“Every day, vice president Harris is fighting for the people,” Harvey Mason, Jr., CEO of The Recording Academy, said at the event. “She’s fighting for our people. Our vice president was rooted in hip-hop, and it’s essential to who she is.”
The event, the first of its kind at the vice president’s official residence where several hip-hop artists performed and politicians rubbed shoulders with entertainment industry executives, featured Harris speaking about the Biden administration commitment to the arts, especially hip-hop, in American life.
Harris’s policy areas, including voting rights and the border, have proven challenging given the Democratic agenda’s tough odds in Congress over the past two years.
Recently she has pushed back forcefully on Florida’s contentious educational standards that she says whitewash Black history — a chorus that some Republicans have also joined.
Professing a love of hip-hop on its 50th milestone, though, should be an easy political winner.
“This is a hip-hop household!” Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff said.