Jay Z, Beyoncé may have paid bail for Baltimore protestors
DREAM Hampton has claimed that Beyoncé and Jay Z have not only made essential financial contributions to the #blacklivesmatter movement, but also quietly paid "tens of thousands" to bail out jailed protestors in Baltimore.
The Decoded writer and social activist posted a series of now-deleted tweets that suggested the music power couple had provided funding during the Ferguson protests, too.
"I'm going to tweet this and I don't care if Jay gets mad…" Dream Hampton wrote.
"When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protestors, I asked hit Jay up, as I had for Ferguson, wired tens of thousands in minutes [sic]"
"When BLM needed infrastructure for the many chapters that we are growing like beautiful dandelions, Carters wrote a huge check[sic]."
" … and more stuff, too much to list actually, that they always insist folk keep quiet."
"I am interested in mass movements where as many people as possible feel invested. I know that can't be built with rules on rules on rules."
"They're waging war on black resistance in a multitude of ways, many of them financially. Protest is literally punished with tariffs."
"When they fine & arrest someone for protesting, more opportunities for exploitation by the state are possible with each encounter[sic]."
"Welp, I just got the 'can you shut the f**k up and head to brunch' text. Gonna erase my error ridden rant. Hope you got your little screenshot."
The filmmaker later posted the following, un-deleted tweets:
really don't understand how people try to build a story around a series of tweets. But say this is your hustle, either:— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) May 18, 2015
a) contact said tweeter to get "color" for your story b) not add color I never tweeted nor told anyone I was "on the front lines" calling +— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) May 18, 2015
Jay & B for stacks. It's true they gave, which is why I tweeted it. but I erased it within minutes, because ppl believe what they want to.— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) May 18, 2015
ok, let me give password back to my assistant. Just came on here to say I was not in some foxhole texting Jay & B for bail money.— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) May 18, 2015
They gave cuz that's what they do. & should I ever get major bread, I'm gonna be Howard Hughes, wiring out money anonymously too— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) May 18, 2015
Jay Z and Beyoncé are yet to respond to The Independent's request for clarification on the speculation.