Jay Z Continues Barneys Collaboration With Strict Conditions

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Jay Z has confirmed that his Christmas collaboration “A New York Holiday” with Barneys is still on, but with some substantial changes to the partnership.

Just last month the mogul rapper was heavily criticized for his collaboration with the high end store after two African American shoppers filed racial discrimination lawsuits for the store’s alleged racial profiling.

On Oct. 26 he released a statement on his website saying, “waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys” to explain his reasoning for not taking an immediate stance on the issue.

Weeks after his first statement, Jay Z has released a second statement on his website giving new details of his Barneys collaboration. He has agreed to continue that partnership under the strict conditions that he has a “leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling.”

He adds: “I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.”

In addition, Jay Z has announced that 100 percent of  proceeds the from the BNY SCC collection will benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation rather  the original commitment of 25 percent. Barneys also agreed to donate 10 percent of retail sales from its stores nationwide and website for Nov.20. The store guarantees a minimum of $1,000,000 for the foundation.

Barney still denies allegations of racial profiling.