Becoming the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame is no easy feat. Jay-Z has done just that and is prepared to make an even bigger contribution the world-at-large. For Father’s Day this year, he will donating to reputable organizations to bail out incarcerated fathers.
“On any given day over 400,000 people, convicted of no crime, are held in jail because they cannot afford to buy their freedom,” he writes. “When black and brown people are over-policed and arrested and accused of crimes at higher rates than others, and then forced to pay for their freedom before they ever see trial, big bail companies prosper.”
“As a father with a growing family, it’s the least I can do, but philanthropy is not a long fix, we have to get rid of these inhumane practices altogether,” Jay Z writes before concluding with, “We can’t fix our broken criminal justice system until we take on the exploitative bail industry.”
We salute you, Jay-Z. Thanks for making a difference.