Barack Obama isn’t the only politician Jay Z is cool with. Reports broke earlier today that Hov met with New York Governor Andrew Cummo yesterday to discuss reforming the criminal justice system in the wake of the death of Eric Garner.
Although Jay has not made a formal statement on the situation, he is making his stance on the situation known. He gave all the Brooklyn Nets players and many Other NBA players around the league “I can’t breathe” t-shirts to show support towards Eric Garner’s family.
Of course the The New York Post had to make light of Jiggas former crack dealer past and stabbing incident back in 1999.
When you need advice on a subject, you go to an expert. Gov. Cuomo did just that when he had a policy meeting on the subject of how cops enforce the laws with hip-hop mogul Jay Z — who earned most of his expertise in crime as a crack dealer. The governor’s spokeswoman, Melissa DeRosa, on Wednesday described their confab in Cuomo’s Midtown office as “productive.’’ The two discussed “a top-to-bottom review of the criminal-justice system and how we can all work together to pass a reform package,” she said. The rapper built his musical career on songs about his past criminal exploits slinging crack in Brooklyn’s Marcy housing project. One online report lists 187 references to crack or cocaine on his 12 solo albums, including last year’s chart-topping “Magna Carta Holy Grail.” In addition to his rap boasts about drug dealing, his criminal-justice experience includes being charged with stabbing people and bashing them on their heads with bottles at his favorite city nightclubs.
Via: Page Six of the NY Post
Cuomo press rep Melissa DeRosa released a statement reiterating that the meeting was about reviewing the criminal justice system and that his meeting with the mogul rapper was one of many.
It read, “Governor Cuomo has said he wants a comprehensive review of the current criminal justice system and has been talking with interested parties to discuss just that. Over the last week, he has personally spoken with members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, PBA President Pat Lynch, community activists including Russell Simmons and Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter, and district attorneys from across the state and looks forward to continuing this dialogue with additional stakeholders in the coming days and weeks.”
If that wasn’t enough, dailykos published this piece on Hov’s unpublicized acts of philanthropy. Did you know that he pays the tuition of Sean Bell’s children? Or that he’s provided financial aid to the folks working the ground in Ferguson? Just because a famous face isn’t wearing a T-shirt or firing off tweets, doesn’t mean they’re apathetic. Stop looking to celebrities for answers and be the change you want to see.