Jay Z on Barneys Flap: ‘I Am Choosing to Take This Head On’

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Jay Z said he’ll continue to work with a New York department store accused of racial profiling under the condition that he be granted a “leadership role” and a “seat on a council specifically convened” to address the issue.


Some have called for Jay Z to end his Barneys partnership over racial profiling claims.

Last month the rapper drew widespread criticism for his collaboration with Barneys on a collection of apparel and accessories after two African American shoppers said they were detained by police after shopping at the high-end store on Madison Avenue.

On Oct. 26 he posted a statement on his website in which he said he hadn’t commented on the matter because he was “waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys,” which has also worked with Lady Gaga.

In a second statement released Friday, Jay Z said that while he’s still waiting for results from an investigation by the New York State attorney general’s office, he’s decided to proceed with his Barneys line provided the retailer meet his demands.

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