News: Jay Z Comments On Barney’s Helping His Foundation

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Jay Z has been under a lot of scrutiny lately for his lack of response to the recent racial profiling allegations against Barney’s and his holiday collaboration with the store. Jay Z has finally responded to critics via his LifeAndTimes website saying,

“This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.”

So the money will benefit others in the form of scholarships. He went on to question why he is being scrutinized when he is simply waiting on the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barney’s representatives. Jay said,

“Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.” He concluded by saying that he hopes the outcome of this situation bring forth “dialogue to effect real change.”

Wise statement. You know what he said #FactsOnly and in case you missed what happened..

Department store ‘Barney’s’ is being accused of racism for two different scenarios. The first involved a 19 black year old college student who was racially profiled in New York after buying a $350 Ferragamo belt. Trayon Christian says that after he purchased the belt he was stopped about two blocks away from the store by two undercover police officers who asked to see his ID and the debit card that he used to purchase the belt. He was then taken down to the police station where he says he was held for 2 hours and questioned about why he was buying such an expensive belt while being accused of using a fake debit card. Christian and his mother are understandable enraged by the situation and have filed a civil suit against the store. Another shopper, Kayla Phillips, has since come forward to report a similar type of experience. She’s a 21 year old who is expecting her 2nd child and bought a $2500 Celine purse. She says that after purchasing the bag she was stopped about four blocks away from the store by four undercover police officers who pushed her, questioned her and asked her why she used a debit card without a name on it. She explained that it was a temporary card and after showing ID and explaining why she bought the bag and where she lived she was let go. Phillips has filed a $5 million claim with the city. The CEO of Barney’s who didn’t have much to say after Christian’s encounter has made an official statement now saying:

Barneys New York believes that no customer should have the unacceptable experience described in recent media reports, and we offer our sincere regret and deepest apologies.Further to our statement of yesterday, we want to reinforce that Barneys New York has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination. We are a strong proponent of equal rights and equal treatment for all human beings. Our mission is to ensure that all customers receive the highest-quality service—without exception.To this end, we are conducting a thorough review of our practices and procedures as they relate to these matters to ensure that they reflect our continued commitment to fairness and equality. To lead this review, we have retained a civil rights expert, Michael Yaki, who also serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The Commission has been the nation’s watchdog for civil rights for more than 50 years. Mr. Yaki will be provided with unrestricted access to all aspects of our store operations. In addition, Barneys New York has reached out to community leaders to begin a dialogue on this important issue.


Mark Lee

CEO of Barneys New York

The internets are now asking Jay Z to cut his ties with Barney and have tweeted him about it. He was suppose to release a holiday collection with them. has since created a petition, asking Jay Z to pull out of his deal with Barneys



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