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5 Places That Can Use Jay Z’s Presence…I Mean Charity


 

By now most people have heard Jay Z’s controversial response to legendary activist/artist Harry Belafonte’s critique of his lack of social activism. But just in case you haven’t, it went like this:

“Yeah I’m offended by that because first of all…this is going to sound arrogant…but my presence is charity, just because of who I am. Just like Obama’s[Barack] is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything the hope that he provides for a nation and outside of America is enough. You know what I’m saying?”

Actually, I don’t know what you’re saying. Especially in light of the dwindling hope very few in our community still have in President Obama’s ability to make real change for Black America. Black unemployment continues to rise, homicide is still far and away the leading cause of death for young black men, and according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics,  one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime.

But if Jay Z, does actually believe his “presence is charity”, here are 5 places he needs to visit immediately. Not now, but right now!

1) Florida 

Maybe Jay not joining Stevie Wonder’s boycott of Florida is a good thing. When he shows up the Sunshine State on his tour with Justin Timberlake, he can stop by Tallahassee and join the Dream Defenders like Harry Belafonte did on Friday. The Dream Defenders are attempting to get Florida to pass Trayvon’s Law, which would repeal Stand Your Ground, ban racial profiling, and end the school to prison pipeline. Coincidentally, after Mr. Belafonte’s visit, the Florida Capital Police refused to allow the Dream Defenders to bring in food for the over 100 men, women, and children that were inside. To make matters even worse in Florida, an unarmed Black man was just shot, by sheriff deputies, 5 times for parking his car outside of his own home. They need you there bad Jay Z.

2) Chicago

Yes, the city which had over 500 murders last year really needs Jay Z. 54 people were shot in between last Friday night and Monday morning. 10 of them were killed, including 2 boys, between 16 and 20, who were found naked, lying face down.What’s Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to stop the violence? Close 50 schools, where 9 out of the 10 students effected are Black.

3) Detroit

By now almost everyone has heard about Detroit’s near-bankruptcy. Surprisingly, many people still have not heard about the death of  7 year old Aiyana Jones, who was killed by a Detroit Police Officer while they were filming a episode of the reality TV show “The First 48″. Even fewer people  seem to know that a mistrial was declared for Officer Joseph Weekley who shot and killed a sleeping Aiyana. Thankfully, it seems Officer Weekley will be retried in the shooting of little Aiyana before the end of the year. Maybe if Jay Z shows up it will make the national news.

4) Pine Ridge

Pine Ridge, South Dakota according to the New York Times is a, “poster child of American poverty“, with the, “the lowest per capita income in the entire United States.” “Half the population over 40 on Pine Ridge has diabetes, and tuberculosis runs at eight times the national rate. As many as two-thirds of adults may be alcoholics, one-quarter of children are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and the life expectancy is somewhere around the high 40s — shorter than the average for sub-Saharan Africa. Less than 10 percent of children graduate from high school.” According to the website Re-member.org, the unemployment rate is 80-90%. Damn Jay, they need some inspiration. Fuel up your private jet and fly there ASAP!

5) Brooklyn

That’s right Jay, your people really need you in your own hometown. Why? Gentrification has gotten so bad in Brooklyn that many poor people of color are being gentrified into homeless shelters. Of course the Barclay Center , of which Jay Z is the public face, has been in many ways the crown jewel in the remaking of Brooklyn. And don’t forget  it wasn’t that long ago when 16 year old Kimani Gray was shot and killed by police, while he was unarmed and on the ground,according to an eye witness. Kimani was hit with 7 shots, 3 of which were in his back, and his death lead to several nights of protests by young people of color. Sadly, Jay Z’s presence was nowhere to be found.

For the record, I’m in no way attempting to blame Jay Z for all of America’s ills, that would be ridiculous. But it’s also ridiculous to think your mere presence some how improves the reality for young people of color, that goes for Jay and President Obama. That’s not only arrogant, it shows how out of touch he actually is. It also takes me back to his infamous line of his song, “Moment of Clarity” where he states, “Truthfully I want to rhyme like Common Sense”. With our community in the condition it’s in, especially after the George Zimmerman verdict, I wonder what, or who is stopping him.

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  • I don’t think you understand his words. Obama is hope. Because now with a black president he set’s an example. One can achieve anything. And the same for Jay z he came from nothing to where he is now. Threw hard work. That’s an example for every blackman. Really for every one in the world black white yellow and red.

    • I registered for an account just so that I can say Lady/dude Please. Jay Z is no Obama. He just has the idea that he’s on Obama’s level now because he got to hang out at the white house during the election (which I believe was expert strategizing on the part of the campaign team).

      Yes, black boys can achieve anything they dream of, but the likliehood that there will be a slew of new Jay zs, who start off selling crack to their community and then become rich from rap, is very slim.

      Obama is a more realistic role model because young black boys have a better chance of going to school or learning a trade and becoming successful/engineers/small business owners/lawyers/doctors/carpenters etc.

      I wonder just how many young black boys are out there on the street, in jail or dead because they thought they could be like Jay Z. No one wants to talk about that though.

  • Welcome Back Jasiri X!

    Should have posted that classic Harry Belafonte pic you have in the stash.

    You are one of the few people who can call out Jay Z with 100% credibility because as an MC, you have represented the struggle at all cost!

    Peace! Congratz! Thanx for the classic music you have given us.

    • ZUBU

      I concur, that was heavy duty! Very well written article on point. I have to click in and read about a few of those police shootings that I had not heard about at all.

  • LetsBeRealpeople

    Constructive criticism, ok, I hear you.

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  • HarshReality259

    Solid commentary my man

  • main0

    That tells you how much media really reports, because i haven’t herd any news about boy shot by the police. Anyways i don’t think we will ever know how much time or money an artist gives to charity and what not. Not everything is covered in news and not everyone is out to have a media day with each charity they are in.

    • ImFred ImRico

      I feel like I knew what Jay was trying to get at but his choice of words were terrible. His accomplishments are inspiring but I don’t know about charity….

  • I agree with all the points you’ve made in this article. We need to
    start holding these artists accountable when it comes to them not giving
    back to not only the communities they come from, but also to those in
    need in other disenfranchised areas as well. Thanks for the article we
    need more like this! We got to keep it real!

  • DJ7

    Speak that true sh*t that make em bow their head in shame

  • Pierre Elliott

    WHAT YOU EXPECT? A HOOD CLOWN WHO IS TOLD WHAT TO DO BY EUROPEANS WHO RUN HALF OF THIS SHlT.

    JAY IS A BLACK MAN OUT OF HIS ELEMENT.
    OUT OF TOUCH, OUT OF HIS MIND.

    AND IN NO WAY REPRESENTS THE REAL BROOKLYN.

    CHARITY?? REALLY NGGA??

    YOU THINK YOURE THAT TALENTED?
    YOU THINK YOU BRING THAT DEPTH AND INTELLIGENCE?
    REALLY, AND YOU WANNA ARGUE WITH ROBERT DENIRO?
    LIKE YOU ONE OF THE RAT PACK? WOWWWW. REALLY??

    STOP SUPPORTING THIS CLOWN ASAP, AND IF YOU KEEP ROCKING WITH HIM

    YOU A ASSH0LE AND DESERVE HIS FATE AS WELL.

    BLACK PEOPLE TIME TO TAKE OUT THE TRASH AND SLIT THE HOUSE NGGAS THROATS, WE GOIN HAVE TO TAKE IT BACK CAUSE BLACK PEOPLE DONE FORGOT ABOUT THE STRUGGLE YOUR BLACKNESS AND YOUR PLACE IN THIS SOCIETY….

    YOU BETTER TURN OFF THIS DOWN SOUTH NGGA DRAWL STRIP MUSIC AND WAKE UP!!!!!!!

    • Pierre Elliott

      ITS ABOUT LEADERS, NOT SOME CAMEL LIPPED STEP N FETCHIT…
      START BOYCOTTING THIS SNAKE NOW…

      BRING BACK THE INTELLIGENT NEW STYLE OF HIP HOP..
      THE STRUGGLE IS HERE AND REVOLUTION IS AT HAND WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

      WOW NO RESPECT…
      WHY DONT YOU LOOK AT MR BELEFONTES IMMENSE RESUME OF WORK HE HAS DONE TO FURTHER THE STRUGGLE..

      AND WHAT HAS THIS NGGA *EVER* DONE FOR THE STRUGGLE?

      REALLY SOMEONE HONESTLY TELL ME…

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  • Global_Mission

    Niggas can always suggest what you should do with your money, but if you tell that broke nigga what to do with his $30 then he get offended..smh. Mind your own pockets and we will all be better from it..#Niggas!!

