If there’s one celebrity you can always count on to take
part in social action, it’s none other than hip-
hop entrepreneur Jay Z .
Jay has donated money to the ongoing protests in
Ferguson. He has supported the trans community for
discrimination, and was on the scene of the rally for
Trayvon Martin in New York City. And just recently, the
rapper supported Eric Garner’s family this week when
he distributed “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts to members of
the Brooklyn Nets.
Now, he’s letting his voice be heard by discussing ways
to reform criminal justice with New York Governor
Jay Z and Andrew Cuomo held a private meeting on
Wednesday, wherein Jay urged Cuomo to hire a special
prosecutor to further investigate Eric Garner’s death at
the hands of a city police officer.
According to Cuomo’s spokeswoman Melissa Derosa,
the governor and rapper “had a productive conversation
about doing a top-to-bottom review of the criminal
Other hip-hop celebs like Def Jam founder Russell
Simmons and conscious rapper Common joined
protesters at a City Hall rally yesterday, where they
called on elected officials to hold police more
Cuomo is considering putting proposals before the
State Legislature next year. He is also weighing a
request from State Attorney General Eric T.
Schneiderman for temporary authority to investigate
fatal confrontations between police and civilians until
broader changes in criminal justice procedure occur.
Meanwhile, Jay has ordered thousands more “I Can’t
Breathe” t-shirts set to be picked up on Friday just in
time for the Millions March — a national day of action
called by Ferguson organizers — on Saturday.
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