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Veteran music journalist/activist dream hampton is speaking out to defend Jay Z and Beyoncé against the many critics who accuse the couple of being insensitively silent on current issues affecting the Black community.

Dream, who worked as a ghostwriter with Jay Z on his 2010 autobiographical memoir Decoded, took to her Twitter account over the weekend with a series of tweets in response to those who continuously criticize the Carters for not publicly speaking out against the multiple police murders that have sparked the recent “Black Lives Matter” movement, as well as other social issues affecting African-Americans.

dream insisted that Jay Z and Beyoncé actually wired “tens of thousands” of dollars to bail out protesters in Ferguson and Baltimore, while also privately providing funding for the “Black Lives Matter” movement and countless other causes without hesitation.









Shortly after dream’s brief rant, others also began reminding critics that it was Jay Z who set up, and continues to maintain, a trust fund for the children of 23-year-old unarmed Black man Sean Bell. Bell was gunned down in Queens, NY by NYPD just hours before his wedding back in 2006. More supporters chimed in to point out that the Carters have also directly reached out to support and rally with the families of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray in private.

dream later deleted her comments after claiming that she “received a message” asking her to keep her mouth shut once word of her comments began to go viral.

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  • vintage3000

    This is wonderful if it’s all true, especially the trust fund for the Bell children.

    But if the Carters asked her to keep this confidential she should have complied with their wishes, and let haters (like me) continue to have my own opinions about them. Bey and Jay apparently don’t care what folks think, so why is dream so pressed?

    • Sparger

      I’m thinking she told it because they told her to. Then quickly erase it after it gets out and pretend they had nothing to do with it.

  • BSuga

    I know this will be very unpopular, but to me this is a PR move. Here’s the deal. Jay was being called out for his lack social activism, while he was trying to selll folks tidal. Dream tweets this over the weekend and then deletes it . This weekend Jay does a concert for Tidal and scolded Black people for not supporting Black businesses meaning Tidal. In the freestyle saying “N9iggas” will buy an iphone, but are skeptical of Black businesses. If this is true it was done to shield them from any kind of criticism in not supporting Black people liberation struggle. Jay showed us who he was during Barneys. Also his behavior with Occupy Wall Street. If people look at them sideways it’s their fault because some of the
    comments they have expressed regarding race are suspect as hell.
    Beyonce said racism will end when everybody is mixed in a Larry King
    interview and because of her musical career people don’t look at her
    race ( Piers Morgan) and that’s how she looks at people. Really? Jay
    z has said that hip hop has done more for race relations than any
    cultural icon. Again, really? He cites integrated clubs as an indicator
    of the decline of racism. So, this reeks of opportunism.

    • OSHH

      Yep, the timing of it all, is a dead giveaway.
      This is a dude that actually disrespected Harry Belafonte when called out on the lack of social activism and then said that his mere presence was charity.

    • [email protected]

      Harry Belafonte fought many battles. He fought for labor rights, racial justice, and for anti-imperialism.

    • [email protected]

      People need to know about Barneys.

  • [email protected]

    If it is true that Jay Z
    and Beyoncé gave money to bailout protesters in Baltimore and in Ferguson, then
    that is fine. There is nothing wrong with that. If the couple financially aided
    the Black Lives Matter movement, then I don’t have a problem with that either.
    Yet, there is an issue. You know the issue. Before the murder of Michael Brown,
    there was the Barney’s controversy. There were black victims of racial
    profiling in Barneys pleading for help from Jay Z and Jay Z didn’t do a
    (single) thing to help these victims. He also formed an economic partnership
    with Barneys. So, Jay Z has worked in charities (which should be acknowledged) and
    has involvement in social conscious issues in real life, but he a’int Jim
    Brown, Muhammad Ali, or Harry Belafonte. When interviewed by CNN about the economic crisis, and the
    asymmetric recovery whereby rich people and corporations profit while “Main
    Street” does not, Jay-Z responded, “What we have to be really clear about is
    that America is built on free enterprise, so we don’t want to knock anyone for
    being successful in America…The things that were happened were unjust and we
    should talk about that.” America was built on the free enterprise system of
    slavery. Jay Z also would criticize the Occupy Wall Street movement in silly
    terms. So, Jay Z needs to know that the capitalist system doesn’t care about
    him or all of us. We need revolutionary change.


    Damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

  • mmmdot

    I’m impressed that they are doing SOMETHING substantive to help, but what would help EVEN MORE would be to openly speak about the anti-black racism and misogynoir that is affecting the everyday lives of Black men, women, and children in no uncertain terms. It would help if they refused to work with companies like Barney’s that openly discriminate against Black people like them. It would help if they respected luminaries like Harry Belafonte. They REALLY only seem to care about themselves, their own wealth, and their own self-aggrandizement. Sorry.