When it comes to charity there are quite a few people that like to flaunt their accomplishments, and to show everybody just how much they “care.” Two people that can’t be added to the list of people that flaunt their deeds are megastar Jay Z, and his wife Beyonce.
Many people assumed that the power couple didn’t care too much about charitably helping others, but it turns out they just prefer not to publicize it. After the protests in Ferguson and Baltimore, many were stunned to learn that Jay Z and Beyonce hadn’t spoken out or donated to the Black Lives Matter cause.
The two were remaining silent on the situation despite all of the criticism they were receiving, but there was one person that did the speaking for them. dream hampton (all lower case), is an author, critic, and filmmaker; she was also the one who helped Jay Z write his autobiography five years ago: “Decoded.”
dream hampton revealed that not only did they care about the cause, they might have been the largest charitable philanthropists at the time. dream hampton hopped on Twitter to reveal all of this in a series of tweets that have since been deleted; she started receiving attention with the first tweet that read: “I’m going to tweet this and I don’t care if Jay gets mad.”
Knowing the relationship that Jay Z and she had, the message caught some eyeballs, and the series of tweets afterward revealed some incredibly interesting details. “When we needed money for the bail for Baltimore protesters, I hit Jay up, as I had for Ferguson, Jayz wired tens of thousands in minutes.” That charitable donation went unnoticed as there was no advertising. Jay Z clearly didn’t want the attention, but he was about to be exposed for his caring and generosity.
dream hampton would go on to say: “When Black Lives Matter needed infrastructure money for the many chapters that were growing like beautiful dandelions, Carters wrote a huge check.” Much like her first tweet predicted, the Carters didn’t want the news to spring out, as her next tweet said she was told to, “shut the —- up and head to brunch. Gonna erase my error ridden rant. Hope you got your little screenshot.” Not only did the world get their “screenshot,” they were inducted into the potential secret lives of the two stars.
Many were curious if it was really Jay Z and Beyonce that told her to rescind the tweets, but dream hampton wouldn’t say for sure. However, she did acknowledge that the facts were true in multiple interviews. dream hampton told the Daily News: “I can say I’ve personally helped facilitate donations they’ve given to protesters directly and that they never ask for anything in return, especially publicity.”
Why Jay Z and Beyonce have been so quiet with their charity and beliefs is still a mystery, but it appears that they care much more than they let on. It makes you wonder just how many more charitable acts the two have done under the radar. Jay Z is one of the richest rappers in the world with a net worth of $550 million, and Beyonce’s networth is $450 million. With a combined net worth of $1 billion, the Carters certainly have a few extra dollars to spare towards the community in any cause they see fit.