Jay-Z’s recent partnership with the NFL has been a big news story lately, and now the rapper’s mother-in-law, Tina Knowles Lawson and hip-hop mogul Diddy have entered the discussion.
Knowles Lawson recently took to Instagram to repost a meme that was shared by a Jay-Z and Beyonce fan account that has 17.7 million followers called “Hov Bey Carter” (@hov_bey.carter), which featured filmmaker Michael Moore with, “Meanwhile Jay-Z been sending millions of cases of water to Flint and not even saying a word about it. What have these Twitter woke blue checkmarks done?” written on top of Moore’s photo.
The caption of the reposted post also read, “I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them.” Beyonce’s mother wrote, “Repost: good question,” as her own caption.
On Monday (Aug. 26), Diddy took to Instagram to chime into the discussion too. He shared a video of Jay-Z talking about fixing social injustices and how he can tell you exactly what he’s done to create change in “my 365 days.”
In Diddy’s lengthy post, he talked about how he’s proud of both Jay-Z and Colin Kaepernick, and he feels that both of his “brothers” are taking action.
“Hov is one of the greatest to ever do it, he has been there more than anybody from the hip hop culture, including me. He always has been so selfless and fights for other people. We as a people can not be divided and conquered at this time!!” Diddy wrote.
“I’m so proud of @kaepernick7 and the attention he was able to bring and the efforts he continues to make. I’ll continue to support him in every way possible. I’m also proud of my brother JAY Z for showing how it should be done! It’s time to play chess not checkers, I believe he is going to do some incredible things. ”
“I was just watching everything last week but it hurt me to my heart because I know this man personally. He’s one of the most genuine and intelligent black leaders we’ve ever had. We cannot go against each other, there’s not enough of us. I applaud Jay Z and I applaud the NFL for bringing him in,” Diddy continued.
“This isn’t just about the NFL, it’s about how black and brown people are treated daily across this country. We have to come together and make the hard decisions, nobody is going to do it for us. I believe in taking action, taking steps towards the right direction and I support all my brothers that are out here taking ACTION. ”
“Together we are unstoppable. #BLACKEXCELLENCE!! Happy Monday!! Be Great!,” Diddy concluded.
Almost two weeks ago, the announcement was made that Jay-Z’s Roc Nation went into partnership with the NFL to “enhance live game experiences and amplify the league’s social justice efforts, as BBC reported.
Many continue to criticize the “Song Cry” rapper for his new business move because last year, Jay-Z famously rapped, “I said no to the Super Bowl, you need me, I don’t need you,” in support of Kaepernick’s kneeling during the American National Anthem as a form of protest against police brutality and other racial injustices in the United States.