Black Lives Matter says its network is not in line to get some of the $1.5 million Jay Z’s TIDAL and Roc Nation are reportedly donating $1.5 million to social justice organizations.
“Congrats and well deserved to the groups who are getting Tidal money!” Black Lives Matter wrote on its Twitter page Friday (February 5). “Clarification,” Black Lives Matter continued, “it isn’t the BLM network Black Lives Matter.”
Congrats and well deserved to the groups who are getting Tidal money! Clarification: it isn't the BLM network: https://t.co/zdKGgIOf2h
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) February 6, 2016
(The original post in this thread was published February 7, 2016. It is as follows.)
“Each year we will support a different initiative,” Dania Diaz, managing director of philanthropy at Roc Nation, said during an interview with Mic. “Our ideology is to have a hifi level of consciousness in everything we do.”
TIDAL announced the information Friday (February 5), on what would have been Trayvon Martin’s twenty-first birthday.
Martin was killed February 26, 2012. George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering Martin, was found not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter in 2013.
The funds for the donation were raised at TIDAL’s X: 10/20 concert last year. The event featured Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Beyonce and others.
TIDAL will also be giving money to Opportunity Agenda, Hands Up United, Sankofa.Org and local organizing groups in California: Community Coalition; Florida: Dream Defenders; Illinois: Black Youth Project; Maryland: Baltimore Justice Fund; Empowerment Development Corporation; New York: Million Hoodies; NY Justice League and Ohio: Ohio Students Association/Organizing Collaborative.
The Trayvon Martin Foundation, the Michael O.D. Brown We Love Ours Sons and Daughters Foundation and the Oscar Grant Foundation are also in line to receive money from TIDAL.
“The process of acquiring recommendations [for nonprofits] was collaborative and inspired by the message that speaks to racial and social inequities and injustice in our society,” Diaz says.
For more coverage on Jay Z, whose TIDAL and Roc Nation companies are donating $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and other social justice organizations, watch the following DX Daily: