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JAY-Z sacrificed reputation following NFL backlash last year, and is now getting overlooked for the very thing he took a beating for. Last year, JAY-Z took serious criticism for agreeing to work with the NFL, regarding the future of their Super Bowl halftime shows. After previously telling people to boycott the league, some felt he stabbed Colin Kaepernick in the back, with taking charge of the NFL’s new initiative to focus on social changes.
While the move may have shocked some new fans of Jigga, we know him to be a grimy and cutthroat Brooklyn cat. So, the deal with the NFL didn’t surprise people like us, who knew Jay-Z from the original Roc-a-Fella days. He literally went back on his political stance, when a major bag got involved – but noticed a bigger picture. Jay realized he could directly influence changes for the better of his people, by getting a seat at the table.
There, he’s working to get bills passed and change the system, quietly; for those who have been on paperwork for an extended amount of time like his friend Meek Mill was. So, in actuality, the NFL isn’t using Jay-Z, he’s using them to actually help the lower and middle-class people that get screwed by the system. He knew initial backlash would come, like it did last year; but he’s seeing a bigger picture with being the person inside to get bills passed with local mayors.
The first of which started two weeks ago in California, as people will eventually have an easier time finding work and becoming productive citizens of the world. The NFL needed credibility, following the Kaepernick black balling situation and found someone with power and influence salvage the damage.
It just happens to be arguably the most influential person in the history of hip-hop. With the Jiggaman, his own reputation was on the line in the short time last year, and realized he could actually take steps to make change. It’s not going to happen overnight, but we expect him to get praised for doing things for the betterment of his people – even if a bag is involved.
The California change that happened last month, is the first of many states he’s looking to help change from the inside, with his power and influence.
Probation will now be capped at 1 year for misdemeanors and 2 years for most felonies. The changes AB1950 enacts will help make communities safer and save money. Thank you Governor @GavinNewsom for your leadership!
— Team Roc (@teamroc) October 1, 2020
MAJOR REFORM VICTORY! California enacts #AB1950.
— REFORM Alliance (@REFORM) October 1, 2020