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Jay-z was all smiles yesterday evening as he made an appearance at the New York Public Library to promote his new book “Decoded”. During the event, Jay fielded questions from Dr. Cornel West and Paul Holdengraber on the contents of the book.

Oprah was a big reason I wrote this book. We had conversations about language and the N word, and while we didn’t agree, we left that conversation with a better understanding.

Jay-z also sat down with The Associated Press recently and revealed that he agreed with the comments Kanye West made about former President Bush (even though Kanye later apologized) and that he still supports President Barack Obama.

I think what Kanye went through was, he himself became that, over the Taylor Swift incident. People said he was racist. And he’s not a racist person, so it made him reflect on the comments that he made. But I 100 percent agreed with the comments that he made, because again … it felt like it was being done to black people. Like all you saw on the news was black people on the news with help signs and all this stuff, and then you have this picture of the commander in chief, who we all rely on, just flying by. It’s like, What is that? … If that had happened anywhere else besides New Orleans, would the response (have) been so slow? Would Bush (have) been on the ground? You have to ask these sort of questions. Just the fact that he thinks that the worst thing that happened to him is Kanye saying something about him. Like, what? That alone shows you where his mind is. Are you kidding me?

On President Obama

I believe the same thing about Barack that I believed at day one. What he represents is bigger than any political agenda that he can pass across the House, Senate or whatever. I think that right now he’s going through a difficult period because people are putting the last eight years on his table and they’re judging him by it. You can’t expect a man to clean up eight years of mess in two years; it’s just bad math. It’s impossible

Read more: Jay-z Talks President Obama, Kanye West vs. Bush, & Being Inspired by Oprah | Necole

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