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Jay-Z Releases Update on Barney’s Profiling Matters

Jay-Z Releases Update on Barney’s Profiling Matters


While the attention of many has moved away from the Barney’s issue (surprise surprise) Jay this evening just released an update statement as to the current status of his dealings with the high end retailer.

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 Barneys.com on November 20th. – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter

For many Jay-Z’s position to not walk away from Barneys will have a negative meaning. For others they’ll see a positive in it. In the end, in my opinion regardless of Carter’s own business moves have we changed? Are we giving our money to the same retailers today that we were 2 months ago? Once the immediate media focus fades away do we live up to the standards we place upon others? The Holiday season is here so if ever there was a time to show the power of where and who you purchase from it’s now.

Jason Francis | The Social Media Samurai

Jay-Z Releases Statement on Barneys & Questions NY Daily News

Jay-Z Releases Statement on Barneys & Question’s NY Daily News


In the midst of increasing media chatter, online petitions and social network questioning Jay-Z gave a full statement on the ongoing Barneys profiling situation. This was a statement Shawn Carter had no intention of giving at this time while the situation was still fluid but as we know the people get to wanting things when they want them and you have to act. Looking from the outside in and taking the follow statement at face value I have no issues with the current position. I prefer a well-informed statement vs a fast one but that’s just me.

I’m not of the belief that we need to wait for some rapper, ball player or actor to lead the charge against things we know are wrong. We have the power to effect change, but while we see how things play out, here is Jay-Z’s full statement and reply to the Friday cover of the Daily News he was put on.

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.

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. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately? The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts. 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.

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? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change. – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter


**Barneys & Sharpton Post Meeting Statement**

“No one, and I mean no individual, should go through the unacceptable experiences described by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips,” Lee said Tuesday after an hour-long sitdown with the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem headquarters of his National Action Network. “We offer our deepest sympathies to both of them. Our preliminary investigation has concluded that, in both of these instances, no one from Barneys New York raised any issue with these purchases…’

“No one from Barneys brought them to the attention of our internal security, and no one from Barneys reached out to external authorities.”

Asked if he was blaming the NYPD for the alleged profiling, Lee said, “I can only speak to what we know from the preliminary investigation.”

“Racial profiling is an extremely serious form of discrimination. We take it very seriously, and if we found that to be factually true we would terminate those individuals,” he said.
“That’s not the policy at Barneys.”

Sharpton also singled out the NYPD in blasting the alleged “shop and frisk” policy.

“If, in fact, NYPD takes it upon themselves to profile, that needs to be dealt with by retailers,” he said.
“If, in fact, there were rogue members in these department stores that have some collusion with members of NYPD that is not known to the heads of these companies, that ought to be dealt with by retailers.”

Barneys’ Lee also apologized to music mogul Jay-Z, who is slated to launch a clothing line with the retailer in November, and has charity dealings with the store.

“We deeply regret that these recent events have distracted from the great work of the Sean Carter Foundation, and we offer our sincere apologies to Mister Carter.” Lee said.
“Our collaboration together is based on the shared mission of helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships.”


Jason Francis | The Social Media Samurai