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Jay Z
Jay Z

On a stage outside a North Philadelphia theater where some of the greatest R&B artists once performed, Jay-Z and other members of the hip-hop elite exhorted 10,000 young people yesterday to become part of history by voting for Sen. Barack Obama.

A throng of energized young people, many of them Temple University students, gathered in front of the historic Uptown Theater on Broad Street about 1 p.m. to hear rappers Jay-Z and Sean "Diddy" Combs and singer Mary J. Blige urge them to cast ballots for the senator from Illinois.

"I need y'all to be really, really quiet for this. I need you to really understand what I'm telling you," Jay-Z said. "Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama's running so we all can fly." [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Beyonce and Russell Simmons were at yesterday's event too. More pictures at Barack Obama's Flickr account.

In semi-related news, Jay-Z's successor at Def Jam commited suicide over the weekend.

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Comments (8)

"Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama's running so we all can fly."

good quote.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 10:23 AM

"Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama's running so we all can fly."

And McCain lost so Dear Leader can destroy the economy and lose the fight against America's enemies. YES WE CAN!

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 10:30 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvc0tYG_YpA


Vote!
^^

wow, what a fucking idiot. i couldn't watch more than 3 mins of that drivel.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 10:35 AM

so does that mean if I vote for obama you will stop stealing ipods from white college kids?

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 11:03 AM

that is a fucking great quote from jay-z.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 12:18 PM

philly represent!!!
also a great quote from hov

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 1:06 PM

i heard sean "vote or die" combs didn't actually vote in 2004, does anyone know if that's true?

he's a jackass regardless.

big ups to jay-z!

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 4:20 PM

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