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Jay Z Responds To Barneys Controversy: Not Leaving ‘Till I Know The Facts


(AllHipHop News) After reports of two separate racial discrimination by two African American teens at Barneys’ flagship store in New York City, Jay Z seems to have more of a problem with the media than Barneys. In a statement posted on his personal website Life+Times, Jay Z denounced the negative criticism on his delayed response and addressed if he will stop his planned holiday collection with Barneys.

Jay reasons that he did not immediately respond to the October 22nd news of Trayon Christian’s alleged racial profiling at Barneys due to a lack of facts:

I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys.

Jay Z not only is hesitant in removing his collection, he also equates him making a rush judgment of Barneys to racists profling people:

I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles?

The majority of Jay’s statement revolves around clearing up misconceptions of his character and the nature of his deal with Barneys. Jay maintains that The Shawn Carter Foundation will receive “25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys.”

The collection will start being sold online and in stores on November 20th.

Check out the full statement at Life+Times.

  • Frank

    who the fck is you kidding J?

  • sowell19

    Sellout

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      stfu!

      • sowell19

        Eat monkey a$$

    • Executive

      You type of nigga to complain about everything and never put it work.

      • sowell19

        You need some English lessons ASAP

  • Think 1st

    Smart on Jay behalf not to rush to any actions based off hype, he has business & affiliate reputation on the line if he suddenly backs out the deal & pretty sure this’ll blow over within a week or two.

  • Thank you…That’s what I am saying….FU$K your feelings and emotions, it’s based on facts….If this kid won a huge settlement he would go right back to Barney’s and shop some more….So the learning outcome would be more to sue as another way to get money, instead of learning and realizing that no matter what the situation is you shouldn’t support certain stores based on how they treat you. You can’t just watch the news one day and say “Oh let me stop all my business plans with this store because they are in the news”…No this has to go to court and based on facts then we all can either support or not…BUt by then Jay’s partnership will end with Barney’s….lol

    • RapItUp

      Tell ’em Dior

    • brotha_man

      still dont matter. he gonna listen to the white folks anyway.

      white person: no, mister carter we didn’t discriminate! we would never follow a black boy through the store.

      Black boy: yes , you did!!!

      Jay-z: ive heard enough! so when is the grand showing for my clothing line again?

      • Bodie

        You Corny as hell.. I can tell you from MN.. I went to school up there to play football, and every nig9a from MN lame… the only ppl makin moves up there is from Chi, Gary, Detroit, and they migrated to MN for the easy money

      • brotha_man

        i migrated from st. louis. i to, make easy money (corporate money). MN got some high ass taxes though…
        u the fool. if jay-z addresses this the right he can still have his ice cream and cake. im not saying he needs to march signing negro spirituals, its not a crime to show ur displeasure about events that occur.

      • brotha_man

        I dont give a damn what he does with his money or how much money he has. im just saying his words are as powerful as his money #sensitiveinternetthugs. ppl get emotional about jay-z

      • Bodie

        Who is sensitive about this sh!t other than you, who’s writing multiple post about the same thing? I could care less what decision he makes regarding this situation. You responded to the wrong person, I guess you meant this for Dior.
        Also, you uses hashtags on sites other than twitter? Smh Lames these days

      • brotha_man

        im not on twitter

      • Bodie

        Exactly

      • brotha_man

        meaning i dont have an acct. nothing wrong with a healthy debate my brotha

      • Say what you want, by “listening to them white folks” jay-z is a rich man…Listening to his own kind will have him living back in Macy Projects trying to keep it real.

      • brotha_man

        who told u that Bill O’reilly? the black elite are just as powerful

      • SBRon

        I’m curious, bruh…who makes your list of the “black elite”?

      • brotha_man

        too many to name: Obama, Oprah, Jay-z, maya angelou, tavis smiley, malcolm gladwell, roland martin, michelle obama, Colin powell, keith ellison, clive cambell, condoleezza rice, magic johnson, russell simmons, richard parsons, quincy jones, T.D jakes, creflo dollar, spike lee, etc…..bill clinton, cornell west, …..etc.

