Remember when Jay Z sent out that series of #TidalFacts tweets and the popular retort was "But where's your #BlackLivesMatter tweets?" Apparently, Jay didn't need to tweet because he and Beyoncé were allegedly secretly helping the movement all along.
When Jay Z and Beyoncé's names are brought up in any conversation, a popular retort for many critics of the Carters is the superstar couple's seemingly lack of involvement when it comes to injustices. When Ferguson erupted in protests after a grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Mike Brown, the Carters were quiet. When Baltimore erupted in flames following the mysterious death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody, the Carters were quiet.
It wasn't until last week, during Prince's "Rally 4 Peace" show in Baltimore, did they pop up in pictures with Freddie Gray and Mike Brown's families. But the pictures were met with even more scrutiny from critics accusing the Carters of "wanting to get a photo opp" for good publicity since they seemingly failed to show support before.
Not true, says dream hampton. They've supported plenty.
Over the weekend, the writer, filmmaker, activist and friend to the famous family revealed that the Carters have been instrumental to the #BlackLivesMatter movement because they've been cutting checks behind the scenes to bail out protestors and build infrastructure.
Via her Twitter, dream claims she would personally make the call to Jay and the Carters would come out of pocket within minutes, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.
I'm going to tweet this and I don't care if Jay gets mad. When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protesters, I asked hit Jay up, as I had for Ferguson, wired tens of thousands [of dollars] in minutes.
When #BlackLivesMatter needed infrastructure money for the many chapters that were growing like beautiful dandelions, Carters wrote a huge check and more stuff, too much to list actually, that they always insist folk keep quiet.
I am interested in mass movements where as may people as possible feel invested. I know that can't be built with rules on rules on rules. They're waiting war on black resistance in a multitude of ways, many of them financially, Protest is literally punished with tariffs. When they fine and arrest people for protesting, more opportunities for exploitation by the state are possible with each encounter.
Welp, I just got the 'can you shut the fuk up & head to brunch' test. Gonna erase my error ridden rant. Hope you got your little screenshot.
Jay and Bey are in a weird space where they're damned if they do, and damned if they don't. All that matters is that they do what they feel is right, whether it hits the media or not. Hopefully, dream's reveal ends the debate once and for all.
Yes, the Carters care - they just don't care to put every charitable thing they do on blast.
Meanwhile, Beyoncé was on a humanitarian mission to Haiti with the United Nations a few days ago. Catch the pics and video on the next page!