The New York Daily News has pissed Mr. Carter off.

Jay Z usually doesn’t feels the need to respond when he’s thrown in some controversy, unless of course, it’s in a song, however, after the ruthless cover New York Daily News released on Friday, Jay couldn’t hold it any longer.

The New York Daily News also put Jay on the front page of Friday’s newspaper and stated that he would have “Zero Respect” if he continued on with the partnership.


Last week, Barneys came under fire after a black male college student was involved in an incident where he was questioned by police and then thrown in jail for two hours after purchasing a $349 belt from the store. He later filed a lawsuit against Barneys for discrimination and a petition was launched, asking Jay Z to drop his plans to release a limited holiday collection with the alleged racist brandToday, in response, Jay released this statement:

“This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and, an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.

I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately?

The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts. Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.

I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgments, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change.” – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter

Barneys was involved in not one, but two profiling incidents involving African-Americans. The most recent one happened earlier this week when a 19-year-old college student, Trayon Christian, was approached by police, and arrested after he bought a $349 Ferragamo belt from the department store.


Trayon allegedly reported that, he spotted the belt on Juelz Santana and saved up his money from his part-time job to buy it. Meanwhile, after he bought the belt from Barneys, the store clerk called the police and told them that he didn’t look as though he could afford it. (Seriously!!!)

Trayon was questioned by detectives, who believed he may have used a fraudulent card and ID, and he was detailed for a few hours in jail until it was verified that all of his info was correct and he was later released. He returned the belt to the store and later filed a lawsuit against them.


After Trayon’s story made its rounds in the press, a 21-year-old black woman named Kayla Phillips came forward and said that she too was stopped bythe NYPD shortly after purchasing a $2,500 Céline bag from the store back in February. According to Kayla, she had just opened up a bank account with her tax return and used a temporary Bank of America debit card which didn’t have her name on it making the store clerk suspicious. After she was approached by cops and roughed up on the streets, she was eventually able to show them a new card, bearing her name which had arrived in the mail, and was let go.

Twitter is abuzz with celebs and fans opinions mostly pressuring Jay-Z to cut all ties with Barneys.

Should any of this be of concern to Jay-Z or be blamed on him? Would you consider this profiling accident as mere coincidence or an act of racism? Tell us what you think.