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‘We’re Doing a Lot of Stuff Behind the Scenes’: Ice Cube Gives Updates on His ‘Contract With Black America’

In July 2020, rapper Ice Cube unveiled a 22-page document titled A Contract with Black America as an effort to help combat racism and other social injustices Black people face in America. However, the rapper-turned-actor faced backlash after his initiative became a conduit for his collaboration with the Trump presidential campaign. 

More than half a year later, the “Friday” star returned, this time claiming that President Joe Biden’s administration reached out to him and wanted to set up a meeting to discuss the contract, though cautioned that many of the talks were in the earlier stages. Still, not much was heard about the supposed meet-up since. 

Ice Cube of hip-hop supergroup Mt. Westmore performs during the Triller Fight Club: Jake Paul v Ben Askren event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)

During a recent appearance on 105.9 The Breakfast Club with Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee, Cube gave a brief update on the progress of the contract and if he’s heard from the Biden administration when asked by Charlamagne who noted that July 6 would mark the one-year anniversary of its presentation. 

The former N.W.A. group member revealed around the 19:50 mark that he had spoken to Biden senior adviser Cedric Richmond a couple of times, though he was still waiting for a “follow up on some things we were trying to set up.” He continued, “We’re doing a lot of stuff behind the scenes, out of the public’s eye, because things get misconstrued when people chime in, and they don’t know what they’re talking about. The first half of the contract of Black America, when the election was going on, was really focused on public sector. Now, you know, since the election, we’ve been focused on the private sector, so we’ve got some interesting things we’re going to announce as soon as they fully develop. I just want to take it away from all the noise being made and really get some concrete things done, instead of all this talk and fuss and trolling back and forth.”

Cube explained that much hasn’t been said about his efforts because he wanted to know whether progress was being made before updating the public. When Charlamagne asked again whether progress was indeed being made, the actor said yes, but there’s still more work left to be done. 

“What I learned with these companies is they talk a good game. They like to put out releases talking about what they doing and how much money they’re contributing to these programs of diversity, it’s all just press release stuff; when you really look into it, they’re doing nothing,” he added. “We just wanna make sure the ones that are saying something, we tryna look behind the curtain and make sure they really doing it.”

Be sure to check out the full interview with Ice Cube down below. 

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