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Cornel West Wants Jay Z to Come Clean on Nets Ownership

jay-z brookln netsOnce again, folks are all up in Jay Z’s business over exactly how much of a stake he has in the Brooklyn Nets. Academic and activist Dr. Cornel West recently implored the rapper to disclose the financial facts.

“Now I love Jay-Z, I’ve spent much time with the brother. He’s a lyrical genius. But we’ve got to tell him the truth. Tell the truth, Jay-Z. You tell the truth on ‘Reasonable Doubt’ in 1996, that’s what he started out with. He’s telling the truth, we love you negro. But we gon’ make sure you’re accountable too. All of us in this together, and I’m saying it out of love,” said West.

Pardon the ensuing rant, but why is this anyone’s business? Are kids going hungry as a result of this issue that is clearly nagging the hell out of way too many people? Is it threatening President Barack Obama’s re-election? Rappers brag. Negros lie—just saying, not implying. When you got paper stacked as high as Jigga does and universal clout to go with it, sharing minute financial details with the public isn’t a requirement.

Regardless of whether he owns one-fifteenth or fifteen cents worth, the mega rapper’s influence and the recognition his association with the NBA team has lent to their development are undeniable. It was Jay Z who helped design the team’s starkly catchy black and white color scheme, which was originally rejected by the NBA because allegedly the organization felt that African American players wouldn’t look good in the colors on TV, reported the New York Times. Jay Z thought the colors were right because they represented his hometown’s diverse population.

And his stake has resulted in more subtle influences, such as coaching Barclay Center security heads on how to search patrons attending games for weapons. “Be mindful…and be sensitive,” he was quoted as telling them.

Nine years ago, Jay Z invested $1 million in the team and the return he’s likely to receive is more than anyone worried about how that computes in terms of ownership will make in a lifetime. Another perk—he gets to chill in one of 11 “Vault” suites, sipping on Armand de Brignac champagne anytime he pleases. Other’s pay $550,000 a year for the privilege.

No disrespect, Doc C, but N$gga please.


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3 thoughts on “Cornel West Wants Jay Z to Come Clean on Nets Ownership

  1. Spike White says:

    when your a public figure or a celebrity, and u boast about the things u have to the public, u open your self up for scrutiny.if he's lying he should be called out for it! nobody told him to be going around bragging about what he has.he's the one always bringing up what he has, u ever listen to his music? but u want to down dr cornel west for speaking up about! and that's why the real owner of the team diluted his shares because hes tired of jay-z lying to, so this was his way showing people that j be frauding.

  2. Eric Wattree says:


    What Jay-Z own or doesn't own is not the point. The point is, how does Cornel fronting him off show "love" for the Black community? And how does that help to benefit the Black community, as Cornel always claim is his primary goal? What Cornel is demonstrating is a form of black-on-Black racism – an intense hatred and disrespect for his own people – and that's one of the most toxic maladies in the Black community. It's been killing us for over 400 years, and it's past time to bring it to an end.

    Just take a minute to ask yourself the following question. With everything the Republican Party is trying to do to Black people – obstructing our right to vote, trying to destroy our educational system, attempting to take away our parent's and grandparent's access to Medicare and Social Security, and destroy future buy making higher education beyond our reach – why is Cornel West focused on something as unimportant to our welfare as what Jay-Z is doing?

    What West is clearing demonstrating is in spite of everything that's coming together to destroy the Black culture, it all has to take a backseat to America's favorite pastime – dragging a successful Black man through the mud. No other group of people in the world thinks that way about their own, and for that reason, we're at the very bottom of the social ladder. So we need to wake up, and stop tolerating this sort of thing, regardless to how we feel about Jay-Z.

  3. Spike White says:

    so i guess its alrite for jay-z to exploit his own people,with high priced clothes he know they can't afford but will sell drugs or what ever else it take to get his merchandise because the idolize him.or his negative lyrics that they listen to and then try to immulate it and go to jail!!he's a fraud period!!he sold out to the corporate america a long time ago!!dr cornel west is also a critic,andther s nothing wrong with that.more people need to speak out against a fraud be it black or white!!and thats the real point!!jay-z aint doing nothing to advance the black race trust [email protected]

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