Rap star Jay Z has quietly sent thousands of dollars to help bail out protesters from Baltimore’s jail system, a writer who worked with him on his 2010 memoir said.
Dream Hampton, who helped Jay Z author “Decoded,” revealed the rapper’s cash infusions via Twitter. The messages were shortly after deleted but not before the hip-hop magazine Complex picked them up and reported them, Agence France-Presse said.
Among the tweets: “When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protesters, I … hit Jay up, as I had for Ferguson [and he] wired tens of thousands [of dollars].”
She also tweeted Jay Z and his wife, Beyonce, sent a “huge check” to support the “Black Lives Matter” movement that surged through America after the Ferguson police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Baltimore was the site of much violence after protesters took to the streets to denounce the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died a few days after being taken into police custody. Six officers have been charged for the incident.
Hampton explained in a written message she deleted the tweets because she thought Jay Z “would be pissed to see I was offering evidence” of his cash donations. The tweets, however, seemed defensive in tone and aimed at explaining to critics that Jay Z and Beyonce, who are worth an estimated $1 billion, were indeed helping the black community.
AFP reported actor Harry Belafonte had previously criticized modern-day stars for turning “their back on social responsibility,” naming Jay Z and Beyonce specifically.