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Jay Z’s Music Streaming Service, Tidal Donates $1.5 Mil to Black Lives Matter

Jigga is putting his money where his mouth is by supporting organizations that center black life and justice.

Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West, Jay Z and J. Cole onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015, in New York City. JAMIE MCCARTHY/GETTY IMAGES FOR ROC NATION

Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West, Jay Z and J. Cole onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015, in New York City.
JAMIE MCCARTHY/GETTY IMAGES FOR ROC NATION

Tidal, the music streaming service owned by Jay Z and a bunch of his friends, announced that they will be donating $1.5 million dollars to the Black Lives Matter organization aligned with the BLM message on Friday, February 5th.

The donation is being made on the day Trayvon Martin would have turned 21. Martin was shot to death on February 26, 2012 by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was later acquitted of murder by a Florida jury.

“The process of acquiring recommendations [for nonprofits] was collaborative and inspired by the message that speaks to racial and social inequities and injustice in our society,” Dania Diaz, managing director of philanthropy at Roc Nation, told Mic. “Each year we will support a different initiative. Our ideology is to have a hifi level of consciousness in everything we do.”

rs_560x297-150330143441-1024.tidal-launch-roc-nationTidal is donating $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and several other local and national social justice organizations from money raised at an October concert, Tidal X: 10/20 charity concert at Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Barclay Center.

The October concert was billed as a fundraiser for the New World Foundation, which will distribute the funds. The live-streamed show featured Jay, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Usher, T.I. and Damian Marley, among others.

Donations will also be given to organizations created by the families of victims of police brutality, including the Trayvon Martin Foundation, the Michael O.D. Brown We Love Ours Sons and Daughters Foundation and the Oscar Grant Foundation.

This is not the first time that Jay Z has supported the Black Lives Matter movement. He and Beyoncé reportedly gave anonymous donations in the tens of thousands of dollars to bail out protesters in Ferguson and Baltimore. While generally low-key with their activism, Jay Z and Beyoncé have quietly supported the movement, showing at events and meeting the families of victims of police brutality.

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