Jay-Z had himself a really good Father's day, and he made sure other dads did as well. Not only did Hov, with wife Beyonce, welcome twins to the world, but he also help make sure several New York families got to see their fathers as well. The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee bailed out several men being held in NYC jails because they couldn't afford bond.
“If you’re from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you’re unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can’t afford bail,” Jay Z wrote in an op-ed piece for Time. “Millions of people are separated from their families for months at a time — not because they are convicted of committing a crime, but because they are accused of committing a crime.”
He later referenced organizations like Southerners On New Ground and Color of Change that bailed out moms for Mother’s Day. “As a father with a growing family, it’s the least I can do, but philanthropy is not a long fix, we have to get rid of these inhumane practices altogether. We can’t fix our broken criminal justice system until we take on the exploitative bail industry.”
Read Jay Z’s full Time piece here.