There was will be no celebration for a cause as the kickoff party for Jay Z and Barneys collaboration has been axed. After being accused of several racial profiling incidents, the high-end retailer cancelled the shindig with Hov, intended to raise money for the Shawn Carter Foundation.
According to The Daily News, the event, scheduled to go down Wednesday (Nov. 20), was shut down "due to unforeseen circumstances," a statement read.
The news follows remarks the music mogul made about launching an investigation into Barneys and going forward in his partnership with them, given he is given a leadership role. He said:
In the past several weeks two separate investigations were launched as a result of the wrongful detention of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips. My team has been privy to the status of the Barneys third party consultant investigation. In continuing our research, we also contacted the New York State Attorney General’s office for the status of their investigation into both Barneys and Macy’s. Those findings are not yet available.
While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.