Sunday, November 17, 2013

Jay recently released a statement pertaining to his Barney's Collection, and the benefits of moving forward. Here's what he said:
In the past several weeks two separate investigations were launched as a result of the wrongful detention of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips. My team has been privy to the status of the Barneys third party consultant investigation. In continuing our research, we also contacted the New York State Attorney General’s office for the status of their investigation into both Barneys and Macy’s. Those findings are not yet available.
While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.
As I previously stated, the collaboration with Barneys has always been about giving and The Shawn Carter Foundation. From this collection, the Foundation will receive not only 25% of sales, it will now receive the additional 75% of Barneys’ sales, totalling 100% of all sales from BNY SCC. Along with 100% of sales from the collaboration, the Foundation will receive an additional 10% of all retail sales from Barneys New York stores nationwide and on November 20th.  - Shawn “JAY Z” Carter 
After reading Hov's statement, I agree with his position. To back out of this deal would mean hundreds of underprivileged youth would not get to fulfill their dreams of a higher education through the Shawn Carter Foundation. This is a good example for others, not to jump to conclusions, and not allow emotions to dictate your decisions. 
Jay opened many doors for our culture, and our people. His fresh water campaign in Africa, the donations to the 9/11 families and the Columbine shooting victims and their families. The march for Trayvon Martin and the injustice suffered by the Martin family, and the Shawn Carter Foundation, which Hov's mom is heading.
This is an example of true leadership. Unfortunately, we don't have positive examples of leadership in the Black community, and many look up to Jay for his invaluable insight. Props to Jay for allowing the greater good of the situation to prevail. And respect to those kids who will still see their dreams of a better education come to life.  Cali "O" #TeamKickGame #HovaTheGod 

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