Jay-Z is being slammed for the first glimpse in his partnership with the NFL, which includes T-shirts and pop star Meghan Trainor. Many people are asking questions.
The press release reads, “Today, 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.”
In case you missed it, the Brooklyn native met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and said we are beyond kneeling and it’s time for “actionable items.”
It is also being reported that the rapper will be part owner of an NFL team.
Carolinas Panther Safety Eric Reid, who is still kneeling, blasted Jay-Z, saying, “Jay-Z claimed to be a supporter of Colin, wore his jersey, told people not to perform at the Super Bowl because of the treatment the NFL did to Colin. And now he’s going to be a part owner … It’s kind of despicable.”
He also said, “He’s capitalized on this situation. Nobody to my knowledge talked about social justice before Colin started protesting. That was not a topic of the NFL off the field. For Jay-Z to come in and partner to address social justice, do it behind Colin’s back, get paid to do it … I don’t have words.”
Jay has also been slammed by Jemele Hill, Dr. Cornell W. Brooks, the former president of the NAACP, 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.
The latest news has gotten him more heat. See the reactions below.
Jay-Z said to get up off your knees so you can dance to Meghan Trainor in the name of social justice.— Brian Thee Aspie (@ProfessorBLove) August 30, 2019
Mans told Kap to step aside so he could bring Meghan Trainor thru 💀💀💀— America is musty 2021 (@DragonflyJonez) August 30, 2019
watch them have a tidal event where they have meghan trainor singing “hush, somebody’s callin my name”— Xavier D'Leau (@XavierDLeau) August 30, 2019
...that one day we can get beyond kneeling and wear t-shirts and listen to Meghan Trainor sing US to the Promised Land! I have a dream! pic.twitter.com/stWvv9P4Iv— jujoffer (@jujoffer) August 30, 2019
The fact that Jay Z really said we're past kneeling and is promoting shirts for Meghan Trainor... pic.twitter.com/e2OX9AuvC5— 𝕰𝖒𝖎𝖘𝖘𝖆𝖗𝖞 𝖔𝖋 𝕳𝖊𝖑𝖑 (@upthetwerx) August 30, 2019
Meghan Trainor practicing her NFL concert routine.. pic.twitter.com/Ka17ZP6jGu— I See Thread People (@ScaryJBlige_) August 30, 2019
Hov really telling us Meghan Trainor songs more effective than Kap kneeling pic.twitter.com/CjvBAdm6sP— Trey (@TA1297) August 30, 2019
When someone calls me a ni**er so I blast Meghan Trainor to defeat institutionalized racism pic.twitter.com/ewyFuj9oXB— ivy (@100percentugly) August 30, 2019
Jay Z throwing out Meghan Trainor like the big joker in a spades game hilarious too. I ain't never in my life heard nobody say "AYE TURN THAT MEGHAN TRAINOR UP BRUHHH"— Ski Mask Shawty (@haveyouheardofg) August 30, 2019
Hov in the studio when Meghan Trainor is playing her song about the struggle pic.twitter.com/tyxjUlgIdr— 808s and Bars Podcast (@808sandbars) August 30, 2019
Meghan Trainor was Jay-Z’s plan to end systemic oppression? pic.twitter.com/VeQJ4XzQI7— Dub (@WMsDiary) August 30, 2019