Jay-Z says America is 'way more sexist than racist' during speech to young girl mid-concert

Rapper tells girl she could be 'the next President' 

Mythili Sampathkumar
New York
Wednesday 22 November 2017 23:48 GMT
Rapper Jay-Z paused during a concert to speak to a child in the audience in Cleveland, Ohio
Rapper Jay-Z paused during a concert to speak to a child in the audience in Cleveland, Ohio (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Jay-Z has stopped a concert to give a special message to a young girl in the audience, telling her that she should believe she can be "be the next president" despite America being "way more sexist... than racist".

He was in Cleveland performing on his 4:44 tour when he gave the inspiring talk to the nine-year-old girl in the front row.

“You can be anything that you want to be when you grow up,” Beyonce's husband and father of three said.

“And I’ll tell you something: At this very moment, America is way more sexist than they are racist. Now you, young lady, you got the potential to be the next president of the United States. You believe that. You understand?” he said to loud cheers from concertgoers.

He then asked the girl, who was seen bouncing in joy on the big screen in the arena, to countdown to his next tune.

The “Empire State of Mind” artist and Beyonce were ardent supporters of former President Barack Obama as well as criticising the US justice system for targeting young, black men.

In September, Jay-Z told BBC Radio that President Donald Trump is “a joke.

“I believe that we are resilient, especially us as black people and especially the culture. We’ve been through so much more than this guy,” the music mogul said.

“This guy, I’m looking at him like, man, this is a joke, with all — I can’t even say with all due respect — with all disrespect.”

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