Black Student Receives Settlement from Barneys NY

Black Student Receives Settlement from Barneys NY

Black Student Receives Settlement from Barneys NY A black student who says he was profiled by Barneys NY for purchasing an expensive designer belt won a $45,000 settlement from the retail giant.

Trayon Christian said he used his debit card to purchase a $349 Ferragano belt at the Barneys’ flagship store on Fifth Avenue on April 27, 2013.

Christian said he was followed out of the department store and “hassled” by two undercover NYPD detectives.

The former engineering student at the New York City College of Technology said the police didn’t believe he could afford the expensive designer belt.

“They said my card wasn’t real, it was fake. They said someone at Barneys called to report it,” Christian told The NY Daily News in October 2013.

The detectives demanded to look in his bag, and they asked him if he was employed and where he worked.

“The detectives were asking me, ‘How could you afford a belt like this? Where did you get this money from?’” Christian told the News.

Not satisfied with his truthful answers, the detectives cuffed Christian and took him to the 19th Precinct stationhouse.

Two hours later police released Christian and offered a weak apology. They returned his belt and his debit card, he said.

In October 2014 Barneys paid $525,000 to settle other racial profiling claims.

Barneys’ business partnership with rap mogul Jay Z in 2013 tarnished the 47-year-old’s image in the black community.

 

New Music Tuesday: Beyonce and Drake Can I

drakebeyDrake and Beyoncé have joined forces for “Can I.” Although the song previously leaked back in March, the song was released during latest episode of OVO Sound Radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1, on Saturday, Oct. 3.u

On Sept. 18, Bey teamed up with another big name, Naughty Boy, for the party track “Runnin’ (Lose It All),” featuring Arrow Benjamin.  Her latest collabs should hopefuly bring us  closer to a new album from Queen B.

 

Tidal Receives Backlash-Madd News

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Is Tidal for all? Artists involved with Jay Z’s streaming services have been turning their Twitter profiles turquoise and tweeting #TIDALforALL. But Tidal has been getting some major backlash with critics saying Tidal will only make the rich richer. Tidal critics go on to say that Tidal is too expensive for the average music lover. Critics say even a struggling singer won’t do well with the terms of the agreement.

Tidal’s big selling point is that it’s owned by artists. Jay Z, Kanye West, Madonna and other partners say they are taking control after feeling mistreated by services like Spotify and Pandora. But that just makes it seem like Tidal is more for the wealthy owners who already have huge bank accounts.

 

If nothing else, Jay Z has got the nation talking about music subscription services. Tidal, the music subscription service Jay Z acquired for $56 million through a purchase of Aspiro AB, has been covered everywhere from NBC’s The Today Show to NPR’s All Things Considered and everywhere in between. Not bad for the reboot of a high-definition streaming service that had previously — and quietly — launched in late 2014.

Jay Z defended his expensive tastes, comparing his wealth to Apple, Inc, CEo Tim Cook.

“I guess by having a conversation, and telling people what it is. That opinion came before we even explained what it was — “This thing is horrible! … What is it?” You know? You never hear Tim Cook’s net worth whenever he tries to sell you something. Steve Jobs, God bless, he had to have been pretty rich — nobody’s ever said, “Oh, the rich getting richer! I won’t buy an iPhone!” Yeah, right. It’s not about being pretentious; again, this is a thing for all artists.”

He also compared the TIDAL app to Spotify which charges users $9.99.

You pay $9.99 for Spotify, so why not $9.99 for TIDAL. We’re not asking for anything else, we’re just saying that we’ll spread that money to artists more fairly. We’re not saying anything other than that, and we’re saying that we’re in a position to bring light to this issue. We’re using our power that way.”

 

Sources: Hollywood Take/Billboard  #tidalforall #tidal #jayz #beyonce

 

Beyonce Covers US weekly

Beyonce covers US Weekly , Madd News

Beyonce covers US Weekly , Madd News

The Beyonce Knowles-Carter covers US Weekly magazine’s annual ‘The Grammy Issue’. The 33-year-old singer was slammed by outraged readers of UK’s Metro newspaper who viewed he ” Drunk In Love” strip tease performance during the 2014 Grammy Awards. The newspaper’s headline referred to Beyonce as a ‘whore,’ which angered Beyonce’s fans in teh United States.

A British newspaper shocked readers with a headline that referred to lounge singer Beyonce as a whore’. The UK’s Metro newspaper quoted outraged parents who dubbed Beyonce a ‘whore’ for her disrespectful performance during the 2014 Grammy Awards on Sunday.

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Leather and Lace Super Bowl Event

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Supermodels and actresses Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Brooklyn Decker and Bar Refaeli will host the 11th annual “Leather & Laces” party presented by Axxis Sports & Entertainment during Super Bowl XLVIII in New York on Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st, 2014. The star-studded two-night event will be hosted by Brooklyn Decker and Bar Refaeli on Friday night, and Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio on Saturday night with live Cirque performances and celebrity DJs throughout the affair.

“We are incredibly thrilled to bring the ‘Leather & Laces’ party to New York this year,” said William Ekeroth, President of Axxis Sports & Entertainment. “This is our 11th year and it will surely be one of the most lavish parties of Super Bowl weekend. Our host line-up is the best we have ever had.”

The breathtaking Liberty Theater, located in the heart of New York City in the vigorous Times Square District, will host both nights of the “Leather & Laces” party. It brings old world style, sophistication and history to New York’s most famous neighborhood.

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Beyonce Shares Blu Ivy BDay Photos

 

 

 

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It seems that Jay Z was not the only one on parent duty for Blu Ivy’s birthday, January 7. She spent time with her mother and father in Miami for the occasion. Now in newly released photos we see the toddler dolled up in a princess crown and face paint for her special day.

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Guests at Blue Ivy’s party included Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Angie Beyince who also donned face paint fashioned into butterflies (above).Blue was treated to toys at her party that included a hot pink Minnie Mouse car and a card from her Timbaland’s daughter Reign.

 

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Jay Z on Daddy Duty

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Photo Credit:INFphoto.com Ref: infusmi-13|sp|EXCLUSIVE TO INF.

Father and rap mogul  Jay-Z was spotted with his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, leaving Joey’s restaurant in Miami, Florida, after having lunch with his wife Beyonce on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Earlier in the day, the family celebrated Blue Ivy’s 2nd birthday by renting out all of Jungle Island, a botanical bird sanctuary, wildlife habitat, and botanical garden. The family later left Miami by private jet and headed to Ohio for Jay-Z’s next show on his “Magna Carter World Tour.

Madd Factor:It is a welcome sight to see that Jay Z is  taking a major role in Blu Ivy’s daily life, he is not too busy to handle his responsibility. -Good Look Jay Z!.. .. but her hair!!