[His Presence Is Charity] Jay Z Talks Social Issues On Bill Maher & Drops ‘Picasso Baby’ Video

When Jay Z made the statement, ‘My presence is charity’ he had noses turning up across the globe while people asked, ‘What exactly have you done for your community lately?’ It seems as though he’s now in making more of an effort to prove he is giving back, whether it be through his music, appearing at rallies (re: Trayvon Martin) and speaking out more on injustices such as the Zimmerman verdict.
Last night, Jay attempted to pique his fans and the Hip Hop world’s interest in the performing arts by dropping the new visual for, “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film.” The video, set in an all-white space at Milk Studios, collided the art, music and film worlds by including cameos from Fab Five Freddy, Rosie Perez, “Macbeth” actor Alan Cumming, the cast of “Girls”, Taraji P. Henson, Wale, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and visual artist, Marina Abramovic. Marina says that she and Jay hope that the film will inspire his fans to google and learn more about what the performing arts are.

Jay also made an appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher last night to provide commentary on a variety of topics such as his reaction to criticism from Harry Belafonte and why he compares himself to the greats. He also lent his voice to a discussion on social and political issues like policing in urban communities and public housing, which he says is suppose to be a temporary solution amongst those in poverty.

Although Jay was appalled by the criticism of Belafonte, his attempt at proving that he is using his celebrity in a positive way is evident, but is it working?
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