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Jay-Z Declares ‘My Presence is Charity’
Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/29/13 | Lyneka Little

Posted on 07/29/2013 10:45:48 AM PDT by AtlasStalled

Jay-Z has responded to criticism from legendary actor and activist Harry Belafonte that the rapper has failed to use his celebrity in a social responsibly way. Last year, Belafonte reportedly said “I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example."

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Jay-Z said,“I’m offended by that because first of all, and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is."

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Society
KEYWORDS: douchebag; harrybelefonte; hollywoodreds; jayz
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1 posted on 07/29/2013 10:45:48 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled

Not unlike the way Ben Roethlisberger would go to bars around here and expect to be comp-ed and not have to leave at tip, under the theory that “my very presence here is bringing in scores of business for yinz”.


2 posted on 07/29/2013 10:48:18 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: AtlasStalled
"...my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is."

Funny - TurboTax didn't ask me about "my presence" when I was filling out my Schedule A for the year. Do I get to deduct 100% of my time?

3 posted on 07/29/2013 10:50:21 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: AtlasStalled

http://obamamessiah.blogspot.com/

The deification continues.


4 posted on 07/29/2013 10:50:31 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: AtlasStalled

I wanna know what JayZ and Obama text about.


5 posted on 07/29/2013 10:51:11 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: AtlasStalled

Rest of the quote. Wow what an arrogant asshat...

“...Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough.” He continued, “Just being who he is. You’re the first black president. If he speaks on any issue or anything he should be left alone… Of course we want to challenge him to do better. I felt Belafonte he just went about it wrong. Like the way he did it in the media, and then he big upped Bruce Springsteen or somebody. And it was like, ‘whoa,’ you just sent the wrong message all the way around…Bruce Springsteen is a great guy. You’re this Civil Rights activist and you just big upped the white guy against me in the white media. And I’m not saying that in a racial way. I’m just saying what it is. The fact of what it was. And that was just the wrong way to go about it.”


6 posted on 07/29/2013 10:51:52 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Wyatt's Torch

This is common. The celebrities are always being praised for caring just for showing up.


7 posted on 07/29/2013 10:53:11 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Buckeye McFrog

:: Ben Roethlisberger would go to bars around here and expect to be comp-ed ::

There are few young ladies that might want to discuss your definition of “comp-ed”.

Big Ben takes a liking to their...uhhhh...lipstick color?


8 posted on 07/29/2013 10:54:03 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: AtlasStalled
For me, Jay-Z's absence is charity.
9 posted on 07/29/2013 10:55:10 AM PDT by windsorknot (>>>)
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To: Wyatt's Torch

:: You’re this Civil Rights activist and you just big upped the white guy against me in the white media. And I’m not saying that in a racial way. ::

>>> media crickets <<<

Cletus be laughin’


10 posted on 07/29/2013 10:55:57 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: AtlasStalled

What’s a Jay-Z?


11 posted on 07/29/2013 10:57:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AtlasStalled
“I’m offended by that because first of all, and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is."

How niggardly.
12 posted on 07/29/2013 10:59:26 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: AtlasStalled
I had to look to see if this was satire. Wow.

...this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is.

I don't think the word "arrogant" quite covers it. Self-parody, possibly. This guy is headed for a long, ugly fall and a nasty shock when he hits the bottom.

13 posted on 07/29/2013 11:00:03 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

I will revel in his fall. Him and his puke of a wife disgust me. All racism all the freakin time.


14 posted on 07/29/2013 11:02:25 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: Billthedrill

Narcissism, rampant among the entertainment industry and politicians. If you don’t follow God you become your own God.


15 posted on 07/29/2013 11:02:40 AM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: BunnySlippers

Clothes, sneakers, rims, grills, “bitches”, and basketball.

They have “99 problems”, but a bitch ain’t one.


16 posted on 07/29/2013 11:03:03 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

Beyonce and Jay-Z are worth around $800 million. I want to cry.


17 posted on 07/29/2013 11:05:22 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: AtlasStalled
and this is going to sound arrogant,

Uhhh, that's because it IS arrogant.

18 posted on 07/29/2013 11:06:24 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: PowderMonkey

I see what you did there...


19 posted on 07/29/2013 11:06:47 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: AtlasStalled

Is he national holiday material ?
I want another day off.


20 posted on 07/29/2013 11:09:20 AM PDT by ßuddaßudd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Buckeye McFrog
“my very presence here is bringing in scores of business for yinz”.

There's a guy who thinks that way at my local karaoke spot - he thinks he's a draw, so he tips 25 cents after being there for three hours.
21 posted on 07/29/2013 11:12:50 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: AtlasStalled

This loser likes himself almost as much as King Hussein.


22 posted on 07/29/2013 11:13:24 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: windsorknot
for me, JayZL's absence is charity

Billionaires (probably) JayZ, Beyonce and their idiotally named spawn should just SHUT UP. If they want to show solidarity, why don't they buy a $5,000 house in Detroit or some urban cesspool, and live there for a few months with no security guards, no guns, no housekeeping help, just the three of them. They should do this annonymously without all of their bling that makes them recognizable.

Then, I'm willing to listen to how much compassion they have for urban thugs.

What disgusting hypocrites they are.

23 posted on 07/29/2013 11:13:57 AM PDT by grania
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To: EEGator

I know. We are through the looking glass. I wouldn’t pay a penny to see or hear either of them.


