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Jay Z is speaking out on the war on drugs — specifically, how it has targeted and affected the Black community.

In a video published by the New York Times on Thursday, the New York rapper breaks down statistics while shedding light on the issue at hand: “Why are white men poised to get rich doing the same thing African-Americans have been going to prison for?”

In the video, as Jay talks about former Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan’s choices to focus on drugs rather other issues, viewers are watching a photo being illustrated by New York artist Molly Crabapple of a neighborhood in Brooklyn.

“No one wanted to talk about Reaganomics and the ending of social safety nets. The defunding of schools and the loss of jobs in cities across America,” Beyonce’s husband said. “Young men like me who hustled became the sole villain and drug addicts lacked moral fortitude.”

Jay shared that the Feds made distinctions between people who sold powder cocaine and crack cocaine — even though they were the same drug, the only difference being how you take it.

He shared, “And even though white people used and sold crack more than Black people, somehow it was Black people who went to prison. The media ignored actual data. To this day, crack is still talked about as a Black problem.”

As Jay continued to speak, the illustrator created several images, including men in prison judges whose “hands were tied on tough on crime laws” and who “were forced to hand out mandatory life sentences for simple possession of low level drug sales.”

The “Drug Dealers Anonymous” rapper, who also sold drugs as a teenager, concluded, “Rates of drug use are as high as they were when Nixon declared this so-called war in 1971. Forty-five years later, it’s time to rethink our policies and laws. The war on drugs is an epic fail.”

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  1. JEng

    September 16, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    What does he suggest be changed? I thought Black people were victimized and targeted as the market for drugs but that’s changed with heroin in white communities.

    However, what is he saying about the drug war – that it should be run better and more effectively so the top of the food chain gets caught?

    It’s pretty bold for someone who participated in it to criticize the fight against it but maybe he honestly means that the drug war needs to be IMPROVED.

    I totally agree.

    But you know, Black celebrities are always careful about which side their bread is buttered on and so is Black Lives Matters. You guys hold back so it’s hard for me to believe you aren’t propagandists.

    And maybe you are exposing yourselves to be misread and churn up hidden resentment by this intentional exposure.

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Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”

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It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.

He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”

Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.

The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.

During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”

Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”

As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”

Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.

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