Jay-Z has been in a media firestorm over his partnership with the NFL. Now, after his latest pairing with Meghan Trainor and comments about single Black mothers, many are wondering if Beyoncé is cosigning.
In case you missed it, a press release read, “The NFL and Roc Nation announced the launch of Inspire Change apparel and Songs of the Season as part of their new partnership. Inspire Change apparel, a new social enterprise model, will fund and support Inspire Change programs across the country.”
The release continues, “Proceeds from this venture will support organizations committed to the key priorities of Inspire Change: education and economic empowerment, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform. The Inspire Change apparel line, designed by artists, will be available later in the 2019 season.
The lineup is then introduced, “Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor and Rapsody will be the first Inspire Change advocates of the 2019 NFL Season and will perform a free concert at the NFL Kickoff Experience presented by EA SPORTS MADDEN NFL 20 in Chicago’s Grant Park on Thursday, September 5. Also performing will be Chicago-based DJ Pharris. A portion of both Meek Mill’s and Meghan Trainor’s performances will be featured in simulcast coverage of the 40-minute pregame show from Chicago.”
Many people were giving the lineup the side-eye but then Jay-Z’s comments about single mothers from earlier this year resurfaced. In the video from January, which didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, Jay — along with rapper Meek Mill, Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, Brooklyn Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai and others discussed the launch of Reform Alliance to address criminal justice issues.
Jay seemed to blame single parent households for negative police relations with Black people, defended jailing with discretion and sympathized with “hard working” taxpayers who pay for jails.
The Brooklyn native previously met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and said we are beyond kneeling and it’s time for “actionable items.”
It was also being reported that the rapper will be part owner of an NFL team.
Jay has been slammed by Jemele Hill, Dr. Cornell W. Brooks, the former president of the NAACP, Carolinas Panthers Safety Eric Reid, who is still kneeling, and many more. Many have accused the rapper of selling out, especially since he once wore his jersey and allegedly told Travis Scott not to perform at the Superbowl.
Now there are several questions about Beyonce. See the reactions below.
Jay-z and his clownery is gonna cause us to revisit Beyoncé’s complicity and I don’t want it pic.twitter.com/uEjmz573aK— youngstalli (@youngstalli) August 31, 2019
Jay-Z and Beyoncé are not our allies... why do I have to keep repeating this? https://t.co/EbozVvU5Ff— Queenie 😷 (@Queen050780) August 31, 2019
I hate to be that person but if y’all don’t think Beyonce and Jay-Z thoughts are aligned you have another thing coming. pic.twitter.com/kDgBLbJKoj— TheKingofReads (@TheKingofReads) September 1, 2019
If you are married, YOU KNOW that Jay-Z (husband) made these moves in concert with Beyoncé (wife).— L E F T, PhD ⚫️ (@LeftSentThis) September 2, 2019
I love Beyoncé, but I’m not dense. What I will say about her complicity in Jay’s nonsense is that she knows how to be discrete. I’m like 99% sure this Jay-Z thing wouldnt be an issue if he wasnt taking pics w NFL owners & spewing ADOS capitalist nonsense to anyone w a camera.— lex 🇳🇬 (@sense_lex_) September 1, 2019
It's really funny to me how many people think Beyonce is mad at Jay-Z for what he's been doing/saying— 50 Cent Shot Himself 9 Times (@thicc_flair) September 1, 2019
Why did Beyoncé let Jay Z partner with the nfl? pic.twitter.com/LIu1OVXLzD— 🏁 TMC 🏁 (@SmittyErr) August 30, 2019
Jay & Beyonce showing up to the NFL headquarters ready to make bank like... pic.twitter.com/ZLOEVJcY1B— The Stunt Queen Agency (@StuntQueenAgncy) September 1, 2019
I love how folks act like Beyonce is this poor innocent woman who is trapped in a marriage to Jay Z & has to endure his fuckery. Y’all really believe that she’s not benefiting from this nfl deal & is against it?! If ur gonna drag Jay Z drag his wife too or don’t bother at all— Throw that ass to yo Witcher o’ valley of plenty (@xoxopettygal) September 2, 2019