An attempt by President Obama to promote his ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative, which aims to keep youths of color out of trouble, came to a farcical end when rapper Rick Ross’s ankle bracelet – which he received on a kidnapping and assault charge – went off.
Obama had invited a bevy of hip-hop heavyweights, including Niki Minaj, Common, Busta Rhymes, Pusha T and DJ Khaled, to the meeting at the White House Friday.
But none of them – least of all Ross himself – expected the ankle bracelet to interrupt the president, according to TMZ.
Obama reportedly invited the stars to the ‘serious and fancy affair,’ which was not made public before the event, to promote the initiative.
It was so serious, in fact, that Ross, who is typically photographed topless to show off his impressive all-over body tattoos, wore a smart suit – and a pair of black Adidas sneakers.
That suit conveniently covered the ankle bracelet that he received after last year’s kidnapping, assault and battery charges.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t able to block the sound of his new anklet’s random beeps – one of which went off just as Obama was finishing his speech.
Even the self-styled ‘Hood Billionaire’ was surprised at the sound, a source said.
He later posted a picture of himself and DJ Khaled talking after the event on his Instagram account.
Ross’s first album, ‘Port of Miami.’ went gold in 2006, beginning a career that has seen him consistently at the top of the album charts.
But his personal life has been more troubled. Last year he was arrested on kidnapping, assault and battery charges after allegedly pistol-whipping a groundskeeper at his mansion over money the man supposedly owed him.
It was that charge that led to the ankle bracelet that reportedly caused the disturbance Friday.
Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative was launched in 2012 to keep youths of color on the right track. The White House website says it ‘is about obliterating the barriers our kids face.
‘It’s about building strong, lasting bridges to opportunity for boys and girls, young men and young women, no matter what their background or the circumstances into which they were born.’
Rapper Rick Ross visited the White House on Friday as an ambassador for President Obama’s black and Latino youth program — and his court-ordered ankle monitor reportedly went off shortly after the president concluded a speech.
According to the Associated Press, the “Hood Billionaire” rapper joined fellow artists Alicia Keys, Common, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, Ludacris, Chance the Rapper and others at the White House on Friday, where the group met with the president to discuss the administration’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which focuses on empowering black and Latino youth.
But according to TMZ, Ross’s ankle monitor, which he must wear as a condition of his release on kidnapping and assault charges last summer, beeped loudly shortly after the president concluded a speech.
Ross was arrested in June 2015 on kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges after allegedly pistol-whipping a man who had been doing repair work on his house. The kidnapping charge was added after it was alleged that the man was physically prevented from leaving Ross’ house.
Obama has previously enlisted the help of the music industry to promote the”My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which aims to provide access to higher education to black and Latino youth. In January, Obama met with rapper Kendrick Lamar in the Oval Office, where the two discussed problems facing inner city youth and the importance of mentorship programs.
Keys has also been an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform. In February, the
a steamy Valentine’s Day message urging him to allow a vote on criminal justice reform legislation in the current session of Congress.
The parents of the late Trayvon Martin, who straddled neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman and repeatedly bashed his head against concrete before Zimmerman shot him in self-defense, helped Obama kick off the “My Brother’s Keeper” program in 2014.