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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.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.