November 16, 2013


Jay Z Announces Future Plans for Barneys Relationship

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Nigel Waldron/WireImage

Jay Z has finally addressed his future plans regarding the rollout of his holiday collection for upscale clothing store, Barneys, after allegations of racial profiling.

The NYC rapper and mogul recently took to his personal blog to announce that he would be going forward with the collection, but will also be playing a major role in addressing the company's issues.

The two major racial profiling cases lodged against the company are that of Trayvon Christian and Kayla Phillips.

Christian claims police detained him for two hours after purchasing a $349 Ferragamo belt at an NYC location back in April.

Phillips alleges officers harassed her after buying a $2500 handbag in February.

Both are suing Barneys for racial discrimination.

Jay, who has received extreme backlash for not severing ties with the company, explained in his post that he is still personally looking into the findings of ongoing investigations.

He has even been in contact with the New York State Attorney general's office over the matter.

But while the investigations are still ongoing, Jay feels that having a leadership role at the company is important for helping Barneys move in the right direction in the future.

"While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling," he said.

"The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on."

Also, it's apparently a really, really good thing for the "99 Problems" rapper's charity, The Shawn Carter Foundation, which is set to nab a large chunk of sales. And, it seems, Barneys just upped the ante.

"From this collection, the Foundation will receive not only 25% of sales, it will now receive the additional 75% of Barneys’ sales, totalling 100% of all sales from BNY SCC," Jay said.

"Along with 100% of sales from the collaboration, the Foundation will receive an additional 10% of all retail sales from Barneys New York stores nationwide and on November 20th."

Jay Z has spoken. Ball's in your court, Barneys.