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Jay-Z reportedly turned down a request to perform during halftime at the 2018 Super Bowl. The aging rapper declined the offer to show solidarity with unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is currently blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee during the national anthem.

In related Jay-Z news, the 47-year-old rap mogul and his wife Beyonce Knowles are on an art buying spree. The power couple reportedly shut down a Meatpacking District art gallery so they could shop for artwork by a particular artist named Sadie Barnette.

Barnette has an art exhibit titled “Compland” at the Fort Gansevoort arts and culture complex, featuring artwork depicting the late pop icon Prince. The title of the exhibit refers to both Compton and Oakland, according to W magazine.

Barnette’s father, Rodney Barnette, founded the Compton chapter of the Black Panthers in 1968.

Update: NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy denies reports that Jay-Z was asked to perform during Super Bowl 2018. It seems this was another rumor planted by the rap mogul’s PR team to keep him relevant.

“No decisions have been made on the performer(s) and we are not going to speculate on particular artists,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Along with (event sponsors) Pepsi, we know that we will put on a spectacular show. When it is time to announce her name we will do it. Or his name. Or their names.”

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  • imright

    ?????? Hov ?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Good for him.

  • SDot

    GOOD! F them

  • Kanyade

    so he won’t be performing with Justin Timberlake, as rumored…

  • You Could Never

    dont like The Stabber. Respect him for this tho.

  • Chassidy Jackson

    ??????

  • MissHarlem

    Oh Jay ???? yasss

  • bella28498 .

    so Jay Z and I are both boycotting the nfl

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    GOODT…GOOOODT,
    They figured out the quickest way to make a black person a sellout is to offer money and a large platform..but when you have money Jay-Z money.. you can do this..
    I bet they will get a not so rich or barely rich black artist to do it though because the coins are going to appeal to his pockets over his standards.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68bc52b2a4f54f3dc0d4dea29ec0c12c203c19b65d4d18beb2fbbd13d0be6a55.gif

  • Renee26

    Me too

  • JV

    “The aging rapper declined the offer to show solidarity with unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is currently blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee during the national anthem.”
    ——-

    I appreciate the honesty, because that’s what’s happening. Also, I can’t take credit for this, but someone on another site gave me the best Kaepernick retort to a anti-protester I’ve ever heard:

    “If you’re privileged enough to get mad at Kaep’s protest
    …you’re privileged enough to ignore it and not let it bother you.”

  • imright

    i wonder if Steve Harvey sings ?? ???

  • KA

    If we live long enough, we all age.

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Jay has matured alot.

  • millz
  • cherrypie

    Good for him. Watch. They’ll prolly just pull someone boring in like the100+ year old Beatles or John Cougar Mellencamp

  • RealGzOnly

    When the last time anybody seen Beyoncé talk or do an interview?? I guess that bish think she God now?? Cause she got a gala of blind lost followers now?? She hardly ever interacts with her fans on tv or any dang on where and the last time was for her “Brand” purposes and to make her look a certain way to the masses…other wise she would’ve never gotten that close to anybody let alone to feed them…all her fans worth to her and many other celebs are dollar signs….stupid mofos can’t even pay they own bills but helping this broad pay hers and stunt for the paparazzi just like she stunted her marriage being perfect ….I use to like B but this I’m above all bs is wearing thin…..as much money as these celebs make they can give back a whole lot more to ther fans. Vs charging them a car note to see them perform live.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Good for him. That was a nice thing to do

  • bella28498 .

    They say television views for football has been down since the boycott…..good deal

  • bella28498 .

    agreed

  • Pamela

    Sadie Barnett : Black Panther father, white mother. Okay.

  • We Can Do This

    The Story Of OJ would’ve been perfect for the occasion.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Good

  • what?why

    Jay does nothing for free and the Super Bowl performance does not pay. It gives artists exposure and he says “no thanks!” (if true and that’s a big IF).

  • what?why

    Part of the reason for lack of audience is because of the exposure of medical and life threatening prognoses,

  • Harley

    So happy about the low ratings and people taking a stand. Those who choose to support this franchise are idiots. How do you think we got rid of Jim Crow? By coming together and saying no more!!!

