Jay Z Joins Effort to Bail Out 100 Dads for Father’s Day

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Jay Z with Kalief Browder

It’s a Father’s Day 100 Dads won’t soon forget.

Because they’ll get to spend it with their kids instead of cell mates. All thanks to new father of three (you prob haven’t heard) Jay Z, backing Color of Change’s fundraising effort to bail out 100 Dads today.

The racial justice org did the same thing last month for moms.

Sadly it’s needed given that one in 9 children have a parent behind bars. A truth bomb Jay Z launched in his penned TIME article, For Father’s Day, “I’m Taking on the Exploitative Bail Industry.

In the think piece Jay Z shares the heartbreaking reality of being locked up with no way out:

 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. 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.

And why the rap mogul has made it his mission to take on the exploitation of the bail bond industry:

 …when I helped produce this year’s docuseries, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, I became obsessed with the injustice of the profitable bail bond industry. Kalief’s family was too poor to post bond when he was accused of stealing a backpack. He was sentenced to a kind of purgatory before he ever went to trial. The three years he spent in solitary confinement on Rikers ultimately created irreversible damage that lead to his death at 22.

The sad reality of nearly 700,000, on any given day, that get locked up without a conviction or a way to pay for their freedom.

Thankfully, there are some that found a way out today.

Happy Father’s Day!!

Feel Good Friday Roundup

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I know the real Feel Good Friday news you want on this April Fools Day. Sadly, Donald Trump’s presidential bid is 100 percent a joke, but he’s the fool for thinking otherwise. With that being said there are no announcements of him throwing in the towel, only this.

While we continue to shake our heads on that one, here are a few news items that will make you nod ’em.

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First, Diddy, P.Diddy, Puffy whatever the hell he goes by–GOT IT–Sean. Let’s just stick to his government name. So, Mr. Sean Combs is opening a charter school in his birthplace of Harlem. The Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School, an independently funded school, will open in the Fall and is accepting sixth and seventh grade applications. Sean said this of his latest venture:

“I want to impact the lives of young people in my community and build future leaders. The first step is offering quality education.”

It’s quite a detour from the media mogul making us dance (Not that he stopped. Who else is trying to cop the Badboy reunion tickets?) but I can so dig it.

And we can all take a collective sigh of relief knowing Sean Combs will not be running the school. Educator extraordinare Dr. Steve Perry will be the headmaster.

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Two Michigan prisons–Pugsley Correctional Facility and Oaks Correctional Facility–got into the philanthropic spirit this week when they ran a contest to see who could collect the most water for Flint residents.

The winner is…Pugsley Correctional with 30,000 collected water bottles during a one month period.

Newsone reports, Pugsley administrator and creator of the contest said the real winners are the recipients.

“It wasn’t us that won. It wasn’t Oaks that won. This is going to those kids at ISD in Genesee County. They won.”

The inmates generosity knows no bounds, they even pooled together $600 to give to the cause. Inmates’ average hourly wage is $.26. About $1.17 a day.

Finally, when you get an opportunity, go for it like this little boy did to get a hug from fave basketball player–Carmelo Anthony.

Yes, some things you have to make happen yourself. Kudos to the real people uniting us.