      • SBRon

        Kool, I can dig (about 98% of) it!!

  • whoa

    HIGH PAID SLAVE.

    • Executive

      If you read his statement you’d learn that he said he was not making any money off this. #dumbslave

      • Vic Sage

        That gives him all the more reason to utilize his options to remove his business from the store mannnnn…,”

      • RapItUp

        While I find it hard to believe he won’t be making ANY money off this deal (because that’s why he’s remaining involved, to many of the ‘informed’) or losing money directly, I’m sure having Barney’s as business partner looks good on his resume.

      • Vic Sage

        Friend; Jay previously owned a minority share in the Brooklyn Nets in which he had to sell recently in order to delve into the Sports Agent arena…” So with that said which do you think screams the loudest on his so-called ‘resume’ as you have noted: ‘Selling items out of a High-Falutin racially bias store or stock in a Professional Sports Team in a league deemed 3rd in America?!” Right….”

      • RapItUp

        Ok smoke dza, because his barely scratching a million dollar stake holdings of a public entity is so much more of an accomplishment than his exclusive rights to get him in such a racist, biased, upscale facility in world famous NY. A million dollars isn’t a lot of money, even to a lot of common folk. I work in finance and see a lot of net worth and suitability. If you think that stake he held in the team was significant (not down playing the sports agent role, although neither were up for discussion in this particular post), perhaps I can wow you when I tell you of a car washing business I tried to start when I was 12.. Soo much soap and towels.. We were almost the real thing, man…

      • n n

        25 percent go to his foundation where is the other 75 percent going? In his pocket with Barney.

      • whoa

        You’re an idiot. I did not say that he was BARNEY’S high paid slave, I said that he was High Paid Slave PERIOD. So did he not collaborate with Barclay’s, who are NOTORIOUS SLAVE PROFITEERS for that whole stadium deal that basically aids in the gentrification of Brooklyn. Go ahead and tell me about the jobs it creates, and I will show you how unbalanced and stupid that thinking is when the comparison and contrast of benefits/detriments is done. Keep on acting like these cats are not Black Faces for White Owners if you want to.

  • Sinbk Legend

    Fukk this NlGGA

  • jubilee shine

    I used to drink Cristal, the muh’fucker’s racist
    So I switched gold bottles on to that Spade shit

    “It has come to my attention that the managing director of Cristal, Frederic Rouzaud views the ‘hip-hop’ culture as ‘unwelcome attention,”’ Jay-Z said. “I view his comments as racist and will no longer support any of his products through any of my various brands including the 40/40 Club nor in my personal life.”

    • Vic Sage

      Word Life!!” But I’m still confused as to what facts he’s waiting for..” J’s on that real dumb dumb sht for trying to play smart people stupid..”

  • jubilee shine

    NEW YORK The Rev. Al Sharpton threatened Saturday to boycott luxury retailer Barneys if the department store doesn’t respond adequately to allegations by black shoppers that they were racially profiled there.

    “We’ve gone from stop and frisk to shop and frisk, and we are not going to take it,” the black civil rights leader said. “We are not going to live in a town where our money is considered suspect and everyone else’s money is respected.”

  • RapItUp

    Please go back to prior Bowers post and see this is exactly what I said. If you bust an emotional ass move without waiting for the FACTS, you too are just perpetuating the problem.. Not coming to a sound, and informed decision.. And in his case, losing out on millions of dollars or so. Lol but seriously. Let’s hear if Barney’s made those calls. If so, I’m sure Jay will do the right thing.

    • Vic Sage

      Right…

      • RapItUp

        I know..

  • DonnieBrownSkin

    Sad to say everybody will forget about this in a month. Mr.Christian should get a settlement “No less than 350k”

    • Freezamon

      I already did

  • bigdoe6

    Jay is no fool. Business is business. Never personal. Regardless of what the kid probably already got the belt from another store by now who still don’t appreciate his hard earned money.

