Jay Z Cricitized For Donating Money To Organization That Professes 'All Lives Matter'
Jay Z and the NFL are being criticized for planning to donate $400,000 to two Chicago charities as part of its Inspire Change initiative -- the Better Boys Foundation Family Services and The Crusher's Club. The Crusher's Club has a past of support Trump and has declared "All Lives Matter" and have cut the locs off of black youth as “symbolic of change and their desire for a better life!”
Crushers Club founder Sally Hazelgrove responded to the outrage regarding cutting teens locs. She said in a statement, “Out of 500 youth going through our doors I cut two young men’s hair because they asked me to and we are a family structure and so I did it and didn’t really think about it after that. I tweeted about it without much thought. It’s hair. But I regret it now and I promise you I will not be doing that again if asked.” She added, “The hatred and accusations from this took me by surprise. The backlash has been hard to be honest.”
On the organization declaring "All Lives Matter," Hazelgrove said, “I said that not to take away from black lives matter, but to be inclusive of everyone. I never meant to belittle or disrespect anyone. I will be more sensitive of what I say moving forward. I truly have love for everyone of all races, religions and preferences, and hate does not live in me. I am so sorry for being insensitive."
One of the teens named Kobe spoke out and confirmed that it was his choice to get his hair cut. He said via Twitter, ["Shout out to Crusher Club and everything they did for me. I'm a changed young man now. I cut my hair like three years ago. That's something I wanted to do cuz I was tired of it. Tired of gangbanging, tired of messing up.Now I'm a changed young man. Trying to see bigger and better dreams.,"] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC . . . and better dreams)
Roc Nation and the NFL have not addressed the controversy.