Jay-Z needs more than #ParchmanPrison to balance the scales of justice — He needs Accountability

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against.” ~ Malcolm X

“I want to be held accountable for what I’m doing… It keeps me sharp… Let’s me know that I can’t play around… I have to do what I said I’m gonna do…” ~ Jay-Z

In response to my latest essay, “Why is Jay-Z’s Criminal Justice Reform helping to erase the Struggle to Free Political Prisoners?,” I’ve received several private communications, asking if I’ve considered Jay-Z’s advocacy on behalf of the prisoners at Parchman. To be clear, I am in no way opposed to any of Jay-Z’s philanthropic efforts, which bring both awareness, and much needed resources, to pivotal issues in our community.

  1. Assata Shakur vs Obama Administration
  2. Black residents of Brooklyn vs Barclays
  3. Black Political Prisoners vs Bi-Partisan Criminal Justice Reform

Assata Shakur vs Jay-Z’s Hiplomatic excursion to Cuba

For those with a solid understanding of United States foreign policy strategy, it is clear that Barack Obama used his own version of Nixon’s Ping-Pong diplomacy (i.e. Hip Hop Diplomacy), to ease travel restrictions with Cuba.

The Barclays Center & Gentrification

Jay Z and Neoliberal “Bi-partisan” reform vs Black Political Prisoners

I’ve written an entire article on this last point, which is linked below.



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Omowale Afrika

Omowale Afrika

Father. Husband. Fighter. Writer. #IWriteWhatILike