Did Jay Z and Beyonce Spend 'Tens of Thousands' to Bail Out Baltimore & Ferguson Protesters?

by Alex Ungerman 11:45 AM PDT, May 18, 2015
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It seems Jay Z and Beyonce may have done more than just protest to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement!

Writer and activist Dream Hampton -- who co-wrote Jay Z's memoir "Decoded" -- sent out several tweets claiming the rap mogul spent "tens of thousands" of dollars bailing out protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson.

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Photo: Complex
Photo: Complex

The tweets, which were screengrabbed by Complex before being quickly deleted, claim that the Carters have put a significant amount of their own money behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

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"When we needed money for Bail for Baltimore protesters, I asked hit (sic) Jay up, as I had for Ferguson, wired tens of thousands in mins," Hampton wrote.

She continued, "When BLM needed infrastructure money for the many chapters that were growing like beautiful dandelions, Carters wrote a huge check."

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The cultural critic then deleted what she referred to as an "error ridden rant," before returning to Twitter to blast some misreporting she has observed following the tweets.

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"Really don't understand how people try to build a story around a series of tweets," wrote Hampton. "I never tweeted nor told anyone I was 'on the front lines' calling Jay & B for stacks. It's true they gave, which is why I tweeted it."

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Alicia Gazer, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, told Buzzfeed News that while the power couple has shown up to rallies, they have not been in contact with them.

"Quite frankly, we are not directly in touch with the Carters," said Alicia Gazer. "We do not know them. We have not had a conversation with them."

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ET has reached out to reps for both Jay Z and Beyonce.

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