Entertainment Jay Z helps bail out incarcerated dads for Father's Day

22:21  18 june  2017
22:21  18 june  2017 Source:   Entertainment Weekly

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Jay Z helps bail out incarcerated dads for Father ' s Day . Jay Z isn’t the only one having a very special Father ’ s Day this year. Thanks to the rapper, many fathers who are currently behind bars awaiting bail will now be going home.

In the United States, one in every nine black children has an incarcerated parent. On Sunday, many of those fathers are coming home. For Father ' s Day , rapper Jay Z pledged to bail dads out of jail who can't afford to do it themselves

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Jay Z isn’t the only one having a very special Father’s Day this year. Thanks to the rapper, many fathers who are currently behind bars awaiting bail will now be going home.

The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee recently penned an op-ed for Time in which he not only identified the for-profit bail bond industry and “its predatory lending scheme” as one of the major factors contributing to the United States being one of the most incarcerated countries in the world, but also pledged to give money to organizations that would help bail out men currently being held pending bail.

“If you’re from neighbourhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you’re unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can’t afford bail,” he wrote. “Millions of people are separated from their families for months at a time — not because they are convicted of committing a crime, but because they are accused of committing a crime.”

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Jay Z is doing his part to assist with a sector of the latter scenario by helping bail out dads who are stuck in the system for the holiday. “This pre- incarceration conundrum is devastating to families,” he added. “One in 9 black children has an incarcerated parent.

Jay Z is doing his part to assist with a sector of the latter scenario by helping bail out dads who are stuck in the system for the holiday. “This pre- incarceration conundrum is devastating to families,” he added. “One in 9 black children has an incarcerated parent.

He later referenced organizations like Southerners On New Ground and Color of Change that bailed out moms for Mother’s Day. “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. We can’t fix our broken criminal justice system until we take on the exploitative bail industry.”

Jay Z noted that while this is one of the issues within the American judicial system that activists and filmmakers like Ava DuVernay have been calling attention to in their work, it’s something he became “obsessed” with after helping with a docuseries about Kalief Browder, a 22-year-old black man whose family could not afford to post bail when he was accused of stealing a backpack. He spent three years on Rikers Island in solitary confinement and later died by suicide.

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Inspired by the fundraising drives from Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change that bailed out mothers on Mother’ s Day , Jay Z wrote that he will be donating to those organizations to bail out fathers this Sunday on Father ’ s Day .

Jay Z is continuing his fight against the criminal justice system by helping men who have been incarcerated but can’t get release due to That’s why Hov has teamed up with organizations such as Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change on Father ’ s Day (June 18) to help bail out

This isn’t the first time the Knowles-Carter family has proved philanthropic. Most recently, Beyoncé celebrated the one-year anniversary of her Peabody Award-winning visual album Lemonade by starting the Formation Scholars scholarship program, which is aimed at young women studying creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies at Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.

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