Rapper Ice Cube is in the hot seat once again. The controversial emcee appeared on Fox Network's Soul’s Cocktails with Queens talk show with co-hostesses Syleena Johnson, Claudia Jordan, Vivica A. Fox and Lisa Raye last week.
Earlier this month, the 51-year-old Boyz In the Hood star came under fire after his alleged support for Trump was exposed, as Blavity previously reported. However, the rapper insisted that he doesn’t support the Republican party – he just wanted someone to hear his proposal and take action.
In an interview, the rapper turned actor addressed why he refused to be a part of a Zoom call with vice-presidential candidate Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) to discuss the rapper's Contract for Black America. The Zoom call included other prominent Black entertainers.
The star of the Friday movie franchise finally admitted that he did decline an invitation to speak with Harris because he didn’t want to be lumped together with entertainers like Snoop Dogg, Killer Mike and D.L. Hughley regarding a plan for Black Americans.
Previously, Cube insisted that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) wanted to delay talks of his plan until after November’s presidential election. According to Revolt, Rep. Eric Richmond, who is the co-chair of presidential-candidate Joe Biden’s campaign, denied the claim.
Jordan opted out of mincing any words on the matter.
“Kamala Harris’ folks reached out to you and wanted you to be on this Zoom call because they thought your voice was important. Why did you choose to not participate in that?” Jordan asked.
In his response the entertainer, who stated that his attorney has ties to the former California attorney general, said he didn’t feel the plan should have a collaborative approach.
“We had spent a lot of people’s time putting the contract with Black America together, and I just thought that getting on a Zoom call with 12 other entertainers all shooting what they believe needs to be done, to me wasn’t going to be productive,” Cube expressed.“My lawyer, Matt Johnson, has a connection with Kamala Harris, and I was promised a call that I never received. So that’s why I didn’t feel like I wanted to be on that Zoom call,” he continued.
Jordan didn’t take kindly to the rapper’s dismissive response to Harris’ position and corrected Cube’s reference of the first Black female vice-presidential candidate.
“She’s the vice-presidential candidate,” Jordan mentioned.
Cube elaborated on his conversation with the Democratic party.
“When I had the Zoom call with the DNC, the Democratic Party, we was on the call for probably over 45 minutes, and we never even got to the Contract with Black America,” he said. “We never went through any of the points that needs to be dealt with when it comes to the situation in this country.”
It’s uncertain when Cube became the unofficial spokesperson for Black America, but his arrogance has encountered a side-eye or two. The entertainer expressed that he was trying to make moves.
"I want to get things done. I don't want to just spin my wheels [and] talk to people who can't really make it happen," he said later in the interview.
Cube stood his ground and even doubled down.
“I don’t feel like I made a mistake for not being on the call [with Sen. Harris],” he continued.
The women on the show didn’t stop at Cube’s blatant dismissal of Harris’ position. They confronted him about his plan’s disregard for specific initiatives regarding Black women.
“I’ll write up the Black woman’s part of the contract for you. How many words do y’all want it to be?” he asked smugly.
But the ladies of Soul's Cocktails With Queens aren't the only women who have tried to talk some sense into Cube regarding his handling of his contract. Earlier this month, Alicia Garza appeared on Roland Martin Unfiltered to gauge why the rapper hadn't consulted longtime activists in creating and attempting to disseminate his contract.