  • Simone

    Ratings started declining last season while Colin Kaepernick was still playing because fans objected to his kneeling during the Nat’l Anthem. Fans continue to boycott due to the continued kneeling (i.e. Cleveland Browns, Chiefs, etc.).

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    The part about those ticket prices I agree with. IDGAF what artist it is.. (except maybe the musical genius Stevie Wonder–I’ve been to his concert and he sounds the exact same)

  • Harley

    She just spoke in a lengthy video on Houston and the flood a week or so back sooooo…..she also was interacting with victims of the hurrican handing out food. It is ALL over the net boo

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    He looks good for his age tho.

  • Harley

    ole coon arse

  • Harley

    me three!!!

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    They don’t get paid per se but their expenses and production costs are paid for by the NFL

  • datATLboi

    Soo glad this happened…now this movement will began to MOVE a LOT faster….many ppl don’t know Kaep but they do know JAY Z

  • MsPam

    Who wants to see Jay Z preform at the Super Bowl and walk around like he has bad knees?!

  • starbright9449

    LOL

  • Gotitbutsmh

    Would not have thought he was mainstream enough to even receive the offer. He doesn’t need that, nor do others want that.

  • V Dubb

    There are so many people who don’t undestand that part. Thank you for acknowledging it

  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet

    I’m kinda glad he declined. I wouldn’t want to see him preform anyway. They need to call 50cent!

  • Phillybruh

    He didn’t turn it down because of Kap, I bet they said Justin Timberlake was a no go. Now he gets to ride off like he took a stand.

  • kennedy220

    i just saw her speak in my hometown…if you’re talking about a 20/20 interview or Ellen…yeah i have no clue…to say she doesn’t interact with her fans??? well i don’t know b/c i’m not at every show

  • RICHIE_RICH

    She just spoke to raise money for Houston

  • stav

    Such a reiterated post regarding the art buying. These two bore me!

  • TheOwley

    Dress it up anyway you like but this is nothing more than an effort by the NFL to spruce up the declining ratings. People are not happy with recent SB performances, he knows and he’s looking out for his brand. Nobody wants to do it. Maybe get Madonna back so she can show you her crotch.

  • Mrs. ??????????

    I believe the people would boo him anyway….Good call on his part.

  • what?why

    Yes, exposure.

  • BettyBoop

    If he WAS on the show, what would he rap? He got any hits out?

  • BettyBoop

    Me too. There is truth to being “over exposed.”

  • what?why

    Colin took the knee because he knew his time in the NFL was limited. His publicity went array. He has average talent, if that, and no wants him now – he’s a liability.

  • toni walker

    I heard the NFL wanted Jay and Justin Timberlake to do the superbowl together like when they had a tour together. It might be only Justin doing the superbowl.

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Hmm so people who continue to watch are idiots?!

  • interestingconcept1

    Right? I was like…thank God, I don’t want to hear that BS he just release.

  • monique

    Good for him, show them!

  • BOSS

    LMAO

  • BettyBoop

    Do tell.

  • BettyBoop

    Me four

  • Harley

    pretty much!!!!!!! why support an organization that clearly gives no fuks about the treatment of people. From police to brutality to their own players being treated like cattle …

  • Blah Blahhhhh

    Aging blogger Sandra Rose….everybody AGES as long as they are alive….He must not be sponsoring sr.

  • Malcom Flex

    Naw. J is in the ORDER. Period.

  • Ladyvil

    Gay an camel Joe knows Amerikka will be in chaos!! #NWO #RepentNow

  • ?Royalty?

    #TeamKaepernick!

  • dontgetblocked

    Beyonce hasn’t had a number one hit since Single Ladies a decade ago. I don’t know when Jay Z has had one. His last major hit was with Kanye. It a wrap Jayonce.

  • https://vidozz.com/cyq ? King Kari ?????????

    Thank gawd.

  • Peace

    Until they do right by Black People…… stop the killing at minor traffic stops, bringing in millions of illegals who get jobs and housing immediately, while blacks linger in poverty( not all blacks) but there are no illegals and DACA kids/families living on the streets, major chains and companies give them jobs. IN LA they rule in jobs and housing, they occupy all of the newly built affordable housing towers, there is code to not rent or hire blacks, majority don’t even speak English, get jobs over blacks born, raised and educated in America. Shame.
    Blacks are the true DREAMERS

    Black Power go Jay, Sure hope Colin K. get signed with the Rams. Sunday’s game at the Coliseum for $140.00 per ticket was a waste. Those guys need a quarter back. Thank you Colin for standing for Justice for Black People.

  • http://www.swedishsoul.com Christina Duphorn Zehnder

    Well if it is true he probably said no because the performers now have to pay to play Superbowl. The artists no longer get paid.

  • Karla E

    He turned it down because he knows the media and bloggers will eat his ass up. 4:44 cd sales didn’t come close to what he’s used to. Performing will just put a bigger spotlight on him for criticism. Super Bowl trying to throw silent jabs. ‘ Hey, Jay Z, since your cd didn’t hit platinum, why don’t you perform at the Super Bowl. We guarantee your cd will go through the roof and not only that, you will get more new fans!’.

  • Karla E

    Colin needs to work on his game and become a stronger player. Too many people are saying he can’t play or he’s not all that on the field. He needs to now, let his talent speak for him.

  • Karla E

    Jay ain’t never been dark but he looks like a darkie standing next to that white woman. Talk about self hate, this chick here is the poster girl. Damn!

  • Look@m3

    I know I get so upset when I seep people prancing around the stadium just because it’s new. Dummies

  • Look@m3

    Thuggery Thuggery is the only idiot I know with no morals who take this opportunity!

  • Look@m3

    They could get Chrisette Michelle….

  • Look@m3

    Me 5 and 6 (spouse)

  • sunni_daze

    How is she the poster girl for self hate? Because she was born a lighter complexion black? You do realize that black comes in more than 2 fucking shades right. Yall fuckers kill me.

  • Karla E

    You may need to put some eye drops in your eyes. That yt woman here is not the same woman who showed pics of her when she was little to now. My daughter is the same damn complexion as her……before Beyoncé got to Hollyweird. Shut up with that stanning out of control frustration.

  • Nakia Brown

    STORY OF OJ WOULD BE PERFECT!

  • Nakia Brown

    Facts! I just said the same above

  • sunni_daze

    I’m not stanning . I just called out how ignorant you sound. There is a such thing as lighting good and bad. Black people kill me commenting on other black people’s blackness as if you fuckers have the right . All yall can sit in a pot of hot glass ignorant fuckers

  • Harley

    exactly!

  • Karla E

    You’re stanning. Just so far gone you don’t even notice it. My opinion of a celebrity has got you hot and bothered. If black people kill you so much, you may need to take a break from the blogs.

  • sunni_daze

    like I said, I aint stanning but your type disgust the fk outta me, who the tf made y’all in charge of who’s black and I’ll say what I want about blacks as a BLACK WOMAN of a LIGHTER complexion. And if I am stanning its against you ignorant fkers who oinly see 2 fking shades of black

  • Karla E

    Ok, Stan…

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Constructive and Effective.
    I say this because the way I bring about change in my opinion is with constructive effective actions. Boycotting the NFL is not one of them. Whether ratings drop or not, the games will continue. People will still watch and attend games, buy the merchandise, and the Super Bowl will still be one of the most watched nights in America. I’m on a smaller scale, I start in my community because I know it will bring about change

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    Preach Sunni …black folk always want to fight about darker skin and lighter skin blacks. In the summer I get darker of course but in the winter I get lighter it also depends on the lighting on the camera, where the pics was taken, etc… I get so sick of black folk trying to define what complexion other black folk should be !

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Probably.. hungry and thirsty entertainers see money over morals alll the time…

  • sunni_daze

    It really irks my soul.

  • Harley

    I start in my community as well and ratings HAVE been affected. Regardless IF they will still sell tickets and merchandise why would YOU want to put money in someones pocket that does not support YOUR community or YOUR people? That is like saying racists will still stay in the Trump tower so I am going to stay there as well. You have to start somewhere and it starts by hurting their pockets. Those of color have a lot of power when it comes to money and regardless if wipipo will still support does not mean YOU should. That is like saying during Jim Crow even if we boycott, we still gonna sit in the back of the bus or have separate water fountains. it took time, people going to jail and boycotts for equal rights and that is what it will take for organizations that dont care about people pof color.

  • Harley

    sad they do not get it!!!

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Yes I can agree with you there.