Is Nick Cannon out to destroy the 2016 Election? In a new video shot outside a polling station, Cannon raps about this year’s presidential election and how voting for any of the major candidates will not move the needle on issues like poverty or corruption, all while making it clear that he does not support anyone or any political party.
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During Wednesday’s edition of NewsOne Now, hip-hop artist and activist Jasiri X spoke with Roland Martin about Cannon’s “Too Broke To Vote” video that has caused quite a stir on social media and sparked a heated debate over the virtues of voting.
Jasiri X believes Cannon is not trying to persuade African-Americans not to participate in the 2016 presidential race. X told Martin, “Nick Cannon is looking at the national conversation around the presidential election and [is] not inspired” by any of the candidates.
“Looking at the history of the Democratic Party, the Republican Party — I think we’ve had more conversation around issues that directly reflect the Black community. But is putting somebody in a national office really going to have that much of a difference on our personal lives?” said X.
The rapper/activist expounded on his point: “The necessity for voting is really dealing with how we live on a local level, and I don’t feel like he (Nick Cannon) has gone into that.”
Jasiri X explained he understands the uninspired feeling coming out of this election cycle’s crop of candidates and said, “Are we voting for a savior, or are we voting for somebody that is going to deal with policy issues” that impact the Black community on a local level.
X continued to explain how local politics have more impact on his community than the election of the nation’s first Black president, saying in “2008, [Barack] Obama was elected for President and we were celebrating but we, in Pennsylvania, elected a Republican governor named Tom Coburn — first thing he does is take a billion dollars out of education.”
NewsOne Now panelist Dr. Wilmer Leon took issue with the controversial “Too Broke To Vote” video. Wilmer said the entertainer “offers no solution” to his apparent call not to vote in the 2016 presidential election.
Watch Roland Martin, Jasiri X, and the NewsOne Now panel discuss Nick Cannon’s “Too Broke To Vote” spoken word composition in the video clip above.
Sound off in the comment box below. Do you believe Cannon is calling for African-Americans to skip the 2016 presidential election, or is he trying to raise the consciousness of the Black electorate?
15 Pics Of The Ladies Loving Nick Cannon (PHOTOS)
1. Although there's been much speculation about Amber and Nick's relationship, they both deny they're anything more than friends.Source:Instagram 1 of 14
2. Heidi Klum and Nick never dated, but she was all smiles while posing for the cameras.Source:Getty 2 of 14
3. Kelly Osbourne and Ashley Greene posed for pics in a Nick sandwich.Source:Getty 3 of 14
4. Nick and Janelle Monae would've made a cute couple back in the day.Source:Getty 4 of 14
5. Kat Graham, Jordin Sparks, and other ladies kick it with Nick Cannon.Source:Getty 5 of 14
6. Jenny McCarthy posed on the red carpet with Nick.Source:Getty 6 of 14
7. Nick was engaged to Selita Ebanks back in '07.Source:Getty 7 of 14
8. Kim Kardashian and Nick Cannon also dated for a while.Source:Getty 8 of 14
9. Nick attended a fashion show with Paris and Nicky Hilton.Source:Getty 9 of 14
10. Roselyn Sanchez and Nick Cannon arrive at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards.Source:Getty 10 of 14
11. Nick Cannon allegedly had a fling with Meagan Good back in the day.Source:Getty 11 of 14
12. Nick and Nicole have been friends for years.Source:Getty 12 of 14
13. Remy Ma and Nick Cannon chatted on the red carpet back in 2006.13 of 14
14. Nick Cannon hit the carpet with his ex-girlfriend Christina Milian back in 2003.Source:Getty 14 of 14
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