    • MindFire

      So never mind humanity?

      • Global_Mission

        LoL, No..Its never mind other peoples personal business. That would help humanity in and of itself. You see all these comment standing in judgement of another human being bc that individual is not spending his hard EARNED money as they feel fit…SMH!! How about I judge, criticize, and belittle you for how you spend the money that you earned just bc you do not spend it how I want you too? Do you think that helps humanity? Fact is, Jay Z does a lot of charity work, and all of those standing in judgement of him im willing to bet you can add them all up and they would have not done 10% of the charity work that Jay did. If someone Legally earned his money then that money is his to do as HE will. The only being he should answer to is The Most High and not these bum ass NIGGAS! If Niggas minded there own then society/ humanity would be better off.

      • 1hood

        Read the article! Jay Z said his “presence was charity” so dude was saying Jay should show up to these places. He never said anything about Jay Z spending any money

      • MindFire

        You are missing the point. The difference between a “Jay-Z” or other super rich people and the “average Joe” is that the super rich have met their basic needs and experience pleasures and comforts far exceeding that of most people’s dreams and still have SO much money just sitting gathering dust which benefits NOBODY. The average person works and grinds to meet their BASIC needs and to acquire minimal comforts. After giving, the average person will FEEL and NOTICE that missing charity money and it will negatively impact their regular life budget. Not to mention their options for retirement, if there is an emergency, etc…the super rich (JAY Z) can give large sums of money (which can literally save and change thousands of lives) and it will STILL NOT IMPACT THEIR LIVES….this is why a person who does in fact “have the right to spend his or her money as him or her pleases” faces judgement from others on this issue. One would think that his or her humanity would not allow them to watch others suffer when offering life changing help would not even effect them.

      • Global_Mission

        Again you have missed the point. Jay Z does charity work! So the notion of jay watching others suffer if void. You say that he can give large sums of money but what have you gave out of that money you have? Why judge him and especially for those who have not gave a dime of their own money. Just bc he has more money you have the right or feel justified in telling him what to do with their money?..smh. The issue is that you and others are judging him bc he is not spreading his earned money around as you feel he should period. Jay Z is not an average Joe bc he work for his and paid a price to achieve his success. Not only do Jay provide jobs to those under him, he does charity work and provides a blue print so that other black men can take advantage of. Nothing wrong in asking a man to donate, but if that man does not, then you dust your shoes off and move on. He has his own priorities, some that we know of and other that we don’t. And again, we don’t know what all he does with his money, so why judge based on that alone. Instead of looking at that man and seeing him or others that grew up poor and made it as a symbol, Niggas try to bring him down like crabs in a barrel. You should be proud of ya brotha that he or she made it, and know that you can make it to if they did. Instead of always judging him on what you think he should be doing, how about judging him on what he has done or what he is doing.

      • DJ7

        The only person in this thread missing the point is YOU fam…I’m pretty sure you are the one down voting the tribe based off of your assumptions that we are speaking on that man’s bank account…Not one iota of money was mentioned in this thread, nor article for that matter, until you posted…That’s common diversion tactics deployed by agents of desception….hmmm…let’s take it a step further…Why is that? Why is it that you are the ONLY one fixated by Shawn Carter’s wealth in a thread that has 0 to do with the aforementioneds’ wealth? Futhermore, how’d you deduce that everyone posting or has an opinion ON THE ARTICLE is a bum whose done nothing nor donated anything? hmmm… Honestly fam, what’s your real angle? My guess is that you were employed to go to threads simular to this and cause disruption to derail critical thinkers…The give away…You display an abundance in assumptions b.u.t. lack resemblance in the solution department to which the brothas commenting here share a common ground…Makes one wonder why you even bothered leaving your .02 initially…if you’re on the payroll/fam, that’s one thing and I can fully overstand because you’re doing your job… b.u.t. if not…you’re just another simp trying to defend someone else’s wealth who would dare reciprocate the jester if the roles were reversed…if your reading and comprehension skill set is up to par with those of us who actually read the article and posting accordingly, I challenge you to read it again and then leave an informed post, based off of what you overstood and not some emo rant like the previous one that made absolutely 0 sense pertaining to the subject that we’re discussing….with all due respect of course….peace

      • Global_Mission

        Lmao, booo! If im employed by them them then please cut the check..LOL. The fact is that people of lesser means feel justified to tell people what they should do with their money. Time is money if you didn’t know, so to spend time on where you think he should be comes with an opportunity cost to him on what he can be doing in the same space of time. If Niggas get outta other folks pockets and pay attention to their own, then we all would be better off. Who am i to judge another grown man for what they choose to do with their time or money. Its not me they have to answer to. You have your own priorities, would it be right of me to tell you where to go and what to do with your time or money? Then if you don’t spend that time or money like I suggested then i have the right to deem you as unworthy..smh. Thats that crab mentality Niggas need to break out of including you fam..

