Roc Nation & NFL Give Money To Chicago Group Who Cuts Youth’s Dreadlocks

Jay-Z partnership with the NFL is not off to a good start. Yesterday (Sept 5), it was revealed that Roc Nation & NFL planned to donate $400,000 as part of the “Inspire Change” initiative.

One of the group’s, the Crushers Club is receiving backlash over old posts which show them cutting some of their youth member’s dreads with the caption, “And another Crusher let me cut his dreads off! It’s symbolic of change and their desire for a better life!”

A statement by Sally Hazelgrove who is pictured to The Fader says the following, “The Crusher’s Club does not have any policies prohibiting dreadlocks — we welcome all hairstyles from our youth. On occasion, our kids look to change their hairstyles and ask us to assist, especially since haircuts can be a costly expense for them. Our goal is — and will always be — to equip our youth with the resources to improve their neighborhoods, maximize their potential and develop into the leaders of tomorrow.”

Ebro in the Morning discusses the optics of the move, and their updated thoughts on Jay-Z’s partnership with the NFL as the regular season opens up.

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