Cedric the Entertainer & Aubrey O'Day, via Jerritt Clark
Russell Simmons hosted a debate-night party last weekend to launch Global Grind in New York. The new website or “The World According to Hip-Hop,” as it purports to be, aggregates news, sports, entertainment, presented through a hip-hop lens. Both users and editors can contribute what stories they want to see, making it a true user-generated community.
What everyone’s looking at now is the “Countdown to Change,” where voters can educate themselves on the candidates, read top issues, and survey current poll numbers prior to the election. CGG headed to the launch party to find out where the stars of global grind stand on the candidates.
We asked ex-Danity Kane singer Aubrey O’Day what makes this election so crucial for young people.
“It’s been a while since we’ve been inspired,” she tells us. “I mean, I can’t remember the last person who really stepped on a stage and made me want to be a better person. I remember in history books reading about Martin Luther King and about JFK, people who would get up on a podium and make me want to be a better person, not just have faith that they would be a good leader. I really am looking for that in this election; and it’s very clear that there is only one candidate who does that: That’s Obama.”
Cedric the Entertainer, another Obama fan, tells us, “McCain is somebody old-school. We’re living in a very modern world that’s moving very fast, and Barack is the right person for the job. He has the brightness, and the mindset, and the ideas to move us forward.” As for hip hop has influenced this election: “I think it really is true that hip hop culture is leading, because it’s the world-wide young folks’ presence that’s working right now.”
To find out where the Do Something generation stands on this election, click here.