Jay-Z and Beyonce, R & B and Hip-Hop music royalty, are set to host a fundraiser for President Obama on September 18.
The event will take place at Jay-Z’s uber-elite 40/40 club on West 25th Street. Reportedly the affair will be an “intimate” one and capped at around 100 guests.
The night won’t be for freeloaders though. Tickets for the party are an eye-wincing $ 40, 000 each, although many would say that’s an appropriate price tag for the privilege of hanging out with the leader of the free world and The First Lady.
It’s also being reported that the event will be the last campaign stop in New York before the election, so it will be chance for the Obamas to let their hair down and enjoy themselves before the number-crunching begins.
Jay-Z and Beyonce’s relationship with the Obamas goes back to 2007-2008. Before the 44th President took office in 2008, Jay-Z led a number of black music luminaries to rally for the, then, hopeful candidate.
At Jay-Z’s recent ‘Made in America’ Festival which took place over Labor Day Weekend, Obama actually featured in a video link-up message in which the President urged people to vote in the upcoming election.
Beyonce is also a supporter of the Obamas. After singing Etta James’ torch song “At Last” at the Neighborhood Ball in January 2009 for the Obamas’ first inaugural dance, in 2012 — as part of the president’s re-election campaign — the Crazy in Love songstress read an open letter to Michelle Obama previously posted on her blog.
Since then, Beyonce recorded a video for the ‘Lets Move’ initiative (begun by The First Lady, the initiative promotes healthy eating and exercise and is targeted at school children), and also attended a March fundraiser hosted by Ms Obama.
As yet, neither Jay-Z or Beyonce’s reps have offered any comment to the press about the upcoming fundraiser.
In other news, earlier today the Obamas led the nation in a moment of silence at the White House to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 outrage. It’s worth noting that Osama Bin Laden was brought to a kind of justice on Obama’s watch.