Jay Z Posted Bail for Protesters, Writer Says

Shaun Tandon, Yahoo! News, May 18, 2015

Rap mogul Jay Z has quietly used his wealth to post bail for people arrested in protests across the United States against police excesses, an author close to him said.

Dream Hampton, a writer and activist who worked with Jay Z on his 2010 memoir “Decoded,” made the revelations in a series of messages on Twitter that she later deleted but were reproduced by the hip-hop magazine Complex.

“When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protesters, I… hit Jay up, as I had for Ferguson (and he) wired tens of thousands” of dollars within minutes, read one tweet.

She also tweeted that Jay Z and his pop superstar wife Beyonce wrote a “huge check” to support the burgeoning “Black Lives Matter” movement aimed at improving police treatment of African Americans.

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The tweets appeared aimed at defending Jay Z and Beyonce, who have faced accusations from some activists that they have only paid lip service to causes without tapping into the couple’s estimated $1 billion net worth.

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Jay Z, who grew up poor in New York City, has made no secret of his concern about police actions.

In December he met New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to press for criminal justice reform and was earlier reported to have set up a fund for the education of the children of Sean Bell, an African American shot dead by police on his wedding day in 2006.

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Jay Z and Beyonce met Brown and Gray’s families last week at a peace concert in Baltimore by Prince but left without making public appearances.

One exception to the low profile is politics. The power couple have been strong supporters of President Barack Obama, throwing a party during his 2012 re-election campaign that raised an estimated $4 million.

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  • TrueNorthFree

    Jay Z should also let those same rioters come and live with him, or at the very least, hang out.

    • Deacon Blue

      Hey, its his $$$ so AFAIC Jay Z can use it to light up Cohibas, wipe is
      derriere or “free oppressed Bantus.” We all have made bad investments in
      the past and lost money, right?

    • Or he could point them to Rand Paul’s house.

  • MekongDelta69

    Jes’ chillin’ wit hiz Billion Washington’s…

  • alex

    Jay-Z endorses Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard and Samsung. Beyoncé endorses Pepsi. I couldn’t find a way to contact HP and Samsung about non-product related issues, but I was able to reach Coca-Cola and Pepsi via e-mail and express my displeasure.
    I urge my fellow Amrenners to do the same.
    All corporations also have official Facebook pages.

    • InAFreeCountry

      One does Coke, the other Pepsi? Talk about covering your bases!

  • John Smith

    Best thing would be to get white kids to stop buying his jungle chanting albums.

    • Red

      That would hurt him the most.

      I find it funny that Beyoncé does her best to look White. That tells me a lot about her perception of beauty.

      Edited – I also find it telling to mainstream society that when I typed Beyoncé’s name on Disqus it automatically auto-inserted the asterisk above the ‘e’ at the end of her name.

  • Jason Lewis

    I keeps my street cred.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Rap star Jay Z has quietly sent thousands of dollars to help bail out protesters rioters and looters from Baltimore’s jail system…

    Will he also bail out the bikers?

    Or does he only bail out blacks?

    That’s racist hate and discrimination against Whites.

    No surprise coming from someone who worships Che:

    The blacks, those magnificent examples of the African race who have maintained their racial purity thanks to their lack of an affinity with bathing…

    The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations.

    –Che Guevara

    • Spikeygrrl

      Now THAT’s a surprise! It’s even good enough to keep in my Useful Quotes file.

      Oh well. Like they say, even a serial killer can be kind to his dog.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        In case you didn’t or don’t see it, Copyright101, one of our British cousins, added the following quotes:

        “We’re going to do for blacks exactly what blacks did for the revolution. By which I mean: nothing.”

        And…

        “Given the prevailing lack of discipline, it would have been impossible to use Congolese machine-gunners to defend the base from air attack: they did not know how to handle their weapons and did not want to learn.”

        – Che Guevara

        • Spikeygrrl

          Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

    • Copyright101

      “We’re going to do for blacks exactly what blacks did for the revolution. By which I mean: nothing.”

      And…

      “Given the prevailing lack of discipline, it would have been impossible to use Congolese machine-gunners to defend the base from air attack: they did not know how to handle their weapons and did not want to learn.”

      – Che Guevara

    • InAFreeCountry

      A good Che quote? Even a broken clock, I guess…

  • Don Eladio

    I pushed out a jayzee and beyonce after my breakfast and coffee this morning. Biggest lips on a TURRRD I have ever seen.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      Hahahaha I can’t stop laughing at this!

  • Any white person who financially supports such celebrity activists, by purchasing their work, is a traitor to his people.

  • mgs166

    He is free to spend his money on any lost cause he so desires. I, however, would use the money to purchase one-way tickets to Africa for said rioters…..er….protesters.

  • superlloyd

    Nagger rich. Let’s hope this fortune is all gone soon.

  • Vito Powers

    I think this story is pure public relations BS. Even Jay Z can’t be dumb enough to send money to a Negro to bail the mau maus out.

    As for giving money to #blacklivesmatter, who would he give the money to? It’s not like it’s some sort of organized group.

    No, Jay Z and his bleached wife are just publicity seekers

    • Blackfish

      “Even Jay Z can’t be dumb enough. . . ”

      I think you underestimate him!

      • IBWHITE

        He certainly doesn’t look much like a deep thinker.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    publicity stunt/ tax write off