CNN’s Van Jones opened up on Thursday about the more charitable side of Prince, explaining that the pop icon was reticent to discuss his efforts to help others.
“This is a man so much more than his music,” Jones told host Jake Tapper in a phone interview. “The music is an expression of a genius that is so deep and so profound that only music could capture it and express it. But it’s so much more than the music.”
Jones explained that the singer and songwriter reached out to him after his resignation from President Barack Obama’s administration in 2009, when his professional reputation was “toxic,” and promised to help him with his post-White House projects.
The former Crossfire host also unwittingly undermined Fox News’ argument earlier in the day that it was hard to see Prince as a “black artist.” In fact, Jones said, Prince was the inspiration behind Yes We Code, his current project helping bring tech education to communities of color.
“We started Yes We Code because of Trayvon Martin,” Jones explained. “Prince said, ‘No, listen. A black kid wearing a hoodie might be seen as a thug; a white kid wearing a hoodie might be seen as a Silicon Valley genius. Let’s teach the black kids how to be like Mark Zuckerberg.’ Out of that observation, we built a whole organization.”
Jones also recalled Prince’s tribute to Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, saying that the Minneapolis native supported the Black Lives Matter movement, and “had a dream for them,” which he expressed during a performance at a rally there.
“He said, ‘When I come back to Baltimore, I want to stay in a hotel that you young people have created,'” he explained. “I want to go to a restaurant that you young people have created.'”
Watch the interview, as aired on Thursday, below.
Trump slammed for lawless obstruction of Congress ‘He’s taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution’
On CNN Saturday, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY), who voted for the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, discussed the path forward for impeaching President Donald Trump.
"We know moderate Democrats are a bit frustrated with leadership over potentially expanding the scope of their consideration, maybe the Mueller report findings and drawing up these articles of impeachment," said anchor Victor Blackwell. "Do you think it's a mistake not to include anything beyond the Ukraine matter?"
"Yes," said Holtzman. "I think it would be a mistake, although, you know, I'm still at a distance, and the members of the committee really have to, who have been digging into this deeply have the best feel, but my sense is that the, what the president did is so egregious, not just with regard to Ukraine, but what part of what's bad about his activities in Ukraine, is that he's taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution by saying that Congress has no right to get information, and he's cut off his committee, his administration from, and ordered and directed them not to cooperate with the committee in any way."
Giuliani pummeled by ex-press secretary for ‘returning to the scene of the crime’ to create Ukraine chaos
On CNN Saturday, Rudy Giuliani's former mayoral press secretary Ken Frydman harshly criticized his former boss for his ongoing efforts in the Ukraine scheme.
"As you've watched the former mayor over the last several years, have you identified a point at which things shifted for the man who I guess still is for some known at America's Mayor?" asked anchor Victor Blackwell."
"Well, yeah. I think when he went into business with Donald Trump," said Frydman. "You saw a — a severe change in his personality. He had a zealous need to make money, to be relevant. To be part of the political process. And you know right now he's making, I think, ill-advised decisions, like returning to the scene of the crime, Ukraine, to make a propagandist documentary. Almost as if he's playing, he and the president, are playing, 'catch me if you can.' The president will not participate in the impeachment hearings, and Rudy is off in the Ukraine doubling down."
‘Unbelievable’: Ex-Trump official stunned president is still letting Giuliani run around unchecked in Ukraine
In a Washington Post report on the continuing attempts by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to dig up dirt on political opponents -- at the same time that President Donald Trump is facing impeachment for pressuring Ukraine with the promise of aid for the same -- a former Trump administration official expressed shock that Giuliani hasn't been told to stop.