Jay Z has been under fire lately for his hesitation to cut ties with Barney’s after 2 serious racial profiling allegations brought against the high end store. Jay Z has said that he is waiting for all of the details to emerge before making a decision and that his partnership with Barney’s is not about profit- it’s about helping under privileged youth further their education. Al Sharpton has spoken out about the issue saying that African Americans should boycott the store until they issue a formal and suitable apology/ response. Sharpton did defend Jay Z, however, saying that Barney’s is the real enemy in this situation not Jay.
Despite all of the controversy and Al Sharpton’s request that African Americans stop shopping at Barneys, Kevin Heart took a break from his Think Like A Man 2 filming to take his girlfriend Eniko shopping. Leave me just say this happened last week. The two were seen coming out of the Barney’s New York in Beverly Hills with plenty of bags of new clothes. Picture courtesy of Necole!
Queen Latifah has also commented on all of the controversy saying that she agrees with the way Jay Z is handling the situation and hopes that these are isolated incidents: I don’t know that it’s there. I think that Jay Z’s been pretty clear when it’s hit him close to home [and] when things just don’t sit right with him, but obviously things warrant further investigation. But we’ve been going through this for a long time. We know that this is something that has been continuous in our community for us when we go into various stores. I would hope that that’s not the case with Barneys. That some people got overzealous and did the wrong thing and that it’s not the whole corporation because I like Barneys and I’d hate to have to boycott them! That would be terrible. I’m hoping that this whole situation gets solved and it’s a lesson to everybody else and these other stores to be cognizant of your shopper. Just because you have on a baseball cap doesn’t mean you don’t have money. We don’t have to justify where we got the money to buy an expensive belt.”