Jay-Z is tributing George Floyd in a major way.
As reported, the mogul personally telephoned Minnesota governor Tim Walz demanding justice for Floyd – an unarmed Black man who lost his life after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.
With international fury reaching fever pitch and protests amplifying by the day, Jay and his Roc Nation imprint have taken out full-page newspaper ads honoring Floyd.
Details after the jump…
The ad, which featured quotes from Martin Luther King Jr, ran in today’s editions of The New York Times, The Denver Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Austin American Statement, The Orlando Sentinel and The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and many more publications.
The letter is signed by Jay, along with the parents of Botham Jean, DJ Henry and Antwon Rose II — young black men all tragically killed by police.
Other signatures included Charlamagne Tha God, Van Jones, Angela Rye, an attorney for the Floyd family, activists from organizations like The Innocence Project and Until Freedom, and more.
Word is that more ads will run tomorrow (June 3rd) too.
Much respect to Jay, Roc Nation, and all involved.
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