  • Executive

    So it’s all Jay Z fault? Lmao. To all the losers who play the blame game, be your own fuckin hero. Quick to look for handouts and people to blame ass people!

    • brotha_man

      no but any time anything with racial undertones he speaks out (i.e cristal, zimmerman) but when money is on the line his lips are sealed because he wants to play detective aka maybe if I wait long enough this whole thing will blow over

      • Immortal

        He might claim he’s “down” and represents those who are where he was, but he knows his true demographic now, and most of us are not in it anyways. If this is how he feels, and it’s not how y’all feel, then don’t buy the mans stuff from the clothes to the albums. Money always has a way of getting someone’s attention. But alas, this won’t happen and like a few said below, it’s going to blow over in a month. smh

      • Chris

        Trill.

    • Bodie

      Thank You

  • whoa

    Jay Z is a sellout and a Hoe Ass Nigga. Period.

  • whoa

    This the same nigga that showed up to the “Occupy” protests and tried to MAKE MONEY from it by selling T-Shirts of his own trying to co-op the movement. Let’s be honest. DRUG DEALERS ARE BLOOD SUCKERS OF THE COMMUNITY. You niggas sound like the same fools who think that the dope man buying some team uniforms or Thanksgiving turkeys makes up for the death and destruction he brings to his community overall. Shawn Carter has only graduated in his Blood-Sucking activities. It’s just on a larger scale now.

    • STRONGEST LEADER SINCE PAC

      As Saigon put it, “Shock TV”…real talk

      • whoa

        “Bread and Circuses” FOR REAL.

      • whoa

        I remember when Dame, Irv, Suge, and J. Prince were trying to start their own P&D Company and how all of these so-called “bosses” were quiet as church mouses about it. The man has been selling us all a lifestyle SINCE 1996. There’s nothing new under the sun. He was “drinking Cristal when niggas thought it was beer and shit” WITHOUT any kind of endorsement/product placement. Go through an old Jay-Z rhyme, you’ll find countless products he name drops without any kind of deal in place. But we act like he’s such a smart businessman. No. He’s the dude that was willing to sell everybody out without emotion. Folks don’t realize Dame would be arguing and fighting with Lyor about points, brand, and publishing and Jay would go on vacation with him. If you watch “Backstage,” you’ll witness Lyor courting Jay like a bitch behind Dame’s back. Folks believe it was all Dame’s overspending and ego. No. It was the fact that he ruined alliances going to war for a nigga that chose to join their tormentors in mid-battle.

      • STRONGEST LEADER SINCE PAC

        “This that Ether…Ish to make soul burn slow…”

  • digitallife

    Super political with that response. The issue for him from a p.r. standpoint is he doesn’t need the money and this add-on income to an already hefty business income. Brands abandon artists at the drop of a dime, for whatever reason they want..facts or no facts. If Jay was accused of slapping a white woman tomorrow Barney’s would drop his azz in a blink without video or without “all the facts”. It comes of as hypocritical to flow about brands that can only be found in stores that do this kind of profiling. He dropped Cristal because he had his own Champagne company to push on his audience. Now I could’ve respected a reply in the form of “I will sit down with the young man who was the victim in this situation to get a better idea of what transpired. I will then make a decision based on what I believe is right and wrong”.

    “You traded your soul for riches….”
    -Nas “Ether”

    • whoa

      CO-SIGN.

    • whoa

      Kanye basically told us the truth family, THEY HAVE NO REAL POWER. We shot the messenger before reading the message though.

    • RapItUp

      What about Mr. Barney? Why Jay need to sit with this kid, hear him out. He only has a seasonal contract with Barney’s. What about the owner of Barney’s? Or the NYPD?

      • Executive

        Your right, these idiots are champions at the blame game.

      • digitallife

        There is a sweet irony in you calling someone an idiot..naming yourself after a car you’d get profiled for even driving. Ole snitch to the massah to steal a sip of the mint julep mofo.

