jay z bails dads out of jail

Jay Z Set to Bail Dads Out of Jail For Father’s Day

A popular criticism of A-list celebrities and moguls, a group of people that certainly includes Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, is that they feign support for community, social and political issues. While that may be true of some of Jay’s peers, the Brooklyn mogul is doing his part to ensure that it doesn’t apply to him.

In an essay on what he calls the “exploitative” bail industry, Jay Z announced that he’ll be bailing fathers out of jail today in honor of Father’s Day in conjunction with community activism organizations Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change. Mr. Carter cited the philanthropic work done by these specific organizations on Mother’s Day as inspiration. “This Father’s Day, I’m supporting those same organizations to bail out fathers who can’t afford the due process our democracy promises. As a father with a growing family, it’s the least I can do, but philanthropy is not a long fix,” wrote Jay in the essay, which was published to TIME. “We have to get rid of these inhumane practices altogether. We can’t fix our broken criminal justice system until we take on the exploitative bail industry.”

Jay has consistently referenced his unstable relationship with his father throughout his career. Naturally, the realities of a lacking paternal presence aren’t lost on him, and as a co-producer of the recent Kalief Browder documentary, he is more than well-versed on the struggles people of color face as they’re processed through the justice system. And he asserts that the two are directly related. “Millions of people are separated from their families for months at a time — not because they are convicted of committing a crime, but because they are accused of committing a crime.”

In addition, aside from Browder, Jay mentioned the tragic case of Sandra Bland, the 22-year-old woman who unexpectedly died in police custody following a traffic stop. “Sandra Bland was also forced to post bail after her minor traffic infraction in Prairie View, Texas, led to a false charge of assaulting a public servant.”

When Jay mentioned his growing family, he wasn’t being vague. Though it hasn’t yet been confirmed by the Carters, several reports—including one from CNN—have announced this morning that Beyonce has given birth to the couple’s twins, officially making Jay Z a father of three. Issues of disproportionate incarceration and exploitative bail maneuvers likely hit home for Jay long before he opted to enact today’s mission, and having a family can add a sense of urgency to that.

“On any given day over 400,000 people, convicted of no crime, are held in jail because they cannot afford to buy their freedom,” writes Jay. Regardless of political affiliation or musical preference, that’s a statistic that should be deemed unjustifiable on a multitude of levels. Today, Jay should be hopeful that by way of his initiative, awareness of that fact will increase.

Related Articles

News
News

Watch 21 Savage Try Really Hard to Smile At Jay Z’s Mention Of Him On “Shining”

News
News

Watch Jay Z Remind Jay Electronica That The Album Must Come Out

News
News

Jay Electronica On New Album: ‘Maybe If Minister Farakkhan Said Put It Out’

News
News

Surprise! Jay Z Makes a Surprise Appearance on Frank Ocean’s Surprise Beats 1 Radio Show

News
News

Waffle House Co-Founder Dies; After-Party Lives On

Knowledge
Knowledge

Jay Z Joins Kalief Browder’s Family For Town Hall Discussion

Ad

Latest News

clams casino the listening room Music

New Music From Clams Casino, Denzel Curry, Rockie Fresh and More

The Listening Room (June 26, 2017)
DJ Premier with Prodigy and Mobb Deep Music

The Best Prodigy Rarities and Tributes SoundCloud

"Still came home with his shine"
Taylor J "Five Times" Music

Taylor J Takes Over a Five Guys in His New Video For “Five Times”

Can we get a combo?
chris brown future "pie" video Music Video

Future Adds a Bite to ‘HNDRXX’ With “Pie,” Featuring Chris Brown

You thought he'd take the summer off?
warhol.ss, open space, chicago, black and white Video

Open Space: Warhol.ss

"We don't give off that same violent persona. We just be ourselves."
Super Nintendo Classic Tech/Games

The World May Be Burning, But At Least The Super Nintendo Classic Is Coming Back

Help us Star Fox, you're our only hope
XXXsensation Rainbow Cover Music

An Interview With XXXSensation, the Internet’s Top XXXTentacion Parody Artist

*clean*
Travel Ban Protests News

Trump’s Muslim Ban Partially Reinstated By the Supreme Court

Welcome to the "bona fide relationship" era
clams-casino-tape Music

Clams Casino Brings His Beats Back with ‘Instrumentals 4’

Download a fresh catch from the Vince Staples & A$AP Rocky producer
computer-brain Knowledge

Knowledge Darts Vol. 17: Content Of My Character

You can’t pay rent or utilities with respect
run-the-jewels-daily-op Music

Killer Mike and El-P’s Run the Jewels Debuted Four Years Ago. Job Well Done!

The bangin' beginning of one of hip hop's best duos
Chance The Rapper News

Watch Chance the Rapper’s Moving Speech At the BET Awards

Michelle Obama introduced Chance for his BET Humanitarian Award
shaqisdope, power, toronto Music

PREMIERE: ShaqIsDope Wants That “Power”

"I wanted to create a record that would inspire people to get up and go get it."
jay-z-reaction News

What JAY-Z Going To Rap About? Colonoscopies?

Never Read The Comments
migos and joe budden nearly fight at bet awards News

Joe Budden and Migos Almost Got Into Fisticuffs on BET Red Carpet

Watch Offset elegantly prepare himself for battle
will wagner, deep cover, vintage, wwe Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Will Wagner of Deep Cover

Look back at the Attitude Era through vintage WWE/WWF clothing