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Jay-Z stops concert to tell a young girl that she can be president

Some heartfelt inspiration.


Christine Friar


Published Nov 22, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 10:21 am CDT

Jay-Z took a moment between songs at a Cleveland show this week to go into dad-mode for some heartfelt inspiration.

The 47-year-old reportedly paused between songs on his 4:44 tour when he spotted a 9-year-old girl in the audience. Jay (a father of two girls himself) gave her a brief but inspiring pep talk, and luckily fans had their phones out to capture the moment.

“You can be anything that you want to be in the world,” he said. “At this very moment, America is way more sexist than they are racist. But you, young lady, you got the potential to be the next president of the United States. You believe that.”


The crowd erupted in cheers.

As the Fader points out, previous dates on the tour have seen Jay use his platform to speak on subjects including NFL protests and Meek Mill’s prison sentence.

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*First Published: Nov 22, 2017, 11:16 am CST