Can't change ion-menu text title color

I have tried everything to change the text color in the ion-menu but nothing seems to work - it stays black but my toolbar required color is black so that does not work. How can I change the ion-menu text to white? Here’s what I have now that does not work:

<ion-menu [content]=“content”>

{{ ‘MENU_TITLE’ | translate }}

    <button menuClose ion-item *ngFor="let p of pages" (click)="openPage(p)">
        {{ p.title | translate }}