Compared to Kanye, Jay Z has been pretty quiet since the release of his latest album, but now he's hit a bit of controversy. Recently, he teamed up with the US luxury department store chain, Barneys, to release a line of holiday clothing entitled 'A New York Holiday' as well as acting as a creative supervisor for the Madison Avenue store's Christmas windows. Ho ho hova.

However, the store has since been accused of racial profiling and fans of Jay Z have urged him to boycott the company as a result. After making expensive purchases within the store recently, two black shoppers alleged that they were questioned by police as they assumed the two shoppers had stolen the items. The company hired a civil rights expert to analyse internal policy, but this was not enough for fans, who petitioned Jay Z to pull out of any deal with Barneys.

Jay Z issued a statement showing that he was hesitant to react until he knew all the facts surrounding the case in question, also pointing out that 25% of sales from the line at Barneys will go to the Shawn Carter Foundation, designed to give students from poor socio-economic backgrounds scholarships for post-secondary education. You can read the full statement below:

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 judgements, 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

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