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Ice Cube says he turned down group Zoom call with Harris because he didn’t think it would ‘be productive’

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Ice Cube said in an interview this week that he didn’t participate in a Zoom call with Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.), the Democratic vice presidential nominee, and other prominent Black entertainment figures because he didn’t believe it would “be productive.”

During an appearance on Fox Soul’s “Cocktails with Queens,” host Claudia Jordan said during a panel discussion that she heard the rapper had been contacted to participate in a Zoom call with Harris last month, along with figures including D.L. Hughley, Snoop Dogg and Killer Mike.

Ice Cube has said in the past that he’s been in contact with both presidential campaigns over his Contract with Black America proposal.

“Kamala Harris’s folks reached out to you and wanted you to be on this Zoom call because they thought your voice was important. Why did you choose to not participate in that?” Jordan asked Ice Cube. 

“We had spent a lot of people’s time putting the Contract with Black America together,” he responded, “and I just thought that getting on a Zoom call with 12 other entertainers all shooting what they believe needs to be done, to me wasn’t going to be productive.” 

He added that he also didn’t want to participate because his lawyer “has a connection with Kamala Harris, and I was promised a call that I never received.”

The Hill has reached out to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign for comment.

Ice Cube faced a wave of scrutiny after Trump campaign adviser, Katrina Pierson, praised him on Twitter earlier this month for working with the administration on its “Platinum Plan” geared toward African Americans. 

He said both parties contacted him after he released his own plan, which aims to present “a blueprint to achieve racial economic justice” in the country, but claimed he was told by Democrats that they would address it “after the election.”

Ice Cube has defended working with the Trump administration on the effort, which seeks to increase capital in Black America by almost $500 billion, despite his past criticism of the president and his administration, which he rapped in 2018 treated the White House “like a trap house.”

“Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA,” he said.

Journalist Roland Martin asked Ice Cube what those adjustments were during an appearance on the Martin’s “Unfiltered” show two weeks ago.

“Because I’ve gone through their plan line by line, and to be perfectly honest with you, I don’t see even what’s in the plan they released that even mirrors what’s in yours,” Martin said.

“Well like I said, both plans between both parties are lacking,” Ice Cube replied, telling Martin “to look at the Contract with Black America and see where the overlap is.”

“But your contract lists these 13 different points here. And again, in their plan, what do you see in the Platinum Plan that they released that mirrors anything that’s in yours?” Martin asked.

“You know, you got, if I’m looking at it, agreeing to direct VC, venture capital, money to Black investment companies up to $40 billion,” Ice Cube responded.

He appeared to be referring to a line in the administration’s plan that discusses using “up to $40B in government funding alongside traditional private investment” to increase “the number of Black owned contracting businesses, financial services entities, and private equity investment funds.”

While Ice Cube said on “Cocktails with Queens” that he is willing to talk to anyone who can help with his proposal, he reiterated that he had expected a direct call from Harris and “it never came.”

“I want to get things done. I don’t want to just spin my wheels, talk to people who can’t really make it happen,” he said.

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