      • digitallife

        Barney’s targeted audience aren’t folks from the hood, Jay-z’s wealth on the other hand has been based heavily around those same people. He’s going to skip talking to the victim and take the word of people who will lie to his face just out of support for their best interest. You really think the arresting cop or the ceo of Barney’s is going to say “Yeah we stalked him, profiled him and had him arrested”…not sure what world some of ya’ll live in.

      • RapItUp

        I could say the same, in regards to us crowning Judge Jay and waiting for his take on the matter. Funny that he just so happened to sign a holiday deal with this store.. Had this happened to a non-rap affiliated retail, we’d all be grumbling how we need to do something, or that’s messed up the kid got plucked on the street.

        The bottom line is, SOMEBODY let the hounds go on lil man. The cops didn’t apprehend dude on their own. Or maybe they did. That’s what will come to light. Especially with these lawsuits being handed out like mixtapes. One side will be held accountable. The NYPD and Barney’s ain’t tight like that. This ain’t up to Jay to counsel the victim right now. He said he is waiting for insurmountable evidence. What more do y’all want from him? He released a statement. Isn’t that step one? I can’t see this case fading into obscurity

    • ZUBU

      Your NAS reponse is so on point. Jay ain’t got no heart he don’t care about the hood (Marcy), none of the old homeboys, black people in general, only thing this brotha cares about is the bottom line….. money

  • whoa

    Look at The Tea Party, Christian Right, NRA, PAC Groups, or any political affiliation/organization/demographic that exercises their REAL POWER. HIP-HOP has the SAME POWER, actually even MORE. We do not exercise it because our so-called “representatives” are paid suckas.

    • digitallife

      What we have is spending power which gives stars in certain demographics leverage to earn millions from playing the middle man promoter of brands who want in on those dollars.

      • whoa

        Exactly. But again…. that is STILL POWER. We need to learn from other groups on how to use it. The same way Reebok can drop Rick Ross because females get angry, we should be able to make Reebok STARVE when they do something that is against the Hip-Hop Nation as a whole.

      • digitallife

        You drop Rick Ross…we drop you..that simple. Walmart drops a country singer for getting drunk and getting arrested…his fans stop shopping at Walmart and take their business to Kmart. The problem is we move from this guy to that guy and in the end the money moves through the same guys one way or another. There isn’t enough infrastructure in place for all that wealth to cascade down evenly amongst ethnic groups or political of social economic groups. What we need is to support chains and brands that actually invest into their communities.

      • whoa

        That’s where I was going next: ORGANIZATION. We saw the Tea Party, which is nothing more than The KKK WITHOUT the sheets help SHUT SHIT DOWN. Because they have organized, and also, THEY HOLD THEIR REPRESENTATIVES ACCOUNTABLE. So should we.

      • digitallife

        It starts via social education and honestly it won’t happen in our lifetime. The infrastructure isn’t designed to be an even playing field..and the 1% of black and latinos that become successful aren’t willing to make the sacrifice to invest into it.

      • whoa

        It can be done, those who are able refuse to set the standard. The Black Panthers ran a NATIONWIDE Breakfast/Sickle-Cell testing Program with LESS than $500,000 in their coffers. This sellout nigga says he spends that on a vehicle. Think about it.

      • digitallife

        Yes and look at how all that ended for them and in that outcome lays the fear of successful men and women of color these days to heavily invest. You see people take their millions and go invest outside of the country when we have people in need right here who could use a new school, better teachers, training for parents who want to change their lives. The reality now is a few of us move on up each generation just to keep the hopes that you too can make it. It’s not different than it was in the 1300’s we just have a new version of monarchy, the modern version. Every smart king historically has taken a peasant and elevated them…it’s the carrot man..the dangling of hope to keep people in line.

      • ZUBU

        Yeah bro, for those who don’t recall the panthers fed the kids in the hood, they also policed the police. Armed themselves and defended the hood. Then the pigs started infiltrating them and setting the up, killing them off (Fred Hampton). It was wicked, because they were empowering brothas and a threat to the establishment. They want us being dumb, ignorant powerless brothas that they can control. So they kill Malcom, Martin, Medgar, etc. Anyone that can lead us TRULY they kill. It’s the AmeriKKKan way!

      • Immortal

        But in organization there has to be a belief that the mission can succeed. If you promise folks a dollar, but end up delivering a penny, there will be a lot of WTF’s going around, and what you wanted to happen, happens to you. Same with the Tea Party. There will be quite a few unemployed members come elections. I agree with what you’re saying tho; I just don’t think that with the short memories people have that any real traction will come of this. Also you notice how slick it was he slid in where some of the money from sales goes. He’s making it next to impossible to get mad at him for staying when he “claims” 25% is going to a charity. I’d like to see the books on that charity after all is said and done. But one way to bring awareness to the masses without an overabundance of work or money is Social Media. Soulja Boy did it and made millions. You could do it just to spread a message that would hopefully gain traction. Name one major artist that isn’t on FB? You get enough “friends” to spread the message to make it viral, and it will have an impact; a global one at that. God help him if it made a major news network especially in his home town of NYC. TMZ would own his ass and clown him till he makes a clear statement and then still clown him.

      • whoa

        Remember Wycef’s charity? Nuff said. Everyone knows the truth about “charities.” They never really reach those who are in need. The United Nations gave out more CHOLERA in Haiti than they did money to rebuild. A charity is nothing but a tax write-off and a feel-good/pat on the back thing that rich folks do to look or feel as though they’re making a difference. Put that shit up there right next to “the building fund” at a church in the ghetto, it never evens out.

      • Immortal

        But to those that only see a number attached to something, they’ll look at this as 25% is going to somewhere good; sucks to be those three dudes that got arrested. And that’s some BS. But you know Rev. C. More Bucks has to make that note of that Bentley coupe somehow. That’s why I love mega churches; mega buildings holding some mega dumbasses willing to part with some mega money to some mega buffoon who “preaches” the same mega words you or I would/could do for free.

      • whoa

        CO-SIGN. You know Rollo Good- I mean the Good Reverend Al “The Extortionist” Sharpton will be in a Barney’s office by Tuesday getting a “donation” to HIS CHARITY in order to call the dogs off. “The Boondocks” didn’t lie on that nigga either.

      • Immortal

        Come Monday there will be no sounds or mentions on this. Jay will give out some free tickets to the Nets games maybe even season tickets with a lux suite, “Rev” Al and Uncle Jessie will get their personal “donations” and the store will give out a gift card with store credit on it. NYPD will issue some bogus training program that won’t happen and life will go on as usual. I actually like cops, but can see the BS that is coming up from all sides to include the NYPD

      • SBRon

        The majority of those idiots didn’t want their Representatives to shut down the gov’t. Their Congressmen/women get their marching orders from the Koch brothers & other ultra-rich, extreme right-wing conservatives…

  • STRONGEST LEADER SINCE PAC

    You being “Demonized” because you a Demon ni&&a…

    • johnblacksad

      booooooooooo

  • whoa

    “So I’m cruisin in the car with this bourgeois broad

    She said, “Jigga-Man you rich, take the doo-rag off”

    Hit a U-turn; ma I’m droppin you back off

    Front of the club, “Jigga why you do that for?”

    Thug nigga til the end, tell a friend bitch

    Won’t change for no paper plus I been rich…”

    Now this same cat takes pictures next to Drake with a sweatshirt that reads “Bourgeois.” That should let you know everything you need to know.

    • digitallife

      Folks will still go out and pay five bills for his show, at this point dude could probably drop his pants squat on his fans and people will defend it and ask for more.

    • FRUKOH

      Jiggaboo a.k.a Cameltoe said: ‘I move and speak based on facts and not emotion’ lmao and ugly and nearly all his disses to other rappers were not off emotion?! He down with the White House Nigga so what else should we expect?

