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9 Black Celebrities Who Discovered Race Trumps Money

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Multimillionaire rapper/mogul Jay-Z talked to BBC radio about the racism he experienced when he tried to buy a home in 2009 in the Tribeca area of New York City.

“My neighbors didn’t want me in the building. It was a whole big thing; it was really racist. They didn’t want me in, so I bought the biggest place there.”

He continued, “I guess they think I’m having parties and there’s shootings going on, but I have normal breakfasts and lunches. My friends come over – accountants and bankers.”

Billionaire Oprah Winfrey, may be one of the world’s richest women, but she said she was a victim of racial profiling this summer at the Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich, Switzerland, when a store clerk refused to show her an expensive handbag.

After Winfrey asked the clerk to see the $38,000 purse, she told the media mogul that the handbag was “too expensive” for her.

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