Made in America celebrity sightings: Jay-Z and … Gov. Tom Wolf?
The governor of Pennsylvania was spotted hanging out with festival organizer Jay-Z and CNN commentator Van Jones, both of whom are involved in Meek Mill’s criminal justice coalition Reform Alliance.
Gov. Wolf has expressed his support of Mill, who recently signed on to perform at the NFL opening day game as part Jay-Z’s partnership with the league. When Mill was released from prison on bail in April of last year, Wolf tweeted, "We need to make our system more fair, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation. I again call on the PA legislature to pass reforms to our criminal justice system.
Shortly after, Wolf appeared with Mill at an event at the National Constitution Center to push for criminal justice reform — including a proposal to change practices that have placed 296,000 Pennsylvanians under supervision for years on end, at a rate that is among the highest in the nation.
But was Wolf hype to see headliner Cardi B? Or is he more of an Anderson. Paak guy? A call to Wolf’s team was not immediately returned.
While Wolf doesn’t discuss his musical faves as often as, say, former Mayor Michael Nutter, who was a noted old school rap fan, or former President Barack Obama, who recently dropped his Summer 2019 playlist on Twitter, the Governor did have the Roots play his inaugural ball earlier this year.
Of course, Wolf wasn’t the only celeb sighting at Made in America this year. The crowd was distracted during Anderson .Paak’s set because of Beyonce sighting.
Sixers star Ben Simmons was also in attendance with 76ers partner and Mill booster Michael Rubin. Simmons is becoming a regular presence at MIA. This year he brought along fellow Sixer Zhaire Smith to catch rapper Juice WRLD’s set.
(There’s a chance that if Simmons comes to MIA on Sunday, he’ll run in the sister of his ex-Kendall Jenner. Kylie Jenner is dating Sunday night headliner Travis Scott.)
All of Meek Mill’s buddies, but Mill was nowhere to be found (even though he had a whole street named after him at the festival). He was in Chicago kicking off his Legendary Nights tour with Future at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Chicago. That tour hits Camden’s BB&T Pavilion Sept. 13.