takes some heat for working with the Trump administration

01:35  16 october  2020
01:35  16 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Rap icon Ice Cube is getting a frosty reception from liberal fans, after the Trump campaign revealed he contributed to the president’s ‘Platinum Plan,’ a However, President Donald Trump ’s campaign adviser, Katrina Pierson, said on Wednesday that the Trump administration has taken advice from

Ice Cube has clarified his role in helping to develop the Trump administration ’s proposed Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA.” The rapper added in response to a fan who expressed his displeasure with Ice Cube “ working with the Darkside”

Rapper Ice Cube once said he would never endorse Donald Trump. And though not an endorsement, the rapper is causing a stir this week for working with the President on his plan for Black America.

Ice Cube sitting on a bench talking on a cell phone: Ice Cube: © Lloyd Bishop/NBC/Getty Images Ice Cube: "Every side is the Darkside for us here in America."

Cube confirmed and defended his stance on Wednesday, tweeting that the Trump campaign made adjustments to "their plan" after talking to him about his Contract With Black America, a plan he released earlier this year to address racial inequality, while Democrats said they would wait until after the election.

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For some critics, Ice Cube working with the Trump campaign seemed like a far cry from his N . W . A . days After a fan accused Ice Cube of working with the “Darkside,” he responded, “Every side is the Darkside for Billboard Music Awards pay tribute to Eddie Van Halen: 'A true giant was taken from us'.

Rapper Ice Cube faced blowback this week after a Trump campaign adviser claimed the singer was working with the administration on its platform for African Americans. “Shoutout to @ icecube for his willingness to step up and work with @realDonaldTrump Administration to help develop the

"Every side is the Darkside for us here in America," Ice Cube tweeted, while defending the work he's done with Trump. "They're all the same until something changes for us. They all lie and they all cheat but we can't afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power or our condition in this country will never change. Our justice is bipartisan."

Dubbed the "Platinum Plan," Trump's plan for Black America includes initiatives like "neighborhoods with highest policing standards" and replacing "failing schools" with "full school choice."

CNN reached out to representatives for the rapper for further comment, but was directed to watch his appearance with CNN's Chris Cuomo. A few hours later, Ice Cube, a former member of the group N.W.A., tweeted that the appearance was off.

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Ice Cube has apparently been working with the Trump Administration to develop something called the “Platinum Plan” for black Americans. Twitter spent Wednesday afternoon boggled over the development after Trump advisor Katrina Pierson tweeted the news out on her personal account

Trump campaign senior advisor Katrina Pierson thanked Hip Hop icon Ice Cube for assisting in helping President Trump develop "The Platinum Plan Ice Cube , who boasts his non-partisan involvement, says he’s not siding with the Democrats after a host of other Black entertainers have endorsed Biden

Still, Cube continued to defend his stance on Thursday, saying that he will "advise anyone on the planet who has the power to help Black Americans close the enormous wealth gap."

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On Tuesday, Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser for the President, tweeted that Cube helped develop Trump's "Platinum Plan."

"Leaders gonna lead, haters gonna hate," she wrote on Twitter. "Thank you for leading!"

In the midst of the controversy, prominent Black thinkers and activists have spoken against the rapper, arguing that Trump has never done anything to address racism or eradicate racial inequality, and is using the entertainer for his own image.

Ibram X. Kendi, a professor known for his work on anti-racism, said the rapper is "lying to himself."

"Before we talk truth to power, we must talk truth to ourselves. Cube is lying to himself that he can get Trump to deliver Black progress in exchange for Black votes when Trump hasn't brought progress for his own supporters. The process starts brother by talking truth to yourself," he wrote on Twitter.

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Ice Cube has clarified his involvement with the Trump administration ’s Platinum Plan after a senior campaign adviser publicly thanked him for his In a tweet on October 15, he claimed that the Trump administration showed a more enthusiastic response to the CWBA than the democratic nominee Joe

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Brittney Cooper, a professor and author, slammed the rapper on Twitter, questioning when Ice Cube became a spokesman for Black America.

"Who is Ice Cube that the Democratic Party would feel the need to talk to him about the broad political concerns of Black America? Is he a political leader or organizer? No."

The rapper-turned-actor has been outspoken about racial injustice and White supremacy throughout his career.

In July, he unveiled a 13-part plan called the "Contract with Black America," which included points such as police and prison reform and interest free loans for home ownership. Though he denounced Trump in 2016, he has said in recent months that he wants change regardless of the political party.

Eric Trump posted a doctored image of Ice Cube and 50 Cent wearing Trump hats, and one of the rappers responded .
Eric Trump posted a doctored image of Ice Cube that showed him wearing a Trump hat, days after Ice Cube said he wasn't endorsing Trump.Tuesday's tweet, which the younger Trump deleted after Ice Cube criticized it, appeared to show Ice Cube and 50 Cent wearing Trump 2020 hats. "Two great, courageous, Americans," Trump wrote.

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