Jay Z Talks Harry Belafonte’s Recent Criticism, Trayvon Martin, & More

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In the part two of Elliott Wilson‘s interview with Jay Z, he kept it more brand political. The conversation dallied from him relinquishing ownership of the Brooklyn Nets, to going into sports management, to being political, Harry Belafonte, Trayvon Martin, and more. Check it out after the break.

Here’s what Jay Z said in response to Harry Belafonte‘s recent criticism: “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. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough. Just being who he is. You’re the first black president. If he speaks on any issue or anything he should be left alone…I felt Belafonte he just went about it wrong. Like the way he did it in the media, and then he big’d up 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’d up 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.”

Jay Z also went on to speak on Trayvon Martin, and how President Obama‘s outcry as a black and a father was necessary. The conversation definitely did not stop there. Watch the whole video for the full shebang.

Watch the part 1, here.