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Jay-Z blasted for seemingly blaming single-parent families for police brutality

Jay-Z (Photo credit: Bang Media)

Music mogul Jay-Z’s controversial and multi-pronged partnership with the National Football League has already incited a massive backlash from activists and football fans.

But now, an older video featuring Jay-Z at a panel discussion that included New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft and CNN’s Van Jones, has been deemed problematic by many Blacks. In the video, Jay appeared to put the onus on single Black-led households to explain police brutality. He says young Black teens are angry and anti-authority which is frequently the prelude to violent police confrontations despite most Blacks being unarmed.

Listen to what Jay-Z says below:

Jay-Z continues in the forum, adding that he doesn’t want those who are policing certain areas to be in danger and that those who commit crimes should be imprisoned.

While unable to view the video in its totality in order to gleam what context that Jay, 49, uttered the above thoughts, folks are taking strong stances for what the “99 Problems” rapper actually did say.

This video, taped from earlier this year, according to NewsOne, comes in light of Jay-Z agreeing to take over the NFL’s entertainment during the Super Bowl and other ventures. Jay-Z has also recruited fellow rapper Meek Mill to launch Inspire Change. Jay and Meek Mill, along with Meghan Trainor, Rapsody, and DJ Pharris, will put on a free concert at Grant Park in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 5, with portions of the money raised going to social justice organizations.

Trainor, Mill, and Rapsody are also named as Inspire Change Advocates, while Inspire Change will sell apparel later this year.

Some urbanites are in their feelings about these latest developments and utterances from Jay-Z.