      • IHATEHATERS

        What do you do for a living? You sound bitter and jobless..lol

      • onehunglo

        you sound like the toe that likes to get patted on the head by mass for telling on runaway slaves

      • onehunglo

        brillant

      • crom777

        Try not brilliant .. wtf is brillant

      • onehunglo

        calm down ole girl, it’s just a typo. don’t start join all gay crazy on me

  • STRONGEST LEADER SINCE PAC

    FDB

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  • johnblacksad

    most of ya’ll niggaz just mad… the ‘funny’ thing is if your favorite rapper was as successful as Jay, you’d hate him too… smh… n!ggaz mayne!

    • RapItUp

      Lot of cats in here freedom fighting but I bet none have signed the petition, etc. Like murcie lago said, just a bunch of pointing fingers, off-comparisons, and premature conclusions. When you bring up the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets shareholding into this conversation (where it has no place), I know some brothers just won’t get it

  • onehunglo

    would love to bust those pozzy lips

  • CanYouAllHearMe

    Sean didn’t write that lol

  • truthhurtsgayassniggas

    jay z is succesfull yes but what did he do to get there? did he sell more albums than any other rapper? no, is he the richest because of Beyonce? maybe because where was jay z before beyonce? oh yeah he was battling Nas lol.. where was jay z during the Tupac Era? oh yeah just in the background trying to get a deal? lol where was jay when 50 cent took over the world? oh yeah competing for #2 maybe? lol jay z became really big after announcing retirement and kanye west entering the picture.. beyonce played huge part and oh yeah being Def jam president played big part, because Jay marketed himself like no-other look at the marketing dollars jay spent to get to where he is today? lol Roca-wear and all his endeveurs became bigger after all this translated.

    • RapItUp

      I guess Jay’s entire discography went platinum after he announced his retirement too. In chronological order. And all the rappers waited until he claimed retirement to begin following his trends. And tatting his lyrics on their bodies. Seems legit. Or wait, they waited until he got with Beyonce. Even better. Lol!

    • crom777

      Wow you must be 10 years old.. because either that or you have no memory or you could be touched in the head.. Jays been big since the late 90s.. and when did 50 ever take his spot smh.. The hate runs deep with you

      • vandyll

        Thank you because that nigga is in the left lane speeding in reverse. What an idiot.

    • vandyll

      That comment was so uninformed. What the phuk is your brain powered by, bbq coals? Know something about a person’s history before you attempt to discredit them. All of your points are totally wrong and u sound foolish.

  • soyhiphop

    he meant im not leaving till i make more stacks. i use to work in that exact same barneys between 59th and 60th not far from central park and guess who was doing all the stealing? White people lol

    • brotha_man

      no lie. i knew a white lady who used to steal clothes and sell them. i asked her how did she steal so much stuff, cuz she would have big garbage bags of stuff. she said i send my boyfriend (who was black) in first, they always follow him around the store, which allowed me to do my thang

      • onehunglo

        true,I knew a jew lady who used to shit on the floor while her husband stole from fortunoff

      • ZUBU

        Word bro, in Connecticut my lil’ brotha and friends would go into Macys store security would follow my brotha and another friend while their white homeboy would steal all kinds of stuff, they would meet outside and split the goods. The two brothas were essentially decoys. I’m not saying it was right but thats what they get for focusing so much attention on brothas.

  • brotha_man

    Allah-u Akbar and throw him some hot cars
    Things we see on the screen that’s not ours
    But these niggas from the hood so these dreams not far
    Where I’m from the dope boys is the rock stars
    But they can’t cop cars without seeing cop cars
    I guess they want us all behind bars – I know it

  • onehunglo

    his pockets looking thick so i stick slick……………………….ahhhhhh iiiiiiiiiii

  • Honduras Numero 1

    Why are black people looking to JayZ to fix this problem. A real Statement would be for black folks to go after and attack white supremacy. Not Jay Z

    • onehunglo

      ask yourselves why you allow jews to portray you in a negative way 100% of the time in hollywood and media, jews have convinced you that it is shameful to read or agree with farrakhan and u fall for it, yet farrakhan tells the absolute truth about how jews(not white people) are your biggest enemy. how many of u morons even know arsenio was fired for having farrakhan on his show

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