Jay-Z and Beyoncé Did Something Big for Protestors in Ferguson and Baltimore

May 18th 2015

Laura Donovan

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles fronted thousands of dollars to bail out demonstrators arrested in Ferguson and Baltimore during Black Lives Matter protests, according to filmmaker and social activist dream hampton (who spells her first and last name in lowercase).

In a series of tweets captured by Complex Magazine, hampton, who contributed to Jay-Z's book, Decoded, said that the rapper "wired tens of thousands" in bail for Baltimore and Ferguson demonstrators. The tweets have since been deleted, including one that implied Jay-Z would be "mad" about hampton going public about the donations.

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Though hampton went on to remove some of her tweets, she told The New York Daily News that everything she wrote was accurate, "It’s true. I erased because I didn’t want on Twitter.”

Hampton elaborated in an email statement to The New York Daily News, writing that she "can say I’ve personally helped facilitate donations [Jay-Z and Beyoncé have] given to protesters directly and that they never ask for anything in return, especially publicity."

Hampton went on to praise Jay-Z and Beyoncé for their generosity:

Several weeks ago, Baltimore entered a state of unrest when demonstrators took to the streets in response to the death of 25-year-old resident Freddie Gray, who died in police custody in March. Late last year, demonstrators did the same thing in Ferguson, Mo., after police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted for the shooting and killing of Michael Brown, another unarmed Black man. At the Baltimore Rally 4 Peace gathering last week, the musical powerhouses met with the Gray and Brown families.


Beyoncé & Jay Z with #FreddieGray's family. #Rally4Peace

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Beyoncé, Alicia Keys & Miss Tina with #MikeBrown's mother. #Rally4Peace

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"We invite all to experience the music and contribute in their own way to promote peace, tolerance and understanding. Our prayers go out to Freddie Gray's family and every family affected by brutality and senseless violence," Jay-Z said in a statement.

Two years ago, Beyoncé and Jay-Z attended a New York City rally remembering Trayvon Martin, a young Black teenager who was killed during a confrontation with George Zimmerman, who was on neighborhood watch in the Florida community where the shooting occurred.

MSNBC's Al Sharpton said that Jay-Z and Beyoncé chose not to draw attention to themselves at the gathering, but cared about the message behind it.

"Jay Z and Beyoncé said they didn't want to speak and they didn't come for a photo op," Sharpton said. "Beyoncé put a beautiful message up on Instagram. Let me tell you that before a lot of you were down, Jay Z always supported us.Jay Z told me, 'I'm a father. Beyoncé is a mother.' We all feel the pain and apprehension -- the law must protect everybody, or it doesn't protect anybody. We do not come from hate, we come from love of children."