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5 Places That Can Use Jay Z’s Presence…I Mean Charity

By now most people have heard Jay Z’s controversial response to legendary activist/artist Harry Belafonte’s critique of his lack of social activism. But just in case you haven’t, it went like this:

“Yeah I’m offended by that because first of all…this is going to sound arrogant…but my presence is charity, just because of who I am. Just like Obama’s[Barack] is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything the hope that he provides for a nation and outside of America is enough. You know what I’m saying?”

Actually, I don’t know what you’re saying. Especially in light of the dwindling hope very few in our community still have in President Obama’s ability to make real change for Black America. Black unemployment continues to rise, homicide is still far and away the leading cause of death for young black men, and according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics,  one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime.

But if Jay Z, does actually believe his “presence is charity”, here are 5 places he needs to visit immediately. Not now, but right now!

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4-Year Old Genius Anala Beevers Invited to Join MENSA

Four-year old Anala Beevers is literally a genius.

Hailing from New Orleans, Anala is so brilliant that she’s been invited to join MENSA, an international organization for people with IQs in the 98 percentile or higher.

Anala learned the English alphabet at 4 months old, and numbers in Spanish by 1 and a half.

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Florida Police Shoot Unarmed Man in Front of His Own House

Along with carrying ice tea and candy, going into your car to grab a pack of cigarettes is also a dangerous thing for black people to do in Florida.

Roy Middleton was outside of his own home when police opened fire on him even though he was cooperating with their commands:

Deputies dispatched to the scene found Middleton inside the vehicle and ordered him to back away with his hands in the air. As he was doing so, Middleton says he turned to face the deputies.

“It was like a firing squad,” he later recalled from his hospital bed. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”

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Harry Belafonte Talks Celebrity Activism; Wants a Sit-Down w/ Beyonce and Jay Z

Harry Belafonte has both clarified his comments about and extended an olive branch to Beyonce and Jay Z.

This, of course, is in response to Jay Z’s remarks about Belafonte’s claim that he and wife Beyonce aren’t socially active and responsible enough.

In an interview with MSNBC, Belafonte talked about the wasted power of black celebrity as well as what he’s willing to do to bridge the “generation gap”:

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Don Lemon Agrees w/ Bill O’Reilly; Launches His Own Rant Against Black Youth

Don Lemon has come under fire for expressing agreement with Bill O’Reilly’s controversial statements regarding crime in the Black community.

In fact, Lemon says Bill didn’t go far enough.

Lemon gave Black kids five suggestions for cleaning up their act: hike up your pants, finish school, stop using the n-word, take care of your communities, and don’t have children out of wedlock.

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Congressional Black Caucus Holds Emergency Summit on Chicago Violence

The Congressional Black Caucus held an emergency summit on Chicago’s gun violence crisis last Friday.

The group gathered at Chicago State University, and discussed possible solutions to the crisis.

From NewsOne:

“With all due respect to Newtown and Arizona and the mass murders, we need to have voices for the urban areas and for urban violence,” said U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly on Friday.

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Chaka Khan Joins Boycott of Florida

In a recent interview with Chaka Khan, the soul legend announced her intentions to boycott Florida in protest of the state’s Stand Your Ground laws.

She joins fellow stars Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick.

From the Huffington Post:

Well the trial, number one was a travesty. Racism is still very much alive and well in this country.

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Ja Rule of Thumb

One of my favorite Dave Chappelle bits, and trust me, there are many, is his Ja Rule joke, wherein he hysterically describes how our celebrity worship can make us do absurd things sometimes:


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Jay Z Responds to Criticism from Harry Belafonte: ‘My presence is charity, just because of who I am’

Remember when Harry Belafonte went in on young black celebrities like Jay “no hyphen” Z and Beyonce on their lack of political activism?

Well, Jay has finally responded.

In the second part of his interview with Elliot Wilson, Hov had the following to say:

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Kanye West and Rhymefest Team Up for Free Music Writing Program for Chicago Youth

Chicago’s own Rhymefest and Kanye West are using their skills and resources to bring a new program to the South Side.

The duo whose collaborations have yielded hip-hop gold like “Jesus Walks,” are now getting together to bring a music program to the city’s youth:

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