Words by Comfort Nnana Kalu
In 2017, Van Jones made a big move as he signed on to Roc Nation’s management team. January brought on the official premiere of Jones’ The Van Jones Show, and Jay-Z received the honor as the show’s first guest. He took this time to really expand on his publicized issues in his marriage with Beyoncé and the #MeToo Movement.
Jay-Z started with his thoughts on the movement saying “I believe everything happens for a reason. Everything is a learning experience you know, the good, the bad, the ugly. This had to happen to purge itself…the movement and everything that’s going on and what we’re finding out, it’s like racism. It existed the whole time. It’s almost like we normalized it. It’s the normalization of the things we do to survive. For women to go to work knowing this sort of abuse was happening every day; because you can look and logically say, ‘Why would you stay there? What’s the alternative? You have to survive in America.”
He later shared his views on Donald Trump’s “sh*thole countries” comment in which he felt were extremely disappointing. “It’s really hurtful because he’s looking down on a whole population of people and he’s so misinformed because these places have beautiful people.”
The Van Jones Show definitively hit all the hot bed topics as he even got HOV’s views on Colin Kaepernick, Meek Mill and of course his baby Blue Ivy.