Barneys trouble leaves Jay Z in the crosshairs

Posted: October 30, 2013

FOR THOSE of you not up on your latest news combining racial profiling and high-end haberdashery, a recent scandal has involved two young blacks who were stopped by security after making purchases at Barneys New York. One was handcuffed and questioned after purchasing a $349 belt (newsflash: no one needs a $349 belt) and the other was grilled after buying a $2,500 handbag (ditto).

What makes this case a bit more interesting is that Barneys' partner for an upcoming holiday collection is Jay Z, the hip-hop star who would normally speak out against such discrimination.

Others have protested: has a petition asking Jay Z to cut all ties with Barneys. That petition already has more than 16,700 signatures.

"I move and speak based on facts and not emotion," Jay Z said in a statement. "I haven't made any comments, because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper [the New York Daily News, not flattering] for not speaking immediately?"

Jay Z's limited-edition line, reports the Los Angeles Times, is called "BNY SCC Gallery" (standing for Barney New York Shawn Corey Carter). It debuts Nov. 20, and Jay is working with the store to create its holiday window display.

A portion of the proceeds will go to his foundation.

"This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation," his statement said. "I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary, and the foundation is receiving 25 percent of all sales from the collaboration, 10 percent of all sales generated in the store on Nov. 20 and an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socioeconomic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity . . . not profit."

And thus you see the dilemma of trying to be both a multimillionaire mogul and a man of the street.

Barneys, for its part, said it would launch an internal investigation led by longtime civil-rights advocate Michael Yaki.

Meanwhile, over at Macy's Herald Square, the Los Angeles Times reports that Rob Brown ("Treme") said he was "paraded" through the giant department store in handcuffs and detained for an hour after being accused of using a fake card to buy his mother a $1,350 watch. He is filing suit against Macy's and the NYPD.

Just another example of Buying Expensive Accessories While Black.

Brown reduction

According to, Chris Brown's felony assault charge has been reduced to a misdemeanor for two reasons: The victim, 20-year-old Parker Isaac Adams, suffered only minor injuries, even though he contends Brown broke his nose. And . . . No one's really sure what happened.

Brown denies punching Adams and claims in his statement that he was on his tour bus when Adams tried boarding. Brown says his bodyguard "handled it." (See definition of throwing your bodyguard under the bus.)

Adams says he was trying to get a pic with Brown when Brown allegedly said, "I ain't down wit that gay s--t."

Adams: "Why you hoing?"

Brown: "I feel like boxing."

Adams says Brown then threw a punch and his bodyguard also hit Adams in the face. Brown was allegedly then led to the tour bus.

Police say Adams was treated for a fractured nasal bone.

His uncle, Creighton Adams, said he was told by the victim's father that Parker was out on a double date when he was punched.

"Parker's not some kind of hoodlum," Creighton Adams said.

Tattle always liked the word "hoodlum." It reminds us of old movies with Bogie and Cagney.


* We're never going to get unemployment under control if we keep hiring people who alreadyhave full-time jobs.

Craig Ferguson, the host of the "The Late Late Show," will host a new game show called "Celebrity Name Game," in which celebs team with contestants to identify famous figures.

Sounds easy.

The show was developed by Courteney Cox's and David Arquette's company, Coquette Productions. Scott St. John, of "Deal or No Deal" will serve as its showrunner.

Ciara and Future are engaged.

Future surprised Ciara with a 15-carat diamond ring over the weekend, their publicist, Chris Chambers, told the Associated Press. She was already celebrating her 28th birthday in New York when he proposed.

Future and Ciara have been dating for a year.

* ABC is apologizing for a segment of " Jimmy Kimmel Live" in which a child joked about killing Chinese people to help erase the U.S. debt.

The boy's unscripted comment came during a comedy bit in which youngsters commented on news events.

Hmmm . . . Maybe we need to make the Daily News available on the LeapFrog LeapPad.

* Chinese pianist Lang Lang became a United Nations Messenger of Peace yesterday, a role he called more important than his music because it can help improve the lives of children around the world through education.

Except for that kid on "Kimmel" who wants to kill him.

* According to People mag, Miley Cyrus says that music is her boyfriend. Music obviously likes his girlfriend to be a little freaky.

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.


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