Last May, Dream Hampton let it be known that Jay Z and his wife Beyoncé, are supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. Having previously sent bail money for protestors in Baltimore and Ferguson, his music streaming service, Tidal, has announced a $1.5 million dollar donation to the cause. Unfortunately, organizations in Los Angeles were not selected to receive funds.
The announcement was made on Friday, February 5th, the same day Trayvon Martin would have turned 21-years-old. The Trayvon Martin Foundation will receive a portion of the monies.
Tidal raised the funds at its Tidal X: 10/20 charity concert at Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Barclay Center. The live-streamed show featured Jay, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Usher, T.I. and Damian Marley, among others.
The October concert was billed as a fundraiser for the New World Foundation, which will distribute the funds.
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Some of the organizations receiving funds are attached to noted people like: Connie Rice, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, to name a few.
Michelle Alexander, author of the New Jim Crow, is on the board of directors for two of the organizations selected for funding.
The nonprofits that will share the bounty include national organizations such as Opportunity Agenda, and Sankofa.org, as well as local grassroots groups such as Hands Up United, in Ferguson, Mo.; Dream Defenders in Tallahassee, Fla.; the Black Youth Project 100 in Chicago; the Baltimore Justice Fund; the Ohio Students Association and Million Hoodies and the Justice League in New York City.