24 posted on 07/29/2013 11:14:13 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: BunnySlippers
I wanna know what JayZ and Obama text about.

A comparison of their wives' ... assets.

Obama usually spends the rest of the afternoon sobbing in the Lincoln bedroom afterwards.

25 posted on 07/29/2013 11:16:47 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: AtlasStalled

uh....Pride Goeth Before the Fall, Z....good luck PUNK.


26 posted on 07/29/2013 11:17:47 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Wyatt's Torch
One of the facts not often known about so-called "celebs" is that many of them, despite their wealth, are consistently cheap-skates. Many of them are inundated with hundreds of personal appearance invitations to charity events and without fail the only ones they condescend to attend are the ones where they are comped with thousands of dollars of free products.

Celebrities, by and large, are out and out douchebags.

27 posted on 07/29/2013 11:25:00 AM PDT by Larry381 ("Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.")
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To: Colonel_Flagg

yep-

You know, why is Belafonte going after 2 of O’bummers
pals?- remember they got to go to Cuba and praise
the dictatorship- Belafante should be ecstatic with

O’bummers leftisits!- not critical of them


28 posted on 07/29/2013 11:26:59 AM PDT by mj1234
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To: Larry381
Celebrities, by and large, are out and out douchebags.

Very true.

29 posted on 07/29/2013 11:27:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AtlasStalled

My presence is an aphrodisiac.


30 posted on 07/29/2013 11:27:44 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The Tipline for Zimmerman's Inquisition is: Sanford.florida@usdoj.gov ... Use it.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel; PowderMonkey
I see what you did there...

LOL! Yes, it took awhile, because he was so incredibly subtle...

31 posted on 07/29/2013 11:28:20 AM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: EEGator

Materialistically wealthy, spiritually broke...and they either don’t know it or don’t care.


32 posted on 07/29/2013 11:32:51 AM PDT by ebersole
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To: AtlasStalled

What’s next, him saying that he denies women his “Life Essence”?


33 posted on 07/29/2013 11:35:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AtlasStalled

so he can take atax deduction wherever he goes!

Too bad Wesley Snipes didnt think of that one...


34 posted on 07/29/2013 11:35:35 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: AtlasStalled
Jay-Z said,“I’m offended by that because first of all, and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is."

:::rolls eyes:::

I'm really glad this kid thinks he's all that because I sure don't.

35 posted on 07/29/2013 11:42:10 AM PDT by MEGoody (You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
"My presence is an aphrodisiac.

My presence means Happy Birthday, to my kids.

Wait. Wrong presence.

36 posted on 07/29/2013 11:42:39 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: AtlasStalled

Bow down, B****es!

He and his wife and Obama and his wife all have God/King/Queen complexes.

37 posted on 07/29/2013 11:43:30 AM PDT by Clock King ("A Republic! If you can keep it..." We failed, Mr. Franklin.)
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To: AtlasStalled

Pfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffftttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt!!!!!


38 posted on 07/29/2013 11:44:11 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: AtlasStalled

Oh one more thing, I can’t believe I actually agree with Belafonte!


39 posted on 07/29/2013 11:46:05 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: AtlasStalled

Usually with someone like him their presence is due to a subpoena.


40 posted on 07/29/2013 11:50:12 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: AtlasStalled

Foul-mouthed thug rapper. The only interests he promotes are his own. T-shirts anyone?


41 posted on 07/29/2013 11:53:48 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: AtlasStalled
‘My Presence is Charity’

He added..."It has the ability to heal! Put a wilted flower next to me, and it blooms! All stand in awe of the greatness that is ME!"

42 posted on 07/29/2013 12:03:38 PM PDT by wbill
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>>What’s a Jay-Z?

An overpaid black jester in a black-dominated urban poetry industry—”but I don’t mean that in a racial way”. I would call him a minstrel, but he doesn’t really have any talents other than a great agent and producer.


43 posted on 07/29/2013 12:07:50 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: AtlasStalled

Earlier today I checked out the latest “100 Most Influential Celebrities” list that’s put out by Forbes every year. If you want to know what’s wrong with our society, just peruse that list - Oprah, Lady GaGa, Beyonce, Madonna, JayZ, Howard Stern, Letterman, Dr. Phil, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and so forth.


44 posted on 07/29/2013 12:08:54 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Bryanw92

He’s a good marketer, I’ll give him that....you’d have to be to pass that crap he does off as music.


45 posted on 07/29/2013 12:09:50 PM PDT by dfwgator
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>>He’s a good marketer, I’ll give him that....you’d have to be to pass that crap he does off as music.

That’s the job of the great agent and great producer and an army of other “peeps” who advance and protect his brand.


46 posted on 07/29/2013 12:10:55 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Where’s Barbara Billingsley when you need her? How does someone ‘big up’ someone else?


47 posted on 07/29/2013 12:15:23 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Bob

I’ve been watching some Jenna Jamison “movies” lately that may qualify...


48 posted on 07/29/2013 12:20:39 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: AtlasStalled
Jay-Z said,“I’m offended by that because first of all, and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is."

LOL!! What maroons!

49 posted on 07/29/2013 12:34:59 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: dfwgator

It is a new STD I think.

LLS


50 posted on 07/29/2013 12:58:38 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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