      • DJ7

        You missed the point altogether my brotha…you’re still fixated on the monetary aspect instead of the bigger picture…No worries…at least you attempted to justify yourself and to an extent, certain aspects of your post ring valid until you classified the GOD in the crab like category…although it was the ending to the post that’s where your credibility weakened…In no shape, form or fashion am I a crab nor retain the mentality of one. My mission statement is focused on uplifting and enlightenment which is quite the contrary to your definition…once you realize that the crab mentality that you speak of actually has dual meaning, you’ll overstand where Jasiri and a plethora of brothas speaking out are coming from…bear in mind that with success comes greater responsibilities and one is ill advised to take such a privilege for granted and squander the opportunity to truly be great…I concur with the old adage that the same type of people you see while ascending to the top…you will mos def revisit them on the decline…so act accordingly…remember/trust that….peace

      • Global_Mission

        Maybe you should read the articles once more. Even the head line of the article will spell it out for a layman “5 Places That Can Use Jay Z’s Presence…I Mean Charity”. His presence comes at an opportunity cost. Again, your not looking at your own abundance, you are looking at
        another man’s pockets, time, priorities and feeling some type of way about it bc he is not
        spending it as YOU feel fit. We know that he does give to charity
        (fact), We do not know what all he does with his money (fact), We know
        that he has his own priorities (fact), We know that he earned his money
        and not use (fact). There are 4 principals i was raised on: 1) Vengeance
        is The Most High (The Lords) 2) A fool and his money will soon split.
        3) Plant a good seed. 4) You reap what you sow. With that, if you ask a
        man to donate to a cause you are for and that man does not want to, then
        dust your feet off and move on. The time you are criticizing,
        belittling that man, you can use the same amount of time to recruit
        others for your cause. Also, that seed my grow in that man later so why
        turn that man off by criticizing? If the Most High finds him at fault
        then he will reap what he has sown from the Most High and not us. We
        created a generation that love to beg and not do the work. As soon as
        someone do not help, we spend our time trying to bring down that man
        instead off using that time to work for our cause. All because we are so
        caught up in what they have and what we do not….smh

      • MindFire

        What I thought I made crystal clear still seems to elude you or you just don’t agree which is fine. However, I will try one last time to get you to see the point. If my stomach is full (i’m rich and have everything I could want) and I still have a truck load of food left over (hundreds of millions of dollars being UNTOUCHED) and 10 starving people are in front of me watching me eat as their stomachs ache (the poor) is it cool for me to feed 2 of them leave the other 8 starving and throw the truckload of food away because “at least I fed two?” If you think letting the 8 starve “since I did feed two of them” is commendable, humane, and respectable than I guess we’ll just agree to disagree

      • Global_Mission

        Again, your not looking at your own abundance, you are looking at another man’s pockets and feeling some type of way about it bc he is not spending it as YOU feel fit. We know that he does give to charity (fact), We do not know what all he does with his money (fact), We know that he has his own priorities (fact), We know that he earned his money and not use (fact). There are 4 principals i was raised on: 1) Vengeance is The Most High (The Lords) 2) A fool and his money will soon split. 3) Plant a good seed. 4) You reap what you sow. With that, if you ask a man to donate to a cause you are for and that man does not want to, then dust your feet off and move on. The time you are criticizing, belittling that man, you can use the same amount of time to recruit others for your cause. Also, that seed my grow in that man later so why turn that man off by criticizing? If the Most High finds him at fault then he will reap what he has sown from the Most High and not us. We created a generation that love to beg and not do the work. As soon as someone do not help, we spend our time trying to bring down that man instead off using that time to work for our cause. All because we are so caught up in what they have and what we do not….smh

