Jay-Z announced Friday he’ll move forward with a planned collaboration with Barneys New York despite recent allegations of racial profiling at the luxury store, an ongoing investigation into the claims and public pressure that he back out of the deal.
In a statement on his website, Jay-Z said he’d agreed to move forward with next week’s launch of his BNY SCC collection under the condition that he helps lead the store’s review of its policies.
He said 100 percent of sales from the collection of clothes, accessories and jewelry will go toward his charitable foundation, which supports educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, and an additional 10 percent of all Barneys’ sales during Wednesday’s launch day will also be donated.
Last month, two black customers separately accused the luxury store of racial profiling after they said they lawfully purchased expensive items but were detained by police on suspicion of credit card fraud.
Baldwin shows pulled after incident
Alec Baldwin’s new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay epithet against a photographer during a New York street encounter.
The cable channel didn’t specify the reason it yanked Friday night’s “Up Late with Alec Baldwin” from its schedule this week and next, but the decision came the day after the Thursday run-in.
In a statement on MSNBC’s website, Baldwin wrote that he “did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry.”
South Dakota float, Jett a bad match
Macy’s is moving rocker Joan Jett and her band off the South Dakota tourism float in its Thanksgiving Day parade after ranchers complained about having a vegetarian and animal rights advocate representing their state.
“I’ve decided to switch from South Dakota to another float because people’s political agendas were getting in the way of what should be a purely entertainment driven event,” Jett said in a statement released Friday.
Orlando Veras, Macy’s parade spokesman, told the Associated Press on Friday that a new performer for the South Dakota float will be announced later.
The South Dakota float, which has appeared each year since 2010, features Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, the Black Hills and more. Don McLean, the singer of “American Pie,” appeared on the float last year.
The birthday bunch
Actress Joanna Pettet is 71. Actor David Leisure is 63. Actress Marg Helgenberger is 55. Jazz singer Diana Krall is 49. Actress Martha Plimpton is 43. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is 36.