Jay Z to play OH concert aimed at young black voters

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Jay Z to play OH concert aimed at young black voters

Rapper Jay Z will headline a concert for Hillary Clinton in Cleveland before Election Day, according to a Clinton aide.

Election analysts have said that strong turnout among black voters in OH would strongly benefit Clinton's presidential campaign against Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Indeed, tapping Jay-Z is meant to mobilize black voter support for Clinton - a key part of the "Obama Coalition" that she has received a "surprisingly little extra lift" from, according to the New York Times.

BuzzFeed adds that Clinton indicated staff should do everything possible to get the votes of young Black Americans, and the concert is one such effort.

BuzzFeed News reports that the Clinton campaign "has struggled to excite young black voters", with CNN reporting that this electoral demographic has been "reluctant to rally around Clinton, in part, because of comments she made in the 1990s and her support of President Bill Clinton's crime bill".

A few weeks ago, National Basketball Association champion LeBron James formally endorsed Hillary.

Recently, Jay Z protégé Freeway rubbed elbows with Hillary Clinton.

A source familiar with the concert also added there is a chance that Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James will make an appearance.

In 2012, Jay Z coordinated a similar concert in support of President Barack Obama, with the rapper and Bruce Springsteen co-staging a concert at Columbus' Nationwide Arena the day before Election Day. Lopez will perform in Miami on 29 October while the Bon Jovi frontman will take to the stage in Pittsburgh on 27 October and Tampa on 5 November.

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