      • Fam…I understand what you’re tryin to say (somewhat), but when it’s all said and done you’re doin all that typin for nothin cuz it don’t have a thing to do with the topic at hand. Only one here talkin about him donatin any money, is you…really not sure how you ain’t able to see that despite how many people have already pointed it out. Serious question…did you even read the article, or are your posts based off an assumption made from the headline alone? Cuz everything you’re sayin leads me to believe the latter, if you’d actually read it you’d realize just how off-topic you are. Did he or did he not claim his mere presence is the equivalent of charity, and that it gives people “hope”(he must not have realized his homeboy B.O. done ran the bullshit “hope” card into the ground already, but I digress)? Yeah? Okay. So the ONLY thing Jasiri X was doin was highlightin some areas that could use a lil hope like none other right now, many of em bein the same areas that put that helped put that bread you’re defendin so hard in Jay’s pockets in the first place. It ain’t rocket science fam, brain surgery either…so I’m confused how you keep gettin every point from the article EXCEPT the one that’s actually bein made. Not that you didn’t have a valid point here and there, but even those ain’t have shit to do with the discussion at hand. Not a thing. His WORDS are what this is about, not his damn money…Jay might have some of y’all duped into thinkin money’s the only thing that matters in this entire world, but not all of us buy into that bullshit…there are SEVERAL reasons I don’t fukk with Jay, and not one of those reasons has a single solitary thing to do with his finances. Every Jay fan says people who don’t like him are “just jealous of his money”, but his fans are the ones constantly talkin about his money even more than HE does…LOL and smh. I’m up out this bitch though, you be cool like how you be cool. And quit ridin so hard for that man’s pockets fam, I promise you you’ll never see a dime of it and dude has no idea you even exist…nor would he care even if he did know. Hate to be so blunt about it but it’s true.

      • Ever notice Jay’s most die-hard defenders ONLY talk about his money and “hustle”(steppin on anyone he can and usin people til he no longer needs em, then givin em the flag salute), and dismiss everything else that gets pointed out about him as “broke niggas hatin”? That’s the go-to defense mechanism whenever someone has anything less than praise for their beloved idol. Most I’ve met tend to have his same arrogant ass attitude too, I’ve never seen so many people try to live so vicariously thru a celeb as they do that cat…like Jay would even acknowledge their presence if they were to come face to face, or break bread with em for ridin so hard for him. Same Jay who rubs his lifestyle in the faces of the very people who bought and paid for that lifestyle, and uses his music to insult those who ain’t gettin it like he’s gettin it instead of usin his platform to promote solutions to issues that plague communities like the very one he was birthed from. Talkin about Marcy this, Marcy that, but I seriously wonder what the percentage of Marcy residents is who can say Jay’s given em an employment opportunity to help better their situations. Can’t tell his fans that though, these mufukkas literally get that schoolgirl-crush look in their eyes when they talk about dude, start twirlin their hair and shit. One thing I’ve learned, there’s absolutely NO rationalizing with a Jay-Z drone. None.

      • LiddyBug86

        I’m not even going to finish reading your post, because your missing the point. Obviously he isn’t doing much of shit if he really believes his presents his charity and to compare his self to Obama! Hey prick your not the first rapper. Further more, him and his wife have more money than even their great grand kids will be able to spend! No one said take the hammer route and go broke. But when your a multi- millionaire or even better a billionaire. It behooves them to give back plenty, because they won’t miss it.

      • LiddyBug86

        Your name is very appropriate, because what you just said was right on!

  • bisolabliss

    Damn, X went in.

    ‘It also takes me back to his infamous line of his song, “Moment of Clarity” where he states, “Truthfully I want to rhyme like Common Sense”. With our community in the condition it’s in, especially after the George Zimmerman verdict, I wonder what, or who is stopping him.’

    This quote was the icing on the cake.

    Over to Jay’s apologists, ‘what, or who is stopping him?’

    • oceneco

      If you listen to the entire verse he answers your question. “but I did 5mil, I aint been rapping like common since. If your sense have that much in Common and you been hustling since your inception phuck perception go with what makes cents. Since i know what were up against, we as rappers must decide whats most important. And I cant help the poor if I’m one of them…..

  • oceneco

    Hammer tried to feed everyone and give everyone jobs, and he went bankrupt for it, and you same guys try to clown his name when mentioned but he did what many of you are consciously and sub consciously suggesting, that he should spend all of his extra money on the poor. The reason i mention hammer is because either way (if he takes you guys advice) most of you going to hate on him anyway. As opposed to you taking your own advice and do the same with your time and money.

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